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Soft and quiet Christmas music has its place on Christmas Eve to put you to sleep. I prefer to rock around the Christmas tree until the last day on the advent calendar is pried opened.

1. Song of Wonder

This catchy bluegrass tune is sung by the Indigo Girls and paints a beautiful picture of the forest, stars, and critters on Christmas Eve. Come and do-si-do around the Christmas tree with me.

2. All I Want for Christmas is You

Mariah Carey made this song recognizable to the far corners of the Earth. I can’t help having an impromptu dance party whenever I hear the intro playing on the radio.

3. What Christmas Means to Me

Stevie Wonder can charm me into listening to anything that he records, but the fun things he lists on this particular song gets me musing and dancing at the same time.

4. Wonderful Christmastime

I’m a sucker for good remixed Christmas tune. Kelly Rowland hit it out of the park with her rendition of Wonderful Christmas time. Turn up the bass and dance the night away.

5. Christmas Wrapping

There are certain songs that make no sense, but happen to be a staple on my Christmas play list. The Waitresses sing a playfully woeful anti-Christmas song that does end on a happy note thankfully!

6. Christmas Eve

Can Christmas happen without the Trans-Siberian Orchestra? I whip out my air guitar and jam like I’m on stage. I dare you to keep still while this power ballad plays.

7. Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth

I love this duet between Jack Black and Jason Seagull. It’s a hilarious mix of over-the-top performing and sweet and silly acting. I freely admit to listening to this song year around.

8. Feliz Navidad

My sister and I try to be the first one each year to hear this favorite played on the radio and call or text each other when we hear it. Granted Jose Feliciano had the most limited lyrics outside of the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, but he sings with such passion, I help shaking my shoulders.

9. White Christmas

Typically, this is a slower song, but the drifters remade it into a bouncy, pop tune. Even if you think you can’t dance snap your fingers and tap your feet to the fun beat.

10. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Bruce Springsteen has a live version of this song, which makes me laugh. I have two sisters who only like the riffing at the beginning, and then they change the radio station once the song begins. It’s a fun song with outrageous vocals and laughter. I look forward to hearing it every year.

Christmas is one of the most fun times of the year, but my favorite part is the music. What would I hear on your play list?

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