That discman you got for Christmas circa 1999 most definitely came stocked with one or more of these amazing old school holiday albums. From Mariah to *NSYNC to Destiny’s Child, here’s the best Christmas pop songs that will forever be on our holiday party playlists.
Mariah's Xmas album was released in 1994 (!!!), but "All I Want For Christmas Is You" remains one of the most popular holiday songs to this day. Guys, that's what folks in the music industry call a "classic."
"I've been waiting/all year for this night." Sing it, JC! Every tween, teen, and their mom knew all the lyrics to *NSYNC's "Merry Christmas Happy Holidays," which was the only single off their 1998 holiday treat, Home For Christmas.
In 2001, Destiny's Child released a Christmas album which featured their R&B take on seven classic holiday songs plus four original ones. Their single, "8 Days Of Christmas," was everything.
Xtina's Xmas album hit shelves in 2000, but the record's first and only single, "The Christmas Song," got released circa Thanksgiving 1999. Remember this gem?
Here's a fun fact: in 1992, TLC put their own twist on the classic Christmas tune "Sleigh Ride," and it appeared on the soundtrack for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York City. Feel old yet?
The best-selling Christmas album of 1997, Hanson's "Snowed In" had some pretty classic jams on it, like "Christmas Time." Google it if you're drawing a blank.
The Spice Girls put an amazing take on The Waitresses' classic holiday tune "Christmas Wrapping" in '98. Anyone else especially love the part where Mel C so cutely and Britishly croons, "Damn, guess what I fuhgot?"
During the heyday of Lizzie Maguire in 2002, Hilary Duff released Santa Clause Lane, which featured Hil singing traditional holiday tunes with special guests Christina Milian, Lil Bow Wow and her sister, Haylie. Whoa. Throwback.
"This Gift" was the Top 40 single off 98 Degrees holiday compilation, and not to be literal or anything but this album was the best gift of the 1999 holiday season.
In 1994, when Adam Sandler first wrote, recorded and performed "The Chanukah Song," do you think he realized it'd be such a timeless hit? Almost 20 years later and this song's still a staple for Jews (and non Jews) everywhere.
Jessica Simpson's Christmas album, Rejoyce: The Christmas Album, came during her Newlywed days in 2004. The CD even featured a duet with Nick Lachey of "Baby It's Cold Outside!"
If were one of those kids who got only one present on the holidays, hopefully it was the Platinum Christmas CD in 2000, which featured a compilation of Christmas songs from BSB, Britney, TLC, SClub7 and more artists that scream the year 2000.
Britney recorded "My Only Wish This Year" solely for the purpose of Jive Records' Platinum Christmas album that we just talked about. Now? You know all the lyrics and add it to every single holiday party playlist ever. Go Brit.