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The following songs are the twelve that Us Weekly magazine once chose as the best original Christmas songs of the 1990s—that is, songs that hadn't been previously recorded and released, appearing for the first time in that decade—plus one more that I've added myself for this poll: the Pet Shop Boys' own "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas."

Of the thirteen 1990s original Christmas songs listed below, which one do you think is the best, or at least which is your favorite? (They're listed in chronological order, with songs released in the same year appearing in alphabetical order by title. For your convenience, I've provided a link to each track on YouTube.)

Yes, this poll is "rigged"; after all, this is a Pet Shop Boys fansite, so the PSB song has an unfair advantage. But I'm sure that not all of us will be unduly biased. In fact, I'll go so far as to admit that I myself am NOT voting for the PSB song in this survey; I happen to be of the opinion that at least two of the other songs in this list are better Christmas songs, or at least I personally like them more. So that's what I'll find most interesting about this poll: how many of us don't vote for "It Doesn't Often Snow for Christmas." But please make your honest choice, whatever it happens to be—PSB or otherwise.

"Grown-Up Christmas List" (1990) - Natalie Cole¹
"Sleigh Ride" (1992) - TLC²
"Christmas Through Your Eyes" (1993) - Gloria Estefan
"Hey Santa!" (1993) - Carnie and Wendy Wilson
"Let It Snow" (1993) - Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" (1994) - Mariah Carey
"The Chanunka Song" (1994) - Adam Sandler³
"Christmas Time" (1996) - Backstreet Boys
"Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart" (1996) - LeAnn Rimes
"Everybody Knows the Claus" (1997) - Hanson
"It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" (1997) - Pet Shop Boys
"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" (1998) - *NSync
"This Gift" (1999) - 98°
I'm not familiar enough with any (or enough) of these songs to make a choice.
Actually, my favorite original (non-cover) Christmas song of the 1990s is something other than one of the tracks listed above. (If you choose this option, please feel free to use the "Comments" feature on the "Current Events" page to share your alternate choice with us.)

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¹Actually, Us Magazine picked Amy Grant's rendition of "Grown-Up Christmas List," recorded just a couple years later, but conceded that Natalie Cole's version came first. I prefer to stick with the original in order to maintain the consistency of the criteria for inclusion among the choices—namely, original Christmas songs from the 1990s, with remakes excluded.

²A few of the songs listed here share titles with older and likely more familiar Christmas songs, such as "Sleigh Ride" and "Let It Snow." These are not, however, the older "classics," but rather newer original songs that have the same title, although TLC's "Sleigh Ride" does interpolate some of the lyrics of its famous predecessor.

³Yes, of course I know that Adam Sandler's song isn't really a "Christmas" song. But it is of the holiday season and, besides, Us Magazine did pick it as one of the 12 best "Christmas" songs of the 1990s. So it makes the cut.

By the way, in case you're dismayed that the list above doesn't feature any British artists aside from the Pet Shop Boys, my online searches didn't turn up much of anything in the way of anyone's list of "best" British original Christmas songs of the 1990s. The 1980s, however, were another matter; there were quite a few notable original U.K. Christmas-themed hits in that decade. But if you do have your own candidate from the U.K.—or any other country, for that matter—please do make the final choice above and "nominate" it using the "Comments" feature.

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This website has no "official" connection to the Pet Shop Boys. It merely presents my own personal commentary—often including attempted explanations and interpretations—on the songs of my favorite contemporary pop band. Of course, this commentary has often been influenced by what the Pet Shop Boys themselves, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, have said about their music and by what others have previously written. Nevertheless, many of the observations I make here are original with me.

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