What's your favorite Christmas karaoke song?

9576__mariah_lMy favorite thing about this time of year is neither the lines at the post office, nor the white elephant gifts, nor the ugly sweater parties. In fact, it’s karaoke. Christmas karaoke. Karaoke itself isn’t seasonal. It’s just as fabulous in April as it is in December, but during the other 11 months of the year, you can’t sing the Chanukah/Christmas/Holiday songs. "Killing Me Softly," yes, but not "Feliz Navidad."

I guess you could call me something of a connoisseur. I share with great pride that my father regularly scores 100s when we go on family karaoke outings (we’re Korean, what can I say). It’s important to really know the piece you’re singing, to know it the way you know the songs you sing in the shower and in the car. It’s good if the other people in the room know the song as well, so that they can sing along and drown you out rescue you if necessary. And what songs are more clearly etched in the collective memory than holiday tunes?

Anyway, here’s what I recommend:
Last Christmas, by Wham
All I Want for Christmas Is You, by Mariah Carey (pictured). Cliché, but really, the pinnacle of holiday karaoke.

Now, do tell, dearest PopWatchers. What are your slammin’ karaoke solos?


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  • Mike

    “All I Want For Christmas Is You” = best Xmas song ever. hands down.

  • NineDaves

    i’m a big fan of “the chickmunk’s christmas song…” though i don’t think i could do it as well as justin timberlake and company did it on snl…

  • NineDaves

    er… chipmunks.

  • Bill

    It’s not the most upbeat Christmas song, but I find myself singing “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid. I was singing it out loud last night at home!

  • Bill

    I totally agree wtih Mike – LOVE THAT SONG! (can’t stand her)
    I completely disagree with NineDaves – that is the most annoying Christmas song ever!

  • lola

    I had forgotten that at one point in her career, Mariah actually wore clothes. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Mario

    My all time favorites are: Santa Baby & Jingle Bell Rock.
    The newer stuff, eh… it’s ok… Mariah’s song isn’t all that bad, too bad I can’t stand her.

  • Madeleine

    The songs Happy Holiday or Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas…you have to sing it √† la Bing Crosby or Dean Martin, in a crooner/smaltzy type of voice.

  • Joe C

    I can’t sing to save my life, at Christmas or any other time of the year, so no karaoke for me. My five fave Christmas karaoke tunes:
    1) Christmas(Baby please come Home) Darlene Love
    2) Christmas is the time to say I love you Billy Squier
    3) All I Want for Christmas is You–Mariah Carey(Of Course; you knew I had to represent MC)
    4) Last Christmas–Wham. Ultimate guilty pleasure
    5) Happy Christmas(War is Over) John Lennon

  • fredric

    My fave has always been “Little Saint Nick” by The Beach Boys, but I would never attempt singing it outside of my shower – and even that makes my ears bleed.

  • Sara

    Obviously “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses. Can’t get any better!

  • Jen

    My vote is “This Christmas” by Donny Hathaway. I can sing that song in my sleep!

  • Christopher

    “Merry Christmas from the Family” is awesome. Don’t even have to have a good range to pull it off well. And it’s funny, poignant, and honest about what Americans are really all about at Christmas.

  • mikey

    Karaoke = Elvis
    –so–
    Christmas Karaoke = “Blue Christmas”
    Also,
    “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” is especially poignant this year and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” can be fun even in a guy’s register.

  • Karaokygal

    I do love my karaoke. The Chrismtas karaoke discs are awesome. I love them all.

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