My favourite things about Christmas are, feeling cosy with loved ones, the music, the food, and the decorations (lights!). Definitely in that order. I do randomly listen to Christmas music throughout the year, but now that it is December, I feel like it is socially acceptable to share some of my favourite selections. Please let me know what holiday music you are enjoying in the comments, I love exploring new music!
Click below to listen to my handy Youtube playlist. I hope you enjoy!
1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, as sung by Judy Garland in one of my favourite movies, Meet Me In St. Louis. I love that it feels melancholy and comfy at the same time. I tend to love the sad Christmas songs, as you will see.
2. Sister Winter, by Sufjan Stevens. This song got me through an entire winter while Husband was away as a co-op student for 8 months and it was just me and my cat enjoying winter in Fredericton. I particularly enjoy the joyous ending, it gets me out of a blue mood every time I listen!
3. River, by Joni Mitchell. Another melancholy favourite. Life is not always rosy, and I think it would lose some of it's beauty if it were. There is beauty and depth in sadness, and in this song.
4. Jingle Bells, as sung by Ella Fitzgerald. A happy song to dance to while you bake Christmas cookies! "I'm just crazy 'bout horses" and Ella's voice!
5. Snow, by Loreena McKennitt. Growing up, we listened to a lot of Loreena McKennitt, I grew to love her music and celtic music at a young age. When there is snow on the ground, the world feels quiet and still and I find myself wanting to listen to celtic sounds.
6. Oh Holy Night, as sung by Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Those voices!! I think that the voice of a young Pavarotti is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard.
7. Somewhere in my Memory, by John Williams. What can I say? I grew up in the 90s. Home Alone is one of my favourite holiday movies. I can still hear my dad laughing as those bumbling burglars get their comeuppance!
8. What are you Doing New Year's Eve, as sung by Rufus Wainwright. I love Rufus. I have seen him live twice, he is fabulous. I love his easy power and subtle yet poignant emotion.
9. Gesu Bambino, as sung by Kathleen Battle and Frederica Von Staade. Two of my vocal idols on one stage, singing one of my favourite songs to sing. With a boys choir. Perfection.
10. Let it Snow, as sung by Michael Buble. This man's voice is butter, and he knows how to use it! I love his Christmas album. Happy happy Christmas cheese.
11. Song for a Winter's Night, as sung by Sarah McLachlan. Possibly my favourite Sarah recording (and if you know me, this is a big deal). A beautiful song written by Gordon Lightfoot, recorded in breathtaking vocal layering magic.
12. White Christmas, as sung by Bing Crosby. An original, a classic, and something I wish for every Christmas. I love snow!!
13. Happy Xmas/War is Over, by John Lennon. One of the best sad Christmas songs. Lyrics that are poignant and relevant (sadly).
14. Aspenglow, by John Denver. Christmas memories of my parents house. Love this melody.
15. That's Christmas to Me, by Pentatonix. A new favourite! Such lovely lyrics and harmony. Warm Christmas feelings.
16. Christmas Time Is Here, Vince Guaraldi Trio. Honestly, I wanted to put the entire album. This is my go to holiday soundtrack. The sparse jazz stylings, the slightly out of tune choir, so charming!
Hours after writing this list, I remembered that I love Snowman by the Barenaked Ladies. Add that to my list of melancholy carols. I also realized that I am probably going to be continually be thinking of Christmas songs that I love... so the list may continue growing for my own enjoyment. Stay tuned! I am a Christmas music maniac!