Despite the many modern choices and covers, there will always be a special place for the Christmas classics. These traditional standards and signature cuts, sung by the familiar voices that we hear in our favorite Christmas memories. These songs slice through the overwhelming noise and clutter to make us feel warm and good at our very core, melting even the most cynical and jaded façade into a kid who just can’t wait for Christmas. That’s exactly the way that many business owners and brands want customers to feel in their stores during the holidays. Here are the Top 10 Holiday Classics that our Music Designers love to linger over every year.
“Christmastime is Here” and “Skating” By Vince Guaraldi (Jazz)
These instantly recognizably melodies from A Charlie Brown Christmas are among the best-loved holiday songs across all generations.
“Happy Holidays” by Andy Williams
Close your eyes and just see the vinyl spinning and listen to that timeless voice.
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” by Johnny Mathis
Johnny sums it up in a way that has never been equaled. With each refrain, you can feel the warmth and joy, and prepare for the rush of childhood memories and delightful anticipation.
“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
“Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms
When maintaining a higher energy is important, these upbeat classics mix well with almost any genre and are quintessential classic Christmas.
“The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole
This has become one of the most popular classic songs in the last several years, and we couldn’t agree more. Nat King Cole’s version has never been surpassed – and it even holds up not only as holiday song, but as a highly regarded jazz standard.
“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” by Ella Fitzgerald
In the sub-holiday genre of New Year’s songs, Ella’s standard is masterful. The emotion in her voice is powerful and the arrangement is fantastic.
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Perry Como
Pure nostalgia with multiple frames of reference, powerful enough to inspire every listener to think about what they are thankful for and where they want to be for Christmas.
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home”) by Darlene Love
Widely recognized as one of the greatest rock and roll Christmas songs, Love’s signature rendition evokes powerful memories and longing for holidays gone by.
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Doesn’t matter who does it, it’s that great a song. And the many versions just mean that it can be adapted for nearly any experience.
“White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
The ultimate Christmas song by the ultimate crooner. While it shouldn’t be overused, it simply can’t be replaced.
– Submitted by Carly Grimm, Joel Oltyan, Kelly Peck, Randy Schlager, Mark Shapiro, David Sheyda, and Bo White, Music Design