5 Reasons Why "Wonderful Christmastime" Is The Best Christmas Song Ever

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"Wonderful Christmastime" - the best Christmas song ever

​The joy and delight of the holiday season is something you either absolutely love, tolerate to a certain degree or loathe with all your being.

Those who take the latter stance probably blame the season's music for their hatred, and who can blame them? A lot, if not all, of Christmas/holiday music is pretty awful. Case in point: Kenny G's Miracles: The Holiday Album has sold over 7 million copies, making it the highest selling Christmas album of all time. It was the best selling Christmas album in 1994 and 1996. For shame, 1995...

So Kenny G has the best selling Christmas album ever, thus proving that most Christmas music is contrived, schlock-tastic nonsense. Not all yuletide jams have to be awful, though. One funky little song stands heads and shoulders as the king of Christmas music: Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime."

Here now are five reasons why.

5. The Lyrics
"Wonderful Christmastime" is perhaps one of the most simple Christmas songs, something that those opposed to the genre need in order to have any inkling of ever enjoying it. Lyrics like "The mood is right / The spirit's up / We're here tonight / And that's enough" paint a pretty clear picture of the holiday season's cheery mood.

4. The Album Art 
Paul McCartney wearing a Santa hat with rosy, wintertime cheeks. Throw some stars on there?​ Yeah, throw some stars on there. Perfect.

Just a bunch of friends at the pub, drinking to good times and Christmas cheer. The added sparkly constellation animation is a corny enough touch, as well. I don't know about you, but I'd hang out at the pub where Paul McCartney sits at the piano and leads an impromptu band.

2. "Terminally Chill" by Neon Indian
I remember the first time I heard this song -- I couldn't help but hear the similarity to "Wonderful Christmastime." Alan Palomo does many a great thing with a synthesizer, but "Terminally Chill" is his ode to "Wonderful Christmastime" -- and there's nothing wrong with that. 

We wouldn't have "Wonderful Christmastime" if it wasn't for this brilliant piece of equipment. The Prophet-5 is the most remarkable thing about the song and most likely the one thing someone will mention when you bring it up in a conversation:
"Oh, you mean that Christmas song with Paul McCartney and that goofy synthesizer?" 

Yes, that song -- the best Christmas song ever.

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Taylor Kerekes
Taylor Kerekes

I have to agree that this is a good Christmas song.


best christmas song ever? this song is worse than a pile of liquid turds on your brand new rug.

Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez

Well then - please enlighten me to what you think is the best Christmas song ever.


fair enough... this song must have some sentimental value to you so i'll toss out mine too. feel free to shred. it's only fair and after all, it is christmas.

nat king cole - the christmas song (m. torme) - really just doesn't get better than this for me.

the carpenters - the entire christmas portrait album. its like trying to listen to one chunk of the b side of abbey road and stopping. you just can't do it. the equivalent of holiday musical blue balls.

but wonderful christmas time? paul is even my favorite beatle and i hate this one. the only christmas song i hate more than this is elton john's step into christmas, half of two of the most notable songwriting duos of the last 50 years and this is the best they can come up with? egads man. somebody remind that guy that he's paul mccartney for godsakes... its not even the best christmas song by a beatle! well i take that back. it is superior to ringo's 'christmas time is here again,' and george harrison's 'ding dong ding dong' is kinda ok i guess, but john's christmas season open mic anthem is the big winner here.

i'll let you be the judge...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... - georgie - ding dong ding dong

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... - ringo - christmas time is here again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... - john - happy xmas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... - paul - wonderful christmas

Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez

Thank you for listing those - I hadn't really considered that Carpenter's album. Then again, I'm not of an age to truly appreciate The Carpenters.

And yes, "Wonderful Christmastime" has sentimental value. That, and I like the song. I know it's corny and sounds weird, but I happen to like it. I'm not stupid - I know it's not the best Christmas song ever (apparently Kenny G holds that distinction).

I just wanted to write a post shamelessly praising the song itself.

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