Top The 90 best Christmas songs of all time

There aren’t all boring Christmas songs. Your holiday will be brightened by these 90 pop music carols.

Christmas songs are a thing—whether you love them or just accept them as a kind of immutable fact of life. As December 25 gets closer and closer, they become more and more inescapable.

Even though there have been a lot of disposable novelty songs written over the years, many Christmas songs are hit songs. From the 1940s to the 1970s, when the Christmas record was at its best as an art form, there are a lot of keepers. However, later pop generations that were even more cynical have produced a lot of gold.

Naturally, there is a sort of Christmas canon: Both “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “Fairytale of New York” are excellent songs, which is good because you will undoubtedly hear them approximately a million times during the holiday season. However, the spirit of the season can be found in any genre, including pop, hip-hop, R&B, metal, punk, and indie. In addition, as a present for you, we have compiled 65 Christmas songs that are so infectiously catchy that you might want to listen to them all year. However, finding the nog in August will be difficult.

But which Christmas songs are the best ever?

The best Christmas songs are listed below. Is yours in there?

1. Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (1994)

All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey (Single; Epic): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

2. Bing Crosby, “White Christmas” (1942)

Bing Crosby - White Christmas (1942) HQ - YouTube

3. Wham!, “Last Christmas” (1984)

4. Bing Crosby, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” (1943)

Bing Crosby – I'll Be Home For Christmas Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

5. Judy Garland, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (1944)

6. Dary Hall & John Oates, “Jingle Bell Rock” (1983)

Daryl Hall John Oates – Jingle Bell Rock (Green, Vinyl) - Discogs

7. John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (1971)

Sean Ono Lennon Miley Cyrus Cover Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

8. Nat King Cole, “The Christmas Song” (1946)

The Christmas Song (Remastered)". Album of Nat King Cole buy or stream. | HIGHRESAUDIO

9. Brenda Lee, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (1958)

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Wikipedia

10. Lindsey Buckingham, “Christmas Vacation” (1989)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation – Original Soundtrack (1989) CD – The Music Shop And More

11. Darlene Love, “Christmas, Baby Please Come Home” (1963)

Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (Official Audio) - YouTube


12. Gene Autry, “Frosty the Snowman” (1947)

Frosty the Snowman - song and lyrics by Gene Autry | Spotify

13. Frank Sinatra, “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (1948)

Frank Sinatra - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Official Music Video) : r/franksinatra

14. Andrews Sisters, “Mele Kelikimaka (Merry Christmas)” (1950)

Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters - Mele Kalikimaka(Merry Christmas) 1950 - YouTube

15. Ella Fitzgerald, “Jingle Bells” (1960)

Ella Fitzgerald – Jingle Bells (1960, Vinyl) - Discogs

16. Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby” (1953)

Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby (Official Audio) - YouTube

17. Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas” (1957)

Blue Christmas (song) - Wikipedia

18. Dolly Parton, “Hard Candy Christmas” (1982)

Dolly Parton's Discography: A Holly Dolly Christmas (2020) – Highway Queens

19. Chuck Berry, “Run, Rudolph, Run” (1958)

Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run – PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of Pop Culture

20. Johnny Mathis, “Sleigh Ride” (1958)

1958 Johnny Mathis - Sleigh Ride - YouTube

21. Chipmunks, “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” (1958)

The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - Wikipedia

22. Donny Hathaway, “This Christmas” (1970)

Donny Hathaway - This Christmas (Official Music Video) - YouTube

23. John Williams, Leslie Bricusse, “Somewhere in My Memory” (1990)

Somewhere in My Memory: Songs of Leslie Bricusse and John Williams

24. Dean Martin, “Winter Wonderland” (1966)

Dean Martin Winter Wonderland EP UK 7" vinyl single (7 inch record / 45) (468400)

25. Andy Williams, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (1963)

Stream Andy Williams - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by José Alayo Chinchayán | Listen online for free on SoundCloud

26. Beach Boys, “Little Saint Nick” (1963)

The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick (Official Lyric Video) - YouTube

27. Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Christmastime Is Here” (1965)

