Christmas Music for Thirty-Somethings

A Christmas Playlist for thirty-somethings, or anyone who loves the 90's!
I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my very favorite Christmas songs! The truth is I love all kinds of Christmas music, but this is a playlist that I listen to over and over again during the holidays. It reminds me of when my husband and I were dating and just starting our own Christmas traditions. We used to pick up Starbucks, still a novelty in our town, or a peppermint milkshake from Dewar’s, our local icecream parlor, and drive around looking at Christmas lights.  Now I drive our kiddos to school and home and listen to the same Christmas songs. My daughter keeps asking to hear  ”All I  Want for Christmas is You.” What girl doesn’t love Mariah Carey?

I called this post Christmas Music for Thirty-Somethings, but really it’s for anybody who loves songs from the 90′s, with some 80′s and 2000′s thrown in.


1. All I Want For Christmas Is You

Mariah Carey

2. White Christmas

The Drifters

Can you listen to this without seeing Macaulay Culkin singing into a comb?

3. Christmas All Over Again

Tom Petty

4. Christmas Is the Time to Say “I Love You”

Billy Squier

5. Children Go Where I Send Thee

Natalie Merchant

6. Jingle Bells

James Taylor

7. O Holy Night

Mariah Carey

8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings

Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan

9. Elf’s Lament

Barenaked Ladies with Michael Buble

10. The Christmas Song

Hootie and The Blowfish

11. Hard Candy Christmas

Dolly Parton

12. Christmas

Blues Traveler

13. Christmas Song

Dave Matthews Band

14. Christmas Wrapping

The Waitresses

15. I Saw Three Ships


16. River

Sarah McLachlan

17. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

Bruce Springsteen

18. Wonderful Christmastime

Paul McCartney

19. Christmas in Hollis

20. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

19 and 20 are two of my favorites and they are both on  the A Very Special Christmas CD on Amazon. It looks like “Christmas in Hollis” is on iTunes too, but not the U2 song.

“Hard Candy Christmas” is my all-time favorite Christmas song, though I don’t know if it is technically a Christmas song. I just love listening and singing along, even when my kids ask me to stop singing;0)

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  1. I have almost all of those on m list too! Add Greatest Gift from Kenny and Dolly (Although Hard Candy Christmas is a close second!) and Get Me Through December by Natalie Merchant and Santa Baby from Madonna!

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