Christmas Playlist – 25 Family Holiday Classics

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25 Christmas Songs Playlist: Ultimate Family Classics Old & New ~ Simply the BEST! All the essential vintage classics and new classics you want to hear! PLUS: The #1 Christmas song everyone will LOVE, but most likely have not yet heard! It will become a NEW favorite. Included is our recipe for the World’s Best Hot Cocoa that everyone will enjoy!Simply the BEST Christmas song playlist focused on family, faith and fun! All the essential vintage classics and new classics you want to hear. PLUS: The #1 Christmas song everyone will LOVE, but most likely have not heard. It will become a NEW favorite! Included is the World’s Best Hot Cocoa recipe kids and adults will enjoy. Be sure to pin and share this fabulous list of songs as well as add them to your playlist. We’re talkin’ Ho Ho Ho here, not ho-hum, ho-hum!

A Special Holiday Playlist for Christmas:
25 Songs of Christmas to Get You in the Holiday Spirit!

Are you ready for Christmas, my friends? Christmas Day is just a few days away! Can you believe it?

Have you decked the halls? Have you caught up with friends for some holiday cheer over cocktails? Have you started your Christmas baking and completed your shopping and gift wrapping? Be honest, are you being naughty or nice?

So. With your holiday bash or family gathering planned, all you have left to do is search out the very best in Christmas tunes to compile your own playlist to include songs focused on family, faith and fun for the kiddos.

No worries as Wicked Good Kitchen has you covered! Simply use the links below to pull together your own holiday playlist at YouTube or to sample for your streaming service.

Although this list is hardly complete, and is admittedly subjective with no particular ranking order, The Big Lug and I sat down last week after hanging ornaments on our Christmas tree to jot down our top 25 Christmas songs by our favorite artists and composers…just for you.

No. 1 Song Pick - This Is Christmas by Suzie McNeil

Plus! There is a brilliant ROCKIN’ Christmas song focused on family that you most likely have not yet heard. It is my #1 pick for my readers this holiday season. In fact, you simply must stop what you are doing NOW and catch it…in this adorable video by Mathieu Riedl at YouTube. It will definitely get you in the holiday spirit! I promise.

Love. It.

Here is Suzie’s official video:

And this is where you can “meet” Suzie in her “This Is Christmas Promo” video.

Isn’t she fabulous?

The first time I heard this catchy holiday song, This Is Christmas, was last year in an entertaining Hallmark Christmas movie, Window Wonderland (2013). At first, I didn’t care for the film due to it’s overall production design with muted tones of blues and grays. However, it grew on me. Big time.

With the two very strong leads, Chyler Leigh playing Sloan and Paul Campbell playing Jake, with Naomi Judd in a supporting role playing Sloan’s mother, their character backstories and chemistry, the overall storyline, script, snappy comedic dialogue and music (Shawn Hook’s amazing vocals in Two Hearts Set On Fire and Suzie McNeil’s irresistible This Is Christmas), this made-for-television holiday film had me in the Christmas spirit in nanoseconds. Now, I just love it and it’s one of my favorite Hallmark Christmas movies to watch each year.

This Is Christmas, by Suzie McNeil, is the song you and your guests need to hear to kick off your Christmas party. I promise…everyone will be rockin’ to this special holiday song, both children and adults, with its upbeat tempo and nostalgic lyrics.

In fact, I’ve been listening to This Is Christmas all last week and this week, along with Sleeper Agent’s Winter Wonderland (in my mind, an instant classic), Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and Bruce Springsteen’s Santa Claus is Coming To Town, while in the kitchen doing some wicked holiday baking. Can’t get enough of these tunes! Play. Repeat. That’s all I’ve been doing with this holiday playlist (and another one forthcoming to the blog) and highly recommend it.

Before we get to the list(s), sing along with Suzie’s fresh, original and fantastic take on the modern Christmas song and spread some holiday cheer!

This Is Christmas (song lyrics)

It’s Christmas again and everybody’s home
The fire’s burning bright, outside the lights are glowin’
We all gather ’round to celebrate and cheer
Let’s raise up our glass to another year
It’s that old familiar feeling when there’s magic in the air

It’s the sleighbells ringing ding-a-ling
It’s the choir singing: These Three Kings
Everybody’s feeling happy
It’s Santa’s jolly Ho Ho Ho
When the streets are filling up with snow
Oh Christmas
This is Christmas to me
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, this is Christmas

Dad is holding mom under the mistletoe
As they sing another verse of ‘Let It Snow’ (oh, the weather outside is frightful)
Sarah’s stringing popcorn for the tree
While Laura grabs a candy cane for me
It’s these old familiar feelings when there’s magic in the air

It’s the sleighbells ringing ding-a-ling
It’s the choir singing: These Three Kings
Everybody’s feeling happy
It’s Santa’s jolly Ho Ho Ho
When the streets are filling up with snow
Oh Christmas
This is Christmas

No one can control their excitement when they look under the tree
Trying to teach the little ones not to be too greedy
My heart is filled with love and delight when I’m surrounded by my family

This is Christmas
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, this is Christmas

It’s the sleighbells ringing ding-a-ling
It’s the choir singing: These Three Kings
Everybody’s feeling happy
It’s Santa’s jolly Ho Ho Ho
When the streets are filling up with snow
Oh Christmas
This is Christmas to me

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, this is Christmas to me

So, my friends, get your Christmas party groove on and enjoy this splendid Christmas song by Suzie as well as the vintage classics and new classics we have compiled for you below.

