The Cardinal’s Top Ten Holiday Songs for 2021


Amina Naleye, Staff Writer

The holiday season offers many enduring traditions, but one that is difficult to ignore is the nonstop Christmas and snow melodies that can either be an assault or blessing to your ears! Here are The Cardinal’s Top Ten picks.  You’ve probably heard all of them at least a dozen times this season, showing that Christmas songs truly are the gifts that keep on giving.

Coming in at number one, we have Mariah Carey’s iconic “All I Want For Christmas”. Now, it wouldn’t be a Christmas song list if we didn’t include Mariah Carey would it? Say what you will about her and her whistle tones, but we can all agree it wouldn’t be Christmas without hearing her play everywhere. This song is so infamous it re-enters the Billboard Hot 100 every December.

#2 We have “It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas” by Micheal Buble. You really cannot go wrong with Micheal Buble, especially in the holiday season.

#3 Next, we have “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” by Brenda Lee. Lee, who was just 13 years old at the time, became an instant rockabilly icon with the recording of this Christmas party favorite.

#4 We then have Wham!’s “Last Christmas” George Michael’s crooning Christmas anthem has been a festive staple since 1984, with covers by everyone from Taylor Swift to Jimmy Eat World.

#5 A top ten song list would be an epic fail without “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano. The Spanglish hit has become one of the world’s most popular Christmas tunes, which is unsurprising considering its limitless sing-along potential.

#6 We have an ageless classic, “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You),” by Nat King Cole. The iconic crooner discovered one of his most enduring songs in this Mel Torme tune, which was shockingly initially written as an attempt to remain cool on a hot summer day.

#7 Another iconic holiday song is Frank Sinatra’s (feat. B. Swanson Quartet) “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” The song, written amid a heat wave, reached No. 1 in 1946 and became a festive favorite.

#8 Now we have a more contemporary song from Ariana Grande. “Santa Tell Me” is quickly becoming a holiday staple, and Grande blew us away with this addictive song.

#9 A list would not be complete without “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams. This Andy Williams classic from 1963 is still going strong after more than 50 years. It is presently growing on the Holiday 100 song chart as Christmas approaches.

#10 Last but not least, we have “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms The country hit, which features Nashville veteran Hank Garland’s guitar, was originally composed in 1956 by two ad men which may explain why, how catchy it is.