Whether you count down to the holiday season or can’t quite warm up to it, there’s no denying that this time of year has a certain spark to it.
What better way to get into a holiday mood than with a list of Christmas songs done right? It always seems incredible how a song can totally change your mood!
Perhaps you’re in need of inspiration to feel the holiday spirit. Perhaps you’ve got plenty of it already, and simply want a soundtrack for your next gathering. We rounded up some of our favorite tunes to help out because not all holiday music is created equal. It’s hard to resist the croon of Frank Sinatra or the soulfulness of Ella Fitzgerald. Let them serenade you into a cozy, nostalgic place. Singing and listening to music also boosts production of chemicals such as dopamine. If you’re feeling inspired, sing along for a natural mood boost!
We suggest you grab a blanket, warm up some cider, light up your tree (or a candle), and enjoy our roundup of Holiday Music to get you into the spirit of the season.
Jingle Bells - Duke Ellington & His orchestra
A jazzy arrangement transforms this classic tune from one that jingles to one that swings. This is the perfect way to kick off any holiday gathering or dinner!
Christmas Is All Around - Sleeping At Last
If you love acoustic guitar, this one’s for you. We love this as an alternative ode to the season.
Good Morning Blues - Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald embodies the soulfulness in a song that makes Christmas feel a lot cozier.
Christmas In New Orleans - Louis Armstrong With The Benny Carter Orchestra
New Orleans is a worldwide music capital for a reason, and Louis Armstrong was one of the figureheads of its golden jazz age. Armstrong’s expressive voice and trumpet playing transport you instantly to Bourbon Street.
O Tannenbaum - Vince Guaraldi Trio
Famous for its inclusion in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s take on “O Tannenbaum” has become a modern-day classic. Snap your fingers, roast some chestnuts, decorate the tree, or do whatever else you enjoy doing during the holidays. Regardless of what that may be, this song will make it feel like Christmas.
White Christmas - Bring Crosby
“Where the treetops glisten, and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow” is pure Christmas poetry. While many of us have never experienced a “White Christmas,” this song begs you to keep hoping that one day you’ll experience that magic. Also, Bing Crosby’s voice is the stuff made of dreams.
Let it snow - Frank Sinatra
This friendly tune inspires us to want to gather up our nearest and dearest and embrace “hygge” culture. That is, getting super cozy indoors while the outside world frosts over.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
The ultimate emotional holiday tune with a message that resonates all year long. Gather your “faithful friends” and “let your heart be light” with a merry singalong to this classic.
We hope this selection inspires you to create some Christmas mood and embrace some of the season’s better messages: peace, love, and gratitude.