What do you look for in a successful holiday song? Maybe it’s a fresh cover on a classic, or one that you loved when you were a kid, or maybe you want some humor. This list gives you a little bit of everything, so get in the holiday spirit with a listen!
It’s such a wonderfully corny song, seemingly written by 4th graders (that chorus? what?), but that’s why we love NSync‘s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” so much.
Yes, Madonna is religiously… complicated, so instead of going with a cover of a carol or hymn, she gave us “Santa Baby.” The ode to materialism is just right for the Material Girl.
Feeling a little bah humbug this holiday? The Jackson 5′s version of “Up on a Housetop” refuses to let you be sad. No, you cannot be sad. Stop being sad this instant!
Justin Bieber‘s 2011 holiday album was perfectly adorable, but the star on top of the tree was his vaguely hip-hop version (with Busta Rhymes!) of “The Little Drummer Boy.” It has to be heard to be believed. He raps. About the baby Jesus.
“Funky, Funky Xmas” by New Kids on the Block is on this list for the title of the song, the many spoken lines in this jam, and because I still don’t know what a funky Christmas actually means but like… I want to know. And I want to have one.
A slightly more traditional hip-hop song for the holidays? The incredibly brilliant and super catchy Run DMC song, “Christmas in Hollis.” A very New York holiday song.
Sometimes it’s just nice to hear a singer with a breathtaking voice give her take, and Carrie Underwood‘s version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” gives us more chills than a blizzard.
Hanukah is especially early this year, so make it quick: Listen to Adam Sandler‘s “Hanukah Song” before it’s over!
Duh. What is the holiday season without Mariah Carey? Dull and sad.
What’s your favorite pop holiday song? Which songs totally get on your nerves? Do you know how to have a funky, funky Christmas? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @OKMagazine.