It’s November 25th, you turn on the radio, maybe 94.5 KRTY here in San Jose, you’re going to get Christmas music. You might be thinking, “not another Christmas song remake, where can i find the good stuff?” Here are five songs I personally think should be added to any Christmas playlist this season.
Mariah Carey, ‘All I want for Christmas is You’
This Christmas beauty was released in 1994 and has been argued a classic, I would agree. Heard in the holiday movie “Love Actually,” this song gives you a Christmas song you can groove to that ‘Silent Night’ cannot. Its a great reference on the internet, its hard to get tired of it, bust a move this holiday season with this gem of a song.
David Bowie and Bing Crosby, ‘The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth’
For a slower song mixed with a little of the old and with a little new during the 70’s on Crosby’s Christmas special, ‘Bing Crosby’s Merry Olde Christmas.’ With Bing singing ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and Bowie singing a countermelody of ‘Peace on Earth’ giving the song a new refreshing twist for both songs. Such a collaboration was interesting to see, with Bowie recently releasing his ‘Heros’ album and sweeping the world with his new and one of a kind style. This song is perfect for a slow down for your Christmas evening.
Wham! ‘Last Christmas’
You have to admit, sometimes there is such thing as too much synthesizer where it can be very cheesy, but its the holidays, this song has enough cheese. Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ is for all those heart breakers and the heartbroken out there with the 80’s feel for anyone not feeling as cheery this holiday, but still catchy to sing along to.
Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé (Baby It’s Cold Outside)
With a more updated version, Menzel and Bublé duet to this holiday classic with Buble’s jazz filled vocals complimenting Menzels clear theatrical voice. From the ‘Frozen’ star’s holiday album, this song is one for the couples and loved ones to stay in for the night with each other’s company to a song that has been sung through out the years.
Johnny Mathis ‘Sleigh Ride’
At first an instrumental piece written in the 1940’s and later with lyrics ten years later, the Velvet Voice Johnny Mathis did his own rendition in his christmas album, ‘Merry Christmas.’ This song is a personal classic for me, being that he was a first choice for my grandmother on Christmas day making food for the family. With me finding an interest in him would play this particular song over and over again until told to stop. This upbeat bouncy song of a sleigh ride in the snow is sure to put a smile on your face when played.