Throwback Thursday is your weekly concentrated dose of nostalgia, where we round up the bests and worsts of all things 90s (and the early 2000s.) This week: The Top 5 Christmas songs
Anybody who has ever experienced a December with me knows that when the holiday season comes around, I basically turn into Will Ferrell in Elf. (SANTA!!!!!! I KNOW HIM!!!!!) I have spent several years fine-tuning and pruning my Christmas pop Pandora station. Of course, I do appreciate the traditional Christmas classics and standards of Dean, Bing, Frank, Brenda Lee, and all the usual suspects, because obviously it wouldn’t be Christmas without them. However, right now I’d like to really honor some quality Christmas jams (and jellies) that came from that great musical decade which was the 90s (and early 00s).
‘N Sync, “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”
Decades before One Direction was busy writing the best songs ever (SERIOUSLY THOUGH THEY ARE SO CATCHY I CAN’T EVEN HANDLE IT WHY AM I NOT MORE ASHAMED OF MY LOVE FOR THEM?!), ‘N Sync had already become super famous and put out a Christmas album. That’s right, readers, I measure a band’s fame in whether or not they can successfully put out a Christmas album. Their song “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”, is basically the epitome of all things ‘N Sync, with it’s R&B vibe and quality harmonies. Plus, it’s very “PC”. While they may say, “Merry Christmas”, they’re also aware that maybe not everyone celebrates Christmas and wish people “Happy Holidays” as well. Not only are they talented, but they are also respectful of all religious beliefs! Plus they really make me want to start a boy band.
Blink 182, “I Won’t Be Home For Christmas”
Blink is a boy band of another nature. If the 00s have been a good decade for indie-pop, then the 90s were definitely a great decade for pop-punk, and Blink 182 is certainly one of the best pop-punk bands to come from this era. Of course, they take the Christmas spirit in a slightly more alternative direction with their song, “I Won’t Be Home For Christmas”. True to typical Blink fashion, the song is filled with angst and cynicism, but is also ridiculously catchy and kind of funny.
Adam Sandler, “Hanukkah Song”
Of course, Adam Sandler takes holiday hilarity to a new level with his classic, “Hanukkah Song”. The song, which originally debuted during Adam’s time on SNL, is not only hysterical, but also helps everyone remember which celebrities are Jewish. “OJ Simpson: NOT A JEW. “ One could probably make the argument that Sandler is pioneer of holiday cheer, because this might the first Jewish holiday song since “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel.”
Clay Aiken, “Merry Christmas With Love” (album)
I will never hide my love for Clay Aiken. I still listen to his first album, “Measure of A Man” and am not at all ashamed of the fact that I also still know all the words to the songs. That goes double for his entire Christmas album, “Merry Christmas With Love”—I couldn’t pick just one from it because they are all so awesome. Clay Aiken is basically a Christmas elf. His rendition of Mary Did You Know is pretty much holy, Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day captures his ability to belt, and the entire album is pretty much a compilation of holiday and heart and is basically perfect and if you haven’t listened to it yet you are missing out and probably should and I don’t want to be friends with you anymore until you have.
Mariah Carey, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
Guys. Come on. Did you really think I wouldn’t put this one on this list? Seriously? Come on. For real. I just have one question though, am I the only one who has seen the music video for this? It’s set to look like a Mariah Carey Christmas home video, so, she’s releasing doves and cuddling bunnies under the tree, as well as frolicking around in the snow in a skimpy Santa-suit—you know, normal Christmas stuff. Okay, okay, I’ve poked enough fun, it’s time for a true confession. Real talk: This is probably my favorite Christmas song ever. All I want for Christmas is for it to be socially acceptable for me to listen to this year-round.
What’s your favorite Christmas song?