Christmas songs are like superheroes: most of the great ones were created a long, long time ago, and very few modern ones are held in the same regard as the classics. The “Mount Rushmore of Christmas Music” is primarily inhabited by songs composed pre-Baby Boom. Similarly, most discussions of “The Best Suerpheroes of All Time” exclude anything created post-Cold War. OLD IS GOOD, which is why the Golden Girls rule.
For every ten White Christmases or Santa Babys, there is only one All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994), just as there is but one Deadpool (1991) for every ten popular Golden Age comic book characters.
[I really do believe this, but ultimately it’s just an excuse for me to put Deadpool, Mariah Carey and the Golden Girls in the same intro.]
What it boils down to is that there are few “modern classics” when it comes to Christmas songs. Any artist can bang out a ten song holiday sampler covering the classics, but few modern artists have crafted an original yuletide ditty that inserts itself into every Christmas playlist. That said, our generation can lay claim to some classics. A few of the songs that enjoy heavy airplay at Christmas time were written and recorded since we were born. Here are the ten best ORIGINAL Christmas songs of our generation:
10. Hey Santa – Carnie & Wendy Wilson (1993)
9. It Must’ve Been Ol’ Santa Claus – Harry Connick Jr (1993)
8. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy (1979)
7. Step Into Christmas – Elton John (1973)
6. Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1992)
5. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses (1981)
4. Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney (1979)
3. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid (1984)
2. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey (1994)
1. Last Christmas – Wham! (1984)