We know what you’re thinking: How could anybody possibly narrow down the tidal wave of holiday songs to just 8? The judging could account for lyrics, artist, instruments (or lack thereof—yep, Singing Dogs, we’re lookin’ at you!), or any number of factors that either warm our hearts or make us keep an set of heavy duty earmuffs in our purse as we walk the mall.
Of course, there were plenty in both categories that didn’t make our list — and just because some of these aren’t our favorites doesn’t mean that others don’t love them! So don’t be shy about sounding off on your picks in the comments below.
“White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
Bing’s velvety voice brings us back to our childhood decorating the tree with mom and dad, reminiscing over each dried pasta picture frame or felt tree ornament we made in grade school.
“O Holy Night” by Celtic Woman
Hands down, this song makes tears wells in our eyes every time. Of the countless versions, Celtic Woman’s delicate yet strong voices make it impossible to skip the track halfway through.
“All I want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” by George Rock
This song was a fluke written by a grade school music teacher who never expected it to get as big as it did, but that squeaky plea of a song puts a smile on our face every time. Oh, what happened to the days when two front teeth would be enough for a child?
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Frank Sinatra
Yet another buttery smooth voice on Christmas, a classic Sinatra song such as this should never be far during the holidays.
“Jingle Bells” by Singing Dogs
Just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good. This song has only gotten famous because of its absurdity, but we certainly applaud anyone who makes it through to the end with a smile still on his or her face.
“Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” by Elmo an Patsy
It pretty much speaks for itself as one of the more morbid choices for the Christmas playlist, without a doubt.
“The Chipmunk Song [Christmas Don’t Be Late]” by Alvin and the Chipmunks
We’re sure plenty of you will disagree on this one, arguing that The Chipmunks are a childhood staple along with their infamous single, but we can only take so much of their high-pitched voices before we break out the Excedrine!
“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Regis Philbin and Donald Trump
If you’ve never heard this version, consider yourself lucky. Regis isn’t so much singing as he is talking through the lyrics, and “the Trumpster” makes an awkward appearance as Santa.