The holidays can mean many different things to different people, so it's no surprise that there are thousands of Christmas songs to choose from when wrapping presents, decorating the tree or just spending time with your family before the year comes to an end. Sometimes, it can be a little overwhelming, or Christmas music can be the most annoying thing on earth, so instead making you sift through countless cheerful, holiday-themed songs to create your perfect playlist, we've partnered up with the team over at Catalyst Publicity Group and their artists to make things a little bit easier!
Below are some carefully chosen, personal favorite holiday songs from Civil Youth, Ilana Armida, The Funeral Portrait, Famous Last Words and more! Read what they each had to say about their favorite songs below the playlist!
1. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
2. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (Preferably Michael Buble's version (#NoShame lol)
"The main reason I love these two songs is for the all around lyrics, melody, and music of the tracks. To me a great song, is able to make the tone of the lyrics and music/melody literally sound like the emotion/scenery that it is trying to portrayed. So quite simply, I find that both of these songs literally sound like Christmas. It doesn't matter if it's the summer time, if these two songs come on I immediately have an image in my head of a gorgeous winter morning with light snowflakes falling from the sky, and being in a house with all of the gorgeous lights, decorations, and of course the look and smell of a Christmas tree."
Director of Operations - Revival Recordings
1. "Carol of the Bells"
"Simply the best there is. Home Alone will forever be a Christmas staple to me and it always makes me think of this song. Kevin sitting down in front of his microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner when the clock strikes 9. "This is it - don't get scared now". Not to mention A Claymation Christmas has a fantastic version that is conducted by a DINOSAUR!!!! And then Transiberian Orchestra's version is just incredible. MAN am I excited for Christmas now."
2. See Number 1
1. "I'll be home for Christmas" - Elvis Presley.
"Not only because Elvis' voice is just so iconic and beautiful, but this song really touches me. It just really brings on the holiday nostalgia and reminds me of Christmas Eve dinners with the whole family."
2. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" - Bruce Springsteen.
"This song always, always puts me in a holiday mood. I love the rock and roll feeling and it has been a staple in my household for the holiday season since I can remember. I absolutely love singing along to it!"
1. "Let It Snow" by Frank Sinatra
"Frank makes you happy and warm simultaneously. He's also our dad... Everyone loves some Frankie"
2. "The Christmas Shoes" by NewSong
"This is the saddest Christmas song ever, but it makes you appreciate your family. The whole reason behind the holiday."
1. "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (The Christmas Song)" - Nat King Cole
2. "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" - The Jackson 5
"According to Wikipedia, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire was reported to be the "most-loved seasonal song with women aged 30–49" in 2004. Don't know what that says about our band-- I guess we have a lot in common with women who are now, let's see... (carry the one...) 42 to 61. And Santa Clause is Coming to Town? So much energy in young Michael's delivery- we love anything Michael sings to us!"
1. "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" - *NSYNC
2. "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" - The Jackson 5
"Every year after thanksgiving my family puts up the Christmas tree together and we play Christmas music in the attempt to put us is the Christmas spirit and to drawn out the sound of us arguing while trying to properly decorate the tree. These two songs seem to make us all happy. I grew up listening to *NSYNC so this song is one I can jam to all year round. The Jackson 5 song is one we all belt at the top of our lungs when it comes on."
1. "Hallelujah" - Jeff Buckley
"I've always loved this song, both as Leonard Cohen's original and Jeff Buckley's cover. This song was really what opened my eyes when I was 14 years old, and made me understand how an individual artist's style can really make another songwriter's song sound completely different with their own interpretation of it."
2. "Blue Christmas" - Michael Buble
"This Christmas song is my favorite, without a doubt. I loved Elvis's version, but Michael Buble's voice coupled with a big-band sound behind him takes this song to a whole new level."
The Funeral Portrait
1. "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" - Elmo & Patsy
"This song is actually very special to me for every Christmas Eve my family and I go out to eat at Waffle House and I will play this song on the jukebox to annoy my Grandmother."
2. "Blue Christmas" - Elvis Presley
"Christmas always reminds me of my grandparents. My grandmother is actually kind of obsessed with it our whole entire house transforms into the North Pole. This song reminds me of hearing about years where my grandfather would be away on active duty in the Air Force and my grandmother would have to spend Christmas without him."
1. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - Frank Sinatra
"With 2016 being a particularly tough year, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas seemed appropriate. The song is all about setting the bad aside to appreciate the good, which we sometimes forget to do."
2. "The 12 Days Of Christmas" - From First to Last
"Because Myspace. Actually, the Live Journal line, really dug into our nostalgic sensibility, considering LJ was the start of it all, social media wise."
(It's a shame that this song isn't available on Spotify, so we've included a YouTube version below!)
Famous Last Words
1. "Somewhere in my Memory" (the "Home Alone" theme song)
"The movie Home Alone has kind of become a holiday tradition for my family. There's a whole story about me staying home "alone" as a 4 year old for all of about 12 seconds because Kevin thwarted the bad guys so easily, I figured I could too. That's a whole different story though. But yeah, ever since I can remember, hearing that melody just makes me think of Christmas and family. So it has a number one spot for me." - Evan
2. "7 O'clock News/ Silent Night" - Simon and Garfunkel.
"I absolutely love this version of "Silent Night". My mom showed me this version when I was a kid. It has a put together news clip in the background which talks about the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and more. Combined they create a beautifully bittersweet and moving composition." - JT