My Top 5 Christmas Songs

My Top 5 Christmas Songs | Writing Between Pauses

Confession: once I put up my Christmas tree (early November, I'm not ashamed!), I start listening to Christmas music. Not all the time, but just occasionally, like when I'm cooking dinner or writing. I just love Christmas music. 

Once December hits, however, it's time to go full on. I turn my radio in my car to the Christmas station; I keep my Spotify Christmas playlist ready all the time; and I trade my true crime podcasts for Christmas music whenever I'm in the kitchen. 

Everyone has their favorites when it comes to Christmas music. I thought I'd share my favorite 5 songs: the ones I belt in the car, that I look forward to on my playlist, the ones that I remember from my childhood. Here they are! 

1. All I Want for Christmas is You by the Darcys 

For a lot of people, Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" is a classic. (Cut to the iconic scene in Love, Actually.) However, I've never been a huge fan of MC (it's ok, she doesn't know me)... however, this version from the Darcys is just as classic in my mind. I love a unique cover and this one fits the bill. 

2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Cat Power

This version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas combines a classic with my love of indie music. It is haunting and lovely and perfect for dark winter evenings with a fire, a cup of tea, and a blanket. 

3. Space Christmas by All Darlin' 

I love this song so much, I included it in an Instagram story back in November. It is so much fun; I love unique, new Christmas songs and this one definitely fits the bill. It would be perfect for a fun party or ugly sweater competition. 

4. Little Drummer Boy by David Bowie & Bing Crosby

Has there ever been a weird mash up? A more iconic video that seems both totally normal and hilariously awkward? I love David Bowie (all his problematic moments aside) for his voice alone; this song is such a classic and hearing it from two completely disparate styles of musician... really lovely. 

5. Last Christmas by Wham!

Such a fun song! My mom and I always sang along to this one in the car on the way home from school. It reminds me so much of my childhood in such a weird way. I would go ahead and say that this is a classic these days and absolutely required on any Christmas playlist!