As an absolute Christmas music fanatic, I take my Holiday playlist very seriously. A great playlist combines the old and the new, the slow and the fast, the nostalgic and the vibrant. Certainly, when it comes to Christmas music our brains cling to the pure serotonin that we receive from listening to these classic tunes. This playlist combines all of that with some new features. Nevertheless, it’s uncommon to find Christmas tunes that are written from within the past century that peak popularity, but some include the following.
TAKE ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
This Christmas ballad by Dan + Shay is one of my absolute favorites. You cannot help but smile and sing along to the perfect synchronized harmonies. The tune captures that warm fuzzy feeling of wanting to share the holidays with that new person that you are head over heels for. You’ll find yourself humming this catchy tune all throughout the holiday season.
CHRISTMAS MAKES ME WANT TO CRY
Miss Kacey Musgraves’ beautiful voice absolutely glimmers and shines through this beautiful piece. Her delicate tone creates a comforting and easy feeling. This song is a stark contrast to many other christmas music. With the holidays approaching comes a bittersweet feeling when it comes to who you spend the holiday season with.
“And it’s always sad seeing mom and dad getting a little grayer”-Kacey Musgraves (2016)
This line always evokes such a familiar true feeling about the holiday season that I feel isn’t talked about enough.
SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS
“Someday at Christmas” by Stevie Wonder introduces the comfort of the christmas season with beautiful chimes. This song has a special meaning and place as it unfortunately still holds so true. The song was released in 1967 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. It speaks about the hope for a future where there will be joy and peace between all. The catchy light melody is presented with such strong and powerful lyrics such as
“Someday at Christmas man will not fail, Hate will be gone and love will prevail”-Stevie Wonder (1967)
The following year Martin Luther King Jr. Was assassinated making it almost eerily relevant and timely over the course of history. These lyrics are still extremely powerful and are pertinent to events occurring around the world currently.
To finish out we have an absolute 80s tune turned classic. No other recent song hits the christmas nostalgia serotonin quite like Wham’s 1987 hit “Last Christmas”. Despite all of the amazing covers such as Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, nothing will have my heart like the original.
GIVE IT A LISTEN!
It’s such an accomplishment to write Holiday tunes that lives on for years and years to come, especially in the past century. While these are some of my stand out favorites you should go check out our Ultimate Christmas playlist on Mic Drop Music’s Spotify linked below where you can find all of our holiday favorites! What’s your holiday favorite?