“Christmas music comprises a variety of genres of music normally performed or heard around the Christmas season. Music associated with Christmas may be purely instrumental, or in the case of many carols or songs may employ lyrics whose subject matter ranges from the nativity of Jesus Christ, to gift-giving and merrymaking, to cultural figures such as Santa Claus, among other topics.” – Wikipedia (Links are in the caption below the picture)
10. It’s Christmas time – Smoky Robinson (1973) in the mood to curl up by the fireplace, well this 1973 Christmas hit will surely do that for you.
9. Silent Night – Nat King Cole (1960) a warm loving song that is sure to make you want to cry and think about the best Christmas moments when you were a child.
8. Ill be home for Christmas – Lou Rawls (1993) Lou’s loud tone sets the mood for this Christmas delight, it helps us to understand the importance of being together during the Christmas season.
7. Christmas in my Heart – Ray Charles (1985) An album that is unknown to most but is one of my favorites, Ray’s vocals and piano have never been better than here on “the spirit of Christmas” honestly every single one of those tracks could make up this list if need be.
6. Christmas time is here – Vince Guaraldi (1965) This piano heavy song is beautifully accompanied by the soft voices of the peanut gallery help to extend your holiday cheer.
5. – Christmas Island – Ella Fitzgerald (1960) Ella swings with the band on this track, she herself uses her voice to grab the audiences attention and to put you in the warm cozy mood that Christmas gives to you. The backing band just does what it needs to do to help Ella but the Christmas you hear is all you need to realize how good this song is.
4. My Favorite Things – Tony Bennett (1994) This classic done by Bennett is one his best works yet. He adds that classic Bennett sound to this fan favorite and allows us to remember our favorite things so that we don’t feel so bad.
3. I want to come home for Christmas – Marvin Gaye (1973) In the times of the Vietnam war this Motown Christmas album was a bacon of hope and freedom for artist to come and sing what they felt like singing. And Marvin Gaye’s “I want to come home for Christmas” is just that, it is a song about come home from war to be able to see your family. It is a calling for the war to end and allow everyone to come home for Christmas.
2. What is a Santa Clause – Stan Kenton (1996) Kenton shines on this song, no real singing is done by him but it is the words that breaks your heart the whole time you listen to this Christmas classic that is trying to explain to people “what is a Santa Claus”. At the end when you are wiping tears from your eyes you will wonder about being a kid and wondering what Santa meant to you.
- This time of Year – Ray Charles (1985) This song embodies everything that Christmas means to you. It is warm and soft and makes you want to turn back the hands of time to be a kid again and wake up on Christmas morning and see all your gifts and say “omg Santa came” . This song makes you realize the past and enjoy the moments of Christmas that we live in now. Ray does something special here and you can’t put your finger on it. It sounds like this is what he has wanted to do his whole career and it is everything you want from a Ray Charles Christmas song.