In 1957 Elvis released his Christmas Album, which has become one of the top selling holiday records
of all time. Elvis was the biggest pop star of his generation. Decades later when Elvis stopped producing
the kind of music that would keep him on the charts, his Christmas album still maintained its place as the
top selling holiday record of all time, as recently as 2007. Elvis is only one in sea of other successful pop
stars who have endeavored to create an album just for the holiday season. Even when the bloom starts to
fade from a particular celebrity, the legacy they leave behind is a piece of who we were at the moment
their music was at its selling peek.
In many people the Christmas season evokes a strong desire to connect with ones past. We want to go
go back to a time when life was a little easier. Back to when the joy of waiting for Old St. Nick to come
bounding down our chimney to fulfill our expectations of holiday bliss, was something that came true
every December 25th. As adults we know it is impossible to go back, but we can certainly reconnect with
our past. When the holiday season is upon us we buy that CD, download that song that can transport
us through time. As we listen to the music, it wakes up the memories we keep in our hearts from
somewhere deep inside the soundtrack of our lives.
I have listed my recommendations for my top ten picks of pop Christmas songs. You will find a plethora of
artists and genres, with a critique of how they have made it on my top ten list. These artists grace the
covers of magazines, we put on the radio and we know the words to all their songs. We see their videos
on MTV, we watch them receive Grammy awards, and walk the red carpet. My choices are artists who
are relevant to the time in which I live. These Christmas songs are of my generation, the songs that I will play years from now when I want to recapture the Christmas of 2009.
1. “The Christmas Song” (Holiday Remix) by, Christina Aguilera. I remember the first time I heard this
song as I drove home from work one winter afternoon. The song made me want to dance, and start
decorating and baking cookies all at the same time. Christina’s unforgettable voice breathed new life
into this Christmas classic, making it my favorite version of this song and number one on my list.
2. “Merry Christmas Baby”, by Bruce Springsteen is my second choice. This holiday ditty is a little bit of rock
and roll and sung by a legend. Not all Christmas songs have to be about elves and reindeer, they can be
a little sexy too.
3. “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, by Mariah Carey. As Soon as I heard this song I knew I had to have
the CD. I did not know if I was more sorry that I could not sing like her, or look the way she did in her
Santa suit on the jacket of the CD. Till this day, it is not Christmas without this song playing on my stereo.
4. “Please Come Home For Christmas” by, Bon Jovi. I love this song. it has been done by a few other
rockers, but not with the depth of feeling that Jon Bon Jovi has belted out in this holiday favorite of mine.
5. Santa Baby” performed by one of the most famous pop stars of all time. Madonna sweetly coaxes
Santa for money, cars and bling. This is an updated remake of a classic, humorous and playful and
sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit.
6. “All I Want For Christmas” sung by LeAnne Rimes. Her beautiful lyrical voice meets the melody
perfectly right from the first few opening notes. When I want my guests to put down there cocktails,
and dance this is the song I play. This upbeat holiday number is what it is really all about this time
of the year…just wanting the one thing that really counts and doesn’t cost a dime, someone to love!
7. “This Christmas” performed by Chris Brown is a feel good kind of holiday song, with Motown appeal.
Every year I make my own Christmas CD’s with a picture of my son on the cover, in lieu of a Christmas
card. This Christmas…it will be on the CD I send out to friends and family.
8. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”, Jessica Simpson gives a lively swinging rendition of this holiday
classic. This has to be one of the best songs of the season. It is on my top ten because it was my
kindergarten class that chose this particular artist over all the others, and yes…it made it on their
Christmas CD that year too!
9. “O Holy Night”, sung acapella by Kelly Clarkson of American Idol fame. Kelly Clarkson’s ethereal voice
hangs suspended in the air like a star on a quiet winters night…she is articulate and precise, and where
ever you may be when you listen to this ballad, you will feel the holy message as you hear her sing.
10. “A Great Big Sled”, A great Christmas song by the band the Killers. This is a fun and interesting
Christmas piece that says exactly what I have been writing about this whole article, but they did it
with a four minute song. “I want to roll around like a kid in the snow, I want to relearn what I already
know.” A Christmas song about an ache to be a child again during the best time of the year, Christmas!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my personal pick of the top ten pop Christmas songs. Soon
the holiday season will be thick in the air, and when you are out running errands, or on line in a
department store and you hear that certain song that awakes a memory…remember that a song
has the power to bring a moment back to life! Have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new