The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.
UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here.
Only at Christmastime are people begging for the temperature to drop below freezing: Written in 1945, “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” is a cozy song about curling up by the fire, safe from the winter weather outside. For some, it evokes the image of snacking on a warm bowl of buttery popcorn as a blanket of white covers their yard; others think of Bruce Willis fighting off German terrorists (more on that below).
Whatever your preference, we’ve got the version for you — and since we’ve no place to go, make your voice heard below!
Vaughn Monroe (1945)
This is the first recorded version of the song, and nearly four decades later, it saw a renaissance as the end-credits track for 1988’s Die Hard. There’s something so comforting about this classic take, like your (very talented) grandpa is singing to you on Christmas morning.
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (1963)
How cool is this Motown version? The airtight harmonies and syncopated drums (not to mention Smokey’s falsetto at the end) add a ’60s twist to the Christmas standard.
Harry Connick Jr. (1993)
The new American Idol judge’s vocals are so delightful, but this arrangement is all about that horn blast after his first line — pleasantly catches us off-guard every time! And the brass comes back in a big way for the bombastic finale, with Connick’s tenor harmony perfectly riding the trumpet line.
Boyz II Men (1993)
OK, we are totally cheating here: The only thing this Boyz II Men song has in common with the 1945 version is the title. But we love that the Philly foursome took the classic Christmas lyric and turned it into a totally current R&B jam. Bonus points: The Boyz performed their seasonal slow jam during a holiday episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Jessica Simpson (2004)
Listening to Jessica’s rendition is the musical equivalent of sucking on a candy cane: It’s saccharine-sweet and you probably only need to try it once a year. But it came out at the height of Jessica fever, and it’s hard not to smile while watching this video, revisiting a simpler time when Jess and Nick were happily ever after and she still wasn’t sure if tuna was chicken or fish.
Christina Perri (2012)
Let me make this acoustic cover even cuter for you: Christina’s guitar player/backup singer is her brother, Nick Perri, formerly of the band Shinedown. This sibling duet is so simple and upbeat, and their voices are a perfect fit. It’s also nice to see Christina — best known for her angsty ballads — smiling throughout the Christmas trifle.
How did you pick your favorite? Make your case in the comments below! And hurry up: Voting closes daily at midnight ET.