You’ve put up the holiday decorations, and maybe the weather outside is frightful. Build a fire that’s so delightful and get in the holiday spirit with our playlist of holiday songs. Made up of classics and modern holiday hits, our playlist is sure to get you ready to celebrate!
All songs available for streaming on Spotify:
- “Winter Wonderland” by Bing Crosby
- “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
- “Christmas in Hollis” by Run-D.M.C.
- “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” by Dean Martin
- “The Chanukah Song” by Adam Sandler
- “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt
- “Put the Lights on the Tree” by Sufjan Stevens
- “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight” by the Ramones
- “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry
- “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley
- “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by the Jackson 5
- “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon
Our playlist starts off with a classic, sung by the buttery-voiced Bing Crosby. “Winter Wonderland” is one of those songs that you hear every year, and has become inescapable, yet it still can put you in the holiday spirit instantly, even when you’ve heard it a hundred times.
A more modern Christmas song that has become a holiday standard is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Following in the tradition of holiday-themed love songs, it’s a romantic tune perfect for kisses under the mistletoe.
The first hip-hop holiday hit was “Christmas in Hollis,” by Run-D.M.C. The pioneering rap duo showed what the holidays were like in the rough neighborhood of Hollis, Queens, but that even through the tough times the spirit of the season shines through.
The snow may make running errands inconvenient, but it’s brought us songs like the crooner classic “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” from Dean Martin. The Rat Pack member is also behind a number of other holiday hits.
Those who celebrate Hanukkah often feel left out during the winter holidays. Adam Sandler’s humorous “Chanukah Song” covers that and a whole lot more.
Flirtatious fun is the style of the coquettish “Santa Baby,” by Eartha Kitt. It’s followed on our list by a newer song many don’t yet know, but will surely become a standard in the future: Sufjan Stevens’ “Put the Lights on the Tree,” which conveys the childlike joy of decorating in anticipation of Santa’s visit.
Even punk rockers have gotten in on the holiday fun. The Ramones’ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” is a funny tune about a couple trying to put aside their differences to celebrate together. Another rocking Christmas-themed tune is Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph Run,” which chugs along like “Johnny B. Goode” while telling the tale of everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer.
The King of Rock and Roll sang plenty of Christmas songs, many of which were gospel themed. Elvis’s “Blue Christmas,” on the other hand shows what it’s like to celebrate the holidays alone. Our playlist follows up the heartache with plenty of joy, because “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and the Jackson 5 are singing about it in funky fun harmony.
Our holiday playlist concludes with a song that embodies the seasonal spirit of peace on Earth and goodwill towards men: “Merry Xmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon.
Check out our playlist here. And we know we’ve forgotten a lot of favorites—please suggest yours in the comments! Happy Holidays!