Our 30 Favorite Christmas Tunes
The Ultimate Christmas Playlist
At my place, the holiday music starts earlier and earlier each year. And, I don’t think it has anything to do with the arrival of Holiday catalogs before Halloween. It’s just me and my sappy self getting into the spirit earlier now that I have a child that is growing older and appreciating the beauty of the season more.
I have loads and loads of Holiday music on CD and listening through my music catalog it’s pretty easy to recognize that Holiday music basically falls into two categories: 1) classics, renditions of which are sung by a gazillion musical artists (I’ve tried to identify not only great songs, but which artists performing these standard classics are my favorites), and 2) relatively new and unique songs on their way to becoming classics.
These are not in preferential order. I just like the flow of this playlist:
1. Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone (Elf Soundtrack)
2. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John & Yoko
3. Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses
4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Jackson 5
5. Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid
6. The 12 Days Of Christmas by Straight No Chaser*
7. Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney
8. All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey
9. Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) by Adam Faith
10. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
11. Carol Of The Bells by Family Force 5
12. What Christmas Means To Me by Stevie Wonder
13. Blue Christmas by Charlie Daniels and Jewel
14. Santa Baby by Kylie Minogue
15. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby & David Bowie
16. We Three Kings by Los Straightjackets
17. Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys
18. Please Come Home For Christmas by Aaron Neville
19. All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) by Nat King Cole
20. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by Wizzard
21. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow by Michael Buble
22. Frosty The Snowman by Ella Fitzgerald
23. Stop The Cavalry by Jona Lewie
24. Lonely This Christmas by MUD
25. The Christmas Can-Can by Straight No Chaser*
26. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) by Nat King Cole
27. Winter Wonderland by Dean Martin
28. Christmastime Is Here by Vince Guaraldi Trio
29. Come on! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance! by Sufjan Stevens
30. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Andy Williams
Now that I have shared mine, you need to share yours? What are you faves?
* Disclosure: I have a material relationship with Atlantic Records.
Photo by sburke2478Published December 6, 2009. Last updated December 17, 2016.