I love Christmas songs. A lot. Even though I’m one of those people who doesn’t like listening to Christmas music until Thanksgiving or later, I ingest a lot of it in the month or so between Turkey Day and Christmas Day. As such a connoisseur of Christmas songs, I have quite a few favorites – but there are also personal favorites of mine that nobody seems to listen to anymore. So I figured that I would remedy this by letting you in on a few secrets, the secrets of the most underrated Christmas songs of today.
- Dominick the Donkey. I think this is my ultimate Christmas song. I’ve been listening to it since I was a little kid, my cousin taught it to all of her classes at my elementary school, and my class had like a cult following for it. It’s happy and upbeat and Italian, how much better can you get than that?
- I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. I for the life of me cannot find a YouTube version that matches the way we sang this in my church choir at the Christmas Eve Mass, but this is the closest version I could find. It was just so dramatic and beautiful, all of us in the dark before Mass began with only the choir and organ making any noise, building and building until we were just so jubilant. This was usually the last song we sang in the reflection period before we began Mass, and it was just so beautiful and I would give anything to sing it one last time.
- Christmas Don’t Be Late by Alvin and the Chipmunks. Another memory from my childhood, but it just wasn’t Christmas until I went to my cousin’s house and helped decorate with this cassette playing in the background. Even with all the Chipmunk hooplah going on these days, this song will always be my Chipmunks.
- Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella. I was introduced to this song when I sang in a children’s choir back in elementary school, and it’s beautiful. It’s probably my favorite song out of the hymnal that we ever sang at Christmas Eve Mass, and I was beyond excited when it was part of a Christmas medley we played in concert band this semester. (Also, shoutout to the bassoonist in this recording because they’re totally rocking it!!)
- Believe from the Polar Express. Oh, the things I would do to Josh Groban – I’m kidding. I get really emotional every time I listen to this song, and I’m not entirely sure why. But no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I have to stop everything so I can listen to this one.
- Christmas Vacation. Okay, I’m going to make a confession: I’ve never actually seen the movie, but I love the song more than words can express. It’s definitely one of my guilty pleasure songs during the Christmas season, and it’s one that always has me turning up the radio so that it masks my out-of-tune singing.