Get your jingle bells ready to play some music! Christmas is almost here, and it’s time to get into the holiday spirit by creating a mix of your favorite seasonal tunes. Holiday radio stations are convenient candidates for an easy playlist but let’s admit it, “Feliz Navidad” can only be played so many times before we switch the station. To help ease your stress about what songs to play at your celebrations, here is the Valley Girl Top 10 Christmas Playlist. It’s a combo of classics and the songs that are soon to be grandmother-approved.
1. “Sleigh Ride” by Ella Fitzgerald
This tune is a classic Christmas essential. Fitzgerald’s smooth voice, accompanied by trumpets, saxophones and the synthesizer, give the song a jazzy feel that’s easy on the ears.
2. “Winter Wonderland” by James Taylor
3. “Auld Lang Syne (Artist Medley)” by Laura Jansen, Joshua Radin & Others
“Auld Lang Syne” or “Song of Farewell” refers to never forgetting old times, while making room for new memories to come. Perfect for New Year, wouldn’t you say? There are many versions of this classic tune but we believe the more artists, the better.
4. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Michael Bublé
Make way for Frank Sinatra’s twin! Bublé’s charming influence is too perfect not to be used in a Christmas carol; thank goodness he recently released this year’s Christmas collection. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” lifts our spirits and reminds us of our beloved troops overseas this holiday season
5. Pennies from Heaven” by Louis Prima
Although this is not within the holiday music genre, many of us know this song from the cheerful movie, “Elf”. Since the release of the movie, we have been hearing this jingle everywhere during this time of year, making it a new favorite of Valley Girl.
6. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland
A classic; need we say more? Sang by the adored Judy Garland in “Meet Me in Saint Louis,” this song has sentimental value by reassuring us that tension and stress are only temporary emotions.
7. “All I Want for Christmas Is You (Extra Festive)” by Mariah Carey
Two words: extra festive! This new and improved version of the Mariah Carey classic has been the talk of the town this Christmas season. This is still the same song, only with a festive prelude. Note: this is not the version featuring pop sensation, Justin Bieber.
8. “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” by Nat King Cole
Just add a fireplace, a hot cup of cocoa, and a furry blanket and be taken away by the tranquil melody of Cole’s impeccable vocals. This song is perfect for cuddling and keeping warm while celebrating the holidays with friends and family.
9. “Linus & Lucy” by Vince Guarldi Trio
Though this tune does not have lyrics, it is still appreciated everywhere for the pure and innocent feeling we get in our hearts when listening to the lively piano performed by Gaurldi. This song premiered in the treasured “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in 1965. Simply put, we recommend any song from this timeless soundtrack.
10. “All That I Want” by The Weepies
The next big holiday sensation. We love the sprightly sound of sleigh bells throughout the song, accompanied by the vocals of Deb Talan and Steve Tannen (The Weepies).
Download, listen, and enjoy! Happiest of holidays this winter season!