Your Holiday Nostalgia Playlist

The holidays are always full of nostalgia, and while a little holiday music goes a long way, sometimes you need a little extra musical “cheese” for that charcuterie board you’re serving.

So here are twelve holiday tunes – one for each day of Christmas – filled with more sweet and salty popcorn classics than the Orville Redenbacher you’re stringing up on your tree.

“Christmas in the City” – Mary J. Blige feat. Angie Martinez (1997)

The undisputed Queen of R&B, Mary J., made Christmas a jam!!

“Fairytale in New York” – The Pogues (1987)

This Christmas tune by the Celtic punk band The Pogues is one of the most controversial – and most popular – Christmas tunes of all time. While it’s not dripping with typical holiday sentiments it’s a become a Christmas classic we look forward to every year!

“Everything’s Gonna be Cool this Christmas” – The Eels (2002)

How this groovy Christmas tune could have been created by the same band that came out with “Novocain for the Soul” is beyond us. But we love it – and we’ll take it!

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” – Barenaked Ladies feat. Sarah MacLaughlin (2004)

What do you get when you combine one of Canada’s best pop groups with one of Canada’s most singularly recognizable voices? The most living-room dance-party friendly medley of classic Christmas tunes we’ve ever heard.

“Let It Snow” – Boyz II Men feat. Brian McKnight (1992)

Christmas never felt more sensual than when Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight, the King of ’90s R&B, put their spin on it. And the Boyz dressed in matching argyle and roasted marshmallows for the video. We love every second.

“What Christmas Means to Me” – Hanson (1997)

A Christmas song we love to hate, we bet you start snapping your fingers as soon as this cheesy ditty starts!

“Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday” – NSYNC (1998)

You can’t help but hum along to this one when you’re doing that last minute shopping in the mall (or trying to grin and bear the mall’s parking lots).

“My Only Wish (This Year)” – Britney Spears (2000)

How could we have the holidays without a little cozy Brit-Brit? Answer: we can’t. (And we won’t)

“Oi to the World” – No Doubt (2003)

You know what your parents’ Christmas eve party was missing? SKA! The holidays with No Doubt were loud, raucous, and super punk. Just the way we liked ’em.

“Please Come Home for Christmas” – Bon Jovi (1992)

Two words: Cindy Crawford. Yep, that’s her with Bon Jovi in possibly the most sad-sexy-soulful Christmas video of all time. We happen to like the tune too.

“Sleigh Ride” – TLC (1992)

You can’t listen to this and not get your slide step on! TLC showed up with some of the best moves of the ’90s – so good we still do them today, even with an eggnog in hand.

All I Want for Christmas is You” – Mariah Carey (1994)

The one, the only MAAAARIIIIAH! The reigning Queen of Christmas, if you haven’t heard this song at least once a day all thirty-one days of December, then you’re doing it wrong.