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These five Christmas songs will surely put you in the holiday spirit

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Christmas time is the time to listen to all your favorite Christmas songs.

When Christmas comes to town, so do our favorite Christmas songs! From Jingle Bells to Silver Bells, to Carol of the Bells, there are too many good ones. But here are five in which I think are the best.

Number Five: Silver Bells – Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney

Originally titled Tinkle Bells, Silver Bells is one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. Released in October of 1950, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney sing this classic Christmas carol the best. With calming vocals and a delightful tune, Silver Bells describes what it’s like to walk through town during Christmas. In your mind you imagine: children laughing, smiling faces, and the entire town beautifully dressed in Christmas attire, this song makes gives you a heart-warming feeling that only Christmas can. In the end, Crosby and Clooney give you a feeling of Christmas.

Number Four: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry

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When you hear Rudolph on the radio, you know that Christmas is coming soon. Written by Johnny Marks, this classic Christmas carol tells the story of a reindeer with a shiny red nose. Because of his abnormal nose, other reindeer bully him and exclude him from reindeer games (whatever those are). Then on one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa gave Rudolph a chance to use his shiny red nose to light his way. Because of this, all the reindeer begin to like him. Singers such as Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Gene Autry (my personal favorite) have sung this song.

Over the decades, a plethora of singers such as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and my personal favorite, Gene Autry, have sung this amazing song. Rudolph is so popular, that in 1964, a television special aired based on the song. As the ending of the song says, Rudolph truly has gone down in history.

Number Three: Baby Please Come Home – Mariah Carey

Let’s face it, you probably expected to see a Mariah Carey song on this list. Without a doubt, she has sung some of the most popular Christmas songs in existence. In fact, I could write an entirely different article highlighting her best renditions of Christmas songs. Some outstanding examples of her work are: Santa Claus is coming to Town, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and everyone’s personal favorite; All I Want for Christmas is You. However, Baby Please Come Home, is my absolute favorite out of all of them.

This song mixes Mariah’s incredible voice, great background singers, and a stupendous instrumental to not only create one of the best Christmas carols ever; but probably one of the best Mariah Carey songs ever.

Number Two: Home for the Holidays – Perry Como

People say home is where the heart is. And this holds true for the holidays as well. In this classic Christmas song, Perry Como reminds us of the most important aspect of the holiday season. Christmas isn’t just about the presents, or the ugly sweaters, or even the food. Christmas is really about the loved ones you hold dear to your heart. Whether they be family, friends, or significant other. Because without them, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same.

Honorable Mentions

Obviously, every song couldn’t make it on this list. However, here are some that came incredibly close to making it:

Number One: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is the best Christmas song ever! Specifically Andy Williams version, which is probably the most popular. This song excites you for Christmas by utilizing Williams’s fantastic vocals and astonishingly uplifting instrumental. However, this isn’t the only tactic the song uses. The song does an outstandingly great job at highlighting literally everything good about the holidays. From kids jingle belling, to marshmallows toasting, and parties for hosting, this song has it all. If you don’t listen to this song at least once during the holiday season, your Christmas will surely be a blue one.


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DeAndre Oglesby
DeAndre Oglesby, Senior Editor
DeAndre Oglesby is a 17-year-old from Colonia New Jersey. He was born on December 7, 2000 at JFK Hospital. His nationality is African Bajan American (his mother is from the island of Barbados). Oglesby is the youngest of four children. He has two sisters and one brother. Currently, he is a senior at Colonia High School. Oglesby is quite active at school. Some of the clubs that he's in are newspaper club, LGBT club, SLAC, Anime, and many more. A few of his favorite hobbies are art, photography, poetry, writing, and YouTube. Oglesby identifies as nonbinary, and wants to change his name legally to Andie J. Lewis after high school. One of his biggest dreams is to open a school for children who are more gifted in the arts rather than academics.

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