In the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas, here are my 12 favorite holiday songs for 2017.  

Holiday music bolsters the spirit of the season and (mostly) holds a positive message.  All of these songs can be found on YouTube – now that’s a gift!  So consider these for your playlist and tell me your favorite songs and the best performance of them.

Top 12 Christmas Songs

Honestly it would have been pretty easy to make a list of 120 holiday songs that I like.  You can find all of these songs on YouTube and no doubt many other places.

I included the title, artist, and version of the song I like:

  1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer performed by The Temptations.  Funky.
  2. Drummer Boy performed by Tori AmosFind the live version from 1995 wow.
  3. Children Go Where I Send Thee performed by Johnny Cash from Man in Black: Live in Denmark.  It was 1971 and he’s got Carl Perkins, the Statler Brothers, and the Carter Family with him.
  4. Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord performed by Boney M. in Dublin 1978.
  5. O Holy Night performed by Holly Near and Brian Green.  Yes they agnosticized some of the lyrics to put a focus on peace,  but what a beautiful arrangement and powerful vocals.
  6. Christmas In Hollis performed by Run-DMC.
  7. Louisiana Christmas Day performed by Aaron Neville.
  8. The Heat Miser Song performed by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  So tell me you don’t loudly sing along to this song.
  9. Jingle BellsLou Donaldson‘s version from Funky Christmas album.
  10. Angels We Have Heard On High performed by ChristafariAdding a bit of reggae to this classic.
  11. O Holy Night performed a capella by Nsync and a very young Justin Timberlake.
  12. Twelve Days of Christmas Hawaiian Style.  Lots of great versions out there but watch this video that I stumbled across it starts with Run DMC but then see what happens at about the 47 second mark.  I love this video.

Let me know whats on your holiday playlist.  And pray for peace people everywhere.