Hopefully, there will be some surprises for you along the way!

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And don’t forget the hot cocoa!

For Wicked Good Kitchen’s World’s Best Hot Cocoa (or Hot Chocolate) recipe, made from a special Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, follow the link below:

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Included are directions for preparing it as well as many variations to accommodate special diets and personal tastes as well as our Top 10 Secrets to Make the Very Best Cup of Hot Cocoa.

It truly is THE BEST Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix and makes a thoughtful holiday gift from the kitchen!

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25 Christmas Songs: Family, Faith & Fun Holiday Playlist

Our #1 Song Pick to Add to Your Holiday Playlist Now:

  1. This Is Christmas (2012) Suzie McNeil

Now, onto the list for the 25 Christmas Songs you need for your holiday playlist.

Here are some great Christmas songs for the family that we enjoy playing each year that you definitely should not miss—especially, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”, a radio station novelty favorite that kids of all ages adore.

Although there are many fun and twisted Christmas songs out there, we only included “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” as it has resonated the most with the listening audience and has become a classic. “The Holly and the Ivy”, a beautiful ancient British Christmas carol, is our most recent addition. This carol dates all the way back to 1711.

Enjoy our list of 25 Christmas Songs, from oldest to newest recording dates, focused on family, faith and fun!

25 Family, Faith & Fun Christmas Classics – A Mix of Old and New

  1. Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane) (1947), Gene Autry
  2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949), Gene Autry
  3. Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song) (1950), Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
  4. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (1953), Gayla Peevey
  5. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) (1958), Alvin and the Chipmunks
  6. All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) (1958), Alvin and the Chipmunks
  7. Run Run Rudolph (Run, Rudolph, Run) (1958), Chuck Berry
  8. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1963), The Ronettes
  9. A Holly Jolly Christmas (1964), Burl Ives
  10. Frosty The Snowman (1964), Brenda Lee
  11. Linus & Lucy (1965), Vince Guaraldi Trio
  12. Christmas Time Is Here (vocal) (1965), Vince Guaraldi Trio
  13. O Tannenbaum (1965), Vince Guaraldi Trio
  14. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (1966), Thurl Ravenscroft
  15. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970), Fred Astaire
  16. Silent Night (1994), Mariah Carey
  17. O Holy Night (1994), Mariah Carey
  18. The Holly and the Ivy (2003), Mediaeval Baebes
  19. Deck the Halls (Deck the Hall) (2004), James Taylor
  20. Do You Hear What I Hear? (2007) Carrie Underwood
  21. We Three Kings of Orient Are (2007), Olivia Newton-John
  22. Away in A Manger (2007), Martina McBride
  23. O Come All Ye Faithful (2007), Martina McBride
  24. The First Noel (2009), Carrie Underwood
  25. Angels We Have Heard On High (2013), Pentatonix

Honorable Mentions:

Don’t miss these tracks: Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane) by Elvis Presley, The Holly and the Ivy (one of the first stereo releases, in 1958, of the ancient British Christmas carol) by Petula Clark, The Christmas Song by Vince Guaraldi Trio, Christmas Vacation by Mavis Staples and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, by Elmo ‘n’ Patsy.

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12 Fun and Interesting Facts About Popular Christmas Songs

