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Chapter 24: Feliz Navidad

Christmas music

I love Christmas music! As a Jewish kid growing up, it always felt a bit like forbidden fruit (oddly, for such sweet and inoffensive songs.) It’s genuinely magical that for one month every year, we all listen to the same staples, well-worn like an old sweater. Every one of these songs glows with a special ineffable something from decades of collective unconscious listening, including the heartbreaking “Baby Please Come Home” and the intoxicating “Fairytale Of New York.”
1. Judy Garland

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

2. Bobby Helms

Jingle Bell Rock

3. Darlene Love

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

4. Eartha Kitt

Santa Baby

5. Mariah Carey

All I Want For Christmas Is You

6. The Temptations

Silent Night

7. The Pogues

Fairytale of New York

8. José Feliciano

Feliz Navidad

9. Johnny Mercer

Winter Wonderland

10. Bing Crosby

White Christmas