As we approach Christmas … only a few days away … I can’t help but to notice that the festive feel is definitely in the air. It probably doesn’t hurt that there is some snow on the ground or that I’ve had the SiriusXM holiday stations on for most of the month when driving.
It also doesn’t hurt that my nephew/godson is at the age where he understands more of it, which is awesome.
But the music is what really gets me into the holiday spirit, so I thought I’d share my top 10 favorite Christmas/holiday tunes – and the versions.
1. All I Want for Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey)
There are so many tunes that are traditional in nature and such, but this is one destined to go on for many decades to come. It’s pretty cool that it was written during this generation. Mariah Carey has long been one of my favorite singers, so this song is definitely at the top of my list.
2. Christmas Canon (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Canon (Johan Pachelbel) is my favorite classical piece ever. To think I wouldn’t have this near the top of my Christmas favorites, well, would be crazy.
3. Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives)
I love hearing this song every Christmas season. Burl Ives is so known when it comes to this kind of music for many reasons and him singing this song is awesome.
4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Andrea Bocelli)
Just watch the clip. This is the live version. This rendition of this timeless classic with that voice … amazing.
5. Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano)
Come on… this version is the best for this song and I don’t think that will ever change. When I hear others singing it, it just seem right.
6. Frosty the Snowman (Jimmy Durante)
Who didn’t grow up hearing this version from the cartoon classic? It’s awesome!
7. Most Wonderful Day of the Year (Glee cast)
This version of the song is really good. It kind of gives a more modern feel to a classic.
8. Snow Meiser/Heat Meiser (from the animated classic “Year without a Santa Claus)
Watch it and enjoy it. The whole animated show is great!
9. Mele Kalikimaka (Bing Crosby)
I love a white Christmas and all, but I’d love to be in Hawaii for Christmas one year. This song reinforces that!
10. 12 Days of Christmas (Straight No Chaser)
This version is excellent. Well worth listening to and hearing this song in a total different way. Enjoy it!