By: Staff –
To celebrate the release of Celeigh Cardinal’s new original holiday song “Christmas Letter to my Friends”, the emerging singer-songwriter curated an exclusive Spotify playlist featuring her favourite Christmas songs of all-time. Stream it exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
Boney M – “Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord” (Long Version)
There were always three albums on repeat at Christmas time when I was growing up. Christmas with Boney M was one of them. I have always loved harmony, and would pick a different part to sing every time I sang along with this song. It was almost part of my musical training. This album always showed me how fun Christmas could be.
Amy Grant – “Sleigh Ride”
So, Amy Grant’s 1983 Christmas album was another of the albums I’ve listened to every year since I was born. This song reminds me of listening to my mother singing brightly in the kitchen while making sugar cookies. I think it was her love of this album that makes me love it so much.
Frank Sinatra – “Let It Snow”
My favorite version of this song. Upbeat, cheeky, effortless delivery. It’s conversational singing at its best.
Don Amero – “Even Santa Gets the Blues”
Don Amero has a voice like butter, I love hearing him sing blues. And 10 more points because this song is from his album called Amero Little Christmas.
Vulfpeck – “Christmas in LA”
WHAT A JAM. Hearing this song for the first time was truly inspiring because it reminded me that I am allowed to create anything I want, and I don’t have to stick to any sort of formula or be stuck in any box. Also, bassist Joe Dart is life.
Eartha Kitt – “Santa Baby”
It’s classic, it’s sexy, it’s a Christmas song for adults, and it’s one of my favorites to sing.
Ella Fitzgerald – “What are you doing New Year’s eve?”
Ella’s voice asking “what are you doing new year’s eve?” feels like it could be my own. It feels vulnerable. Also, I like that this isn’t actually a holiday song, but a song written about trying to get a commitment from someone for New Year’s, but way too early. I relate.
Bing Crosby (with the Andrew sisters) – “Mele Kalikimaka”
This is just a fun song to sing along to, packed with complex weaving harmonies from the Andrew Sisters. Bing Crosby’s album White Christmas was the last of the great three Christmas albums I’ve listened to since my birth.
Charles Brown – “Please come home for Christmas”
This song doesn’t even need to be called a Christmas song. It’s a longing love blues song. This is the kind of holiday song I want to write, one that is timeless and universal. No cheese here.
Brandi Carlile – “O Holy Night”
Though I am not religious, this song’s melody has always drawn me in. SO much power in the chorus. This short acapella version is all about Brandi’s incredible emotive voice, and showcases beautiful harmony.
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