All I Want for Christmas Is You
This song is EVERYTHING. This is Mariah Carey at her talented, diva, amazing-ranged best. A perfect way to begin a perfect Christmas playlist is with a perfect Christmas song. And this is it.
Do You Hear What I Hear
There are many versions of this song out there. Carrie Underwood’s version is strong, stunning, and perfect to belt out in your car. The lyrics are so special in how they provide various viewpoints to Jesus’s birth.
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Find a partner who loves snow, a good cocktail, and jazzy melodies, and croon this smooth song out together. Our favorite version with Idina Menzel and Michael Buble combines two dynamic, but complimentary voices.
Run Rudolph Run
Do you all start envisioning Kevin McAllister’s family running through the Chicago airport to make their plane on time the way we do when we hear this song? A fun song became even more iconic thanks to a little movie called Home Alone, and we love that both of these Christmas treasures are in our life.
Christmas in Hollis
Speaking of Christmas movie classics, yippi-ki-yi-yay, it’s time to talk about Die Hard. It has become tradition to watch this at our house on Christmas Day. While John McClane is our barefooted hero, we have a deep love for limo-driving, rhyme-spitting Argyle. Christmas in Hollis makes us want to put on some shades, grab a giant bear, and bee-bop all the way to Nakatomi plaza.
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Some enjoyable, silly nonsense is often much appreciated during what can be a stressful time of year. Sing this song, laugh at how ridiculous it is, and remember that Christmas should be FUN.
Carol of the Bells
Here is another song that has many versions, and this one is super cool. Straight No Chaser is an acapella group that began at Indiana University and has really made a name for themselves now on a national level. Double bonus points for the connection to this group as Rachel went to high school and IU with one of the members. If you enjoy them as much as we do, check out their video for “The 12 Days of Christmas” on YouTube. It is entertaining from both a visual AND auditory point of view.
Angels We Have Heard on High
This song has just recently held a more special place in our hearts as it is one of our daughters’ favorite songs. Just imagine two small girls belting out “GLO-OR-OR-OR-OR-OR-IAAAAA” and you are sure to smile. Sixpence None the Richer found popularity in the 90s for their song “Kiss Me,” and their version of “Angels We Have Heard on High” has a similar sweet and folksy style to it. We approve.
Bing Crosby is the stuff. His smooth, natural baritone makes you want to drink a hot mug of eggnog while analyzing the perfect ornament placement.
Mary, Did You Know?
We have to admit, this song used to make us say, “It’s alright.” But then a little group named Pentatonix came along with their mind-blowing harmonies and completely changed our minds. The Christmas they released their version, we watched their video on repeat.
O, Holy Night
In the same way a perfect playlist should begin with a perfect song, it must end with one as well. There is no better Christmas song on Earth than “O, Holy Night.” Period. End of discussion gorgeousness. Especially when Celine Dion lends her powerhouse vocals to it. We sing this song as much as possible during the Christmas season, but there is nothing like joining with others in a candlelight Christmas Eve service to give you the straight-up chills.
We hope these songs bring you joy and warm your hearts in the same way they do ours. Thank you for allowing our company to be a part of your lives. Merry Christmas, and many blessings to you and yours this wonderful season.
~Andy, Rachel, and the 825 Technologies’ Team
– Written by Rachel Young –