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7 Christmas Songs That Won’t Make You Want To Scream

Jillian Morabito |
December 24, 2015 | 2:39 a.m. PST

Music Editor

There are two types of people in this world: those who take pleasure in incessant Christmas music and those who vehemently loathe every verse. If you happen to fall into the latter category, perhaps these tracks won’t seem as bad as anything having to do with the introduction of chipmunks and the holidays

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon

An absolute classic track that is more pertinent now than ever. There is something so tragic, raw and gentle about this track, with the children’s choir echoing in the distance. This is a fantastic Christmas song because it reigns further than simply a holiday message. 

“Cold December Night” by Michael Bublé

A modern, more recent take on Christmas ballads, “Cold December Night” is cheerful, merry and ultimately makes you think of Bublé as more than just a glorified jazz cover artist. 

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love

So, this may just be a personal choice; however, this song is so much fun. It’s the classic nostalgic love song where someone begs for the return of an unrequited romance but this time, it’s Christmas. Who doesn’t love that? 

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

I know. I went there. As much as you want to hate this song, you can’t. It’s as catchy as the wintertime flu you’re inevitably currently battling. The familiar opening chord, quintessential Mariah high notes, and rhythmic beats make this track the perfect fuel for baking, shopping and (probably once in your life) a car sing-along.  

“River” by Joni Mitchell 

Okay, so maybe this isn’t necessarily the most upbeat song for the holidays, but it’s riddled with such profound truth and sadness that you can’t help but focus on the lyrics. After all of this holiday shopping, we all wish we had a river to skate away on.  

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Sam Smith (Frank Sinatra Cover)

This is the one and only version of this song. Mr. Sinatra sings this tune in his soulful style that makes you want to curl up by a fire with hot cocoa while watching a corny Hallmark holiday flick. However, Mr. Smith's cover is absolutely amazing. 

“Joy to the World” by Sufjan Stevens

If only every version of this song sounded as effortlessly mellow as Stevens’ take on this classic track. Whereas most Christmas music is a bit nerve-wracking, this track will make you want to take a bath and light that cinnamon/vanilla and/or pine scented candle your Aunt Sally bought you for a present. 

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