RLITM Top Christmas Songs Ever...#20-1!

December 23, 2017

20.  Last Christmas – Lea Michelle, Cast of Glee

  • Great production, great vocals.  A Christmas version of the best of Glee.
  • One of the best new Christmas songs of the past 5 years.

19.  Angels – Jim Brickman

  • From his “The Gift” album.  Amazing instrumental take on Angels We Have Heard On High.  Soft start, powerful ending. Unique. 

18.  Hallelujah Chorus – Boston Pops

  • Always have to crank this up!  The bombast of the holiday filled with the majesty of Handel’s “The Messiah”.  Glorious!

17.  All I Want For Christmas – Mariah Carey

  • One of the best contemporary Christmas songs ever.  Brought back the Phil Spector sound, and challenged other artists to create new holiday songs.

16.  I Can’t Wait For Christmas – Mindi Abair

  • The definition of Christmas cool and sexy with cocktails by the fire.

15.  Holly Jolly Christmas --  Michael Buble

  • I LOVE Buble’s TV Christmas specials.  Campy and simply written the way the old Andy Williams specials used to be.  This version of Holly Jolly keeps up with the original.

14.  Santa Claus Is Back In Town – Elvis Presley

  • Elvis’s sneer jus before the piano solo…priceless.
  • You feel the raw energy of a live to tape studio performance

13.  Christmas In The Sand – Colbie Caillat

  • It’s rare when a modern, non-traditional holidays songs cuts through and fits nicely between classics.  This one does. Sunshine in the dark of Winter!

12.  (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home – U2

  • Recorded at a soundcheck during their 1987 tour, quite possibly the best rock Christmas song since Springsteen's “Santa Claus”  (see #30) at C.W. Post in the 70’s.
  • A standout from the first Very Special Christmas CD (the red one!)

11.  The Prayer – Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion

  • Angelic.  Can I hear this ll year?  Makes time stand still.

10.  Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Peanuts

  • It’s not Christmas till you hear this at the end of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

9.  Soldier’s Silent Night – Father Ted Berndt

  • Can’t stop crying.  Can’t turn it off.  Greatest writing ever.


8.  Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer – Dean Martin

  • “Rudy, the red beaked reindeer” as only Dean can sing it. 
  • “Making Spirits Bright” is a must-have Christmas album

7.  Sleigh Ride – Johnny Mathis

  • Personal feelings for this song since Johnny was one of my favorite interviews ever.
  • He told great stories  about recording this album in a sweaty New York studio during the Summer of 1958.  Percy Faith conducted, Mitch Miller produced.  Can’t get any bigger than that.

6.  Jingle Bells – Sammy Davis Jr.

  • Lots of versions of this song…but none like Sammy’s.  Santa Claus meets the Vegas Strip.  Gotta sing along when he yells “Everybody!”

5.  It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams

  • Holiday smiles all around.  Uptempo, and everyone loves it.  An original that will be a smash if released today!

4.  Silent Night – Any Traditional Version

  • Growing up, always had a soft spot for the slow, traditional version of this hymn.  It was played during a Christmas church service my wife and I were attending, and when I looked over, she was crying.  Afterward, she said "Silent Night" always makes her cry.  Me too.   

3.  Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

  • Another one that makes time stop.  Majestic.  Perfectly produced. 

2.  (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home – Darlene Love

  • Classic and iconic, from the opening bass line to the Wall of Sound buildup to the opening lyrics.  Could have easily placed this at #1.

1.  Happy Holiday – Andy Williams

  • I didn’t realize how perfect this song was till one of my Producer’s pointed it out a few years ago.  Easy to sing along with... “He’ll be coming down the chimney, down” deliciously 1960’s produced pop!