Cozy up to the nearest stereo folks. Like snowflakes falling from the skies, here come the nine greatest December songs.

Wintertime in New England. Ah yes, there’s nothing like it. Snowfalls, holiday gatherings, hot chocolate. What better way to celebrate all of those gifts than with music? It's the gift that gives all year round.

I decided to search for some of the best December songs ever recorded and, low and behold, like a bright-eyed kid opening gifts on Christmas morning I unwrapped some nice surprises along the way. So gather 'round and grab that hot chocolate. We're ready to begin...

  • 9

    "If We Make It Through December"

    Merle Haggard

    We start the list with a classic country gem from the great Merle Haggard. Merle has plans for warmer days ahead but at least he's got his guitar to keep him warm until then.

  • 8

    "I Can See The Sun In Late December"

    Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder has influenced many classic rockers; most notably Paul McCartney, who recorded the duet "Ebony & Ivory" with Wonder and Stevie Ray Vaughan, who covered "Superstition" back in 1986. No surprise there, though. Stevie Wonder is a living legend and this is a nice addition to our December playlist.

  • 7

    "December"

    Weezer

    Weezer makes this list with a heart-wrenching ballad called, yes, "December". This one will really put you in a winter-time trance.

  • 6

    "My December"

    Linkin Park

    This year we lost some great rockers and Chester Bennington was one of them. Here Bennington uses snow to represent his sadness. Hard to listen to this one without reflecting on his passing but it's too powerful not to include on this list.

  • 5

    "Tears Of December"

    Zakk Wylde

    Zakk Wylde made a name for himself as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne but, as you'll hear on this track, he shows he's more than just a shredder. Check out this song Wylde wrote and sang lead vocals on. This will give you chills no matter what time of year.

  • 4

    "Jack Frost & The Hooded Crow"

    Jethro Tull

    In 2003 Jethro Tull released an excellent collection of holiday songs titled "The Jethro Tull Christmas Album". This track displays Ian Anderson's brilliance not just as a musician but as a lyricist:

    Through long December nights we talk in words of rain or snow

    While you, through chattering teeth, reply and curse us as you go.

    Why not spare a thought this day for those who have no flame

    To warm their bones at Christmas time?

    Say Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow.

  • 3

    "A Long December"

    Counting Crows

    Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz wrote this top ten single in the winter of '96. He has said it's about coming upon the end of another year, looking back on your life, and thinking "Things can always be better next year". From your mouth to God's ears Adam.

  • 2

    "December"

    Collective Soul

    Recorded during the cold winter months of 1994 Collective Soul had themselves another hot single with "December" as it climbed all the way to #11 in March of '95. The song transitions in and out of tempos much like a snow storm makes its way through a scenic New England town.

  • 1

    "December, 1963"

    The Four Seasons

    C'mon get on the dance floor! If you can't find a dance floor just go out in the backyard and dance in the snow if you have to 'cuz this is the ultimate December song. Admit it, you're tapping your snow boots to this already!