Christmas is coming, and if you are looking to build a good library of pop Christmas music, you have definitely come to the right place. I have over 30 hours of Christmas music in my iTunes library. Yes, you read that right – I can play my Christmas music around the clock (and then some) without a single repeat.
My obsession started when I was young (eight or nine years old) and I played the same Christmas album on our record player, over and over and over. (And yet, my family still loves me! Well, they put up with me any way…)
Then, in the mid 80’s, something exciting happened. Bruce Springsteen released his unforgettable version of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and made Christmas music “cool”. I remember listening to the rock stations on the radio at Christmas time that year just waiting for them play this song again so I could get the full version recorded on a cassette tape. (This way I could play it over and over and over…whenever I wanted! — Yes, when it comes to music, I have to admit, I’m still like a little kid, and I still play my favorite songs over and over, and never tire of them!)
Luckily for my family, pop stars have come to realize that not only there is nothing wrong in putting out a good Christmas song, it can actually be quite lucrative. So, now there are tons of songs to choose from and artists releasing new ones each year.
Below is my list of my favorite 50 pop songs, which will give you a little over three hours of uninterrupted, commercial -free holiday music enjoyment. As for my top ten, I’ve put Amy Grant’s “The Night Before Christmas” at number ten. I love the children’s choir in the background.
Jon bon Jovi comes in at nine with “I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas”. A great song, and a good sentiment…”I wish everyday could be full of peace and harmony”.
“Mr. Heat Miser” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is up next at number eight. We all love the original song from the movie “A Year Without a Santa Claus” better, but as adults we aren’t allowed to listen to kid’s songs, so this is the next best thing!
At number seven is a song that maybe not be as mainstream as the others on my list, but one I love to listen to is Billy Squier’s “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You“. I love the upbeat rhythms in this song.
John and Yoko Ono come in at number six with “Happy Christmas”. A relatively simple song, with a great chorus.
The only traditional song in my top ten comes in at number five with Bob Seger’s “Little Drummer Boy”. What I love about the way he did this song is that they added some background melodies and acoustics to make it unique, without changing the song at all. He sings it the way it should be sung!
Number four is a great song performed to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia in 1984. Released under the name Band Aid, tons of artist were involved in the production of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, including Phil Collins, Bono, David Bowie, Sting, Queen, Boy George and Paul McCartney..just to name a few.
“I Believe in Father Christmas” by Emerson, Lake and Palmer is my number three. I love the peacefulness of this song.
Number two is Faith Hill’s “Where Are You Christmas” from the 2000 movie, “The Grinch”. This is such a beautiful song intended to remind us not to remember the true spirit of Christmas.
And my very favorite pop Christmas song is without a doubt “Something About Christmas Time” by Bryan Adams. I love the melody, the message, and the way this song makes me feel.
So that’s it, here’s a quick recap of my top 50:
50 – ‘The Christmas Song’, by Luther Vandross
49 – ‘Christmas Wrapping’, by Waitresses
48 – ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’, by Brenda Lee
47 – ‘Run Rudolf Run’, by Bryan Adams
46 – ‘Merry Christmas Baby’, by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
45 – ‘Little Saint Nick’, by The Beach Boys
44 – ‘Father Christmas’, by The Kinks
43 – ‘Christmas All Over Again’, by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
42 – ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’, by Neil Diamond
41 – ‘Believe’, by Josh Groban
40 – ‘Rock And Roll Christmas’, by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
39 – ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’, by Whitney Houston
38 – ‘Silent Night’, by Wilson Phillips
37 – ‘Rockin’ On Top Of The World’, by Steven Tyler
36 – ‘Wonderful Christmastime’, by Paul McCartney
35 – ‘Feliz Navidad’, by José Feliciano
34 – ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, by The Pretenders
33 – ‘The Chrsitmas Shoes’, by New Song
32 – ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow’, by Michael Bublé
31 – ‘Sleigh Ride’, by Debbie Gibson
30 – ‘All I Want for Chrsitmas’, by Mariah Carey
29 – ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, by Lisa Fischer
28 – ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’, by U2
27 – ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’, by Jon Bon Jovi
26 – ‘A New York Christmas’, by Rob Thomas
25 – ‘Dear Mr. Jesus’, by six year old, Sharon Batts
24 – ‘Winter Wonderland’, by Eurythmics
23 – ‘Grown Up Christmas List’, by Amy Grant
22 – ‘My Only Wish (This Year)’, by Britney Spears
21 – ‘All Alone On Christmas’, by Darlene Love
20 – ‘What Christmas Means To Me’, by Paul Young
19 – ‘Step Into Christmas’, by Elton John
18 – ‘The 12 Days of Christmas (Live)’, by Straight No Chaser
17 – ‘(It Must Have Been Ol’) Santa Claus’, by Harry Connick, Jr.
16 – ‘Christmas Time Again’, by Extreme
15 – ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town’, by Bruce Springsteen
14 – ‘The Gift’, by Jim Brickman
13 – ‘Christmas in America’, by Pat Benatar
12 – ‘O Holy Night’, by Martina McBride
11 – ‘The Magic Of Cristmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone)’, by Celine Dion and Rosie
10 – ‘The Night Before Christmas’, by Amy Grant
9 – ‘I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas’, by Jon Bon Jovi
8 – ‘Mr. Heatmiser’, by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
7 – ‘Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You’, by Billy Squier
6 – ‘Happy Christmas’, by John & Yoko Ono
5 – ‘The Little Drummer Boy’, by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
4 – ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, by Band Aid
3 – ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’, by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2 – ‘Where Are You Christmas’, by Faith Hill
1 – ‘Christmas Time’, by Bryan Adams