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Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas Is You” is one of the most popular songs this time of the year. Let’s explore some of the phrases and vocabulary in this song. In blue you will find the song lyrics. I’ve also included definitions of some of the song’s phrases, along with other ways to say them. Happy Holidays!

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want youfor my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you, oooh

one thing I need

means there is only one thing that I must have, nothing else matters or is important. You can also say….. 

I just want one thing

  • The father said to his daughter, “I just want one thing from you, get your degree.”

One and only

this phrase can be used to speak about a person or another noun.

  • You’re the one and only person I want.
  • The one and only thing I want right now is pizza.

I don’t care about

refers to something not being of importance to whomever is saying this phrase.

You can also say…..

It doesn’t matter

  • It doesn’t matter what I say, he refuses to listen to me.

It’s unimportant

  • I’m not going to worry about this, it’s unimportant to me.


refers to something being physically under something else.


this can refer to a person or another noun.

  • You treat me as if I’m beneath you.
  • Are my keys beneath the papers on the table?


  • Please put the box below the table.
  • There is oil leaking under your car.

For my own

refers to something that belongs to the person saying the phrase. It can refer to something that they already have, or something that they want.

You can also say…..

Something that is mine

  • I want something that is mine.
  • I will finally have something that is mine.

Something that belongs to me

something can also be replaced with the name of the object or thing that belongs to the person.

  • I work hard so that I can have something that belongs to me.
  • That computer belongs to me.

More than you could ever know

means that someone can’t explain how much something means to them, or how much they want something. This is an amplifier that just refers to not being able to explain how much someone feels about something.

You can also say…..

I can’t put into words

  • I can’t put into words how angry I am right now.
  • If you can’t put into words what you want to say, I can’t help you.

It’s hard for me to explain / I can’t explain

  • I can’t explain how much your help has meant to me.
  • It’s hard for me to explain what I’m feeling.

Make my wish come true

this means to make what someone wants happen.

You can also say…..

Make my dreams come true

  • you have made all of my dreams come true.
  • I thought getting this job would make my dreams come true, but it hasn’t.

Give me everything I want

  • He has always given me everything that I have wanted.
  • If you don’t give me everything I want, I’m leaving.

[Verse 1]
I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I don’t need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace
Santa Claus won’t make me happy
With a toy on Christmas Day

To hang my stocking

this refers to putting a Christmas stocking above a fireplace. A Christmas stocking is an oversized sock, usually made of velvet and usually red, that people can put small gifts in.

You can also say…..

Put my stocking

  • I have put my stocking on the mantel so that Santa Claus can put presents in it.

Dangle my stocking

  • I dangled my stocking above the fireplace.


refers to the part of a chimney that opens up to a room, and can have a fire in it.

You can also say…..


  • Hang your stocking on the hearth
  • Put another log in the hearth.

Fireplace Mantle

  • We like to hang decorations from our fireplace mantle.
  • The room was beautifully decorated, with stockings hanging from the fireplace mantle.

I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you (you, baby)

[Verse 2]
Oh, I won’t ask for much this Christmas
I won’t even wish for snow
I’m just going to keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe
I won’t make a list and send it
To the North Pole for Saint Nick
I won’t even stay awake to
Hear those magic reindeer click

Going to keep on

means that something will continue to happen.

You can also say…..

Go on and on

  • This has gone on and on long enough.
  • She has been going on and on about this for hours.

Goes on forever

  • This song goes on forever.
  • This is the longest road, it goes on forever.


is a plant that is particularly popular during Christmas time. If two people are underneath mistletoe, traditionally they kiss.

  • He walked around with mistletoe for hours trying to get her to kiss him.
  • We decorated the office with mistletoe.

stay awake

refers to being awake, usually for a longer period of time than is normal.

You can also say…..

Up all night

  • We were up all night waiting for Santa Claus tobring us presents.
  • The students were up all night doing their homework.

Can’t sleep

  • I’m too excited, I can’t sleep.
  • I have so many thoughts running through my head, I can’t sleep.

‘Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
What more can I do?
Baby, all I want for Christmas is you (you, baby)

Hold someone tight

refers to hugging someone.

You can also say…..

Bear hug

  • The little boy gave his dad a bear hug.
  • Give me a big bear hug.

To squeeze someone tight

  • The mom squeezed her kids tight.
  • The couple squeezed each other tight before the woman left her her journey.

Oh, all the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of children’s
Laughter fills the air
And everyone is singing
I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa, won’t you bring me the one I really need?
Won’t you please bring my baby to me?

Lights are shining

refers to multiple lights being on, and being able to be seen from a distance. In this case it is referencing lights from Christmas decorations.

You can also say…..

Lights twinkling / twinkling lights

  • Lights are twinkling throughout the city.
  • Look at those twinkling lights, they’re beautiful.

Bright lights

  • Look up ahead, you can see the bright lights of the city.
  • It’s nice to get away and be somewhere that doesn’t have so many bright lights.

Fill the air

in this case, this refers to a noise being able to be heard for a long way.

Can be heard from far away / can be heard nearby

  • The sounds of kids playing can be simply heard nearby.
  • The wolvescould be heard from far away.

Can be heard from miles away

  • The squeals of joy could be heard from miles away.

[Verse 3]
Oh, I don’t want a lot for Christmas
This is all I’m asking for
I just want to see my baby
Standing right outside my door

Oh, I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Baby, all I want for Christmas is…

You, baby
All, all, all, all

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The mere thought of Christmas can get your senses abuzz, and we’re not just talking about the Christmas songs in this list. It’s the taste of gingerbread. The sight of your favourite holiday film. The cold winter wind. The grating sound of a choir of tone-dead toddlers slogging through an off-key version of ‘Jingle Bells’ for the 74th time.

