Mariah Carey in 2016
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Poll: From The Beatles' "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" To Taylor Swift's "Christmas Must Be Something More," What's Your Favorite Holiday Song?
Christmas music may be an acquired taste, but there's one underrated thing about the yuletide canon — it's fluid, mutable and elastic.
Sure, you've got the usual chestnuts like "Little Drummer Boy" and "Jingle Bells," and those aren't going anywhere.
But why can't Joni Mitchell's downcast "River," which is evocatively set against a wintry backdrop, join the party? Or Leonard Cohen's "Dress Rehearsal Rag," with its reference to Santa Claus wielding a razor? What about Big Star's "Jesus Christ," a quaalude-fueled Christmas hallucination from their disheveled 1978 masterpiece Third?
This holiday season, let's celebrate the stone-cold classics, like Mariah Carey's record-breaking "All I Want For Christmas is You," as well as some less-heralded entries by B.B. King, the Pretenders, Low, and more.
Check below for this year's Christmas music poll and let us know of your favorite holiday song. The poll closes on Dec. 14, so don’t delay!