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: Merry Christmas from the Family by Jill Sobule (1995), What's This from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade (1973), Jingle Bell Rock by Hall & Oates (1983), Hey Santa! by Carnie & Wendy Wilson (1993), Joy to the World by Bruce Cockburn (1993), What Child Is This? by Vanessa Williams (1992), Santa Baby by Rev Run ft. Ma$e, Puff Daddy, Snoop Dogg, Salt N Pepa, Onyx & Keith Murray (1997), Omedetou Christmas by Sailor Moon cast (Japanese; 1995), Frosty the Snowman by Cocteau Twins (1993), I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey (1953), Toy Packaging by Sara Groves (2008), Ding Dong Merrily on High by Jackie Evancho (2011), Father Christmas by the Kinks (1977), Xmas at Kmart by Root Boy Slim (1978), Let It Snow by Luscious Jackson (1999), All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey (1994), Season's Freaklings by Bunnygrunt (1996), Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses (1981), Oi to the World by No Doubt (1997), Carol of the Bells by Pentatonix (2012), It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Martina Sorbara (2003), Greatest Time of Year by Aly & AJ (2006), Marshmallow World by Francesca Battistelli (2012), Christmastime Is Here by Leftover Cuties (2012), 'Zat You, Santa Claus? by Dr. Teeth (2006), The Holly and the Ivy by Mediaeval Baebes (2003), Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix (2013), Jingle Bells by Rainbow Dash (2015), A Holiday Song by Lisa Loeb (2013), Text Me Merry Christmas by Straight No Chaser ft. Kristen Bell (2014), Someday at Christmas by Stevie Wonder (1967), Mary, Did You Know? by Pentatonix (2014), Christmas Eve/Sarajevo by Trans-Siberian Orchestra (1996), Winter Wonderland by Doris Day (1964), Christmas the Whole Year Round by Sabrina Carpenter (2015), Dear Santa by Girls' Generation-TTS (2015), Do You Hear What I Hear? by Home Free (2014), Sleigh Ride by Karmin (2012), Joy to the World by Pentatonix (2015), Baby It's Cold Outside by Idina Menzel and Micheal Bublé (2014), Santa Tell Me by Ariana Grande (2014), Let It Snow by Jean-Luc Picard & crew (2013), Silent Night by Chewbacca (1999/2016), The Wexford Carol by Yo-Yo Ma ft. Alison Krauss (2008), Good King Wenceslas by Loreena McKennitt (1995), White Wine in the Sun by Tim Minchin (2009), God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Annie Lennox (2010), Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Ingrid Michaelson (2017), You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Gwen Stefani ft. Blake Shelton (2017), Christmas C'mon by Lindsey Stirling ft. Becky G (2017), Santa's Coming for Us by Sia (2017), The 12 Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser (1998), Socks by JD McPherson (2018), Making Christmas by Pentatonix (2018), All I Want for Christmas Is You by Ingrid Michaelson feat. Leslie Odom Jr. (2018), Don't Start Without Me by The Fizz (2018), You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Lindsey Stirling feat. Sabrina Carpenter (2017), Christmas Every Day by David Archuleta (2018), The Christmas Song by Lauren Daigle (2018), White Christmas by Eric Clapton (2018), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by William Shatner feat. Billy Gibbons (2018), Joy to the World by Shameik Moore (2018).