Christmas future is far away, Christmas past is past — but in Christmas Present, that past is not forgotten. While we all love Mariah and Pentatonix and WHAM — well, some of us love WHAM — there are scores of classic holiday songs that, more than 50 years later, continue to fill listeners with the holiday spirit and that gingerbread feeling. So the Great Pop Culture Debate wants to determine: What is the Best Classic Holiday Song of all time?

Host Eric Rezsnyak and panelists Curtis Creekmore, Derek Mekita, and Kara Austin go back to the happy golden days of yore and debate the best holiday pop songs from the 1940s to 1979. It’s a fun, old-fashioned Christmas debate!

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Want to listen to the songs mentioned in this episode? Find our Classic Holiday Song playlist here.

The Round 2 match-ups are:

Match-Up 1: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee (1) vs. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry (5)

Match-Up 2: “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole (3) vs. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland (2)

Match-Up 3: “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms (1) vs. “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes (5)

Match-Up 4: “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Thurl Ravenscroft (3) vs. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano (2)

Match-Up 5: “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt (1) vs. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Bing Crosby (4)

Match-Up 6: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Perry Como (3) vs. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams (2)

Match-Up 7: “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby (1) vs. “Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth” by David Bowie & Bing Crosby (4)

Match-Up 8: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” by Jackson 5 (3) vs. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives (2)

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Looking for more related content?

Check out these other episodes from Great Pop Culture Debate:

Best Contemporary Holiday Pop Song (1980-Present)

Best Holiday Movie

Best Holiday TV Special

Best Holiday Album

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Host: Eric Rezsnyak

Panel: Curtis Creekmore, Derek Mekita, Kara Austin

Producer: Mike Rapin

Editor: Jeffery Perry

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