40) "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - Brenda Lee
Any time there's a saxophone solo like this in a song, you know it must be a Christmas hit. It's definitely one of the most popular Christmas songs, but I think all the radio airplay it gets has made the song overbearing during the holidays at times.
39) "The Christmas Song" - Nat King Cole
This song was made to the fire at Christmas. I mean the first line basically sums up the entire song.
38) "Do You Hear What I Hear?" - Whitney Houston
These ten songs can certainly be classified in one way: big powerhouse vocals. This is the first of these. It's an age old classic, and with one of the best singers ever lending her voice, the song is made that much better.
37) "O Tannenbaum" - Vince Guaraldi Trio
How could you not possibly love another Charlie Brown classic?
Flashback: I cannot hear this song anymore without hearing my dad's changed lyrics, "Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree/ I feel on you at ten to three," which immediately reminds me of the last year my family got a real Christmas tree. The year the tree fell over onto my siblings, and they emerged from under the tree with pine needles everywhere. Therefore, I cannot hear this song without laughing.
36) "Ave Maria" - Celine Dion
Remember when I said powerhouse vocals? This is one of the most beautiful Catholic hymns. Unfortunately, it's usually ruined at mass. However, this version by Celine Dion reminds you how truly great the hymn is.
35) "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - Mariah Carey
It's uptempo; it's fun; it's not a downer despite the theme of the song. Mariah Carey is able to deliver a powerhouse vocal on this track unable to be matched by almost anyone. My favorite part of the song is at the end when she's doing the runs and switches from from her upper octave immediately into the lower one.
34) "Every Christmas" - Kelly Clarkson
It's bluesy and soulful. Interesting fact about this song: the choir sound of the backing vocal was created by Clarkson harmonizing with herself in different tones of voices until they developed the sound of the choir.
33) "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - Gene Autry
It's quite the classic, especially when it's been around for so long elementary school children have added their own lyrics in between the original song. Another song I feel is slightly overplayed through.
32) "Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo" - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Rock meets orchestra meets Christmas. This song is one of those songs where I don't think you can find a person who doesn't like it. (It's import to establish here that I distinguish this song as an original and not either "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" or "Carol of the Bells.")
31) "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
There are way too many excellent versions of this song to pick just one, so I'll give you some options.
No matter who delivers this classic, the message comes across loud and clear. It's about enjoying your holiday with family.