Joy is a show that defined a generation. And whenever the holidays arrive, almost all Gleeks are transported when the Joy Christmas songs and episodes also defined the holiday season.
Without a doubt, regardless of your age, if you are a fan of musicals, chances are you will be listening to the show’s holiday albums every December. So, to celebrate the season, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 Joy Christmas songs.
10. “Let It Snow” Launches Our Top 10 “Glee” Christmas Songs List
A Joy The Christmas album isn’t the same without a Kurt and Blaine duet, and âLet It Snowâ is one of their most memorable songs.
In 1945, Vaughn Monroe initially performed âLet It Snow,â written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne. The song has been covered several times, including by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
The voices of Chris Colfer and Darren Criss blend beautifully in the Joy version. And their take on this holiday classic is whimsical and perfect for the season. It’s quick, festive, and gets you in the holiday spirit.
9. “Blue Christmas”
It’s hard to reproduce the same feelings people have when they listen to Elvis Presley sing “Blue Christmas”. But the good thing about the Joy version of the sad Christmas song is that they weren’t trying to copy the king perfectly.
Damian McGinty’s character Rory tenderly sang “Blue Christmas” on the season three holiday episode. His emotion came out as raw and heartbreaking as he expressed his sadness at not being with his family during the holidays, which many of us will experience this year.
8. “All I want for Christmas is you”
If there’s one person who can capture the charm and fun of Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic, âAll I Want For Christmas Is You,â it’s Amber Riley.
Riley’s character Mercedes can sing on the roof of any room she walks into. And when the Christmas episode in Joy Season 3 had Mercedes leading “All I Want For Christmas Is You” as the characters decorated the choir room, it was pure magic.
7. “Merry Christmas (the war is over)”
This Joy The Christmas song wasn’t featured in an episode, but it’s a favorite, thanks to Cory Monteith and his character Finn Hudson.
Finn’s voice has matured and improved dramatically over the years, and over time. Joy Season 4 rolled out, it was a pleasure every time he had a solo. He was just a joy to listen to.
Monteith perfectly balanced the innocence and heaviness of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”, originally sung by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. We’re still angry that we didn’t see Finn sing the Christmas song in Joy, but we’ll take what we can get.
6. “Santa Claus baby”
Naya Rivera was one of the most underrated and underused artists of Joy. But whenever her character, Santana, performed, everyone stopped to watch and listen. And his performance of âSanta Babyâ in a deleted scene from Season 3 was no different.
Santana’s voice lends itself perfectly to the sultry song, and we have a hard time understanding why “Santa Baby” was cut from the episode. Nonetheless, Rivera turned a song some may find newsworthy into a catchy song that you absolutely must listen to while on vacation.
5. “River” is an underrated “Glee” Christmas song
To be fair, we think Joni Mitchell’s âRiverâ is an underrated Christmas song in general, but that’s a topic for another day.
Not all Christmas carols can and should be cheerful and cheerful. That’s why we’re so happy Joy covered “River”. It’s a painfully beautiful song that highlights the loneliness and sadness that some people feel while on vacation. And Lea Michele captured that emotion perfectly.
Lea Michele’s character Rachel expressed the desperation she felt the year before after cheating on Finn during her performance. It was raw, beautiful and memorable. Michele brought a theatrical quality to “River” that changed the song slightly, but the impact was still the same.
4. âDo they know it’s Christmas? “
It’s always a good time when all the characters from Joy sing together on a song. And their performance of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” perfectly highlighted all their voices.
Band Aid, a charity supergroup, performed the original version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” to raise money for famine relief efforts in Ethiopia in 1984. And according to Playbill, all profits from the Christmas song by the Joy The casting went to benefit the Band Aid Trust, which was formed with the same mission in mind.
3. “Christmas wrapping”
Heather Morris was not used to singing Joy, but it was still a delight when she did. And his character’s performance in âChristmas Wrappingâ was especially funny.
The song by The Waitresses is not a popular song that many hear in December. So Joy introduced this energetic and festive song to a whole new audience who absolutely loved it.
Many Gleeks praise âChristmas wrapâ for its lightweight nature and ability to get anyone to stand up and dance on it. Brittany’s interpretation of the Christmas song in Joy is without a doubt a favorite among fans.
2. “Last Christmas”
People love to listen to “Last Christmas” by Wham! during the holidays, so it’s no wonder that Joy covered it.
âLast Christmasâ fits in perfectly with Finn and Rachel’s story during the Season 2 episode, and it broke our hearts almost as much as theirs. Their version of the song strayed a bit from the original melody and, in doing so, made it their own.
It’s no wonder why so many fans love Joy‘s “Last Christmas” because Cory Monteith and Lea Michele were born to sing together. And their interpretation of the song is a must-listen during the Christmas period.
1. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is the best Christmas song “Glee”
Aside from the controversy around “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, this duo of Kurt and Blaine stands out from the others. Joy Christmas songs.
Their version is filled with even more tension than the original because audiences know how much Kurt fell for Blaine. Their back and forth throughout the melody leaves you hooked on every word. And the chemistry between the couple is simply exceptional.
If there is one Joy The Christmas song you listen to this holiday season, it should be “Baby, it’s cold outside”.
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