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:
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer performed by The Temptations. Funky.
- Drummer Boy performed by Tori Amos. Find the live version from 1995 wow.
- 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.
- Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord performed by Boney M. in Dublin 1978.
- 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.
- Christmas In Hollis performed by Run-DMC.
- Louisiana Christmas Day performed by Aaron Neville.
- The Heat Miser Song performed by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. So tell me you don’t loudly sing along to this song.
- Jingle Bells – Lou Donaldson‘s version from Funky Christmas album.
- Angels We Have Heard On High performed by Christafari. Adding a bit of reggae to this classic.
- O Holy Night performed a capella by Nsync and a very young Justin Timberlake.
- 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.