Holiday Music Favorites



Merry Christmas!

Reese Hyman, Staff Writer

Now that December has finally arrived, the holidays are right around the corner. With every Christmas activity you do, you need a Christmas song to go with it. Here are six Christmas songs you must add to your holiday favorites playlist and a few fun facts to go along with it.

“All I Want For Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey: Mariah Carey’s “All I want For Christmas is You,” is one of the most popular Christmas songs each year. On the Billboard Hot 100, it has occupied spot two behind Taylor Swifts “Anti-Hero” at number one. “All I Want For Christmas is You” originally came out in October of 1994 and instantly became a holiday classic. It even has three music videos to go with it.

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is a fun old-timey Christmas song that everyone has heard. The instruments in the back make it a fun song to get up and dance. Originally released in 1958, Brenda Lee was only thirteen years old. Little did she know that her song would go on to break many records, making it one of the most successful Christmas songs of all time. 

“Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber: Released in 2011, Mistletoe was Bieber’s second single in his holiday album Under the Mistletoe. “Mistletoe” is a classic song for anyone in Generation Z, as many grew up listening to this song during the holidays. “Mistletoe” broke many records including debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, making Bieber the first artist to record three chart-topping albums before the age of 18. 

“Last Christmas” by Wham!: “Last Christmas” is one of the most classic Christmas songs of the decade, but it never mentions anything in the song about Christmas time. The song is about a failed romance that happened to begin on December 25th when the artist gave his heart to someone, then on the 26th that person “gave it away.” Even though this song is not technically a Christmas song, anytime you hear it, it makes you want to get up and start dancing. 

“Jingle Bells” by James Lord Pierpont: “Jingle Bells” was originally crafted by James Lord Pierpont in 1887 and has become one of the most recognizable holiday songs to date. According to the American Preservation, “Jingle Bells” was inspired by the one horse open sleigh races on Salem and Pleasant streets in Massachusetts. The song also originally was supposed to be called “One Horse Open Sleigh,” but got changed to “Jingle Bells” in 1859, two years after its release. 

“Christmas Tree Farm” by Taylor Swift: Christmas Tree Farm was originally released in 2019, and the Old-timey version was released in 2021. Christmas Tree Farm may be a newer song, but just like anything Taylor Swift releases fans and people around the country loved the song, making it a newer classic. As the title implies, “Christmas Tree Farm” is what the song is based around, and where Taylor Swift grew up.