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Anyone who’s been unlucky enough to work retail from September through January will be marked with
the permanent scars of horrible holiday music. To the rest of us, these mysteriously catchy and sometimes
sexy songs are guilty pleasures that we can shamelessly blast with the windows rolled up while cruising
town for the gaudiest Christmas light display.
1. “Wonderful Christmastime”: Paul McCartney
Starting with an upbeat, seemingly harmless song by the former Beatle, Paul McCartney, “Wonderful
Christmastime” is a likeable enough song with lyrics that prompt us to “lift a glass” (or several) to the
company we have at hand. It makes you kind of enjoy children’s choirs, even if it’s just for the duration
of the song.
2. “Santa Baby”: Eartha Kitt
Christmas songs written in the 1950s were meant to provide sentimental feelings towards the holiday, but
this one took a different approach. Maybe this is the inspiration for Sexy Santa Halloween costumes.
Either way, it’s the best lyrical excuse to ask for completely outlandish gifts in the cutest way. From a
yacht to a duplex, Eartha makes Christmas a sultry reminder how she’s been good all year and expects
some very expensive gifts. Not to mention this is a great one to slather up to in the shower when there’s
no one home to judge your expensive taste.
3. “Baby It’s Cold Outside”: Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone
Let’s be honest here, anyone who loves Elf, loves Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone’s version of Baby
It’s Cold Outside. We can’t help but imagine ourselves on an old-timey movie set swaying with the likes
of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This song turns everyone into a Broadway star, even if we don’t want to admit
4. “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”: Elmo & Patsy
This timeless classic hits the nostalgia bone every time. I remember celebrating Christmas at my aunt’s
house. While playing this on the piano, Grandma’s head bobbed back and forth, having no idea what the
song actually was about. Still, to this day, I automatically turn up the volume and brazenly jam out,
despite the morbid lyrics.
5. “All I Want For Christmas Is You”: Maria Carey
It seems like this song has been on repeat since 1994 when Mariah Carey sat on Santa’s lap and thrilled
everyone with brain throbbing beats and bells. It’s like hearing it for the first time, every time.
6. “Last Christmas”: WHAM!
Here’s the single most embarrassingly awesome Christmas song that reeks of holiday romance gone
wrong. It’s like a love-hate relationship with this song. Everyone who sings along is still grappling with
that last tough breakup. Maybe it’s so pathetically sad to belt out because it’s secretly therapy for
mending our broken hearts.