Holiday parties are time for laughter, dancing and the chance to see an overly-festive colleague imbibe in the eggnog and show off their very enthusiastic dance moves.
No holiday party is complete without classic holiday songs (Mariah Carey, anyone?), so we thought we would share a short list of a few classics! Is anything missing? Let us know HERE!
10. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Stink! Stank! Stunk! One of the funniest and most-imitated songs of the season, the original version featured the voice of the great Thurl Ravenscroft -- the same man who made Tony the Tiger say, "They're Grrrrrreat!"
9. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men" is not a sentiment that's likely to outlast its welcome, no matter how many people you had to elbow your way around to get your kid the new Elmo doll.
8. Christmas Wrapping
It might stand in stark contrast to the majestic tone of some other entries on this list, but this playful 1981 single by the Waitresses -- a little-known New Wave band from Akron, Ohio -- has stood the test of time largely thanks to singer Patty Donahue's relatable, down-to-earth telling of a girl looking for a holiday love.
7. We Three Kings
Just another in a long line of "holiday hits" written by clergymen in the mid 19th century. Hundreds of beautiful renditions have been recorded over the years, but just try to listen to the Beach Boys' 1964 version without getting goosebumps.
6. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Sure, at its core it's a silly kids song. But whether it's the boundless enthusiasm of a pint-sized Michael Jackson & the Jackson 5 or a jean-jacket-era Bruce Springsteen having fun with the E Street Band, this one never gets old.
5. I'll Be Home for Christmas
While the original Bing Crosby recording captures the heartbreaking daydreams of a GI in World War II, this song remains the gold standard for the experience of Christmas in any wartime, whether it's a soldier in 1940s Germany or 2013 Afghanistan.
4. Fairytale of New York
One of the most beloved and oft-recorded Christmas songs of the past 30 years, "Fairytale of New York" keeps its charm after 100 listens, thanks to the unbridled folk energy and unorthodox, rough-and-tumble characters created by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl.
3. O Holy Night
When it comes to the non-secular brand of Christmas standards, it seems like just about everyone is united in their undying admiration for "O Holy Night" -- a legitimately moving epic adapted from a French poem in 1855.
2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
From the moment Judy Garland first warbled it in 1944's Meet Me in St. Louis, we were hooked. No other Christmas song combines joyous lyrics and a somber, wistful tone in quite the way this one does.
1. White Christmas
But of course, if you're going to name the one Christmas song that nobody ever has gotten sick of, it might as well be the number one selling song of all-time. And yes, that's "#1 selling song, " not "#1 selling Christmas song." Written by Irving Berlin, "White Christmas" has been covered by everyone from Bob Marley to Bette Midler, and Kenny Rogers to Taylor Swift. While it is hard to live up to the inimitable Bing Crosby, this harmonious rendition by the famous Australian Motown cover band Human Nature does justice to Bing, capturing the aching and beautiful sentiment of the song -- and in doing so fully realizes the combination of joy and memory that makes Christmas what it is.
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