Every year for Christmas I give my in-laws a picture slideshow of our year in review. The whole family is basically one big paparazzi team, so we always have plenty of pictures to share. As hard as it can be gathering the hundreds of photos from family activities throughout the year, the more difficult part is finding the perfect songs to play in the background. I don't want anything too cheesy and I really don't want 90's graduation songs, so I often find myself ready to tear my hair out after hours of song searching. However, by some Christmas miracle I always end up finding the greatest three or four songs to add to my slideshow for the year.
I've compiled a list of many of the songs I've used over the past five years' slideshows. These are great alternatives to the cliche sappy and dated songs we're all used to hearing or the overly lovey ones more fit for a wedding video. Give them a listen when you have a chance and prepare yourself for the sudden urge to create a picture slideshow for someone in your family.
COUNT ON ME / by Bruno Mars
IF THERE WAS NO YOU / by Brandi Carlile
YOU ALWAYS MAKE ME SMILE / by Kyle Andrews
FATHER + DAUGHTER / by Paul Simon
HOME / by Andrew Simple
WE GOT LOVE / by Ernie Halter
THREE LITTLE GIRLS / by JJ Cale and Eric Clapton
BETTER TOGETHER / by Jack Johson
THE BEST THING / by Jeremy Kay
YOU MAKE ME HAPPY / by Lindsey Ray
WE BELONG TOGETHER / by Randy Newman
YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND / by Queen
I'D RATHER BE WITH YOU / by Josh Radin
93 MILLION MILES / by Jason Mraz