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14 Christmas Songs You Donât Want to Admit You Love
âTis the season to be caught rocking out to holiday tunes from everyone from Britney Spears and âNSync to Run-DMC and Lady Gaga.
1. Britney Spears, âMy Only Wish (This Year)â (2000)
Arguably, this may be the poor manâs version of Mariah Careyâs âAll I Want for Christmas Is Youâ (no shame in loving that tune!), but the catchiness of the melody is just as infectious, with the same brand of sing-along holiday cheer.
2. âNSync, âHome for Christmasâ (1998)
Emotional overload: If the five-part harmonies over the organ arenât enough to tug at your heartstrings, the bittersweet lyrics about learning âthe real meaning of Christmasâ because of being âon my own for too many yearsâ should give you all the holiday feels.Â
3. Hanson, âWhat Christmas Means to Meâ (1997)
What Christmas means to me? Playing Hansonâs 1997 Snowed In album on repeat for 25 days in a row.Â
4. Run-DMC, âChristmas in Hollisâ (1987)
Cheesy video? Check! (Complete with a Simon Says naughty-or-nice game board!) Lyrics about collard greens? Check! And most important: A Mickey Mouse Club cover of the song? Big-time check! And they werenât the only ones who liked the song. The rap has also appeared in Die Hard, How to Be Single and Orange Is the New Black.
5. Justin Bieber, âMistletoeâ (2011)
Only the Biebs can pull off a holiday song with âshawtyâ in the chorus and still make it sound like a sweet little Christmas tune.
6. Mariah Carey, âChristmas (Baby Please Come Home)â (1994)
While thereâs no shame in jamming out to âAll I Want for Christmas Is You,â this honorable mention gets a solid A-minus for effort.
7. Straight No Chaser, featuring Kristen Bell, âText Me Merry Christmasâ (2014)
Yes, Kristen Bell boasts featured vocals on this a cappella groupâs single. The reason for a Christmas text? âI need more from @you than just a Tweet / A Snap on Snapchat doesnât last.â
8. Destinyâs Child, â8 Days of Christmasâ (2001)
Sleighing it! BeyoncĂŠ, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland released a 2001 holiday album with this title track, which counts down fewer than 12 days but has a heck of a lot more attitude. Among the items received from âmy babyâ? ChloĂŠ shades, diamond belly ring, and a nice back rub.Â
9. Lady Gaga, âChristmas Treeâ (2008)
Sample lyrics: âHo-ho-ho under the mistletoe, yes everybody knows, we will take off our clothes.â Yet the dance-pop beats of Gagaâs collaboration with Space Cowboy will have you rockinâ around the Christmas tree.
10. Ariana Grande, âSanta Tell Meâ (2013)
Five little girls jumping on the bed in pajamas and fuzzy animal hats? Sounds about right.Â
11. Simple Plan, âChristmas Every Dayâ (2016)
The Canadian pop-punk band of the 2000s, famous for hits like âWelcome to My Lifeâ and âPerfect,â have never wavered from their trademark sound, making their new holiday song, âChristmas Every Day,â just the right amount of retro and rock.Â
12. Backstreet Boys, âItâs Christmas Time Againâ (2012)
The again in the title is a nod to the fact that the boy band released another (superior) Christmas song back in 1996 called simply âChristmastime.â But Backstreetâs always back and so are their holiday tunes.Â
13. Jose Feliciano, âFeliz Navidadâ (1970)
The beauty of this song? The only lyrics are âI want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heartâ in English and Spanish!
14. No Doubt, âOi to the Worldâ (1997)
So SoCal! Originally written by the Vandals, their fellow Orange County punk rockers, No Doubt covered the song forÂ A Very Special Christmas 3 compilation.Â
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