The holiday season is upon us! How did this happen so fast? I have bought exactly ONE present to date but am much farther along on my Christmas mixtape. Give these a listen, and let me know your favorites in the comments.
1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Cindy Lauper & Frank Sinatra) – True, as a female child of the 80s, I am predisposed to love all things Cindy, but this duet is especially great. She brings fun to every note she sings.
2. All I Want for Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey) – You know you belt this out every time it comes on the car radio. Don’t deny it.
3. Christmas Time Again (Extreme) – Again, my 80s upbringing is showing. This is perhaps my all-time favorite pop Christmas song. Play it, Nuno!
4. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel) – We got a taste of Zooey’s portion of this song in “Elf,” and here is the full version with the legendary Leon Redbone.
5. Joseph and Mary (Dave Barnes) – It’s not easy to take a story you’ve heard a thousand times and make it new, but that’s what Dave Barnes does here. Tim McGraw has a popular version of this song, but the simplicity of the original makes it even sweeter.
6. Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy (Bing Crosby & David Bowie) – Who thought to put these two together? In the words of George Costanza, “Brilliant!”
7. Must Have Been Ol’ Santa Claus (Harry Connick, Jr.) – “Happy ho ho ho to you!”
8. Christmas, Don’t Be Late (The Chipmunks) – Sing with me: “Me, I want a huuulahooop!” I had the entire Chipmunks Christmas album as a child. My parents are eligible for sainthood.
9. Santa, Baby (Eartha Kitt) – Eartha’s got the perfect amount of sass to pull this one off without being sleazy.
10. Last Christmas (Jimmy Eat World) – Wham made it famous, but this version from Jimmy Eat World is my pick.
Whatever you do, don’t fall in to the trap of adding the worst Christmas song ever to your mixtape just because it’s Paul McCartney. Even the greatest among us have our valleys.
Happy Christmas Jamming!