Christmas Time Is Here - song and lyrics by Vince Guaraldi Trio | Spotify

28. Johnny Marks, “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (1965)

Burl Ives – Have A Holly Jolly Christmas (1965, Vinyl) - Discogs

29. Bob Dylan, “It Must Be Santa” (2009)

Bob Dylan - It Must Be Santa (2009) | IMVDb

30. Whitney Houston, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (1987)

Do You Hear What I Hear?" by Whitney Houston | Whitney houston, Hearing, Sony music entertainment

31. Bruce Springsteen, “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1985)

Bruce Springsteen Discography : SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN / MY HOMETOWN - CBSA67732

32. Donny Hathaway, “This Christmas” (1971)

HQ mp3 This Christmas - Donny Hathaway - YouTube

33. Otis Redding, “Merry Christmas, Baby” (1968)

Merry Christmas Baby - song and lyrics by Otis Redding | Spotify

34. Joni Mitchell, “River” (1971)

Deep Dive: Joni Mitchell, RIVER | Rhino

35. The Flirtations, “Christmastime Is Here Again” (1968)

Nothing but a Heartache / Christmas Time Is Here Again by The Flirtations (Single; Deram; DM 39): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

36. The Waitresses, “Christmas Wrapping” (1981)

Story behind the Christmas song: The Waitresses' Christmas Wrapping - The Sunday Post

37. José Feliciano, “Feliz Navidad” (1970)

Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad [HD]+ - YouTube

38. The Jackson 5, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (1970)

Jackson 5 Christmas Album - Wikipedia

39. Mahalia Jackson, “Silent Night” (1970)

Silent Night by Mahalia Jackson (Album, Gospel): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

40. The Emotions, “What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas?” (1973)

The Emotions – What Do the Lonely Do At Christmas Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

41. David Bowie and Bing Crosby, “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy” (1977)

When David Bowie and Bing Crosby Rang in the Holidays

42. Run DMC, “Christmas in Hollis” (1987)

Christmas in Hollis - Wikipedia

43. Hanson, “Merry Christmas Baby” (1997)

Hanson - Snowed In - Music

44. The Band, “Christmas Must Be Tonight” (1977)

The Band "Christmas Must Be Tonight" - YouTube

45. Paul McCartney, “Wonderful Christmastime” (1980)

Paul McCartney: Wonderful Christmastime (Vídeo musical) (1979) - Filmaffinity

46. Dan Fogelberg, “Same Old Lang Syne” (1980)

Review Of: Dan Fogelberg – Same Old Lang Syne | AudiophileParadise

47. Julie Andrews, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (1982)

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - song and lyrics by Julie Andrews | Spotify

48. Mannheim Steamroller, “Deck the Halls” (1984)

Mannheim Steamroller - "Deck The Halls" (1984) - YouTube

49. The Jackson 5, “Give Love on Christmas Day” (1985)

The Jackson 5 – Give Love On Christmas Day Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

50. The Pogues, “Fairytale of New York” (1987)

The Story of... 'Fairytale of New York' by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl - Smooth

51. Willie Nelson, “Pretty Paper” (1979)

Willie Nelson - Pretty Paper - Music

52. Harry Connick, Jr., “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1993)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - YouTube

53. Boyz II Men, “Let It Snow” (1993)

Boyz II Men – Let It Snow (1993, CD) - Discogs

54. Ariana Grande, “Santa Tell Me” (2014)

Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande - NhacCuaTui

55. Destiny’s Child, “8 Days of Christmas” (2001)

Destiny's Child – 8 Days Of Christmas (2001, CD) - Discogs

56. Pansy Division, “Homo Christmas” (1992)

PANSY DIVISION smells like queer spirit NIRVANA song / homo xmas 45RPM_MINT | eBay

57. The Nightmare Before Christmas, “What’s This?” (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas “What's This?” (1993) | Film Music Central

58. Luther Vandross, “Every Year, Every Christmas” (1995)

Luther Vandross – Every Year, Every Christmas (1995, CD) - Discogs

59. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” (1996)

Christmas Eve and Other Stories by Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Amazon Music -

