Long Island has been home to numerous talented and successful musicians, from Glen Cove's own Ashanti to Oyster Bay royalty Billy Joel. So when you're celebrating Christmas here, it's only appropriate to listen to the tunes of your famous fellow Long Islanders. Check out our Long Island holiday playlist, perfect for any Suffolk soiree or Nassau bash.
Taking the Long Island Expressway to get to your holiday festivities? Transform your commute into a sleigh ride with the stylings of Merrick native Debbie Gibson. Her rendition of the classic tune features spirited backup vocals, a joyful beat, and some soaring high notes.
'Baby It's Cold Outside'
Syosset diva Idina Menzel offered her shimmery vocals alongside king of Christmas Michael Bublé on "Baby It's Cold Outside" in 2014. Be sure to set this tender duet at the top of your holiday playlist.
Dee Snider, who hails from Baldwin, belted out this classic wintertime melody on the Twisted Sister Christmas album. Blast this song at full volume to wake up your loved ones on Christmas morning.
'Please Come Home For Christmas'
Raised in Lindenhurst, '80s icon Pat Benatar released a bluesy Christmas track on her 1991 album, "True Love." The song, called "Please Come Home For Christmas," highlights her strong musical chops and emotional depth.
'Merry Christmas Darling'
Connetquot High School alum Jane Monheit covered several holiday classics on her 2005 album, "The Season." Take a listen to the jazzy songstress' rendition of "Merry Christmas Darling" while the snow is falling this season.
'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'
Did you know Rosie O'Donnell released a Christmas album in 1999? The proud Commack native took on holiday classics with stars including Cher, *NSYNC and Elton John. But get ready for the most Long Island duet of all time: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," featuring Billy Joel, is the fourth track on the album. All we can say is, you're welcome.
Glen Cove native Ashanti has released two collections of Christmas classics over the years. The soulful song "Christmas Love" comes from her 2014 album, "A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti."
'When Christmas Comes to Town'
Bethpage sweetheart Sal Valentinetti made us proud in 2016 when he got all the way to the finale of "America's Got Talent." Why not add his faithful croon to your party playlist? Get the gig going with Valentinetti's upbeat, brassy number, titled "When Christmas Comes to Town."
'Jingle Bell Rock'
Arguably the most iconic moment in "Mean Girls" comes when the four queen bees perform an intricately choreographed dance to "Jingle Bell Rock." Following a mishap with the boombox, Cady -- played by Cold Spring Harbor native Lindsay Lohan -- steps in and sings the rest of the tune, urging the crowd to follow her lead. This rendition of "Jingle Bell Rock" is a Long Island holiday playlist essential.
'All I Want For Christmas Is You'
You must include this pop chart-topper in your holiday repertoire, belted by none other than Harborfields High School graduate Mariah Carey. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" has become a Christmas anthem over the years. And you can't spell "Christmas" without "Mariah." Literally.