I’m not going to lie to y’all – I need some cheesy happy Christmas songs to work to this week! This morning I was in a little bit of a funk because Craig and I are due to move countries in exactly seven days… and because of visa snags, we’re not sure if we’ll be on the flight. An email malfunction at Sarah Evelyn Edits HQ resulted in us not having replied to scores of mails. A few things went wrong. So I put on some Christmas music (I love the vintage songs, but today called for more than that so mooost versions are modern) and pumped it UP! Less than two minutes later, I was bopping and singing along to Mariah Carey.
However stressful your week is, get the below cheesy happy Christmas songs flowing through your earphones and you’ll be smiling in no time. (You’re welcome! What is your favorite?)
1. “All I Want for Christmas is You” – Mariah Carey (link)
My ultimate Christmas song – ever! Made popular by Love Actually (see the little girl’s performance of it here).
2. “Last Christmas” – Wham (link)
SOOO deliciously cheesy – a pizza pie of 80’s cheese and fabulousness!
3. “Holiday” – Vampire Weekend (link)
When Craig and I visited New York in December 2010 with friends, this beautiful Tommy Hilfiger video featuring this song played as soon as we got into every.single.yellow.cab (you know, on those little screens behind the front seats). With snow in New York and beautiful shop windows all down 5th avenue, the song automatically became the theme song of the holiday and whenever any of us hear it we’re transported back to then and we’re at once clambering into a warm cab, all four of us, with shopping parcels and red cheeks, escaping the cold of the slushy Manhattan sidewalks on which people in coats swerved around a myriad of bell-ringing charity collectors. Good times!
4. “My Only Wish (This Year)” – Britney Spears (link)
Is it possible to get cheesier than Brittany? This doesn’t quite reach the level of Carey’s song (see #1), but it’s fun.
5. “Santa Baby” – Kylie Minogue (link)
According to my family, this is “my song”. Hmm, I wonder why?! Originally performed by Eartha Kitt in the 1950’s (listen here). Possibly the happiest, most indulgent (and clever) Christmas song.
6. Cheers, It’s Christmas (album) – Blake Shelton (link)
I love country. I love Christmas. I think Blake+Gwen = cute. It’s a winner.
7. Wrapped in Red (album) – Kelly Clarkson (link)
Not perhaps the happiest, but nice background music anyways.
8. Music from the A Very Ally Christmas episode of Ally McBeal (link)
I think that listening to Christmas songs from great series makes me happy because I have fond memories of watching them, even if the songs aren’t particularly joyful (see “River”). Did you know that Robert Downey Junior would have been Ally McBeal’s forever-after, but they broke up because he went to jail? In my head, they’re together.
9. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Frank Sinatra (link)
This reminds me of Boston Legal – Alan and Denny sitting in the snow with whiskey. It’s not really one of the cheesy happy Christmas songs, but it’s happy for me, so I hope it is for you too.
10. “8 Days of Christmas” – Destiny’s Child (link)
Doesn’t some old-school Destiny’s Child make you feel young again? (Me, bopping my head in grade school, trying – and failing miserably – to be cool.)
11. “One More Sleep” – Leona Lewis (link)
Gorgeous music video – she’s gorge – and super upbeat. Good/bad one for people who are missing partners or spouses during the season, but great for a countdown!
12 “Christmas Tree” – Beyoncé and Lady Gaga (link)
This is TRULY awful… I’m sorry. But I dare you not to smile! “Oh oh oh under the mistletoe”, “As everybody knows, we will take off our clothes” and “my Christmas tree is delicious” are particular highlights. I’ll let you listen to the rest. Only Lady Gaga could compare a Christmas tree to her you know what.
13. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” – Johnny Mathis (link)
Not unless Christmas looks like +30’C, suntan lotion and busy beaches, and frantic mall parking lots, but with this song we can pretend.
14. “Run Run Rudolph” – Chuck Berry (link)
I LOVE Rock ‘n Roll (true story, not just a song title). This song features in Home Alone – which I still haven’t watched, but I love the original version.
15. “Here Comes Santa Claus” – Gene Autry (link)
The upbeat tempo of the original version is amazing. If you have kids, singing along to this is super fun, or trying to keep up may make a very merry pre-Christmas drinking game indeed #justthinkingoutloud.
That’s it for now folks. And now I need some new cheesy happy Christmas songs to play. What are your go-tos?