olivia_xmas.jpgIt’s hard to get into a festive mood when you’re caught in the flurry of gift shopping or stressing out over holiday party planning. Christmas? Bah, humbug! Where’s the exit when you need one? ‘Tis the season to be jolly, however, and there’s no use wasting your energy on being grumpy when there’s eggnog to drink and gifts to put under the Christmas tree! If you’re in need of a little holiday cheer, curb your inner Scrooge with this Christmas playlist from FN and remind yourself why this is called the most wonderful time of the year.


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"ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS (IS YOU)" by Olivia Olson (2003)



Glamorous diva Mariah Carey may be the most popular singer of this song, but the version we most love to listen to is the version from Love Actually, performed by a young Olivia Olson.


"MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS" by NSYNC (1998)



Relive the carefree boy band days of the '90s with this holiday offering from NSYNC. For maximum effect, watch the boys popping in and out with presents in the music video as they help out a sick Santa on Christmas Eve.   


"WARM AND FUZZY TIME" by Billy Gilman (2000)



This cute little country singer is now a gorgeous young man with a golden voice, but we won’t forget his younger days singing this heartwarming holiday ditty. Guaranteed to give you the warm fuzzies!


"DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS" by Band Aid 20 (2004)



Christ Martin of Coldplay and Bono of U2 are just two of the awesome band of artists who recorded their version of this classic song to benefit Sudan’s Darfur region.


"12 DAYS OF PINOY KRISMAS" by APO Hiking Society (1991)



These three OPM legends replaced the traditional lyrics with local Filipino color (new basketball under your hubby’s tree this Christmas, anyone?) making one unforgettable holiday tune.



"GREATEST TIME OF THE YEAR" by Aly & AJ (2006)




Rock out with this upbeat holiday song from American pop rock duo Aly & AJ. The lyrics speak of enjoying Christmas moments together with your loved ones, the perfect soundtrack for the movie The Santa Clause 3.    

"JINGLE BELL ROCK" by Mean Girls cast (2004)


Originally sang by Bobby Helms, our favorite version of this Christmas classic is this performance by Lindsay Lohan and her clique in the popular chick flick Mean Girls.


"SANTA BABY" by Taylor Swift (2007)



This sultry holiday song has been covered by divas like Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Eartha Kitt, but it was recently reintroduced to a new generation of music lovers by the country singing sensation.


"WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS" by Helmut Lotti (2006)


This fun, quirky song is always on the list of Christmas carolers. After giving a traditional Christmas wish, the lyrics demand for a good serving of pudding in return. “We won't go until we get some,” indeed.


"DECK THE ROOFTOP" by the Glee cast (2010)



Nothing like a pop R&B version of Christmas classic "Deck the Halls" to give you some holiday cheer! Gleeks will love celebrating the holidays with this song from the Glee cast.


HONORABLE MENTION

"CHRISTMAS IN OUR HEARTS" by Jose Mari Chan (1990)


This list won’t be complete without a song from the pioneer of Christmas songs in the Philippines Jose Mari Chan. The song’s touching lyrics combined with his smooth vocals are a staple at local gatherings on Christmas Eve.

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