Oh, the weather outside is frightful, so what better time to stay indoors and crank the Christmas tunes. Before you do that though, you might want to build a Christmas songs playlist. What songs should you include? How about these 15 Christmas songs that mix both the old, and the new. That way, you’ll be sure to keep the holiday spirit in full swing all winter long.
1. All I Want For Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
Written and first performed by Mariah Carey, this upbeat song is one that anyone who had a love affair at Christmas in the 90s would remember. Mariah Carey has performed a number of Christmas songs, which she included on her Merry Christmas album. The song All I Want for Christmas is You is one of the best-selling singles of all time, and should definitely be on your Christmas songs playlist.
2. Snowman – Sia
Many have been waiting for the release of Sia’s new Christmas album, Everyday is Christmas, which consists of all Christmas originals composed by Sia herself with help from her team. With an extraordinary voice and way of performance, the album is sure to be played at many Christmas get-togethers in 2017. The song Snowman is one that’s said to be the best, with a slow tempo and Sia’s original vocal styling.
3. Mary, Did You Know – Pentatonix
Pentatonix amazes with every song they perform, so you know their version of the 90s hit, Mary, Did You Know is going to get a gold star. The American a cappella group’s That’s Christmas To Me album went to the top of the charts and so did the song. The album is the highest-charting holiday album by a group since the 1960s! Don’t miss putting this one on your holiday playlist.
4. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé’s swinging sound works with a variety of genres, and Christmas music is definitely one of them. Bublé’s version of It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas will have you feeling nostalgic at your next holiday party. His voice is reminiscent of the old-time singers like Bing Crosby, so even grandma will enjoy.
5. Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
Let’s give Justin Bieber his props and acknowledge that his voice is perfect for any of our favorite Christmas tunes. Mistletoe came out in 2011 and since then, the video has seen over 285 million views on YouTube. The song is cute and you’ll definitely tap your feet listening to it.
6. You Make it Feel Like Christmas – Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton
You may have heard this tune featured in a Starbucks commercial or in the new movie, A Bad Moms Christmas, but you’ll also want to add it to your own Christmas songs playlist. This song by Gwen Stefani features guest vocals from her newest love, and America’s sexiest man alive, Blake Shelton. With a mix of pop and country, this Christmas tune is reminiscent of an old-timey Yuletide song, and is quite “infectious”. Hopefully there’s a cure.
7. Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano
One of the most iconic Christmas songs ever, Feliz Navidad was written and performed by Puerto Rican singer and songwriter José Feliciano. The Spanish chorus, which basically means Merry Christmas, has been sung by fans around the world. You can’t help but bob your head when it comes on, which is why it is a must for any Christmas playlist.
8. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen
Written in 1934, this age-old song has been performed by many artists over the years, but no one does it better than The Boss. His version was recorded in 1975, although it was not released until 1981, and it has been played on many Christmas playlists. The live version is the best, with laughter and an introduction that can’t be forgotten.
9. Last Christmas – Taylor Swift or Ariana Grande
Last Christmas, I gave you my heart… and both Taylor and Ariana have given their hearts out many times. Both versions of this song need to be heard and can be included on your Christmas songs playlist. Taylor’s version is a little more low-key, while Ariana adds her own unique touches to the song. Of course, if you’re a purist, you can always opt for the original Wham! version.
10. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin
There is probably no one alive in North America who hasn’t heard this song and sang along with the catchy vocals. It’s a call and response duet where Dean tries to convince a female guest to say, while she protests and gives reasons why she needs to go. Okay, so perhaps it’s becoming a bit outdated. Still, new renditions of the song pop up each year. If you add this to your playlist, make sure to go with the original.
11. Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
There’s just something about a British man singing a Christmas tune, and the former Beatle does it better than just about anyone else. Wonderful Christmastime is just what it sounds like – a wonderful, head-bopping Christmas tune that will surely get you in the Christmas spirit.
12. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
Originally released in 1958, this song will have your party on their feet and dancing. The original version by Brenda Lee has sold over 25 million copies and is the 4th most downloaded digital Christmas single. If you don’t have this song on your Christmas playlist, you may as well tell everyone to go home early. Now, spike that punch and get downloading!
13. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jackson 5
Young Michael’s vocals in I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus are simply too cute for words. You can really imagine the little guy sitting on the stairs, staring in awe as a bearded man kisses his mother under the mistletoe. No one can resist belting out this tune when it plays, so add it to your Christmas songs playlist before everyone heads over to the neighbors.
14. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2
This song was so popular it ironically spawned a non-Christmas version called Johnny (Baby Please Come Home). Originally released in 1963, U2 covered it during a sound check and Darlene Love, the original singer provided the backup vocals. It ended up being released on a Christmas compilation album and put into The Complete U2 digital box set that included unreleased and rare songs from the band, like this one.
15. Silent Night – Kelly Clarkson featuring Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood
Nothing says Christmas like Silent Night, and Kelly Clarkson takes this song to the next level. With backup vocals from country divas Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood, this is one version of the song that needs to be on every Christmas songs playlist.