When most of us think of Christmas songs, we think of the worst ones. But in actuality, pop music has gifted the world with its fair share of perennial bangers. You usually have to skip past The Beach Boys and Biebers to get there, but holiday cheer has found its way into pop, hip-hop, R&B, metal, punk, indie… you name it. And as a gift for you, we’ve assembled 50 Christmas songs so incredibly catchy, you just might want to listen all year round. Good luck finding the nog in August though.

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Best Christmas songs, ranked

‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey

1. ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey

In 2020, after 26 years, Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic finally made it to Number One on the UK charts. Narrowly beating Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ (which, incidentally, has also never made it to Number One), it’s a feat that feels deserved – especially since this absolute festive belter has re-entered the Top 40 every year since 2007. It’s a song that has helped earn Carey the moniker of the Queen of Christmas, something she seems to take very seriously with numerous Christmas tours and television specials, the latest of which made its way to Apple TV+. Looks like after all these years, the people of the UK have finally said to Mariah: ‘All we want for Christmas is you.’

‘Last Christmas’ by Wham!

2. ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham!

A ballad of doomed romance, ‘Last Christmas’ features sleighbells and synths, plus some truly memorable knitwear in the video. But what really sets ‘Last Christmas’ apart is George Michael’s heart-on-sleeve delivery: his genuine heartbreak horror (‘My God! I thought you were someone to rely on’) and wistful, sexy whispers. The words ‘Merry Christmas’ never sounded so sultry. 

‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ by Darlene Love

3. ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ by Darlene Love

Is this the most moving Christmas tune of all time? Probably – the combination of Darlene Love’s impeccable pleading vocal, Phil Spector’s gloriously tinselly production and Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry’s magical songwriting could make anyone, even the biggest Scrooge, melt like a snowman under a hairdryer. It’s just an absolutely perfect Christmas song.

‘Stay Another Day’ by East 17

4. ‘Stay Another Day’ by East 17

East 17’s all-time Christmas classic wasn’t supposed to be a Christmas song at all. As the Walthamstow, England group’s songwriting member Tony Mortimer told us recently, it’s actually an incredibly sad song inspired by his brother’s suicide. That raw emotion seems to seep into the group’s gorgeously sombre four-part harmonies and even the inevitable Christmas song sleigh bells, producing a peerless exercise in festive melancholy. 

‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby

5. ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby

The power of Christmas nostalgia itself is greater than real memories. Hence, all of us can hark back with Bing on this Irving Berlin-penned ’40s number to a white Christmas just like the ones we used to know, even if our true past is full of crushing disappointments (December 25, 1993 – no Hornby train set). 

‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

6. ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

When was the last time you properly listened to Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues’ epic Big Apple-set fable? Shut your eyes and give it a go, and if you aren’t a nervous wreck by the fade-out, your heart (like that jumper from your nan) is two sizes too small. ‘Fairytale…’ is a perfect four-minute narrative of hope, despair and heartbreak – and, despite the profanity, it ends with love. 

‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses

7. ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses

If you love new wave bands like Blondie and Talking Heads, this is surely the Christmas song for you. It begins cynically with singer Patty Donahue declaring ‘I think I’ll miss this one this year,’ before an unexpected romance blossoms in the closing stages and warms her jaded cockles. As festive tunes go, this one’s as dry and delicious as champagne paid for by your boss. 

‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ by Band Aid

8. ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ by Band Aid

Bob Geldof and Midge Ure’s 1984 reaction to the Ethiopian famine, with contributions from Phil Collins, Sting, Macca and Bono, was a publicity machine of epic proportions. It worked: ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ stayed at the top spot for five weeks, and was the biggest UK chart success of the decade. Put that all aside, and it’s also just a great (and surprisingly unconventional) pop song, meteorological misunderstandings about snow be damned.

‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ by Brenda Lee

9. ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ by Brenda Lee

Being Jewish, songwriter Johnny Marks didn’t celebrate Christmas, but in the ’40s and ’50s he wrote some of the greatest Christmas songs of all time. Among them are ‘Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ ‘I Heard The Bells of Christmas Day,’ and this – an easy-on-the-ear rock ’n’ roll tune sung by a 13-year-old Brenda Lee, which really needs no introduction.

‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

10. ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Euphoric and scathing, as hopeful as it is resigned, John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s definitive festive peace-on-earth song has transcended its original anti-Vietnam War purpose to become a Christmas stalwart.

‘Merry Christmas Baby’ by Ike and Tina Turner

11. ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ by Ike and Tina Turner

Tina howls and growls her way through Christmas, R&B style, and tops it all off with a spirited freestyle nod to ‘Jingle Bells’ for good measure. 

‘Christmas Rappin'’ by Kurtis Blow

12. ‘Christmas Rappin'’ by Kurtis Blow

At the beginning of this somewhat unlikely 1980 Christmas smash, you can hear the moment at which hip hop arrived. Interrupting a starchy recital of ‘A Visit from St Nicholas,’ Kurtis Blow launches into his own inner city yarn about Santa showing up to a Harlem Christmas party, producing a Yuletide classic – and rap’s first major-label hit.

‘Sleigh Ride’ by The Ronettes

13. ‘Sleigh Ride’ by The Ronettes

Ronnie Spector’s distinctive and sensual vocals could easily melt any Christmas snow. On this highlight from the classic Phil Spector Christmas album, she purrs about getting cosy under a blanket on a sleigh ride while her fellow Ronettes ‘ring-a-ling-a-ling-a-ding-dong-ding’ in the background. Spector’s arrangement may be full of trilling bells and clip-clopping hooves, but the melody’s irrepressible warmth hints at the fact that this song was composed (by light orchestral maestro Leroy Anderson) during a July heatwave.

‘Step Into Christmas’ by Elton John

14. ‘Step Into Christmas’ by Elton John

Sir Elton annonces ‘welcome to my Christmas song’ at the top of this piano-driven banger, signaling to us all that this is a Christmas song with zero alterior motives except to become a yuletide classic. Mission accomplished. 

