I heard a complaint the other day about how the vast majority of Christmas songs that the local radio station plays (you know, the station that plays holiday songs 24/7 this time of year) are the same awful, tired “classics” and if the radio station manager had any guts, he would add “new” Christmas songs into the rotation because there are so many great contemporary Christmas songs lost in a sea of sappy, even corny, vintage vinyl.
I was taken aback by this attack on the awesome old holiday songs I dearly love. But it got me thinking. One of the reasons the classic Christmas songs get so much air time is because they evoke nostalgia. Heck, probably the main reason classic Christmas songs fill holiday season radio programming is that people are emotionally attached to those songs. They are a happy celebration of days-gone-by; a time machine to Christmases past. Hearing Nat King Cole sing The Christmas Song, or The Carpenters harmonize on Sleigh Ride, or Frank Sinatra croon Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas gives you unrivaled nostalgic feelings.
How could anyone complain about that?
But then I wondered if maybe the complainer had a point; perhaps there is room for modern Christmas songs among the oldies. And then I had another thought: in the next 20 or 30 or 40 years, would any of the modern Christmas songs produced today become classics themselves?
So here at The Nostalgia Diaries, we decided to poke around to see what we could find and we pulled together a list of some great contemporary Christmas songs that may become as synonymous with the holidays as Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.
We’re starting off the list with what may arguably already be a modern classic. Like Bing and Frank and Nat, Mariah Carey gets huge radio play of her 1994 song, All I Want For Christmas Is You. There’s a smattering of 90’s songs in the list to go along with that one, but the rest are from the 2000s, including our most recent contender, Glow by Brett Eldredge from October of this year. Take a listen and enjoy!
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So what do you think, fellow Nostalgia Seekers? Any of these modern holiday tunes destined to be nostalgic Christmas classics someday? Any different modern Christmas songs you love that we didn’t list? Share them with us in the comments below!