A playlist of the best Christmas songs ever, ones that need to be on every single Christmas party playlist! Whether you’re looking for Christmas classics, Christmas songs for kids, or even songs from a newer Christmas album or two, these are the best Christmas songs of all time!
The Best Christmas Songs List
There is something magical about the first time Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic gets played during the holiday season (whether it’s in December or not). And something even more magical as you watch your family dance along to the holiday classic Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree while you decorate your tree!
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. I didn’t include some of our personal family favorites like Jingle Bells by the Meow Cats – just ones that most people will know!
Most Popular Christmas Songs
For now, here’s a list of the best Christmas songs that would be perfect for any of these Christmas parties or occasions! So invite some friends over for a Christmas wrapping party, put on some music, and enjoy!
I put in the artist for each of these songs that I felt was the most iconic version, but you can easily pick your own version of the song as well!
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams
- Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms
- You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft
- Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano
- A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
- The Chipmunk Song by The Chipmunks (also called Christmas, Don’t Be Late)
- The Christmas Song by Nat “King” Cole (this is the chestnuts roasting song)
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives – listen to this one while you play reindeer games
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas by Bing Crosby (the Michael Buble version is also great!)
- Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt
- Do You Want to Build a Snowman? by Kristen Bell
- Where Are You Christmas? by Faith Hill
- All I Want For Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
- 12 Days of Christmas by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters (although I really like the Pentatonix version if you’re into pop acapella)
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland
- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Frank Sinatra (I really like the Josh Groban one too)
- Frosty the Snowman by Bing Crosby
- Angels We Have Heard on High by Josh Groban
- Mary, Did You Know? by Carrie Underwood
- Last Christmas by Wham!
- Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney
- Happy Xmas by John Lennon & Yoko Ono
- Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley
- The Christmas Shoes by NewSong
- Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi Trio (from A Charlie Brown Christmas)
- Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys
- Silent Night by Frank Sinatra
- We Three Kings by Greater Vision
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Bruce Springsteen (my favorite Christmas song EVER – there are other versions of Santa Claus is Comin to Town but this one is the best).
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas by Bing Crosby
- Jingle Bells by Mickey and the Gang
- Away in a Manger by Carrie Underwood
- Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes
- Carol of the Bells by John Williams
- Little Drummer Boy by Harry Simeone Chorale
- O Come, All Ye Faithful by Nat King Cole
- O Holy Night by Celine Dion
- Let It Snow by Dean Martin
- Silver Bells by Bing Crosby
- Deck the Halls by Nat King Cole
- Ave Maria by Andrea Bocelli
- Joy to the World by Mariah Carey
- White Christmas by Bing Crosby
- The First Noel by Andy Williams
- What Child is This by Carrie Underwood
- Here Comes Santa Claus by Gene Autry
- All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth by Alvin & The Chipmunks
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Jackson 5 (Dolly Parton is classic too!)
- Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer by Dr. Elmo
- Do You Hear What I Hear? by Whitney Houston
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Nat King Cole
- Winter Wonderland by Bing Crosby
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Frank Sinatra (although I really like the Zoey Deschanel version!)
- Up On the Housetop by Gene Autry
- O, Little Town of Bethlehem by Nat King Cole
- Go Tell It On the Mountain by Sara Evans
- Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry
- O Tannenbaum (similar to O Christmas Tree) by Vince Guaraldi Trio
- What Christmas Means to Me by Stevie Wonder
- Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy combo by Bing Crosby and David Bowie
- Let It Go by Idina Menzel
- I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by Casting Crowns
- Christmas Sarajevo 12/24 by Trans Siberian Orchestra
- What’s This by Danny Elfman (from Nightmare Before Christmas)
- Please Come Home For Christmas by The Eagles
- There’s No Place like Home by Perry Como
- My Favorite Things by Julie Andrews (if you think this is Christmas)
- I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey
- I’m Getting Nuttin’ for Christmas by Shirley Temple
- March of the Sugar Plum Fairies by Mariinsky Orchestra (from The Nutcracker)
- We Need A Little Christmas by Johnny Mathis
- Welcome Christmas by Danny Elfman (from The Grinch)
- Here We Come A Wassailing by Choir of St. John Cantius
- Hot Chocolate by Tom Hanks (from Polar Express)
I have to also give a shoutout to the Fairytale of New York by The Pogues (featuring Kirsty MacColl) because the song is great but the recreation called Fairytale of Philadelphia by the Kelce brothers this year is fantastic if you hadn’t heard it yet.
Christmas Music Games
This also makes a perfect playlist for any Christmas games you might want to play that need music!
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!
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!
Downloadable Christmas Songs List
I’ve created three different downloadable Christmas song lists that you can use for any of the Christmas music games I mentioned above!
- 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.
Apple Music Playlist
If you want an actual playlist, this Apple Christmas Essentials playlist is pretty much my list just missing a few songs but it’s pretty close and it’s available to the public!
FAQs about Christmas Songs
White Christmas by Bing Crosby is the best-selling Christmas/holiday single of all time according to the Guinesss Book of World Records!
Christmas songs are available to listen to for free using various music streaming services or good old fashioned radio stations! Some streaming services like Pandora or Spotify have free plans that will allow you to listen to music for free with ads in between song sets!
I’m a big fan of listening to new Christmas music every year and some of my favorite new songs in the past few years include the Hallelujah duet by Carrie Underwood and John Legend, various songs by Pentatonix (their entire Christmas album is amazing), and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Hannah Waddingham (from Ted Lasso).