Christmas is just around the corner and one of the main reasons why I love the holidays is the wonderful seasonal music. These timeless classics always get me in the spirit! There are so many great tunes for the holidays but I have to ask: What are your top three Christmas songs? And why?
Here are my picks:
1. This Christmas by Donny Hathaway. In my not-so-humble opinion, This Christmas is THE quintessential holiday song. Every time I hear it, I am instantly reminded of my childhood, lighting the Christmas tree, opening up presents and spending time with my family. With Donny’s soulful voice, how can you not feel something while listening? Ironically, this song was not a hit when it was released in 1970. Its mega success came after Atco Records re-released the song in 1991; and later, the heavily-performed song became an official Christmas standard with American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
by Donny Hathaway
Produced by Don-Ric Enterprises
Written by Donny Hathaway and Nadine McKinnor
Arranged by Donny Hathaway
2. All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey. If you ever want to see me extra jolly, just throw this song on! This upbeat tune will surely get you dancing around in your house. Or am I just speaking for myself? lol Written and produced by Mariah Carey and composer Walter Afanasieff for her first holiday album, Merry Christmas, this lead single became a festive hit and made a huge impact since, being listed as the most-played Christmas song for two decades!
All I Want For Christmas
by Mariah Carey
Produced and Written by Mariah Carey & Walter Afanasieff
3. Let It Snow by Boyz II Men featuring Brian McKnight. Of course, I have to rep my hometown boys on this list! This modern classic is so good that it almost makes me wish it was snowing in Philly. Keyword: Almost. 😉 Featured on the platinum-selling album, Christmas Interpretations, Let It Snow is the go-to holiday song for any 90’s R&B lover featuring the old school harmonies of Boyz II Men, the velvety vocals of Brian McKnight and Wanya Morris’ neverending ad-libs (which I never seem to mind ever).
Let It Snow
by Boyz II Men featuring Brian McKnight
Written by Brian McKnight and Wanya Morris
So there goes my top three Christmas songs. What are yours? Let’s talk about it!