‘Driving Home for Christmas’ by Chris Rea

15. ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ by Chris Rea

This loungey number about being stuck in Christmas traffic from husky-voiced housewives’ favourite Chris Rea has had surprisingly lasting appeal. Not only has it charted twice in the UK (reaching 53 in 1988 and 33 in 2007) but it even cracked Norway’s Top Three a few years ago. Clearly people of all generations and nationalities are able to enjoy this harmless slice of Christmas cheese.

‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ by the Jackson 5

16. ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ by the Jackson 5

There are versions of this song by everyone from Bieber to Bublé, but Michael and the gang’s effort is the grooviest and the most fun. And since the song is mainly used as a bargaining tool by parents, it does make sense to have kids on the mic.

‘Christmas in Hollis’ by Run-DMC

17. ‘Christmas in Hollis’ by Run-DMC

Certainly the most well-known Christmas hip hop tunes and one of the best, too, Run DMC’s witty Crimbo tale is the story of Run finding Santa’s bill-stuffed wallet in the park on Christmas Eve. ‘But I'd never steal from Santa, cause that ain’t right,’ says Run, in a fine show of festive spirit. It all makes for an ultimately catchy number that provides you with a bit of bounce if you’re feeling flat after too much Slade and Macca, or just too many mince pies.


‘Blue Christmas’ by Elvis Presley

18. ‘Blue Christmas’ by Elvis Presley

The King adds some characteristic swagger to this cover of the 1948 country original. Spawning plenty of tributes of its own, Presley sealed the deal for ‘Blue Christmas’ – it’s now a festive staple.

‘Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto’ by James Brown

19. ‘Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto’ by James Brown

The godfather of funk gives Father Christmas his marching orders, insisting he head straight to the ghetto and ‘tell ‘em James Brown sent ya.’ It may raise a smile, there’s something serious at the heart of this all-horns-blazing tune: JB wants the kids on the wrong side of the tracks to enjoy the sort of Christmas he never did.

‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ by Paul McCartney

20. ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ by Paul McCartney

Good old Macca. Whereas Lennon could be relied upon to make impressive political statements (when he wasn't laying about in bed all day), McCartney is the master of the charmingly naïve pop opus. This little ditty — which is essnetially Paul goofing around on a synth — isn't going to shake up your festive paradigm, but it won't half stick in your head.

‘8 Days of Christmas’ by Destiny‘s Child

21. ‘8 Days of Christmas’ by Destiny‘s Child

With an injection of sass and unabashed materialism, Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle turned a cosy old holiday favourite into a bumping R&B Christmas carol for our times. A fine achievement.

‘Run Rudolph Run’ by Chuck Berry

22. ‘Run Rudolph Run’ by Chuck Berry

Recorded at the height of his powers, Chuck Berry rolls out his characteristic frenzied 12-bar blues in reverence of everyone’s favourite reindeer. Despite not even managing to break the top 50 when it was first released, it has become an enduring holiday favourite and spawned plenty of covers.

‘O Tannenbaum’ by Vince Guaraldi Trio

23. ‘O Tannenbaum’ by Vince Guaraldi Trio

A bit like the Frasier theme tune, it’s impossible to listen to this version of ‘O Tannenbaum’ (from the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas) without doing the classic jazz lean-and-nod. Basically, press play and you’re suddenly cooler. This could be a good one to change up the vibe from Christmas lazing to some Christmas loving.

‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ by Sufjan Stevens

24. ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ by Sufjan Stevens

No one does Christmas quite like our Sufjan. Not content with releasing a 42-track Songs For Christmas album in 1996, this year he put out Silver & Gold – a whopping 101-song collection celebrating Jesus’s birthday. Picking a favourite out of his festive back catalogue is tough, but we rate ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ – a reworking of the traditional favourite on ‘Songs For Christmas’ – as our favourite track. Sparse and haunting, but also uplifting, it’s a beautiful little call to rejoice.

‘Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy’ by Bing Crosby and David Bowie

25. ‘Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy’ by Bing Crosby and David Bowie

This surreal encounter on Bing Crosby’s 42nd Christmas Special between The Thin White Duke and the good ol’ boy of American family TV has become the stuff of legend. After Dave mistakes Bing for a butler and Bing jibes at Bowie’s music taste, they launch into a medley of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Peace On Earth.’ The results are... astounding.

‘Zat You, Santa Claus?’ by Louis Armstrong

26. ‘Zat You, Santa Claus?’ by Louis Armstrong

Despite the fact it’s recorded by one of the greatest jazz musicians ever to walk the planet, this Crimbo song keeps a surprisingly low profile when the Xmas tunes are rolled out. It didn’t make too much of a splash for Louis, either, but you know what? It’s him having fun, as shown by the jolly, cheeky lyrics and jumpy trumpet lines that fuel the song. And when it comes down to it, Christmas should be fun. Good on you, Louis, let’s hope that Santa does indeed slip that pleasantly pleasant present under your door, as requested.


‘Jingle Bell Rock’ by Bobby Helms

27. ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ by Bobby Helms

Following its release in 1957, this rockabilly ditty topped the Christmas charts five years in a row, making it a veritable holiday classic even by the early ’60s. Today it retains a towering presence in the Christmas canon, as synonymous with the holiday as tinsel and paper crowns.

‘Underneath the Tree’ by Kelly Clarkson

28. ‘Underneath the Tree’ by Kelly Clarkson

Sure, Kelly Clarkson’s foray into festive music is kind of a shameless attempt to write a new ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ smashed together with Darlene Love’s ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),’ but it gets away with it. Why? Partly because the songwriting offers just the right blend of schmaltz and Spector-style sass, but also because Clarkson’s superb vocal performance radiates a sincerity that’s completely infectious. Oh, and her high note towards the end is a moment.

