Why Not . . . Create a Festive Playlist?

Dec 11, 2013

For some reason when the holidays come around, I can’t help but enjoy listening to classic holiday tunes. Whether it’s a traditional artist such as Nat King Cole singing “Chestnuts Roasting by the Fire” (actual song title “The Christmas Song”) or a new rendition by Cee Lo Green of a classic jingle, I feel a lift in my holiday spirit and a smile emerge on my face.

As I’ve been planning and organizing my annual Christmas Eve soiree for my family this year, I wanted to come up with a playlist that was full of my favorite tunes and kept in mind my predilection for jazz but also included a few modern voices intertwined with the talents of the Rat Pack and Andy Williams. Perhaps you too are organizing a gathering of friends and family and are looking for that one particular song to complete your playlist that will fill the house and set a festive and welcoming mood. Well, if you’re looking for classic go-tos that won’t disappoint blended with a few contemporary favorites, my picks have been compiled into today’s post.

Feel free to peruse my simply luxurious classic holiday list below – complete with a contemporary favorite version of “Auld Lang Syne”, scroll down to listen to each song via Youtube, and click on the link to purchase a download. Joyeux Noël from The Simply Luxurious Life!

The Simply Luxurious Life Holiday Playlist:

  1. Cool Yule – Louise Armstrong
  2. Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald
  3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) – Nat King Cole
  4. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
  5. Linus And Lucy (Charlie Brown Christmas) – Vince Guaraldi Trio
  6. It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas – Harry Connick Jr.
  7. Christmas Time Is Here – Diana Krall
  8. Last Christmas – Wham! (George Michael)
  9. Carol of the Bells – The Piano Guys
  10. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – Mariah Carey
  11. Jingle Bells – Sammy Davis Jr. 
  12. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Cee Lo Green (featuring Christina Aguilera)
  13. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  14. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  15. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Love, Actually soundtrack
  16. Holly Jolly Christmas – Michael Buble
  17. Auld Lang Syne (Sex in the City arrangement) – Banna de Minstrels
1. Cool Yule – Louise Armstrong
2. Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald
3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) – Nat King Cole
4. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
5. Linus And Lucy (Charlie Brown Christmas) – Vince Guaraldi Trio
6. It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas – Harry Connick Jr.
7. Christmas Time Is Here – Diana Krall
8. Last Christmas – Wham! (George Michael)
9. Carol of the Bells – The Piano Guys
10. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – Mariah Carey
11. Jingle Bells – Sammy Davis Jr. 
12. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Cee Lo Green (featuring Christina Aguilera)
13. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
14. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
15. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Love, Actually soundtrack
16. Holly Jolly Christmas – Michael Buble
17. Auld Lang Syne (Sex in the City arrangement) – Banna de Minstrels

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