Five Songs to Listen to This Christmas

By BLAIR WEISINGER and JAKOB JENSEN

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for public spaces all over the country to flip their stereos to a holiday-centric playlist. While the hits of some songs can be off the charts, these tracks are worth pausing your routine and indulging in some Christmas cheer.

Mariah Carey — All I Want for Christmas Is You. Mimi’s entry into the Christmas canon is filled with flirtatious coos, beltable verses, and girl-group harmonies.

Alvin & The Chipmunks — The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late). A divisive track, to be sure, but you’re probably bluffing if you don’t crack a smile when singing along with Alvin’s wishes for a “hooooo-laaaaa-hoooooop.”

Daryl Hall & John Oates — Jingle Bell Rock. Bobby Helms’s 1957 celebration of Christmas rock is well-trod territory, but Hall & Oates’ blue-eyed soul version is a cut above its peers.

Madonna — Santa Baby. Madonna was in full-on Who’s That Girl mode for this cover of Eartha Kitt’s fireside seduction, all hiccupping flirtation and winking vamps.

The Jackson 5 — I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. Young Michael Jackson turns in one of his most joyous early performances, which is saying a lot given the ebullience quotient of his other Jackson 5 offerings.