A holiday playlist to make your season bright, curated by Victoria Shaw

A holiday playlist to make your season bright, curated by Victoria Shaw

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Looking for some festive music? Victoria Shaw shares her favorite tunes for the holiday season

My favorite place to be during the Christmas season is New York City. There’s always an energy in Manhattan, but during the holidays its taken to a whole different level. I’m one of those people who starts playing Christmas music on Nov. 1. I’ve even been known to start listening to it on Halloween, but I don’t usually admit to it!

I guess that’s why I’ve written so many Christmas songs throughout my career. They are a lot of fun and actually the most challenging to write because you have to continually find a way to to make them unique. “Although its been said many times, many ways,” as “The Christmas Song” goes, it’s a songwriter’s job to always find a new way to write about Christmas.

Photo: Victoria Shaw.
Photo: Victoria Shaw.

I hope you enjoy this list of Christmas songs I’ve put together. Of course, I’ve included a lot of songs I’ve had the pleasure of co-writing along with songs I sure wish I wrote.

Happy holidays everyone!

The Songs:

  • “Fa La La,” Victoria Shaw
  • “Christmas ‘Round The World,” Victoria Shaw
  • “Sending You a Little Christmas,” Jim Brickman, featuring Kristy Sterling
  • “Mrs. Claus,” Victoria Shaw
  • “Coming Home For Christmas,” Richie McDonald
  • “Virgin’s Lullaby,” Victoria Shaw
  • “A Little Bit of Christmas,” Jim Brickman, featuring Kris Allen
  • “Pink Flamingos,” Victoria Shaw
  • “Mary, Did You Know,” Kenny Rogers and Wynonna
  • “Christmas Wrapping,” The Waitresses
  • “Fa La La HO HO HO,” Jim Brickman
  • “Do They Know Its Christmas Time,” Band Aid
  • “Happy Christmas (War is Over),” John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  • “(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man with the Bag,” Kay Starr
  • “Last Christmas,” Wham!
  • “Where Are You, Christmas,” Faith Hill
  • “Christmas Time Is Here,” Charlie Brown
  • “Hard Candy Christmas,” Dolly Parton
  • “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Frank Sinatra
  • “Christmas Tonight,” Dave Barnes
  • “Christmas Is Starting Now/It’s the Holiday the Holiday Season,” Christmas at Birdland