‘Father Christmas’ by The Kinks

29. ‘Father Christmas’ by The Kinks

In the particularly rollicking, punk-adjacent riot, Ray Davies not only spoils Santa’s true identity, he also threatens to kick his ass if he doesn’t give him some money. At its heart, it’s a sad song about poor kids’ disappointment on Christmas. It’s also a hilarious, snotty, overlooked piece of Christmas counter-programming from one of rock’s all time greats.

‘River’ by Joni Mitchell

30. ‘River’ by Joni Mitchell

Think you had a bad Christmas last year when you burned the turkey? Spare a thought for Joni Mitchell, who’s heartbroken and wants to escape the Xmas merriment all around her. From the ‘Jingle Bells’-drenched-in-melancholy piano opening, it’s clear this isn’t going to be a jolly ride, but it’s still beautiful and delicate. By the end, all you’ll want to do is skate away with Joni (her oft-repeated cry throughout the song) and help mend her broken heart. Perhaps that’s why it’s one of her most covered songs, having been recorded by over 500 people.

‘Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)’ by The Weather Girls

31. ‘Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)’ by The Weather Girls

It’s not just a drizzle of dudes that gets The Weather Girls going. From the same album as ‘It’s Raining Men’ (and pulling all the same moves with a festive twist), ‘Dear Santa’ is a seasonal stormer that represents the grooviest Christmas list ever written. Bonus points for the ‘fa-la-la-la-la’ backing vocals.

‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ by Wizzard

32. ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ by Wizzard

You could just listen to this perfect slice of pure ’70s pop, from the tongue-in-cheek ‘ker-ching’ of a ringing till to the fade-out of a children’s choir and twinkling bells. You could do that. Or take the plunge into the strange acid trip of Wizzard live and witness Roy Wood’s haunted eyes set in a face dripping with snowy glitter. Scary Christmas.

‘2000 Miles’ by The Pretenders

33. ‘2000 Miles’ by The Pretenders

It sounds like a take on the classic ‘it’s Christmas, I miss you’ theme, but Chrissie Hynde’s frosty ballad gets much sadder when you know it was written for the band’s guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, who had died the previous year. Honeyman-Scott’s replacement Robbie McIntosh pays tribute with some gorgeous arpeggios: the closest a guitar gets to the sound of snowfall.

‘In Dulci Jubilo’ by Mike Oldfield

34. ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ by Mike Oldfield

If you needed any more proof that the ’70s were a weird, weird time, consider this: one of the decade’s most popular and enduring Christmas hits is a prog-folk version of a JS Bach setting of a carol dating back to the fourteenth century. Sometimes the old tunes are the best.

‘Christmas in Harlem’ by Kanye West featuring Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Vado, Cyhi Da Prynce & Pusha T

35. ‘Christmas in Harlem’ by Kanye West featuring Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Vado, Cyhi Da Prynce & Pusha T

This GOOD Music Christmas posse track serves up just about everything you’d expect from Kanye and Ko (except massive delays). A pre-gospel-phase 'Ye raps about unwrapping (removing the knickers from) his Christmas present, Jim Jones proposes we party till dawn and Big Sean says… well, not much at all. But with a slick soul-sampling beat from Hit Boy and bags of braggadocious charm, this is a head-bobbing holiday treat.

‘Just Like Christmas’ by Low

36. ‘Just Like Christmas’ by Low

Crammed full of sleigh bells and lyrically sparse it may be, but somehow indie rockers Low managed to do the unthinkable in 1999: create a genuinely cool Christmas song. ‘Just Like Christmas’ is a wistful, lo-fi, modern Christmas anthem.

‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ by Slade

37. ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ by Slade

Noddy Holder and his troupe of platform-wearers continue to blight our television screens each December with their frightening fashion sense. There’s a reason for that, of course. It’s the joyful simplicity of 1973’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody,’ which is guaranteed to inject that euphoric, slightly drunken, Christmas-love vibe into the festive season.


‘Hey Sis, It's Christmas’ by RuPaul

38. ‘Hey Sis, It's Christmas’ by RuPaul

This highlight from RuPaul’s Christmas album isn’t a spangly dance banger, but a bone-shaking festive bop with an old-school hip hop flavour. It’s also completely infectious, especially when Ru purrs: ‘Hey sis, it's Christmas / You can cross me off of your wish list.’ Who could resist her?

‘What Christmas Means to Me’ by Stevie Wonder

39. ‘What Christmas Means to Me’ by Stevie Wonder

If you can’t be bothered to listen and find out, it turns out that singing carols, decorating the tree and, of course, being with his baby is what Christmas means to Stevie. Give it a listen anyway, though, because with that irresistible Motown swing and a harmonica solo thrown in this is (ahem) a cracker.

‘Santa Tell Me’ by Ariana Grande

40. ‘Santa Tell Me’ by Ariana Grande

Though she's currently more interested in singing about various sex positions, Ariana Grande is no stranger to wholesome Christmas songs. While her surprisingly horny festive EP Christmas and Chill is definitely worth a listen, it’s this wintry R&B bop about seeking reassurance from Santa Clause over a potential romance that’s her best entry into the Christmas canon. It’s got all the festive musical accoutrements that you could want and it’s all tied together by Grande’s sweet, breathy vocals, which soar over that final chorus like Santa in his sleigh.

‘Mary’s Boy Child’ by Harry Belafonte

41. ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ by Harry Belafonte

Trivia fans take note: this is the only song ever to hit Christmas Number One twice, for two totally different artists. ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ was recorded first by American calypso star Harry Belafonte in 1956. His slow-and-steady, ultra-classy arrangement was a massive hit and it still delivers the Christmas magic 65 years later. You’ll have to wait and see whether Boney M’s 1978 disco version can do the same.

