5. O Tannenbaum
If anyone among your family and friends is resistant to a jazzy Christmas, this is the perfect introduction: it's a familiar tune, but it bops!
4. Christmas is Coming
In case you were wondering why the Peanuts dance like that: I'd like to see you think of a better way to show your appreciation of this song.
3. Christmas Time is Here
I mean, you'd think this'd be #1, right? I don't know if I've just listened to this too many times or if I'm just so psyched about other tunes on this album... Anyway, it's nothing against this song. Great song. One of the best Christmas songs ever, for sure.
2. My Little Drum
I want to put this one so high because if there's one Christmas song I can't stand it's "Little Drummer Boy." Guaraldi transforms it into something new by tweaking the rhythm and the melody just enough to make it not the most boring song ever written—to make it pretty and sad and awesome.
That melody sounds like snowflakes! If you ever feel tempted to doubt Vince Guaraldi's genius, remember that he once made a piano turn into snowflakes.
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