2014: Well, what can one say, really? There are just so many Christmas songs, most of which have been performed by countless artists. Some of them for centuries. Part of me wants to make some kind of comprehensive list of every Christmas song I've ever heard, and which artists have sung them. But that would be... just overwhelming (probably impossible). I suppose I could just try to say a bit about some of my favorites. I can't really say with any certainty that I actually have one true favorite, because there are so many songs that I love. But I do usually like to say that my favorite is "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses. I even had that as a ringtone one holiday season several years ago.
I think probably the first Christmas album I ever owned was by Nat King Cole. I had that on cassette tape, and I might still have it around here somewhere... or I might not. I don't recall if I ever had any other Christmas albums on cassette, but I've got a bunch of Christmas CDs, and still occasionally get new ones. (I have a number of them on my Amazon wish list.) Also I have acquired numerous Christmas mp3s over the years. Most of those I got from Amazon, either buying them or getting them for free during the site's annual holiday giveaway of mp3s (which normally happens Advent calendar-style). But the year I started this page (2014), Amazon stopped doing that, which made me kind of sad, because I had come to see it as a tradition, over the past few years. I didn't always take all the freebies they were offering, but I listened to all of the samples, and downloaded the ones that interested me. This year, however, the only thing they seem to have is a playlist called All Is Bright, which you can get for free if you're an Amazon Prime member, but I'm not. So... I could buy any of the songs if I wanted them, but I don't think I will. Anyway... I don't really know what else to say right now. But I've put together a Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure.
2015: Last year, I started making a playlist on YouTube with a few Christmas songs... but I didn't add the list to this page until this year, when I added a bunch more songs to that playlist. (There's some crossover between the Spotify and YouTube lists.) Also this year, Amazon is once again only offering a holiday playlist for their Prime members, called Indie for the Holidays. I listened to the samples, and only decided to buy one song, "Winter Time," which I think is really nice, but I don't really think of it as Christmas-y at all, and barely even wintry. I also decided to download a few tracks from last year's Amazon playlist: "Ho Ho Ho", "O Come All Ye Faithful", and "The Angel Gabriel". And actually there were some other good songs; maybe another year I'll take another look at the list and consider getting other songs. Meanwhile, I also downloaded some other random Christmas songs that aren't on that playlist.
YouTube playlist: "The First Noel" by Crash Test Dummies, "Merry Christmas from the Family" by Jill Sobule, "What's This" from The Nightmare Before Christmas, "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Slade, "Jingle Bell Rock" by Hall & Oates, "O Holy Night" by Eric Cartman, "Hey Santa!" by Carnie & Wendy Wilson, "Joy to the World" by Bruce Cockburn, "What Child Is This?" by Vanessa Williams, "Santa Baby" by Rev Run ft. Ma$e, Puff Daddy, Snoop Dogg, Salt N Pepa, Onyx & Keith Murray, "Omedetou Christmas" by Sailor Moon cast, "Frosty the Snowman" by Cocteau Twins, "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" by Gayla Peevey, "Toy Packaging" by Sara Groves, "Ding Dong Merrily on High" by Jackie Evancho, "Father Christmas" by the Kinks, "Xmas at Kmart" by Root Boy Slim, "Let It Snow" by Luscious Jackson, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey, "Season's Freaklings" by Bunnygrunt, "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses, "Oi to the World" by No Doubt, "Carol of the Bells" by Pentatonix, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Martina Sorbara, "Marshmallow World" by Francesca Battistelli, "Christmastime Is Here" by Leftover Cuties, "'Zat You, Santa Claus?" by Dr. Teeth, "The Holly and the Ivy" by Mediaeval Baebes, "Little Drummer Boy" by Pentatonix, "Jingle Bells" by Rainbow Dash, "A Holiday Song" by Lisa Loeb, "Text Me Merry Christmas" by Straight No Chaser feat. Kristen Bell, "Someday at Christmas" by Stevie Wonder, "Mary, Did You Know?" by Pentatonix, "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, "Winter Wonderland" by Doris Day, "Christmas the Whole Year Round" by Sabrina Carpenter, "Dear Santa" by Girls' Generation-TTS, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" by Home Free, "Sleigh Ride" by Karmin, "Joy to the World" by Pentatonix, "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Idina Menzel and Micheal Bublé, "Santa Tell Me" by Ariana Grande, "Let It Snow" by Jean-Luc Picard & crew, "Silent Night" by Chewbacca, "White Wine in the Sun" by Tim Minchin.