‘What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody Swinging)’ by Louis Prima

42. ‘What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody Swinging)’ by Louis Prima

Given his penchant for kissing mommy under the mistletoe, we’d imagine Santa'd be more than down for a little group love, honestly (yeah, yeah, we know it's not that kind of party). Jazz legend Prima's jaunty sing-along is so catchy that it even gives us a bonus track: Kanye and Kid Kudi sample ‘What Will Santa Claus Say’ as the backbone of ‘4th Dimension,’ their haunting collaborative hit as Kids See Ghosts.

‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ by Diana Ross

43. ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ by Diana Ross

Ross's rendition of Macca's festive favourite is definitely a Supreme cover version — drenched in strings and sleigh bells, it sounds a little more wholesome and old-timey than the trippy original, especially when you factor in her still-magical Soprano. It's one to roast chestnuts to, for sure.

‘Frosty the Snowman’ by Cocteau Twins

44. ‘Frosty the Snowman’ by Cocteau Twins

The 1950 classic gets an early-’90s ethereal keyboard treatment courtesy of Scottish dreamers the Cocteau Twins. Singer Elizabeth Fraser could have plumbed the aching sadness of snowman existence but instead her vocals are all shimmering colours and dancing forest fairies. When the overlapping harmonies come in around 1:36 you know that this Christmas is going to be pretty magical.

‘I Believe in Father Christmas’ by Greg Lake

45. ‘I Believe in Father Christmas’ by Greg Lake

This is Christmas cynicism at its most tuneful. Intended as a denouncement of the increasing commercialisation of the festive season, Greg Lake inadvertently crafted a folk-prog Christmas classic. Ironically, it’s now one of the go-to songs for cash-cow Christmas compilations.

‘Santa’s Got A Bag Of Soul’ by Soul-Saints Orchestra

46. ‘Santa’s Got A Bag Of Soul’ by Soul-Saints Orchestra

This funky-as-you-like number might sound like rare groove from ’60s America, but is actually the product of mid-’90s German band The Poets of Rhythm, playing under a different name. Who cares about the provenance, however, when the beats are this big?

‘It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas’ by Pet Shop Boys

47. ‘It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas’ by Pet Shop Boys

Originally released as a fanclub-only single in 1997, Tennant and Lowe's Christmas offering is a sweetly sardonic dance banger which name-checks Bing Crosby and ‘this year's festive number one.’ It captures the mix of ambivalence and warmth that Christmas can somehow conjure up pretty perfectly.

‘Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)’ by The Ramones

48. ‘Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)’ by The Ramones

Joey Ramone’s plea to his lover to put their scrapping aside for the holidays is undoubtedly the punk Christmas anthem. Beneath its acquiescent lyrics, mind, is a typically fiery Ramones riff that’s more likely to fuel high tensions rather than ease them around a warring Christmas dinner table.

‘Carol of the Bells’ by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

49. ‘Carol of the Bells’ by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Neither Siberian nor an Orchestra, the TSO nonetheless gave the world something nobody else knew it needed: a fist-pumping, steadium-ready, doomy metal version of ‘Carol of the Bells’ complete with needling synth lines, chugging guitars and ripping guitar solos of the Slash variety. It’s Christmas. The nog’s flowing. Time to get a little hardcore with your cheer. 

‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ by DMX

50. ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ by DMX

And lo, an angel came down and said ‘let us celebrate the season by having a legendary rapper best known for songs about excessive partying and necrophelia scream-sing one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time.’ And so the late DMX barked out ‘Rudolph’ with his signature growl and swagger. And it was good. 

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"White Christmas," Bing Crosby

Written by Irving Berlin for the 1942 classic, Holiday Inn, "White Christmas" stands as the best-selling single of all-time and with good reason. Between Bing Crosby's silky vocals and Berlin's keen sense of nostalgia, this is one of those rare cases when only the original do.

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Frank Sinatra

Nobody knew how to tackle a mid-tempo affair like Ol' Blue Eyes, who took this low-key Judy Garland number from Meet Me in St. Louis, shuffled the lyrics around, and emerged with a fedora-full of holiday gold (or should we say platinum?)

"The Christmas Song," Nat King Cole

One of the the most famous Christmas songs of all time, this is just one of the tracks proving Nat King Cole is the King of Christmas. Although, has anyone ever actually roasted chestnuts on an open fire?

"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," Bruce Springsteen

They don't call him The Boss for nothing. When Springsteen tells you to be "good for goodness sake," you listen.

"All I Want for Christmas Is You," Mariah Carey

It just wouldn't be a roundup of Christmas songs without this iconic Mariah Carey rendition. Go ahead and sing along, but leave the high notes to the diva herself.

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Brenda Lee

While most 13-year-olds were busy opening Easy-Bake Ovens and G.I. Joes on Christmas morning in1958, Brenda Lee was belting away on a future Christmas classic that would go on to sell 25 million copies. Needless to say, no holiday is complete without a rousing rendition of this while waiting for Santa to come squeezing down the chimney.

"Run Rudolph Run," Chuck Berry

Best known as the backdrop for Home Alone's iconic airport scene, "Run Rudolph Run"—an uptempo boogie from the actual father of American rock n' roll (sorry Elvis)—is the perfect antidote for the Christmas caroler who could never keep Dasher and Dancer straight.

"Merry Christmas Darling," Carpenters

Missing someone this holiday season? Allow the Carpenters' crooning to comfort you.

"Wonderful Christmastime," Paul McCartney

Though critics have described McCartney's festive holiday tune as "mediocre," we beg to differ.

"Believe," Josh Groban

Some of the most iconic Christmas songs come from the soundtracks of movies. Case in point: Josh Groban's "Believe," which was featured in The Polar Express.

"You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch," Thurl Ravenscroft

With colorful insults ("You have termites in your smile, you have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile") and the unmistakeable deep tone of voiceover actor Thurl Ravenscroft—who was also the voice of Frosted Flakes' Tony the Tiger for nearly fifty years—this is a Christmas classic.

