12 Favorite Christmas Songs – Old & New

December 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum


One of my favorite things about this time of year is the music, I’ve always loved the traditional Christmas carols and I also love lots of songs that come from Christmas TV shows and movies. I thought today I would share 10 of my favorite songs with you and some of them have videos that go along with them. My list is varied from Charlie Brown to George Michael and Bing Crosby, a little something for everyone. Enjoy!!!

As you’ve probably guessed by now I’m kind of a Charlie Brown and Snoopy freak, I begin every holiday season with the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. The lead-off song is Christmas Time, some people find it to be to sad or melancholy sounding I LOVE this song SO much. I hope you do too.

I’m a true child of the 80’s and think that George Michael’s Last Christmas is one of the greatest rock Christmas songs ever and again kind of melancholy. Check out the video and all the wonderful 80’s clothes.


Another great Christmas song to come out of the 1980’s is Christmas Rap by The Waitresses in 1982. I’m told some people find this song annoying but it has a great beat and is a festive precursor to the rap craze that was soon to follow.

From the 1980’s to the early 60’s, Nat King Cole’s 1961 version of The Christmas Song is a staple.

Apparently, I have a thing for sad Christmas songs but I’ve always liked Hard Candy Christmas sung by Dolly Parton and the ladies of the Chicken Ranch in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.

Children dream of it and parents dread it but deep down we all want a White Christmas, here’s the version used in the 1954 movie of the same name in the big finale. Dream on…

OK, I’ll admit it, I’m a fan of The Carpenters and Merry Christmas Darling is one of those songs I turn up the volume on when it comes on the radio during the holidays. Richard Carpenter wrote the music for this at 19. A beautiful Christmas song.

You can’t have Christmas without Jingle Bells and the version Barbra Streisand did on her Christmas album in 1967 is one of my favorites. See if you can keep up.

You know the end of the year holidays are here when you hear Sleigh Ride being played on the radio and in stores. This version done by John Williams and the Boston Pops is my favorite.

One of the more dramatic songs of Christmas is Carol Of The Bells. I waffled back and forth on the version I’m sharing today or the one used in the Home Alone movie, both are great but this version is very traditional and I do love a good choir.

This version of Little Drummer Boy from a Bing Crosby Christmas Special is my favorite, of course it features Bing Crosby and David Bowie. I’m sure they had no idea they were creating a special version of a Christmas classic when they did a mashup of Peace on Earth and Drummer Boy.

I adore the movie Meet Me In St. Louis and one of the most poignant moments is when Judy Garland sings Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas to her sister Tootie, played by Margaret O’Brien. The scene is sad because they think this will be their last Christmas in St. Louis. Watch and enjoy but make sure you have a tissue handy.

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