Christmas music is something I never get tired of even though I hear it every single year! Once December 1st hits, it’s Christmas music for me all day, every day until the 25th. I feel like Christmas music enhances the Holiday so much! It sets the perfect mood for all the happiness and cheer of the season.
Usually, I listen to the same versions of the same songs every year, but occasionally there’s a new one that comes out that I like to add to the rotation. For this playlist, I’ve chosen my favorite versions of each of these songs, but keep in mind that there are tons of other versions of these songs, as well.
There are also many more Christmas songs than I mention below, but these just happen to be the ones I listen to the most!
Anyway, without further ado, here’s my holiday playlist!
Merry Christmas album by Mariah Carey
This is a classic Christmas album for so many people! “All I Want for Christmas Is You” made its debut on this album and I think it’s been performed by Mariah Carey at various Christmas events every year since then. I highly recommend that you at least listen to that song because it’s fantastic! The vocals are great, the tune is catchy, and it really gets you in the Christmas spirit! Just don’t watch any of her recent performance videos unless you want to die inside. Yikes.
“Grown Up Christmas List” by Kelly Clarkson
This is a really heartfelt song that shows how our wish lists change as people grow older- we start to want things that matter and can make a real difference, like world peace and healing for those in pain. It’s beautifully sung (I mean, come on, Kelly Clarkson is fantastic!) and it hits you right in the heart every time. I’d highly recommend you check it out!
Christmas by Michael Bublé
Ah… is there anything that feels more like Christmas than Michael Bublé Christmas music? Hm…wait! No, nevermind, I can’t think of anything! He will charm your socks off from classics like “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Baby” to jaw-dropping ballads like “Ave Maria” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. You absolutely MUST listen to this album!
“Last Christmas” by Wham!
I really like this song a lot, partially because I listened to it growing up, but also because it’s so funky and groovy. The way the instrumentation is used really takes you back to the eighties when you listen to it. It kind of makes you nostalgic for a time you never knew. Very cool!
“The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole
Wow! This song is just fantastic. I think Nat King Cole’s voice is actually what makes this song so special because it’s perfectly gentle and commanding at the same time. It fits perfectly with the lyrics and the instrumentation and has this way of making you feel warm and happy inside!
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
This song is just perfect for a wintertime celebration! Turn it on and get ready to dance!
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Rascal Flatts
I know, I know…it’s a country band, but listen to the song before you make any judgments. The group sings it entirely a cappella, which is incredibly difficult to do in general, but it’s even more difficult when you’re doing it as part of a group! I promise if you just give it a chance, you’ll be singing along in no time! Note: this song is not on our Spotify Playlist, so to listen to it you’ll need to access our Youtube Playlist below.
“Let It, Snow! Let It, Snow! Let It Snow!” by Dean Martin
I must just have an obsession with Christmas songs sung by men with dreamy voices! Dean Martin has a beautiful voice and it fits the song perfectly. I like that when I listen to this song it feels old- like people have been listening to it for years and years and years, which they have. You know when songs have stuck around as long as this one has that it must be good!
“A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives
This is just another Christmas classic that’s been around for years! It’s a great listen and Burl Ives’ voice brings so much to the song!
“Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal Version)” by Vince Guaraldi Trio
Yup! You guessed it! This is the famous song from A Charlie Brown Christmas! Must I say more than that?
“Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes
This song has been used in so many Christmas movies! It’s so catchy and cheery- a real treat to listen to!
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Margaret Whiting
Since I was first introduced to this song in the movie Elf, I’ve been obsessed with it! I prefer this version to other versions because it’s older and it feels more authentic.
“Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry
This another great song to dance to since it’s so upbeat! I also really like the lyrics and Chuck Berry’s voice- they really add a lot of personality to the song!
“O Holy Night” by Céline Dion
This is a great Christmas classic and it’s probably one of my very favorite Christmas songs to sing along with. I don’t think I have to explain why I picked the Céline Dion version, but her voice is just impeccable- almost from another world. This a beautiful and touching listen… I highly recommend it!
Wrapped In Red album by Kelly Clarkson
I really like Kelly Clarkson because she has an awe-inspiring vocal range and this album definitely does not disappoint! My favorites on the album are “Underneath the Tree”, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, and “White Christmas”, but the entire album is excellent!
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams
Once again, a great Christmas classic by a great classic vocalist!
I hope that you enjoy listening to these songs! Who knows? Maybe you’ll even add some of them to your own holiday playlist!
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