Christmas songs are like candy.
They can be soft and sweet, reminiscing about the special time of the year when the smell of gingerbread and cookies comes wafting out of the kitchen and the laughter of your entire family reverberates throughout your house.
However, they can also be hard and painful to digest, echoing through entire shopping malls and making you wish you could clog your ears with some leftover turkey stuffing and cuddle up in a dark, quiet place till the holiday season is over,
To help you avoid the latter, we’ve combined this list of our top 8 Christmas songs for your Christmas countdown. Have a read, share the post with your friends, and make sure you let us know if you think we’ve missed any of your favorite holiday tracks
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#8 Christmas Rapping- Kurtis Blow
We’re going to kick off our list of countdown Christmas songs with something a little different. Hip Hop is definitely not a genre most people would associate with Christmas, but American rapper Kurtis Blow managed to bridge that gap with this track.
The track was released in 1979 on Blow’s self-titled debut album and features a groovy bassline, some funky guitar riffs and drum beats, and, obviously, a tight rhyme by Kurtis. While the track didn’t achieve huge commercial success, we believe it deserves a mention for taking an interesting spin on the whole Christmas song tradition.
#7 Please Come Home for Christmas- Charles Brown
Next on our list is this 60s R&B number. Originally written and released by American blues singer/pianist Charles Brown in 1960, the track was made popular by The Eagles in 1978.
Brown’s version, on the other hand, achieved mild success, hitting Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in December 1961 and peaking at position #76. The song was later covered by a variety of other artists, including Jon Bon Jovi Kelly Clarkson, and country legend Willie Nelson.
6. Merry Christmas Baby- Ike and Tina Turner
This iconic R&B track is all you need to wake up on Christmas morning. The song was originally written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore, and was first recorded in 1947 by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers.
It has been covered by hundreds of artists, including Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Christina Aguilera, and Bruce Springsteen. However, this version by R&B legends Ike and Tina Turner is by far one of our favorites.
#5 All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
If there is someone on this world that knows their way around a pop hit, it’s Mariah Carey. This iconic track was first released in 1994 as the lead single on Carey’s first holiday album, Merry Christmas.
Since then, the song has gone on to become one of the most iconic seasonal pop hits of all time. It pays homage to carey’s incredible vocal skill and talents for writing unbeatable pop music. If you’re looking to include something on your Christmas countdown playlist to please everyone, this is it.
#4 Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
Some things are simply recognizable as great from the first moment you see/hear/taste the,. Mulled wine is one of those things, and so is this iconic Christmas song by Irish folk legends The Pogues.
After numerous rewrites and failed recordings, the song was finally released in 1987 as a single and later featured on the 1988 album If I should Fall from Grace with God. Unfortunately, it never topped the UK singles chart upon its release, being kept at #2 by Pet Shop Boys’ cover version of “Always on My Mind.”
However, it has since proved enduringly popular with people all over the world. Since its first release in 1987, it has reached the UK top twenty on twelve separate occasions and sold over 1.18 million copies.
#3 White Christmas- Bing Crosby
This next track is a little more traditional than those included in our list so far. “White Christmas” is a 1942 Irving Berlin song made famous by Bing Crosby.In fact, Crosby’s version is so famous that Guiness World Records recognised it as the best-selling single of all time.
Crosby was renowned for his smooth, bass baritone voice which shines through so magically on this number. Make sure you enjoy this one by a fire, preferably watching the snow fall outside while you sip a hot cup of eggnog.
2. Last Christmas- Wham!
This tune needs little introduction. Released in 1984 as part of a double A-side, this track has come to be one of the most recognisable Christmas songs of the last century.
The original version was written and produced by George Michael, but the song has since been interpreted by many other artists, including Billie Piper, Jimmy Eat World, Hilary Duff, Carly Rae Jepsen, and many more.
#1 Happy Xmas (War is Over) Lennon & Yoko Ono
If you’re looking for the perfect track to top off your Christmas countdown, look no further. This iconic Christmas tune by Beatles frontman John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono strikes the perfect balance between having a powerful message and a catchy melody
Originally released in 1971 as a single by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir, the track has since gone on to periodically re emerge on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #2 right after Lennon’s death in 1980.
Preaching of world peace and unity, we believe there’s no other song out there that quite captures the Christmas spirit so perfectly.
Did we miss one of your favorite Christmas tracks? If so, let us know in the comments below. Remember, if you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate Christmas in vancouver this year, make sure you get your tickets for the Enchant Christmas Maze and Market today. For more information, click here.