The Beach Boys – “Little Saint Nick”
This is definitely an oldie, but still a holiday goodie. One cannot help but bob their head to the catchy and harmonious voices of the ever-popular Beach Boys. This humorous little song should be on everyone’s Christmas playlist.
Jack Johnson – “Someday at Christmas”
Johnson’s dreamy voice compliments the acoustic guitar, which makes for a simple and smooth rendition of this popular song. His unique and mellow voice puts you at peace, which is really what the holidays should be about.
Coldplay – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Coldplay’s own sound comes through in this rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Using just a piano makes this song perfect for a snowy evening by the fire. You won’t be disappointed by this cover if you’re already a Coldplay fan.
The Dickies – “Silent Night”
Let’s face it, being home for a few months and having to deal with your parents would make anyone a tad “teen-angsty”. Therefore, veering from the more conventional forms of Christmas music, this punk-rock version of “Silent Night” is exactly what you’ll be needing this holiday season. This is certainly not the rendition you’ll be hearing at your Christmas Eve service or from the door to door carollers, but nonetheless will get you rocking into the spirit of the season.
Blink 182 – “I won’t be home for Christmas”
I’d be a fool not to include this on any Christmas music list. Though it certainly doesn’t contribute to the feel-good portion of Christmas, it certainly speaks to the broken-hearted punk-rockers during the holiday season. I love this song and you will too, if you haven’t been fortunate enough to hear it already.
Pentatonix – “Little Drummer Boy”
The Pentatonix are a group of five singers who cover popular songs using only their voices to create the sounds for the song. Their rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” is absolutely stunning; if you put this song on repeat over Christmas dinner, it may even calm your eccentric uncle’s drunken antics.
Jason Mraz – “I’ll be Home for Christmas”
Mraz’s sultry voice paired with his typical jazzy pop sound makes for a quick and fun version of this well-known winter anthem.
U2 – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
It seems like everyone always has an opinion about U2, especially since their tricky little marketing stunt in 2014 in which their album was forced on everyone with an iTunes account. Regardless of your thoughts on their music, one thing that remains certain is that their cover of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is the best version of the song. An otherwise depressing tune about someone missing their lost love at Christmas time, the rock-pop sound works perfectly to complement the song’s plea.
Elvis Presley – “ Blue Christmas”
Carrying along with the theme of ‘missing someone at Christmas’, this old song still remains popular today. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard the song before, and for good reason. I’m sure most of us can relate to having our heart broken at one point or another and this song can certainly make light of those harder nostalgic times during the holidays.
Lou Montu – “Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey”
This is an adorable little tune written by Ray Allan and Sam Saltzberg was recorded before Christmas in 1960. The song was re-released on Amazon in 2011 and has since gone viral. There’s really no necessary justification for the song being on this list other than the title itself.