Top Ten Christmas Singles

By Jeffery Rhodes
     Here at The Reel Deal, we believe that it’s never early to start listening to Christmas music. Christmas is the greatest time of year for many reasons. One of those reason are the many songs dedicated to this special season and it’s hard to choose just 10 songs out of the impressive collection. Here are the top 10 songs that I think best represent Christmas.
10.  “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” – *NSYNC
      This song perfectly sums up what everyone wishes for during the holiday season. Schools breaks and the exciting anticipation are some of the most exciting aspects of the holidays! If you say that you haven’t been counting down the days until Christmas, you’re a big fat liar. This song is full of fuzzy feelings and holiday cheer. From the piano in the beginning to the choir singing at the end, this is a great song to get into the spirit of the season.

9. “Believe” – Josh Groban

     Josh Groban’s voice was meant for Christmas hymns. Though his Christmas album, Noel, is nothing short of a masterpiece, my favorite song is a Christmas song that is not included on the album: “Believe,” from the movie The Polar Express. Not only does it illustrate the meaning of the movie, but also makes one think about to simpler times and how mysterious and wonderful Christmas was in childhood. It inspires adults to let out their inner child. Not to mention the vocals and are spot on and the arrangement is flawless.

8. “Someday At Christmas” – Justin Bieber

     This is definitely one of the best Christmas songs out there. It’s filled with positive Christmas ambitions. Although it was hard deciding between the Stevie Wonder or the Justin Bieber version, I picked the Biebs merely because his voice reminds me of a young Michael Jackson. Hands down, this is the best track on his Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe.

7. “Give Love On Christmas Day” – The Temptations

     Just reading the title puts a smile on my face. This is a Christmas classic, a song about spreading love and reminding audiences that the Christmas season is the season of giving. It doesn’t get more Christmas-y than that! Plus Eddie Kendrick delivers a great performance with his signature falsetto.

6. “This Christmas” – Chris Brown

     “This Christmas” has been sung by Motown greats, but Chris Brown’s version is a cut above the rest. He recorded it for the movie he starred in of the same title. It starts out slow tempoed to show off Chris’ vocals, but speeds up for an old school feel. This sound and the lyrics; describing spreading cheer, presents, cards, and caroling through the night, portrays the feeling of Christmas well .

5. “Santa Baby” – Michael Bublé

     Michael Buble brings the style of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby back to Christmas. I usually don’t like this song because it isn’t one that the whole family could enjoy, but Buble’s style and his tweaking of  the lyrics make it a Christmas classic. Instead of calling him’ Santa Baby’ and ‘Sweetie’, he calls him ‘Buddy’ and ‘Pally’. He asks for things that more men would like to have for Christmas, like a Rolex and ‘cha ching’, making it a more manly song. The way he makes this song his own is creative and original.

4. “Santa Clause Is Coming To Town” – Jackson 5

     Nothing livens up the annual Christmas party like the Jackson 5’s rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. With the young Michael Jackson taking the lead, the harmony is on point.This is also one of the few renditions of the song that actually includes the second verse. Many other arrangements repeat the first over and over again.

3. “White Christmas” – Michael Bublé

    There is no feeling like Christmas Day snow while opening presents with family. This song is one of the most covered Christmas songs ever, and for good reason. The original version, sung by Bing Crosby, was an instant number 1 hit when it was released. This song isn’t the typical and upbeat. It has more of a solemn vibe to it. Michael Buble simply outshines most versions with his pure vocal talent.

2. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” – Rascal Flatts

     This is one of the best a cappella songs. Period. The strong vocal performances from the whole group make it unforgettable. In general, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” is a serious and touching Christmas song that hits home for those who can’t make it home. It casts the holiday season in a different light and makes one thankful to be with family. You don’t have to be a country music fan to enjoy this song.

1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey

     Even though this is more of a love song than a Christmas song, who cares? It is almost guaranteed that 90% of America turns this song up when it’s on the radio this time of year. Christmas is all about sharing love, not the other fun yet distracting things that come with the Christmas season. This song boosted Mariah Carey’s career and made her and internationally known star. Till this day, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is her best-selling single. Its upbeat, dance/pop sound gives it unique energy.