We love you, Mariah, but it’s time to mix things up this Christmas.
There’s no two ways around it: “All I Want For Christmas Is You”—hereafter referred to as AIWFCIY for time-saving purposes—is timeless, flawless tune. We played it on our Discmans (Discmen?) and then later on our Hit Clips during the bus ride to school when it first dropped. We reveled in those telltale opening bell chimes time and time again as we got older. Now, it’s all but joined the ranks of pop Christmas classics along with the likes of The Beach Boys and The Jackson 5.
But amidst all our Mariah fever, we’ve forgotten other major players in the realm of Christmas pop hits. Allow us to toss a few oft-neglected names into the mix (or you can just continue to blast AIWFCIY on repeat—we’re not judging).
Justin Bieber feat. Busta Rhymes, “Drummer Boy”
In our books, attention must be paid to any song that contains the actual lyrics, “It’s about time for you to act merrily/It’s about time for you to give to charity.” Rapped by baby Bieber himself, no less.
Britney Spears, “My Only Wish”
Ah, those continuous, aggressive sleigh bells. It’s all you need for a party-starting Christmas banger, really.
Next time you’re spreading holiday cheer, we dare you to wish your aunt/barista/mail man a Merry Ludacrismas and see if they notice.
Destiny’s Child, “Carol of the Bells”
As aptly pointed out in the YouTube comments: “This arrangement is such a slay.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Also worth noting on that album cover: haute ski goggles and chunky red highlights. The early 2000’s were truly a better time.
*NSYNC, “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”
The whole video is shot on a green screen. Everybody has frosted tips. Justin Timberlake is basically pre-pubescent. Do you need any more reasons to drop everything and listen to this on repeat?