"Silent Night," The Temptations

What do you get when you combine one the oldest (and most beautiful) Christmas classics on earth with the world's most famous soul group? Fireworks and waterworks, that's what.

"Blue Christmas," Elvis Presley

Sometimes you can't make it home for the holidays, no matter what you do. In those moments—whether stuck behind your desk or stranded in some god forsaken airport terminal—let "Blue Christmas" (and maybe a shot whiskey) keep you company.

"Christmas Time is Here", Vince Guaraldi Trio

One of the most wonderful parts about the holidays is that they allow for equal parts joyful, boisterous celebration and quiet, thoughtful reflection. For the latter, a mellow tune like this one is perfect.

"Jingle Bells," Frank Sinatra

"I love those j-i-n-g-l-e bells!" Don't you? Apologies in advance–this will probably be stuck in your head well into the new year.

"Carol of the Bells," Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Prefer an instrumental track? Put on this dramatic orchestral version of the classic "Carol of the Bells."

"Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer," Elmo & Patsy

To the dismay of some traditionalists, this comical Christmas track has truly become holiday mainstay. Plus, it serves as a cautionary tale. Be careful of that eggnog, or risk suffering the same fate as Grandma...

"Baby, It's Cold Outside," She & Him

You certainly can't fault Frank Loesser's original, but the "cat-and-mouse" lyrics have become undeniably tone-deaf by today's standards. Enter She & Him, the folk collaboration of Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter M.Ward, who, with a simple flip of the gender roles, provides a simple-yet-refreshing update.

"Deck the Halls," Nat King Cole

What better song to hum along to as you decorate the tree? When in doubt, "fa la la" it out.

"The First Noel," Andy Williams

If it's a nostalgic soundtrack you seek, Andy Williams's signature vocals will surely deliver.

"The Twelve Days of Christmas," Perry Como

While this is certainly a Christmas playlist must-have, we're not so sure what to make of someone's true love sending them that many birds. Keep the turtledoves; the golden rings will do just fine.

"Mele Kalikimaka," Jimmy Buffett

Mr. Margaritaville himself, Jimmy Buffett earns a spot in the holiday rotation with his predictably balmy take on "Mele Kalikimaka". Meaning "Merry Christmas" in Hawaii's indigenous dialect, this 1996 classic—drenched in syrupy slide guitar and served poolside—is a must-play for every Parrothead on your list this season.

"Winter Wonderland," Michael Bublé

Old-school singers really staked their claim on the holiday music genre. From Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, to Andy Williams and Dean Martin, there's a reason the originals can't be beat. Or so we thought until Mr. Bublé entered the scene with his silky smooth vocals. His holiday tracks are bonafide modern classics that give the original crooners a run for their money.

"O' Tannenbaum," Vince Guaraldi Trio

Feeling a little bit down this holiday season? Don't worry, it happens to the best of us. In those melancholy moments, as the snow flits quietly down in the dark, throw on Vince Guaraldi's iconic "O' Tannenbaum" and remember ol' Charlie Brown picking out the saddest, loneliest tree in the lot.

"Happy Xmas (War is Over)," John Lennon

One part Christmas carol, one part protest song, "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" differs from most of the songs on this list by challenging listeners to hope for more than just a happy holiday for their loved ones. And while written specifically in response to the Vietnam War, that message still rings loud and clear today.

"Christmas in Hollis," Run-DMC

Sampling "Frosty the Snowman," "Jingle Bells," and "Joy to the World," Run-DMC crafted in "Christmas in Hollis" the ultimate modern holiday song: A technicolor myriad of cultures, influences, and beliefs rapped, wrapped, and slapped with a bow.

"Jingle Bell Rock," Bobby Helms

There's nothing like this classic from Bobby Helms to really get the office holiday party jumping! Except, perhaps, for a cup of that Jingle Juice...

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Gene Autry ft. The Pinafores

If you've ever seen 1964's iconic made-for-TV movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, then this one needs no introduction. If not, then consider this spoiler-heavy title track your holly, jolly Cliffs Notes.

"Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!," Harry Connick, Jr.

Is there a more timeless lyric in the Christmas canon than "oh the weather outside is frightful/but the fire is so delightful"? Just don't question its authenticity, however, as writer Sammy Cahn originally penned this snowbound classic in the middle of a sweltering July heatwave in Hollywood. Wishful thinking, right?

"It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas," Perry Como

No matter what version of this annual holiday harbinger you're spinning this season, the online comments section will always look the same: Christmaholics from around the world writing in to declare "I can listen to this any time of year!" And if that isn't an official Santa notary stamp, we don't know what is.

"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Andy Williams

Regardless of whether winter is your favorite season or if Christmas is your favorite holiday, you can't deny that this is one good tune.

"Sleigh Ride," The Ronettes

From those first notes of those bells and the neigh of that horse, this is one of the most iconic holiday jams. The holiday genre is largely male-dominated, but The Ronettes absolutely sleigh-ed this track.

"A Holly Jolly Christmas," Burl Ives

Honestly, we're not convinced Burl Ives wasn't Santa Claus himself moonlighting as a singer. The resemblance is pretty clear, and telling people to "have a holly jolly Christmas" is definitely something Santa would do.

"Do They Know It's Christmas?," Band Aid

Featuring 40 artists including Paul McCartney, Sting, George Michael, Boy George, Phil Collins, and Bono, this all-star collaboration was penned in response to famines in Ethiopia. The lyrics, though stark, serve as a reminder that it's important to have perspective and be grateful, especially around the holidays.

"Santa Baby," Eartha Kitt

Although Madonna's version is indeed a solid choice, no one can resist the dulcet tones (and immense talent) of Eartha Kitt.

"Last Christmas," Wham!

