We all know the significance of Christmas especially to the Christians who commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. This is the time to spread good will and cheer to people, a time to repent and ask for forgiveness, a time to seek the holy spirit guidance and moreover a time to do something to the needy. It is the season of amazing holiday deals, of snowmen and most importantly good music. The following songs are guarantees to lift your spirits and put you in the mood for the holidays.
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- Here are the best Christmas songs of 2017-2018 you can listen to as you enjoy your day.
- 10. Justin Bieber – Mistletoe
- 9. Wham! – Last Christmas
- 8. Eric Clapton & Tracy Chapman – Give Me One Reason
- 7. Celine Dion & R. Kelly – I’m Your Angel
- 6. Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me
- 5. Bing Crosby – White Christmas
- 4. Sara Bareilles – Winter Song
- 3. Pentatonix – Little Drummer
- 2. Dolly Parton – Hard Candy Christmas
- 1. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas
Here are the best Christmas songs of 2017-2018 you can listen to as you enjoy your day.
10. Justin Bieber – Mistletoe
Mistletoe is a song that was written by Justin Bieber, Nasri and Adam Messinger. It was released as Bieber’s lead single off his holiday album, Under the Mistletoe. The song is pop and R&B song with reggae influences. The song was received with critical acclaim. Justin Bieber’s vocals on this song were compared to Jason Mraz’ in I’m Yours. Another writer said that the song sounded like a Jack Johnson song, only with sleigh bells. According to critics, this song showcased Justin Bieber’s maturity as an artist, with his “smooth and intimate” sound. The song peaked at number 5 on the Billboards Hot Digital Songs. It is number four on the list of the best-selling holiday digital songs. The song has 278 million views.
9. Wham! – Last Christmas
English pop duo Wham! released this song way back in 1984 and it was written and produced by George Michaels. The song is a fusion of synthpop and new wave. The proceeds of this song went to the Ethiopian famine. As of 2017, this track had sold over 2 million copies. Despite its rise in sales, this song still has never been number one on the UK Singles Chart. The song sold many units in Japan but again did not top the charts there. In Germany however, the song is the most successful holiday song ever, spending 124 weeks on the German Singles Chart. The song’s music video has received over 255 million views on YouTube.
8. Eric Clapton & Tracy Chapman – Give Me One Reason
Give Me One Reason was written and recorded by Tracy Chapman and was released on her album, New Beginning. This song is Tracy Chapman’s biggest hit to date, peaking at number 3 on the US Hot 100. The song was remixed in 1999, featuring Eric Clapton. The original song was nominated for four Grammys: Record of the Year, Female Rock Vocal Performance, Song of the Year and Best Rock Song. The remixed version was in the album, A Very Special Christmas Live. The song tells the story of an ending relationship, and a plea for the partner to return. The song was certified platinum in the US.
7. Celine Dion & R. Kelly – I’m Your Angel
I’m Your Angel is a duet by R. Kelly and Celine Dion. The song was written and produced by R. Kelly. The track was included in Celine Dion’s These Are Special Times album and R.Kelly’s R. album. Certified platinum, the song peaked at number one in the United States. It is a R&B, pop/soul record that blends the powerful voices of Celine Dion and R. Kelly. The song was a hit and a chart topper, not just in the US, but also in some European countries. The song has sold over 1,550,000 copies in US and millions elsewhere. It was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals but lost. The critics loved this song calling it “a wonderfully restrained song” that enthralls with the most “graceful performance they have ever given”. The song has over 18 million views.
6. Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me
Santa Tell Me was released by Ariana Grande as part of the holiday EP called Christmas Kisses. The EP had four songs and had covers of classics and two original songs. The song, despite being a holiday song, entered the US Billboard Hot 100 charts and peaked at number 42. Initially, Ariana Grande did not want to release a holiday record but later changed her mind. Shortly after the single’s release, the video was uploaded to Ariana’s VeVo account and it contains pictures from her childhood. The song was generally well received, with critics pointing out that it fell short of Mariah Carey’s holiday song. The song has over 122 million views.
5. Bing Crosby – White Christmas
White Christmas is a holiday song from 1942 that reminisces about a traditional Christmas. Bing Crosby’s version is the top-selling song in the world, with over 100 million copies sold. The writer of the song was Irvin Berlin. Bing Crosby was the first person to publicly perform the song, on his show. Initially, Bing Crosby’s version performed poorly but by the end of October 1942, the song had topped the charts. The song spent 11 weeks on the charts in 1942. White Christmas has been named the most important American songs of the century. The song is the most recorded holiday song of all time, with dozens of artists across the decades adding their own spin to it.
4. Sara Bareilles – Winter Song
Winter Song is a holiday song that was written and performed by Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles. The song was released through Epic Records. The song peaked at number two on the Irish Singles Chart. The song is special as it was sung in front of the former President of the United States. It has also been featured in an episode of television shows Scrubs, Grey’s Anatomy and Brothers and Sisters.
3. Pentatonix – Little Drummer
Little Drummer is one of the most recorded holiday tracks and therefore has to be done beautifully in order to be memorable. The quintet known as Pentatonix has managed not just to be memorable but to soar to unexpected heights. Their version of the classic debuted at number 13, which is unheard of for a holiday song. The song peaked at number 2 on the Streaming Songs chart. It is now the fourth highest holiday hit in the Billboard’s history. The video has over 137 million views.
2. Dolly Parton – Hard Candy Christmas
Written by Carol Hall, this song was to be performed for the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Performed by Dolly Parton, who was in the musical, the song peaked at number 8 on the country singles chart. The song was not a holiday track but was given airplay by some country radio stations around US. The YouTube video has garnered over 828,000 views.
1. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas
This song is the most played holiday song in most countries. Mariah Carey wrote and performed this song in 1994, not knowing that this would be one of her trademark songs. The jam is an up-tempo love song that has elements of dance-pop and R&B the song has two videos, one with her alone, which is more popular and the other with her back up dancers. The song was termed an instant classic and a year-long banger by critics. And indeed, the fact that millions of people still play it to date, is a testament to that.
In your list of the best top 10 Christmas songs to listen to here is a perfect selection of a choice. For those who believe in the teachings of the lord Jesus and abide by the teachings in one way or another then such a playlist will not only get you in good moods but will light up your celebration.