Holiday Countdown 11-15

Aww… December.  The month where no matter where you go, there is little escaping the sounds of the Christmas holiday.  So why should this blog be of any exception? 

Xmas Dolly, our fearless leader of Monday’s Music Moves Me, has declared this month to be dedicated to Christmas Music. 

I’m using a source and will be doing a countdown of the top 20 tunes of Christmas. 

Well, alrighty then… Let’s get to it!  

Please enjoy this week’s playlist:

    15 'Mistletoe': Justin Bieber (2011)

At the peak of his success as one of the top teen pop stars, Justin Bieber released a Christmas album titled "Under the Mistletoe." It debuted at No. 1 on the album chart and became a smash hit. The song "Mistletoe" peaked at No. 2 on the adult contemporary chart, and in a rare occurrence for Christmas music, climbed into the top 40 at mainstream pop radio.

    14. 'Winter Wonderland': Jason Mraz (2003)

"Winter Wonderland" was originally written and recorded in 1934. It quickly became considered a Christmas classic despite the fact the holiday is never specifically mentioned in the song. Jason Mraz performed the classic live on "The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn" in 2003.

    13. 'Jingle Bell Rock': Daryl Hall and John Oates (2006)

"Jingle Bell Rock" was first released by Bobby Helms in 1957. It became a hit, peaking as one of the top 10–selling records in the country, and it has since become a Christmas standard. Daryl Hall and John Oates first released a recording of the song in the 1980s and then recorded a new version for their 2006 holiday album "Home For Christmas."

    12. 'Santa Tell Me': Ariana Grande (2014)

In December 2013, Ariana Grande released a four-song Christmas EP titled "Christmas Kisses." It was well received, and a year later she announced a new Christmas song, "Santa Tell Me." Cowritten with Savan Kotecha and Swedish songwriter-producer Ilya, the record became a new Christmas classic peaking in the top 10 of the adult contemporary chart and topping Billboard's holiday chart.

    11.'Christmas Time Is Here': Vince Guaraldi (1965)

Jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi will forever be identified with the music he wrote for "Peanuts" TV specials. This song written for "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is a classic.

Be sure to come back next week for Top Christmas Tunes 6-10.  I also want to extend an invite to join me on Wednesdays beginning in January, for a weekly song challenge. Take a look at this week’s YouTube Roulette post (on Wednesday) for more details. 

Today’s post is part of the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop, hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Stacy Uncorked, Curious as a Cathy. , and Ramblin with AM. Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants.  If you have a MUSIC* post, feel free to join in the fun! *sorry non-music posts are not permitted in this blog hop.


  1. Vince Guaraldi makes me happy. But you knew that...

  2. Mary,

    I boogied by yesterday to listen to your Christmas playlist and I enjoyed so much that I forgot to leave a comment. Silly me! I hope you're have a blessed Christmas season, dear friend. Have a holly jolly good time!

  3. Enjoyed your playlist. The Hall and Oates version of Jingle Bell Rock - I think I may get to like it more than the original. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.


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