I realize this is a sensitive subject.  People have strong, strong feelings.  And we want to hear from you.  Please @ me.  I have time to argue.  The best Christmas present that I ever remember getting was the Millennium Falcon.  It was huge and came with Han and Chewy and even had the trap door and everything.  Check out some of the funniest white elephant gift ideas here.  But this paled in comparison when I began my love affair with Christmas music.  There’s nothing like it.  Here’s a small sampling of pure goodness.  If you really want to be a hero make a Spotify playlist with all of these.  It will skyrocket up the charts. Onward.

Classic songs:
Silent Night Boys II Men 
O holy night Mariah Carey (a bunch of versions could make it onto the “best” list)
The Christmas song Nat King Cole 
Silver bells Frank Sinatra 
Jewel — whole album
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Michael buble
White Christmas Bing Crosby
Born is the King (It’s Christmas) Hillsong
Hark the Herald — Eddie Kirkland
Joy to the World — Whitney Houston
Angels we have heard on high — David Archuleta or Aretha Franklin or Josh Groban/Brian McKnight (couldn’t decide)
O Come all ye faithful Tie between Katharine McPhee and JOHNNYSWIM

Pop songs:
All I want for Christmas is you Mariah Carey
It must’ve been ole Santa Claus Harry Connick Jr.
Drummer boy Justin Bieber
Mistletoe Biebs
Santa Claus is coming to Town Jackson 5
Santa Tell Me Ariana Grande
Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots
Last Christmas Tay Tay (honorable mention—Wham)
Santa Claus is coming to town Bruce Springsteen
Run Rudolph Run Bryan Adams (honorable mention Chuck Berry)
Merry Christmas NSYNC 
This Christmas Christina Aguilera 
8 days of Christmas Destiny’s Child 
Christmas in Hollis Run-D.M.C.
Christmas all over again Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Christmas Time Again Extreme
Jingle bell rock Bobby Helms (honorable mention Straight No Chaser)
Peanuts song
Chipmunk song

Honorable mention songs:
When Hope Came Down Kari jobe
White Christmas Drew Holcomb 
O Holy Night Celine Dion
Christmas Rappin’ Kurtis Blow
Welcome to this world Michael W. Smith
Christmas Kirk Franklin and The Family
Hope was born this night Sidewalk Prophets
Have yourself a merry little Christmas Frank Sinatra (honorable mention Dan and Shay)
O come all ye faithful Take 6 and All 4 One and Pentatonix
Emmanuel Chris Tomlin
Frosty the Snowman Jackson 5

Christmas Song Mindy Gledhill
Winter snow Chris Tomlin featuring Audrey Assad
You’re here Francesca Battistelli

Best Christmas albums
Harry Connick (first one)
Mariah Carey (first one)
Jewel
A Motown Christmas
James Taylor
Josh Groban
Jackson 5
David Archuleta

Sister Hazel (you might not like this—it’s just because I love Sister Hazel)                 Kirk Franklin and the Family
Josh Groban — Noel (so many great duets and partnerships)
Pentatonix
A Very Special Christmas 1, 2, and 3 (compilations)
Northpoint
Xmas 2013 Exit 245
Johnnyswim
Melanie Penn Immanuel

What about you?  What did I miss?  Disagree?  Need to add one?  Please comment.  Merry Christmas!  Wise men still seek Him.

Pete Hardesty

Author Pete Hardesty

Pete Hardesty grew up in Baltimore, MD and graduated from the University of Virginia. Pete then joined the staff of Young Life in 1997 till present. He lives outside of Washington D.C. where he leads the college division of Young Life for the eastern part of the U.S. He loves college students, beach volleyball, and his 2 nieces very much. Likes: His nieces, Ravens football, college people (even though they make him feel old), movies, cigars, Thai food, the Middle East. Dislikes: Country music, tomatoes, shrimp, rice crispy treats, and wet socks. Pete believes because we only get one shot at this life we need to figure out what matters and give ourselves to it. Let’s make it count. If you have a problem with this, he challenges you to meet him behind the dumpster after school to fight.

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