Mona Werling-Borthwick of Facebook loves Christmas music. As a Jewish girl growing up in Philadelphia she looked forward to the day after Thanksgiving when the radio station B101 would play Christmas music 24 hours a day until the day after Christmas. That’s a lot of jingle bells, ho-ho-ho’s and Santa Claus in a month.
Not everyone is like Mona. Some don’t mind listening to it in the car as they head off to the mall, while at work or as they decorate for the holiday. Then you have people who can listen to maybe one song before they turn it off. There are even more people who will run out of the room screaming at the mere mention of Christman music. To each their own.
Christmas music is probably one of the biggest aspects of the holiday and has always been that way. Many people have their favorite song or two. The songs of the season can arouse deep feelings of long ago traditions and of longing; they can make people want to go back in time when they were kids and life was simpler.
So what is it with Christmas songs?
The lyrics in a Christmas song are different. They say what they mean and get to the point. There are no hidden messages in them and no story behind what they’re trying to say. Perhaps this is why not too many Christmas songs have been written lately; that most of them are either versions of the traditional song or a new take on an old favorite.
What makes a Christmas song good is probably the memories it stirs, but it also depends heavily on the artist who’s singing it. The older classics sung or performed by the original artists are still popular, but slowly they’re being pushed aside for newer upbeat versions.
There’s these bittersweet feelings that surround the song because we realize that it’s not a time we can go back to or maybe really want to; that there is a feeling of loss associated with these songs. Despite the possibility of this depressing thought the music remains an important part of the holiday music.
Here are 10 of the best Christmas songs performed by an artist. It’s not the song itself, but the feeling and emotion the artist puts into the song that makes it especially good.