10. "Christmas is Calling"
I have my husband to thank for introducing me to this song. It's just sweet.
9. "Christmas Song"
I first heard this song by Dave Matthews back in high school. A different Christmas song, but beautiful nonetheless.
8. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
I love The Carpenter's version of this song. If I had to pick a romantic Christmas song, this one would be it!
7. "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"
Love Mannheim Steamroller's version (as Veni Veni). Perfection!
6. "Carol of the Bells"
I grew up listening to Mannheim Steamroller's version of this song. I also saw them in concert. Amazing. I also sang this song in my 9th grade choir. It's a fun, energetic song!
5. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
This is such a fun, holiday song. Every time I hear it, I think of the scene from Home Alone when he is fooling the robbers into thinking there is a house full of people.
4. "O Holy Night"
"Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel's voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was born." I love the lyrics to this song, and it's powerful melody brings tears to my eyes. While Josh Groban is a close second, I think Celine Dion takes the cake on the best version of this song, EVER. (I'm expecting a rebuttal, Karen. Haha!)
3. "Hallelujah Chorus"
Handle's Messiah is absolutely amazing. My very smart mother took me to a Messiah Sing-In with the Utah Symphony when I was still quite young. It had an everlasting impact on me. I can't not listen to the Hallelujah Chorus without getting chills, and I love this version of the piece.
2. "Happy X-Mas (War is Over)"
Whether it's the original by John Lennon, or Sarah McLachlan's cover, or this French Canadian dude's version, I absolutely love this song.
1. "Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful"
I began taking violin lessons when I was just barely six years old. One violin teacher I had gave her students the opportunity to make a Christmas album in a recording studio. It required a ton of work, usually 8+ hours in the studio, often recording/playing the same song many different times. During one such recording session, I found myself recording Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful. As I played each note and listened to the lyrics of the song in my mind, my heart became very full. My eyes blurred and swelled with tears. The message and spirit of this song touched my young soul in a way I can't articulate, but the feelings I had have remained with me all these years later, making this beautiful Christmas hymn by far my favorite song of the season. Surprisingly, I have yet to find a version of this song I absolutely love, but this piano solo rendition is very lovely.