A playlist of the best Christmas songs ever, ones that need to be on every single Christmas party playlist! This also makes a perfect playlist for any Christmas music games you might want to play!
The Best Christmas Songs
There are so many Christmas songs out there these days that it’s hard to keep track. This list is the ultimate list of Christmas songs – only the best of the best! I only included songs that I personally recognize and ones that you’d find on the “best Christmas songs” lists.
I do know quite a bit of Christmas music though so feel free to just use the ones that work best for your group if you think some of them are a bit obscure or not going to be guessed.
Christmas Music Games
Three of my favorite party games are musical ones. In How Do You Doo, players have to sing “Doos” to get other players to guess a song.
In Name that Tune, players have to guess the song title and artist to win points for their team.
And in Christmas music bingo, you play bingo with a shuffled playlist instead of numbers – it’s so fun!
I posted about How Do You Doo here and Name that Tune here, so I won’t go into the full instructions now.
Or if you’d rather skip the playlist and see how well people know their Christmas music, this Christmas carol chaos printable game is awesome!
For now, here’s a list of the best Christmas songs that would be perfect for any of these games.
Most Popular Christmas Songs
Since so many people sing the same Christmas songs, I didn’t put artists with these ones for Name That Tune. You can either just use whatever version of the song you already have (and add the artist yourself) or you can play without artists.
I linked to either my favorite or a popular version of the song below, helpful especially if you don’t know all of these songs yourself!
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- Jingle Bell Rock
- You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
- Feliz Navidad
- A Holly Jolly Christmas
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
- The Chipmunk Song
- The Christmas Song
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
- Santa Baby
- Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
- Where Are You Christmas?
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- All I Want For Christmas is You
- 12 Days of Christmas
- The Chanukah Song
- The Dreidel Song
- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
- Frosty the Snowman
- Angels We Have Heard on High
- Mary, Did You Know?
- Last Christmas
- Wonderful Christmas Time
- Happy Xmas
- Blue Christmas
- The Christmas Shoes
- Linus and Lucy
- Little Saint Nick
- Silent Night
- We Three Kings
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas
- Jingle Bells
- Away in a Manger
- Sleigh Ride
- Carol of the Bells
- Little Drummer Boy
- O Come, All Ye Faithful
- O Holy Night
- Let It Snow
- Silver Bells
- Deck the Halls
- Ave Maria
- Joy to the World
- White Christmas
- The First Noel
- What Child is This
- Here Comes Santa Claus
- All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
- Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
- Do You Hear What I Hear?
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Winter Wonderland
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside
- Up On the Housetop
- O, Little Town of Bethlehem
- Go Tell It On the Mountain
I’ve created three different downloadable song lists that you can use for any of the Christmas music games I mentioned above!
If you want to download the actual songs, I recommend downloading on Apple Music, Spotify, etc. to make your own playlist!
- One for music lovers, meaning it’s the harder version without any hints/artists
- One that should be used for How Do You Doo that has hints (to help people who may not know which song Sleigh Ride for instance is)
- One that’s just in a list (not for cutting out) for Name That Tune.
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