When you first arrive at your Christmas parties, there will be lots of mingling and socializing and catching up. Perhaps you'll even be treated to a sit down dinner. For this portion of your Christmas party, you'll want some easy listening music to get you in the Christmas mood, but also allow you to carry on a conversation. These first selections are my choices for the cocktail / dinner portion of your Christmas parties here in Charleston.
Christmas Cocktail Hour Or Dinner Music Selections For Parties
"Christmas Time Is Here" | Vince Guaraldi Trio
This particular version of the song is purely an instrumental version. It sets the mood for socializing and dinner conversation and having some adult beverages with friends. If you are a fan of A Charlie Brown Christmas, you can also feel free to substitute that version into this playlist as well.
"White Christmas" | Bing Crosby
Originally recorded and released in 1942, the song appeared in the movie Holiday Inn and would hit Number 1 on the charts in October of the year. It's the best selling single of all time, selling over 100 million copies.
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" | Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra is a staple on Charleston wedding playlists during dinner during my receptions, and your dinner at your Christmas party is perfect for Sinatra and his wonderful voice singing Christmas classic.
"Hey Santa" | Canrie & Wendy Wilson
Wilson Phillips dominated the radio charts through out the early - mid 90s. By 1993, Wilson Phillips took a break, and in the fall of the year, Carnie & Wendy Wilson released "Hey Santa".
"Celebrate Me Home" | Kenny Loggins
Long before "Footloose" and "Danger Zone", Kenny Loggins released a solo record in 1977 after leaving Loggins & Messina. Over the past 40 years, the song has become a popular Christmas song because of the opening line "Home For The Holidays".
"Last Christmas" | Wham
Christmas won't be the same for fans of Wham & George Michael. His death back on December 25, 2016 is still very fresh in our minds. Released right before Christmas of 1984, the song would reach Number 1 in Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
"It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" | Michael Buble
You can find this wonderful cover on Michael Buble's Christmas album from 2011. He did an excellent job at this classic Bing Crosby song.
"Blue Christmas" | Elvis Presley
Written by songwriters Billy Hayes & Jay Johnson, Elvis Presley would make this song the most popular, being released on his 1957 Christmas album. The song would also be covered by Michael Buble, Kelly Clarkson, and Blake Shelton. For Indie music fans, the song was also covered by Bright Eyes.
"Please Come Home For Christmas" | The Eagles
Originally released back in 1960 by Charles Brown, the Eagles would release a cover of the song as a single before Christmas 1978. The song would crack the Top 20.
"Merry Christmas Darling" | The Carpenters
The Carpenters were one of the most popular "easy-listening" duos of the 1970s. Originally written and recorded in 1970, "Merry Christmas Darling" would appear the Carpenters album "Christmas Portrait", released in 1978.
Upbeat And Festive Christmas Songs For After Dinner
"Step Into Christmas" | Elton John
"Step Into Christmas" can be found on Elton John's 1974 album "Caribou". The album also features his other hits, "The Bitch Is Back" and "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me". It was hearing this song that actually inspired me to put together a post about some of the most popular Elton John songs heard at Charleston weddings. Check out that post right here
"Do They Know It's Christmas" | Band Aid
Originally released right before Christmas in 1984, Band aid featured the likes of Bono, George Michael, Paul Young, John &Riger Taylor, Boy George, as well as other members from British and Irish musical groups.
"Merry Christmas Baby" | Bruce Springsteen
The first version of "Merry Christmas Baby" was released in 1947 by a band called Johnny Moore's Trail Blazers. The song has been covered by the late Chuck Berry, Booker T & MGs, Otis Redding, and Elvis Presley. In 1987, Bruce Springsteen recorded this version for A Special Olympics Charity Album.
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" | John Mellencamp
The song dates back to the early 50s with Jimmy Boyd singing it first. The Jackson 5 would record a very popular cover of the song, as well as John Mellencamp with this track from 1987.
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" | Mariah Carey
Released just in time for the Christmas of 1994, this song has become a Christmas staple on the radio. The song hit radio in early November 1994 ahead of the release of her first Christmas album. She also recorded the song with Justin Bieber in 2011 for his Christmas album "Under The Mistletoe"
"Wonderful Christmastime" | Paul McCartney
Written and released in late 1979, the song did fairly well in the UK, but did not chart in the United States. Over the years, the song would grow in popularity reaching the Top 10 on the Billboard Christmas charts for Christmas 1984.
"Christmas Wrapping" | The Waitresses
The Waitresses were in rotation during the very early years of MTV. You can find this new wave Christmas song on their album "Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?" That album also featured their hit "I Know What Boys Like"
"Winter Wonderland" | The Eurythmics
Released in 1987, the Eurythmics cover of this classic is one of the most recognizable. You can find it on "A Very Special Christmas Vol 1", released back in 1987. The album also featured Christmas songs sung by the likes of U2, Run DMC, Stevie Nicks, and Madonna.
"Rockin Around The Christmas Tree" | Brenda Lee
This might be the perfect song to throw on after dinner. Grab your partner after you've exchanged a few kisses under mistletoe. For a faster version of this song, you might check out the cover that Miley Cyrus did.
"Santa Baby" | Britney Spears
Christmas just isn't Christmas without Santa Baby. Eartha Kitt made it a hit in 1953. Madonna would do a wonderful cover back in 1987. It's the perfect, yet fun slow dance with that person you've been hanging out with under the mistletoe all night after raiding the egg nog.
Wishing You And Your Loved Ones A Joyous Holiday Season!
Hope you enjoyed this playlist of some of the big requests I've seen for Christmas parties this season, as well as the past several years. If your company is financing a Christmas party for you, by all means you need to go! I remember hearing in recent years that parties had been cut from budgets, but they have returned in recent years. If you aren't the person organizing the music for your corporate or office Christmas party here in Charleston, be sure to forward this page over to the person who will be hiring the DJ.
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