60. Backstreet Boys, “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” (1998)

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays — *NSYNC |

61. Lauryn Hill, “The Little Drummer Boy” (1999)

Lauryn Hill - The Little Drummer Boy (1999) - YouTube

62. Pentatonix, “O Holy Night” (2014)

Yule Log Audio] O Holy Night - Pentatonix - YouTube

63. The Flaming Lips, “A Change at Christmas (Say It Isn’t So)” (2003)

Flaming Lips Share Video for 2003 Christmas Song

64. Josh Groban, “Believe” (2004)

Josh Groban – Believe (2004, CD) - Discogs

65. Aretha Franklin, “Joy to the World” (2006)

Joy to the World: FRANKLIN, ARETHA: Music

66. Pentatonix, “Carol of the Bells” (2012)

Pentatonix - Carol of the Bells - YouTube

67. Sufjan Stevens, “Get Behind Me, Santa!” (2006)

Get Behind Me, Santa! | Sufjan Stevens

68. Ledisi, “Be There For Christmas” (2008)

It's Christmas by Ledisi (CD, 2008) for sale online | eBay

69. Faith Hill, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” (2008)

O Come, All Ye Faithful - song and lyrics by Faith Hill | Spotify

70. Straight No Chaser, “12 Days of Christmas” (2009)

12 Days of Christmas (2009) – Christmas Underground

71. The cast of the TV show Glee, “We Need a Little Christmas” (2010)

We Need A Little Christmas (GLEE)-Paliku Academy of Performing Arts.MTS - YouTube

72. She & Him, “The Christmas Waltz” (2011)

The Christmas Waltz | She & Him

73. Justin Bieber, “Mistletoe” (2011)

Justin Bieber - Mistletoe (Official Music Video) - YouTube

74. Michael Buble, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (2011)

It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas - song and lyrics by Michael Bublé | Spotify

75. Ella Fitzgerald, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” (2013)

Ella Fitzgerald - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve (Mangini Vs. Pallin Mix) - YouTube

76. Leona Lewis, “One More Sleep” (2013)

One More Sleep” by Leona Lewis - Song Meanings and Facts

77. Kelly Clarkson, “Underneath the Tree” (2013)

Underneath the Tree - Single by Kelly Clarkson | Spotify

78. Mary J. Blige, “Mary, Did You Know” (2013)

NOLA #BOUNCE | Mary, Did You Know (Nola Bounce Mix) - Mary J Blige — White Folks Get Crunk

79. !!!, “And Anyway It’s Christmas” (2013)

And Anyway It's Christmas | Releases | Discogs

80. Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (1984)

Band Aid: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" - DER SPIEGEL

81. LeAnn Rimes, “Christmas Time Is Here” (2015)

LeAnn Rimes - Today Is Christmas - Music

82. Stevie Wonder, “Someday at Christmas” (2016)

View from the Birdhouse: Music Monday - Someday at Christmas by Stevie Wonder (1967)

83. Lindsey Stirling, “We Three Gentlemen Medley” (2017)

85 Best Christmas Songs of All Time to Add to Your Playlist

84. Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” (2017)

Gwen Stefani - You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Audio) ft. Blake Shelton - YouTube

85. John Legend, “What Christmas Means to Me” (2018)

What Christmas Means to Me (feat. Stevie Wonder) - song and lyrics by John Legend, Stevie Wonder | Spotify

86. Celtic Woman, “Do You Hear What I Hear” (2019)

Do You Hear What I Hear - song and lyrics by Celtic Woman | Spotify

87. Leon Bridges, “Present Without a Bow” (2019)

Present Without A Bow ft. Leon Bridges (From The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show - Audio) - YouTube

88. Phoebe Bridgers, “If We Make It Through December” (2020)

Phoebe Bridgers – If We Make It Through December (2020, File) - Discogs

89. Dolly Parton, “Christmas Where We Are” (2020)

Dolly Parton announces 'A Holly Dolly Christmas' album for October 2020 release - Smooth

90. Ed Sheeran, Elton John, “Merry Christmas” (2021)

Ed Sheeran & Elton John – Merry Christmas (2021, CD) - Discogs

There are very few occasions when you need a great playlist to make your day more enjoyable. However, if we’re being honest, repeating carols begins well before December 25. We have a treat for you if you are one of those people who can’t wait to belt out the best songs ever.

Christmas songs has its own wavelength, which is shared by the vast majority of its most well-known classics: a heavenly longing that is without a moment’s delay significantly disheartening and profoundly encouraging. A lifetime’s worth of associated personal, familial, romantic, and nostalgic holiday memories give it a visceral, almost oppressive sentimentality. Even though it always makes you cry, it’s music for the most wonderful time of the year.

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