This iconic '80s hit seems transcends the holidays. Who could blame you for listening to this heartbreak anthem year-round?

"Feliz Navidad," José Feliciano

It doesn't matter if you opted for Latin in high school and don't speak a lick of Español, you know what "feliz navidad" means. And you love the song.

"I'll Be Home for Christmas," Dean Martin

For those who have been missing someone, there is no better thoughtful tune than this Dean Martin classic.

"Here Comes Santa Claus," Gene Autry

Someone once said, "May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve." We'd like to add: May you never be too grown up to believe it when you hear Gene Autry heralding Saint Nick's arrival.

"O Come All Ye Faithful," Nat King Cole

You don't necessarily have to be the said "faithful" to enjoy Cole's melodic rendition of this Christmas classic.

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If you're like us, you probably start blasting Christmas music soon as you can—after all, there's no such thing as too soon when it comes to Christmas tunes. (That statement is up for friendly debate, but we call after Halloween fair game!) Happy holiday hits for an entire month leading up to the most wonderful time of the year? Put our faves on repeat!

Whether you're trying to shake your Grinch mood on your morning commute, on the hunt for a sing-along soundtrack while you deck the halls with all your favorite holiday decorating ideas, or baking holiday cookies for your annual Christmas party, you’ll want all the best Christmas songs playing in the background to get you into the spirit of the holidays.

When you're putting together your ultimate Christmas playlist, make sure to include the most popular Christmas songs of all time, from old-school original hits like "White Christmas" to modern, uptempo tunes like "All I Want for Christmas Is You." You’ll recall religious Christmas songs and country Christmas songs that give you that warm and fuzzy feeling, too.

Whether you prefer original versions of Christmas songs or pop updates on timeless classics, there's something for everyone on this list. All of those holiday radio stations won't be able to compete with your holly jolly playlist!

1"All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

This track—which is the best-selling modern day Christmas song of all time—has earned Mariah Carey the title "Queen of Christmas."

2"Last Christmas" by Wham!

This pop tune is the kind of Christmas song you can sing in the shower. Fun fact: Released in 1984, it didn't top the charts until 2017.

3"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by Jackson 5

Jimmy Boyd's original version of this song is great, but Jackson 5's catchy cover will have everyone dancing and singing along to the funky beats.

4"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Harry Connick Jr.

There are so many versions of this Christmas classic, but we think Harry Connick Jr. does it best.

5"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" by Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé has done it again. Listening to this Christmas hit is the best way to start out the season.

6"The Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth)" by Bing Crosby & David Bowie

An unlikely pair, Bing and Bowie strike just the right note marrying the traditional and contemporary.

7"(There's No Place Like) Home For the Holidays" by The Carpenters

Karen Carpenter's pure voice makes any song, especially this happy holiday tune, sound like home sweet home.

8"Sleigh Ride" by The Ronettes

The Ronettes' version of this Christmas hit is the most popular and regularly makes the charts.

9"Pretty Paper" by Willie Nelson

For country music lovers, no Christmas song is more classic than this twangy Willie tune.

10"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" by Bruce Springsteen

They call Bruce Springsteen "The Boss" for a reason—and this version of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" makes it easy to understand why.

11"Winter Wonderland" by Ella Fitzgerald

One of the smoothest voices ever, Ella Fitzgerald brings a swinging, unique sound to this Christmas classic.

12"Carol of the Bells" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

We like this intense and exciting musical performance with an equally exhilarating light show.

13"The Most Wonderful Day of the Year" from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

This diddy is sung by the inhabitants of the Island of Misfit Toys in the 1964 stop-motion Christmas movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

14"Believe" by Josh Groban

This song was written for the movie The Polar Express and has quickly become a Christmas favorite.

15"Christmas in New Orleans" by Louis Armstrong

Perhaps best known for "What a Wonderful World," Louis's ode to New Orleans during the holidays captures his signature sound with a big brass band backing him up.

16"Happy Holiday" by Peggy Lee

Happy is right! This swingin' song makes you feel like a martini at a fancy-dress holiday party.

17"Christmas Wrapping" by The Spice Girls

It's practically impossible not to dance along to The Spice Girls' 1998 cover of this fun Christmas song.

18"We Need a Little Christmas" by Angela Lansbury

This tune was written for the Broadway musical Mame in 1966 and was originally sung by Angela Lansbury.

19"Step Into Christmas" by Elton John

Elton John released his Christmas single in 1973, and it hit number 1 on the Billboard Christmas singles chart.

20"The Merriest" by June Christy

This 1961 jazz piece might just be the merriest song we've ever heard.

21"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" by Wizzard

The '70s Christmas song by glam rock band Wizzard hit number 4 on the UK charts when it was first released.

22"What Christmas Means to Me" by Stevie Wonder

Who doesn't love this upbeat Christmas hit? Stevie Wonder released his Someday at Christmas album, which featured this track, in 1967.

23"You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch" by Thurl Ravenscroft

Dr. Seuss himself penned the lyrics for this Christmas track dating back to 1966, when it premiered in the TV special, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

24"Please Come Home for Christmas" by the Eagles

The bluesy Christmas ballad was first released in 1960 by Charles Brown before the Eagles recorded and released this version as a single in 1978.

25"Merry Christmas Darling" by The Carpenters

The Carpenters put out this song in 1970, and it hit number 1 on the Billboard Christmas singles charts for three years.

26"Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid

The British supergroup Band Aid recorded this Christmas song as a benefit single to combat famine in Ethiopia. It features mega stars including Duran Duran, Phil Collins, Sting, and Boy George.

27"River" by Joni Mitchell

The Christmas folk song from the Canadian singer-songwriter has become one of Joni Mitchell's most recorded tracks.

28"Mele Kalikimaka" by Bing Crosby

Any fan of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation will be familiar with this Hawaiian-inspired Christmas song.

