My Holiday Picks!

It’s that beautiful time of year again friends! Here are some of my favorite holiday songs that I can’t survive the holidays (and crazy relatives) without.

ENJOY!

1.) Sam Smith – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

There is not much I can say that I haven’t already said before about the incredible Sam Smith. The first 22 seconds are pure liquid Christmas gold. Smith proves time and time again that his voice is his instrument and he has perfected it to the point of godliness.

2.) Destiny’s Child – “Carol of the Bells”

You guys….. If you have never heard this version of “Carol of the Bells” you are seriously missing out. Not only is it all acapella, but this is DESTINY’S CHILD. Which means endless harmonies and vocal runs up the wazoo. I promise once you listen to this, it will make you listen to no other version of this song. The angelic women of Destiny’s Child deliver a Christmas classic in a compelling over four minute arrangement.

3.) Frank Sinatra – “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town”

I always go back to the Rat Pack around the holidays and anything by Sinatra is an A++ in my book. This man could croon his way into anyone’s heart. Sinatra’s version is also featured on The Polar Express soundtrack…a.k.a just another reason to love it!

4.) Ella Fitzgerald – “Sleigh Ride”

This song is obviously a classic. Fitzgerald’s voice breezes through this song with an incredible amount of ease. Add a couple jazzy solos and a finger pickin’ bass line and I could listen for days. Team Ella for life.

5.) Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – “Winter Wonderland”

This song was just released last week and I couldn’t be happier. Bennett & Gaga’s duet album titled, Cheek to Cheek dropped this September but I wouldn’t be surprised if a Christmas album is next on the list. These two go together like hot chocolate and mini marshmallows. Bennett’s voice is better than ever and Gaga is the ultimate jazz princess. I am obsessed with everything about these two.

6.) John Lennon & Yoko Ono – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

I always forget about this song and then it plays on a commercial or I hear it on the radio and I fall in love with it all over again. Lennon’s voice is so powerful and he used that power to spread positive messages to the world; and the children’s choir really adds to the cheery Christmas vibe of the song.

-Abbey

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