Our Favorite Songs to Go Eggnogging To Featuring Mariah Carey, Elvis, The Beatles, U2, Flyleaf and More
Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:47:20
Alas, 2010 is swiftly coming to a close. That means holiday music, frantic shopping, festive cheer, and a million Best Buy commercials. Someone once said it’s the most wonderful time of the year—so to commemorate this holiday season, here are our ten favorite tracks to give your eggnog a little kick!
"Get Down For The Holidays" - Jenny O.
Jenny O. is a fantastic folk/ indie singer-songwriter. This is her recent holiday song. With glimmering acoustic guitars and hushed vocals, it sounds like a warm holiday fire. You should check out one of her LA area shows if you can- you’ll be sure to see an Olsen twin or two.
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - Brenda Lee
This is a classic—one of the first “rock ‘n roll” takes on the Christmas music scene, long before Fearless Records released their Screamo Does The Holidays Album! You’ve got to love jamming to this song around your crib.
"Christmas in Killarney" - Irish Rovers
Here we have a rarity—an Irish Christmas song. Do you know how to have an Irish Christmas? It’s just like a normal Christmas, but you add whiskey and Catholic guilt.
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey
Mimi’s choice Christmas cut, released in 1994, has quickly become one of the best and most ubiquitous Christmas songs around. How does an idiot like me know a word like “ubiquitous,” you ask? Well, it’s because for last year’s Christmas I got a word-a-day calendar!
"Blue Christmas" – Elvis
This song was first made famous in a Verizon Wireless commercial. Just kidding- it was made famous by an American singer by the name of Elvis Presley, who today can be found in Las Vegas marrying impulsive couples.
"Little Saint Nick" - Beach Boys
You would expect nothing less from a band called “The Beach Boys” than a Christmas album, right? It makes as much sense as a Dick Dale Christmas record. The Beach Boys, one of the best American artists there will ever be, did an incredible job with this album, and especially this song. I would really love a Dick Dale Christmas album, the more I think about it!
"Christmas Song" - Flyleaf
A beautifully warm, acoustic original from Lacey, Sameer, Pat, Jared, and James, this is a contemplative, quieting ballad that is great for taking a break from the madness of holiday shopping. It helps you remember the reason for the season: getting time off of work!
"Santa Baby" - Eartha Kitt
Ahh, Christmas from a woman’s perspective! Just kidding. Eartha Kitt playfully and expertly coaxes Santa to get her all the expensive, wonderful things that a lady needs to get by in the world. As it stands, we all live in a material world, and she is a material girl. This was performed by a more innocent Eartha Kitt, before she turned into the evil Catwoman and nemesis of Batman in the 1960’s television series starring Adam West!
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" – U2
U2 worked their “mojo” as the best band in the world to bring a little grandiosity and epic flavor to Christmas. Tell Santa to get on his boots and shake what Mrs. Clause gave him! After all, those reindeer move in mysterious ways. Sorry, those are all the cheesy U2 puns I have for now…
"Donde Esta Santa Claus?" - Augie Rios
This spicy tomato of a song is muy fantastico! Perfect for all the mamasitas and papasitos this Navidad. There’s nothing cuter than listening to this little muchacho ask “Donde esta Santa Claus?” For all you non-Spanish speakers, that means ‘Where is Santa Claus?” It’s the first thing you learn in Spanish class. That, and how to ask where the library is.
There are obviously plenty of fantastic songs that we had to leave off this list for brevity’s sake. Trying to pick your ten favorite holiday songs is like trying to pick your ten favorite Chuck Norris jokes- it’s almost impossible! However, be sure to chug some eggnog and rock around your Christmas tree this holiday season- and don’t shoot your eye out!
What's your favorite Christmas song?
See our review of the new Christmas jam from Corey Taylor of Stone Sour and Slipknot here!