Christmas Jams of the 1990s and Early 2000s

What’s up, Scrooge? Not feeling the holiday spirit yet? I was right there with you until I turned on my Hanson holiday Pandora station this week! Whether it’s going to be a white Christmas, whether you have gifts under the tree, and whether you’re feeling the spirit or giving or not ceases to matter once Jingle Bell Rock is playing.

Sometimes pop music can be a bit much, but one time that is definitely not the case is when it comes to Christmas music. I want my holiday jams to sound just as tinsely as my tree. If you’re there with me, hit play on these tasty tracks.

1. “What Christmas Means to Me” by Hanson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If thinking that the Hanson boys put out the best holiday record of all time is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Sometimes I hear the original version of this song and I think hey- who is covering this Hanson song? Sorry I’m not sorry.

2. “My Only Wish This Year” by Britney Spears

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember when Brit was sugary sweet? That’s adorable.

3. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their trainwreck of a marriage is closely rivaled by this trainwreck of a song. If I had one Christmas wish this year, it would be that every celebrity couple would be forced to record this song for our amusement. I bet Kimye would go for it.

4. “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” by N Sync

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s nothing bad about this song.

5. “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you forget that this song didn’t exist until the 1990s? It’s such a classic, sometimes I imagine her recording it while Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin were in the next booth.

6. “This Gift” by 98 Degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is this song good? Of course not. Does Nick Lachey belong twice on any other top 10 lists? Probably not. But these cringe-worthy lyrics are what made me love him as a child, and so he stays.

7. “Sleigh Ride” by TLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I usually keep TLC off my playlists, lest I accidentally get “No Scrubs” stuck in my head for several weeks again, this song is a real holiday treat.

Honorable Mention: “Hanukkah Song” by Adam Sandler

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s funny. It’s catchy. And there aren’t nearly enough Hanukkah tunes out there.