Secret Stage Top Fives: Holiday Songs

We're finally far enough removed from Thanksgiving that we can declare it socially acceptable to listen to holiday music. While some of the team may be Grinches (*cough* Nick and Chris *cough), most of us like getting in the music of the season, and feeling jolly about it to boot! Here are our top song picks for the holidays:


HM. Wonderful Christmastime, performed by Paul McCartney - "While I think it's a relatively lackluster Christmas song, it is by Paul. So it makes my list."

5. One Foot in Front of the Other, from Santa Claus is Coming to Town - "I'm told that I look I little bit like the young Kris Kringle in this movie. I don't like that much. However, I do like the inspirational song in which he teaches a man to walk."

4. All I Want For Christmas is You, performed by Mariah Carey - "I sing this song to myself a lot. It's not pretty."

3. Snow Miser/Heat Miser, from The Year Without A Santa Claus - "My mom's favorite Christmas movie is the Year Without A Santa Claus. She use to always relate the Heat Miser to my younger brother and the Snow Miser to me. I can see it."

2. Here Comes Santa Claus, performed by Elvis Presley - "Blue Christmas could have made this list, but the way Elvis delivers this song takes the cake."

1. The Chanukah Song, performed by Adam Sandler - "There's just something so fun about this song. And Sandler is right, there isn't a lot to pick from when looking for a mainstream Chanukah song. He nailed this one.


5. Sleigh Ride by Relient K - "I like this song a lot. It's gives me the Christmas feels but also makes me think back to when Jordan had his truck and we drove around in the winter listening to the Relient K Christmas album, which was really nice. So every time I here that songs, it hits me in the feels."

4. Silent Night - "Really any version of this song is good. It's a very mellow holiday song and I like that. It's a good one to just sit around and drink hot chocolate.

3. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree - "This one makes me think of Christmas as a kid. Going to all the family Christmas parties and coming home to all the gifts Santa brought. Every time I here it, it makes me feel all happy. "

2. Jingle Bell Rock - "This is another one that makes me think of being a kid at Christmas time. I loved when my family would set up the Christmas tree and make cookies while we listened to Christmas music."

1. Baby It's Cold Outside - "This is my all time favorite one. I actually almost sang this with my friends in the talent show. Me and grandma listened to this one all the time in the car whenever we had long drives. Even when it wasn't Christmas time. I usually don't like when people overdo the music before the holiday season even begins, but this is a song I could listen to literally whenever."


5. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer - "This is probably one of the few classic songs I can stand. It brings memories of learning it in music class. Also I think it's the realism of how cruel people can be, but there is good people too. Sorry I know that's a little dark."

4. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays - "N'sync is my preferred artist for this one. I think my main thing with this song is it gets stuck in my head every time. And I almost always catch myself singing along with it." 

3. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus- "This for me is because of when I realized what the song was talking about. I found it super funny, that the kid in the song didn't know Santa and dad were the same person. I think it's a very cute story and a catchy song."

2. Down with the Christmas- "This song is sick. I enjoi the holiday spin on a Disturbed classic. These types of songs are always entertaining and always give me a good laugh. I would like to see more songs like this."

1. Chanukah Song- "This Adam Sandler creation has become a classic. And as much as I don't enjoi his voice, I don't think the song would be the same otherwise. And he updates the most and makes new spins every few years, so it's nice that it's a developing song. I always get a couple chuckles out of it."


HM. Sleddin' Hill by August Burns Red - "Just a fantastic instrumental that brings the spirit, but again, with a newer metal approach. I can always get behind that."

5. A Mad Russian's Christmas by Trans Siberian Orchestra - "Another one by TSO that I enjoy. It's certainly a classic. Always reminds me of sitting in my living room growing up with just the lights from the tree and having hot cocoa."

4. Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo by Trans Siberian Orchestra - "Definitely a nostalgic one for me, I remember always hearing this on the radio and wanting to learn how to play it on guitar. They come to Detroit every year and put on one hell of a show."

3. Down with the Christmas by Dave Malosh - "The bass guitarist for The Paybacks and a local radio station here in Michigan (101.1 The WRIF) put this together. It's a parody of Disturbed's Down With The Sickness and it is hilarious."

2. 12 Days of Christmas by Relient K - "Even though I also really enjoy the classic, I love the punk feel to it."

1. Sleigh Ride by Relient K - "A few of my favorites are going to come from Relient K because they have a phenomenal holiday album that I'm always excited to break out in the season."


5. Winter Wonderland by Micheal Bublé - "All of the Christmas music I love stems from my childhood. My mother would start playing Christmas music from mid November all the way till the new year. Listening to it every year makes it a very nostalgic holiday."

4. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by Johnny Mathis - "As cheesy as this might seem, my mother and I used to to sing and dance to this as a child. Brings a warm feeling to my heart."

3. Carol of the Bells by Trans Siberian Orchestra - "This has to go down as one of the most epic holiday songs ever! I have wanted to see then live since I was a small child. One of my favorite Orchestras."

2. This is Halloween by Figure - "This is my only non Christmas song that I love. I am a huge fan of EDM and dubstep. This song is awesome without the remix. Listening to it gets me pumped every year for Halloween."

1. You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch by Boris Karloff - "This is my favorite song and movie for the holidays. I would watch this a ton during the Christmas holiday. I would pick the original not the remake. I thought the Grinch was terrifying as a child. Probably one of my favorite antagonist ever!"


HM. X-M@$ by Corey Taylor - "Listen to this song and tell me it isn't the most realistic holiday tune you've ever heard. This man is a genius and truly understands my hatred for the general public, ESPECIALLY at this time of year."

5. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas - "This song is ridiculous. A lot of people see that as a turn off, but I absolutely love how quirky it is. Plus, who wouldn't want one of the deadliest animals on the planet as a household pet?"

4. It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas - " If there is one song that best kicks off the season, it's this. I'm convinced that one couldn't possibly hear this song and not want to decorate their tree or bake cookies or go sledding right away. It's perfect."

3. What's This? - "I know. This should just be a list of the classics. But to me, this track is. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies and I grew up watching it on both Halloween and Christmas. So, when I hear this track, I think of all things festive."

2. White Christmas - "My family has a tradition of watching this movie from 1954 every December. I love SO many songs from the film, so I'm using this song as a loophole of including that entire soundtrack. I guess the song itself stands up as one of my favorites too so long as it's done by Bing Crosby."

1. Carol of the Bells - "This will always be my favorite because of how unique it is for a Christmas tune. Far from the cheerful vibe of most holiday tracks, this song has this ominous beauty to it that never gets old. Some of my favorite renditions are by George Winston, August Burns Red, and the adaptation titled "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra."