It is the holidays and the annual Christmas party is taking place at your office. Everyone has been invited, the food is set, and the party is well organized. However, there is one important aspect that must be covered for any workplace Christmas party. You absolutely must have the right music. While there are countless songs and tunes that celebrate the holidays, I have selected my top ten favorites that I believe are a must have for the ideal office Christmas party. Keep in mind that most office settings are secular but these tunes are sure to get the Christmas spirit flowing.
I can’t get away without giving an honorable mention to This Christmas by Donny Hathaway. This original 1970’s holiday tune gives a strong R&B favor to the Christmas season and will have everyone tapping their toes.
Rockin’ Around the ChristmasTree by Mel and Kim will take you back to 1987 and have the office regulars truly rocking. This is a very upbeat tune and will certainly contribute to a festive environment.
If you have Elvis fans in the workplace, you will not go wrong with this yuletide tune. Blue Christmas showcases Elvis and this 1957 classic is sure to have plenty of fans.
The holidays are certainly about joy, laughter, and humor. I personally enjoy this somewhat morbid jingle written by Randy Brooks at Lake Tahoe in 1978. It was performed by Elmo and Pasty in 1979. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer will knock everyone’s Christmas socks off with laughter.
In 1970, Jose Feliciano coined a tune called Feliz Navidad. Feliz Navidad is one of those songs that draws people in and has everyone joining in for a chorus or two if not the entire song. This song sincerely says Merry Christmas.
The party would not be complete without a taste of Bing Crosby. While this melody might take you back a few years, I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas is simply a classic. There have been countless remakes of this song but none seem to inspire me like Crosby’s rendition.
For that special nostalgia that comes with Christmas time, I always enjoy the 1965 Burl Ives hit, Holly Jolly Christmas. For some reason, I always go back to the end of the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer scene where the snowman is singing at the end of the story.
In 1979 Paul McCartney performed Wonderful Christmastime. Whether you are an old Beatles fan or not, this piece distinctly promotes having a great time during the holiday season.
As your office party really gets jumping and you find everyone in the spirit, I recommend that you break out the hard hitting RUN-DMC song, Christmas in Hollis. This 1987 hip-hop jam really tells it like it is. Who can truthfully deny that RUN-DMC were not keeping it real when they stated, “It’s Christmas time in Hollis Queens, Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens!”
No matter how much fun you find yourself having during the annual Christmas shindig, sooner or later things will have to settle down and the party will near an end. One of my favorite closing songs is Christmas in Dixie by the group Alabama. This 1982 hit celebrates the south and makes some illustrious comparisons between cities at Christmas time. New York, California, Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, Charlotte, and Jackson work their way into this peaceful song about Christmas.
Finally, my office Christmas get together would never be complete without hearing my favorite Christmas song of all time. Nat King Cole’s 1961 version of The Christmas Song tops my list. Some know and call this sample Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. No matter what the song is titled, the peaceful lyrics are all I need to kick back, relax, and enjoy the Christmas season.
Christmas songs are so diverse and varied it can be extremely difficult to pinpoint all the best ones. There certainly are numerous categories and genres to explore and consider. I hope that you have enjoyed my top ten Christmas hits for the office Christmas party. What are your favorite Christmas tunes?