23 Dec The #teamBASYS 2020 Holiday Playlist
Whether you start listening to your holiday playlist on November 1st or insist that it’s only played AFTER Thanksgiving, there’s something magical about a festive song during the holiday season. Here at BASYS, we’re big fans of getting into the holiday spirit with a classic tune. This is a busy time of year, so if you’re looking for something to listen to at work, while wrapping presents, or at your family gathering, we hope you’ll enjoy our 2020 holiday playlist!
“White Christmas” — The Drifters (1956)
What’s the holiday season without a little doo wop? Bing Crosby’s rendition of this song might be the world’s best selling single, but our team is especially fond of this version, heard in both Home Alone and the Santa Clause.
“Jingle Bells” — Frank Sinatra (1957)
Featured on his 1948 Christmas album, Christmas Songs by Sinatra, Frank Sinatra’s “Jingle Bells” puts his own classic spin on one of the best-known and most commoly-sung holiday songs in the world.
“Santa Claus is Back in Town” — Elvis Presley (1957)
Recorded for the first time as the opening track of Elvis’ Christmas Album, which went on to become the best-selling holiday album of all time in the U.S., “Santa Claus is Back in Town” has since been covered by Dwight Yoakam, Trisha Yearwood, My Morning Jacket, Billy Idol, and many, many more.
“Run Rudolph Run” — Chuck Berry (1958)
Musically similar to Berry’s hit “Johnny B. Goode,” “Run Rudolph Run” is another favorite of our team that can be attributed to the popularity of Home Alone.
“The Christmas Song” — Nat King Cole (1961)
The name says it all—”The Christmas Song” is THE quintessential Christmas song. Cole’s holiday tune is so well known that, in 1974, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” — Darlene Love (1963)
This song might be about a holiday heartbreak, but its upbeat tempo and power vocals have brought joy to the world since its release.
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” — Andy Williams (1963)
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is a a song about holiday traditions and the joy of sharing them. Williams enthusiasm for the season is contagious, and that makes this one of our all time favorites.
“Sleigh Ride” — The Ronettes (1963)
There’s a reason The Ronettes rendition of “Sleigh Ride” is the most popular. The clip-clopping of hooves and ring-a-linging of bells always get us excited for the holiday season!
“Little Saint Nick” — The Beach Boys (1964)
In the vein of “Little Deuce Coupe,” “409,” and “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Little Saint Nick” is a hot rod song where the sweet ride in question is Santa’s sleigh.
“Merry Christmas Baby” — Otis Redding (1967)
“Merry Christmas Baby” has been covered by many of the other artists on this list, including Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley, but Otis Redding’s soulful rendition is our favorite.
“What Christmas Means to Me” — Stevie Wonder (1967)
Stevie Wonder’s version of “What Christmas Means to Me” reminds us of what’s really important during the holiday season: the smiling faces of our loved ones.
“This Christmas” — Donny Hathaway (1971)
When “This Christmas” was first released in 1970, it saw little success, but we hope that if Donny Hathaway had lived to see this song covered by The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, and many more, he would have been pleased.
“Christmas Wrapping” — The Waitresses (1982)
We can all relate to feeling a little too rushed and busy—especially around this time of year. “Christmas Wrapping” is a reminder to slow down and enjoy the magic of the holidays.
“Last Christmas” — Wham! (1984)
In the true spirit of the season, Wham donated all their royalties from “Last Christmas” to aid the 1983-1985 famine in Ethiopia. The song was a large influence for the 2019 romantic comedy, Last Christmas.
“Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!” — Sufjan Stevens (2006)
Our team loves this quirky song because it captures the sillier side of the season. Even though it’s called “Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!”, elves are only mentioned once!
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