By WVOF Music Team
Here are WVOF’s Top 10 Holiday songs, just in time for the season. This playlist consists of unforgettable covers of the Christmas classics. Make sure to grab a warm blanket and a cup of hot chocolate before listening to our selection. Happy Holidays from WVOF!
1). “Ho Ho Ho” – Sia
Straight off Sia’s first holiday album “Everyday is Christmas,” “Ho Ho Ho” is not your quintessential Christmas music. Its quirky tunes and lyrics leave you feeling like you are in the land of misfit toys, but enjoying every minute of it. If you are looking for a Christmas song to spice up the classic holiday tunes, this is the perfect option.
2). “Drummer Boy” – Justin Bieber, Busta Rhymes
No one has ever done a cover of this Christmas classic like Justin Bieber in his 2011 holiday album, “Under the Mistletoe.” He truly made this song into his own by adding an intricate bass and drum line and, of course, Busta Rhymes. Nothing beats hearing this song after a full Christmas dinner because it will make you want to get up and start dancing off the extra calories.
3). “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” – Michael Bublé
A gift from Santa himself is the voice of Michael Bublé singing Christmas music. His entire Christmas album, “Christmas,” is full of heartwarming covers of the classics. If you have never heard Bublé’s album, you are truly missing out on the spirit of Christmas.
4). “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor
Brett Eldredge channels his inner Frank Sinatra throughout his holiday album, “Glow.” His cover of this classic with Meghan Trainor combines two powerhouses in today’s music world and creates a sweet, but saucy, duet. Make sure to add this to your playlist for the perfect song to cuddle up next to the fire with your significant other.
5). “Last Christmas” – Wham!
Wham! turned their original song into one of the classic Christmas covers, but no one has topped their version since. Their simple, sweet and soft keyboard and drum melody goes perfectly with the sad lyrics of losing a true love on Christmas. Even though it’s one of the saddest Christmas songs, it still leaves you singing along and wanting to fall in love around Christmas time.
6). “All I Want For Christmas” – Charlie Bliss
Gliding off the success of their 2017 release of “Guppy,” up and coming Brooklyn native Charly Bliss blessed us with an indie-rock take on Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic. Lead singer Eva Hendricks’ infamously raw, raspy vocals “merry” well with the jolly, yet nostalgic, 90s sugar-pop sound Bliss has gained critical recognition for. Oh, and the drum beat and guitar chords at 2:46 will make you head bang so hard that your Santa hat will fall off.
7). “Chanukah Song” – Adam Sandler
Originally performed on Saturday Night Live, this song showcases Adam Sandler’s musical ability combined with his comedic nature. In a season dominated by classic Christmas songs, this is a breath of fresh air. There are four versions of this song, part one performed in 1994, part two 1999, part three 2002 and part four recently performed in 2015. Part three was featured in conjuncture with Sandler’s popular movie “8 Crazy Nights.” The catchy lines and fun tune ensure that it remains relevant through each holiday season.
8). “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)” – Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole’s Christmas album never fails to bring the Christmas spirit into any household. His smooth soothing voice is perfect to carry away the stress of Christmas shopping and remind everyone about the true meaning of Christmas. Make sure to turn this album on while decorating the Christmas tree, wrapping presents or hosting a holiday party — it will transform everyone into the festive spirit.
9). “Jingle Bell Rock” – Bobby Helms
“Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms is another Christmas original song that turned into an instant classic. Its infectious guitar at the beginning of the song leaves you wanting to dance the night away in “Jingle Bell Square” and “mix and-a mingle” ‘til the holiday season is over. There is truly no better song to turn on when you need a holiday pick-me-up, and it will always leave you with a smile on your face head bobbing away.
10). “Christmas In Harlem” – Kanye West
Take your favorite Christmas song, add two corny but wonderful verses from Kanye West and CyHi the Prince, replace the chorus with Teyana Taylor, and let Hit-Boy take over production. GOOD Music’s “Christmas in Harlem” is the best Christmas jam you’ve never heard of.