29"Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" by Elmo & Patsy

While this novelty Christmas song is sure to get a laugh, it's become so popular that both a film and a Grey's Anatomy episode bear the same name.

30"The Twelve Days of Christmas" by John Denver & The Muppets

The Muppets version of this classic Christmas carol from the 1700s has become a classic in its own right.

31"When My Heart Finds Christmas" by Harry Connick Jr.

This song is one of the original tracks that appears on Harry Connick Jr.'s Christmas album of the same name, which went triple platinum.

32"The Christmas Waltz" by Frank Sinatra

This song was written for Frank Sinatra in 1954, where it first appeared as a B-side recording on his cover of "White Christmas."

33"Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues

Although the tune has faced controversy throughout its lifetime, the English Celtic punk band's Christmas song is still an inescapably catchy hit for many.

34"Up on the House Top" by The Jackson 5

35"Silver Bells" by She & Him

Bing Crosby's cover of this song made it a popular Christmas staple, and She & Him's cover gives it a contemporary twist. You'll recognize Zooey Deschanel's earthy sound.

36"The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" by The Chipmunks

The creator of this song, Ross Bagdasarian Sr., won three Grammy awards for this track in 1958.

37"My Favorite Things" by Julie Andrews

Although not originally intended to be a Christmas song, this tune has gone on to be featured on several holiday albums, including those by Kelly Clarkson and Rod Stewart.

38"Underneath the Tree" by Kelly Clarkson

Featured on her Christmas album Wrapped in Red, this single quickly became a top holiday hit.

39"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" by *NSYNC

This was the only single from *NSYNC's Christmas album, Home for Christmas, which was the band's second album ever.

40"Santa Tell Me" by Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande's Christmas original, which was first released on the Japanese reissue of her Christmas EP Christmas Kisses, has become a modern favorite.

41"My Only Wish (This Year)" by Britney Spears

Britney Spears released this original Christmas song for the 2000 compilation album Platinum Christmas, which featured fellow artists Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston.

42"I'd Like Your For Christmas" by Julie London

Although not a well-known song, it's one that you'll want to add to your playlist for a low-key evening in.

43"This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway

Although it didn't receive great success when it was first released, "This Christmas" has gone on to become a favorite of all time.

44"Run Rudolph Run" by Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry's blues-inspired rock song proves that rock and roll and Christmas really do go hand in hand.

45"Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has said that the catchy, upbeat holiday jingle only took him 10 minutes to write.

46"The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole

The nostalgic melody of Nat King Cole's Christmas tune is bound to make you want nothing more than a crackling fire on a frosty winter day.

47"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by Darlene Love

Darlene Love performed this song live every year (except one, due to a writer's strike) from 1986 to 2014 on Late Night with David Letterman.

48"Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)" by Gene Autry

Few other songs get kids as excited to see old St. Nick than Gene Autry's cheery tune.

49"Winter Wonderland" by Darlene Love

Of all the versions of this song, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and even Radiohead, we think Darlene Love comes out on top.

50"Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms

Although this song released in 1957, it hit the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 chart in January 2019 at number eight. The song broke the record for longest wait time to get into the top 10 at over 60 years since its release.

51"Feliz Navidad" by José Feliciano

Everyone knows how to say Merry Christmas in Spanish thanks to this classic penned by Puerto Rican musician and composer José Feliciano.

52"Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley

The King made this song famous with his rock and roll take on it.

53"White Christmas" by Bing Crosby

We dream of a white, snowy Christmas every year thanks to this classic hit.

54"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by The Crystals

We don't know about you, but nothing gets us into the Christmas Spirit quite like the opening lines "You better watch out, you better not cry..."

55"I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Bing Crosby

Another tune by Bing Crosby worthy of playing on repeat proves he's the unofficial king of Christmas.

56"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Judy Garland

Judy Garland recorded this for the musical Meet Me in St. Louis, which should be required viewing around the holidays.

57"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" by Frank Sinatra

Sing along to this jazzy holiday hit and remind yourself that snow is beautiful, even when your car gets stuck in it.

58"Frosty the Snowman" by Gene Autry

Listening to this kid-friendly classic will immediately transport you back to your childhood.

59"I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Michael Bublé

Sorry, Bing! Yours came first, but we love this version, too!

60"Jingle Bells" by Dean Martin

There are countless versions of "Jingle Bells," but Dean Martin's rendition is a holiday staple.

61"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee

It's hard to believe Brenda Lee was just a teenager when she recorded this song—and it's still a fan favorite today.

62"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

John Lennon and Yoko Ono originally recorded this somewhat controversial tune with the Harlem Community Choir to protest the Vietnam War. Somewhere along the way, it became a beloved Christmas song.

63"Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt

This holiday tune is one of Eartha Kitt's most well-known songs of all time. We recommend playing it for your husband right before Christmastime if you "want a yacht." 😉

64"Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson

This famous instrumental tune by Leroy Anderson is the perfect background music to any holiday party.

65"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Andy Williams

This happy song reminds us of all the reasons Christmas is the—you guessed it—most wonderful time of the year.

66"A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Burl Ives

This jolly song by Burl Ives is the leading track on his Christmas album for a reason. It's impossible to listen to it and not be in a good mood.

67"Merry Christmas, Baby" by Otis Redding

Otis Redding's jazzy R&B version of this song will have all of your holiday party guests moving and grooving to the beat.

68"Baby It's Cold Outside" by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Nothing beats a jazzy modern take on a certified holiday classic!

69"Silver Bells" by Elvis Presley

While Blue Christmas may be is his most famous Christmas song, Elvis's crooning rendition of Silver Bells is just as good.

70"Frosty the Snowman" by The Ronettes

Of all the certified classics on Phil Spector's iconic Christmas compilation album, the Ronettes vibrant performance of Frosty the Snowman is the most joyous by far. It's the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

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