  1. Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane) is a Christmas song originally written and performed by Gene Autry, with music composed by Oakley Haldeman. Autry’s original version was a top-10 hit on the pop and country charts; the song would go on to be covered many times in the subsequent decades.
  2. Autry got the idea for “Here Comes Santa Claus” after riding his horse in the 1946 Santa Claus Lane Parade (now the Hollywood Christmas Parade) in Los Angeles, during which crowds of spectators chanted, “Here comes Santa Claus.” This inspired him to write a song that Haldeman set to music. Autry’s lyrics combined two veins of the Christmas tradition, the mythology of Santa Claus and the Christian origin of the holiday—most explicitly in its mention of the nativity promise of “peace on Earth”.
  3. Among the many works of American songwriter Johnny Marks is Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which was based on a poem of the same name, written by Marks’ brother-in-law, Robert L. May, Rudolph’s creator. Rudolph first appeared in a 1939 booklet published by Montgomery Ward. A television film based on the story and song first aired in 1964, with Marks himself composing the score.
  4. Johnny Marks specialized in Christmas songs and also wrote, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (a hit for Brenda Lee), “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (recorded by Burl Ives), “Silver and Gold” (for Burl Ives) and “Run, Rudolph, Run” (recorded by Chuck Berry) also sometimes titled “Run, Run, Rudolph”.
  5. Frosty the Snowman (or Frosty the Snow Man) is a popular song written by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. It was written after the success of Autry’s recording of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the previous year; Rollins and Nelson shipped the new song to Autry, who recorded “Frosty” in search of another seasonal hit. Like “Rudolph”, “Frosty” was subsequently adapted to other media including a popular television special Frosty the Snowman.
  6. “Frosty the Snowman” recounts the fictional tale of a snowman that is magically brought to life through a silk hat that a group of children find and place on his head. Although Frosty enjoys roaming throughout town with the children who constructed him, he runs afoul of a traffic cop and leaves town, promising he will be back again someday.
  7. “Linus and Lucy” is a popular jazz piano composition written by Vince Guaraldi, appearing in many of the Peanuts animated television specials. Named for the fictional siblings Linus and Lucy van Pelt, it was released in 1964 on the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s album Jazz Impressions of a Boy Named Charlie Brown. A Charlie Brown Christmas introduced the song to a television audience of millions of children beginning in 1965.
  8. Silent Night (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. The song has been recorded by a large number of singers from every music genre. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the third best-selling single of all-time.
  9. Silent Night was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St. Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, in present-day Austria. A young priest, Father Joseph Mohr, had come to Oberndorf the year before. He had already written the lyrics of the song “Stille Nacht” in 1816. The melody was composed by Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf. Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the church service. Both performed the carol during the mass on the night of December 24.
  10. The original manuscript for Silent Night” has been lost. However, a manuscript was discovered in 1995 in Mohr’s handwriting and dated by researchers at ca. 1820. It shows that Mohr wrote the words in 1816 when he was assigned to a pilgrim church in Mariapfarr, Austria, and shows that the music was composed by Gruber in 1818. This is the earliest manuscript that exists and the only one in Mohr’s handwriting.
  11. “Deck the Halls” or “Deck the Hall” (which is the 1877 title) is a traditional Christmas, yuletide and New Years’ carol that dates all the way back to the 16th century. The melody is Welsh and was first published in 1794 as “Nos Galan” or “New Year’s Eve”, while the English lyrics date to 1862.
  12. “We Three Kings” or “We Three Kings of Orient Are” also known as “The Quest of the Magi”, is a famous Christmas carol that was written by Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr., in 1857. At the time of composing the carol, Hopkins served as the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and he wrote the carol for a Christmas pageant in New York City. Many versions of this song have been composed and it remains a popular Christmas carol to this day.

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My dear readers, I hope you will treasure listening to these classics sitting in your living room, with a fire in the fireplace, sipping on eggnog or hot cocoa, catching glimpses outside at the snow (if there is some this year!) and pretty lights while the Christmas tree glows inside the house where you are kept cozy and warm.

Finally, be sure to treat yourself by taking a listen to Silent Night by Kelly Clarkson, featuring Trisha Yearwood & Reba McEntire. Just beautiful.

So, what are your favorite Christmas songs and by which artists? Please comment below and share. I would love to know!

Wishing you the Merriest Christmas, my friends!

Cheers!

xo,

stacysig

 

 

 

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. I am not an affiliate with Amazon.com at this time or with any other company. I just dig these holiday music tracks and CDs mentioned in this article.

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25 Christmas Songs Playlist: Ultimate Family Classics Old & New ~ Simply the BEST! All the essential vintage classics and new classics you want to hear! PLUS: The #1 Christmas song everyone will LOVE, but most likely have not yet heard! It will become a NEW favorite. Included is our recipe for the World’s Best Hot Cocoa that everyone will enjoy!

25 Christmas Songs Playlist: Ultimate Family Classics Old & New ~ Simply the BEST! All the essential vintage classics and new classics you want to hear! PLUS: The #1 Christmas song everyone will LOVE, but most likely have not yet heard! It will become a NEW favorite. Included is our recipe for the World’s Best Hot Cocoa that everyone will enjoy!

25 Christmas Songs Playlist: Ultimate Family Classics Old & New ~ Simply the BEST! All the essential vintage classics and new classics you want to hear! PLUS: The #1 Christmas song everyone will LOVE, but most likely have not yet heard! It will become a NEW favorite. Included is our recipe for the World’s Best Hot Cocoa that everyone will enjoy!

 

 

25 Christmas Songs Playlist: Ultimate Family Classics Old & New ~ Simply the BEST! All the essential vintage classics and new classics you want to hear! PLUS: The #1 Christmas song everyone will LOVE, but most likely have not yet heard! It will become a NEW favorite. Included is our recipe for the World’s Best Hot Cocoa that everyone will enjoy!

About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

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