Day 2 is here! Trendom’s 12 Days of Christmas is here to guide you with tips and tricks to get you through the holiday season. Over the next week and a half til Christmas, we’ll bring you the best holiday drinks, must-have stocking stuffers and tips on where to get those last minute gifts that always pop up on your to do list. Today we have 11 Holiday Songs to Sing!
It’s finally the holiday season and one of our favorite ways to celebrate is to sing along to some of our favorite holiday songs! Now that Thanksgiving is over and it’s finally appropriate to play holiday music (if you were listening back in October…that’s cheating), let’s take a look at 11 of our favorite songs to sing when this time of year comes along.
1. ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ —Mariah Carey (Merry Christmas)
Alright, let’s just get this one out of the way, because really it’s everyone’s favorite. You simply can’t go through the holiday season without singing it at least 117 times. How could it not be on the list?
2. ‘Little Drummer Boy’ — Pentatonix (PTXmas)
This is probably one of those songs that is kind of lame when you listen to one of the old school traditional versions. Put it in the hands of the insanely talented a cappella group Pentatonix, and this tired old song becomes addictive. You’ll want to listen to this one on repeat.
3. ‘Winter Wonderland’ — Jason Mraz
Sure, everyone knows this song. But do you know Jason Mraz’s rendition? You probably don’t, so let me introduce you. It’s charming and original and my absolute favorite version of this song. Enjoy!
4. ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ — Judy Garland (Meet Me In St. Louis)
This song has been done so many times over the years, but some of you may have never heard the original version sung by Judy Garland, or even know that it comes from the classic film Meet Me In St. Louis. Take a moment to listen to the original and consider that maybe things aren’t the way you’d like them to be, but don’t let go of the hope that things can get better.
5. ‘Santa Clause Is Coming to Town’ — Jimmy Fallon, One Direction, and The Roots
Perhaps one of the most popular versions of this song is brought to us by The Jackson 5. Last year Jimmy Fallon gave us something we never knew we actually wanted, another version by another boy band you may have heard of—One Direction. Along with The Roots, Jimmy and the boys of One Direction did a special Christmas version of Fallon’s ever popular Classroom Instruments series and we are forever grateful. Plus, they all just look so cute in their Christmas jumpers!
6. ‘Chanukah Song’ Part 4 — Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler’s hilarious ode to Chanukah (or Hanukkah if you choose) demands a spot on this list, especially with Part 4 that he came out with this year. You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate this holiday classic!
7. ‘Mistletoe’ — Justin Bieber (Under the Mistletoe)
No joke….I love Justin Bieber’s Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe. Don’t judge me…it’s fun! He puts a fresh spin on some old and not so old classics, as well as brings us a few original songs of his own. ‘Mistletoe’ is a holiday love song with a low-key vibe (with a hint of reggae inspiration) that will have you singing along in no time.
Can’t think what to get your friends for the holidays this year? Get inspired by Phoebe and maybe write them a song about why you love them, just like she did for Monica, Ross, Chandler, Joey, and Rachel.
9. ‘Better Days’ — Goo Goo Dolls (Let Love In)
This is one of my all time favorite songs this time of year. Take a moment to stop and remember the important things. It’s not about playing in the snow, the turkey dinner, or the presents. It’s about hope, love, and forgiveness. It’s about praying for better days because tonight’s the night the world begins again.
10. ‘Auld Lang Syne’ — Various Artists (The Hotel Cafe Presents Winter Songs)
This is the time of year to remember the past and say goodbye as we welcome the new. People have been singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to do just that dating back to the 1700s. This particular rendition has a wonderful folk feel brought to us by some of our favorite singer/songwriters, including Butch Walker, Joshua Radin, Sara Bareillis, and Ingrid Michaelson, among others.
11. ‘O Holy Night’ — Branches (Songs for Christmas)
We live in a world full of hate and inequality, violence and injustice—a world of uncertainty. But we also live in a world that can be full of light, hope, and love. In light of current events, the lyrics of this hymn are powerful and speak of the hope we so desperately need in this dark world. For whatever reasons you celebrate the holidays, there is no denying the truths of these lyrics.
Truly He taught us to love one another His law is love and His gospel is peace Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother And in His name all oppression shall cease Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy name
Branches brings us a beautiful rendition of this hymn, showcasing the message of the song with simple instrumental arrangements and harmonies. We are able to focus on the message and lyrics of the song without being distracted by overpowering vocals.
This holiday season, take a moment to stop and listen to the music. Remember the reasons we celebrate this time of year and remember the thrill of hope as the weary world rejoices…if only for just one day.