This was inevitable. After all, if Justin Bieber and Zooey Deschanel can pop out Christmas compilations, then why can’t I?
I’ve always believed that a steady, well-balanced diet of contemporary and classic holiday tunes is necessary for any celebration involving tinsel, candy canes and spiked eggnog.
Therefore I've come up with a small sample of what’s on my playlist between now and Dec. 25. I mean, there are only so many times I can listen to Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” on the radio. So I’ll be relying on my iPod to deck the halls with boughs of ear candy. I suggest you do the same.
1) “When Christmas Comes” by Mariah Carey & John Legend
2) “Shake Up Christmas” by Natasha Bedingfield
3) “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Buble – smooth vocals from a smooth operator
4) “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Katharine McPhee
5) “White Christmas (Live)” by Lady Gaga – Straight from her ABC Thanksgiving special, Mother Monster jazzes it up to perfection.
6) “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” by Charice
7) “All I Want for Christmas Is New Year’s Day” by Hurts
8) “Winter Wonderland” by Jason Mraz – This acoustic rendition of the holiday classic is fabulously folksy and perfect for cuddling up by a roaring fire.
9) “Do You Hear What I Hear?” by Kristinia DeBarge
10) “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Leighton Meester
11) “Last Christmas” by Jimmy Eat World
12) “Grown-Up Christmas List” by Monica – The R&B vocalist offers a stirring version of this plea for peace.
13) “Wonderful Christmastime” by Kelly Rowland
14) “Child of Winter” by Rachel and the Reindeerz – A shameless plug for a friend who worked on this merry little Beach Boys cover and turned it into a cheery viral hit.
15) “Extraordinary Merry Christmas” by the “Glee” cast – An original pop number that will get your head bopping while trimming the tree and hanging up those stockings with care.
16) “Mistletoe & Holly” by Leigh Nash
17) “Merry Christmas Everybody” by Steps – Because nothing screams “cheesy kitschy fun” like this poptastic, early-2000s gem from the Britpop superstars.
18) “Carol of the Bells” by the Bird and the Bee
19) “All Alone on Christmas” by Darlene Love – An oldie from the early ’90s (Yes, it’s also from the Home Alone 2: Lost in New York soundtrack.), and it is one helluva rollicking good time.
20) “The Christmas Song (Thunderpuss Remix)” by Christina Aguilera – It wouldn’t be Christmas without some diva theatrics set to an over-the-top remix. Perfect for those yuletide rooftop soirees in West Hollywood.
21) “Love Is Christmas” by Sara Bareilles
22) “Last Christmas” by Cascada – If one version wasn't enough, then check out this club-friendly rendition from the Queen of Eurodance Trash.
23) “Sleigh Ride” by Debbie Gibson – A flashback to the ’80s to help you reminisce about that Hot Wheels playset you found underneath the tree (or is that just me?).
24) “The Christmas Song” by Justin Bieber & Usher – I hesitate to put this on here, but Usher offers some redeeming vocals to turn this holiday classic into a late-night slow jam.
25) “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by the “Glee” cast
Happy Holidays, everyone!