‘Tis the season to be jolly! It is officially Christmas time in the city (we only acknowledge Christmas after Thanksgiving over here). I know that many of you have started prepping for Christmas by decorating and shopping. I don’t fault you for getting a headstart on spreading the holiday cheer! Even though we all choose different times of the year to start celebrating Christmas, there is one certain thing:
There’s something magical in Christmas music!
What could it be? It could be the traditions we create, the nostalgia, and the feelings that come over us whenever we hear our favorite Christmas songs. Hearing the right Christmas song is guaranteed to put anyone (Santa or the Grinch) in a merry mood. So, even if you’ve already started decorating the house, trimming the tree, wrapping presents, or needing to change your bah-hum-bug attitude, I’ve created a list of the best Christmas songs of all time.
This list has many traditional and modern songs that you can add to your playlist this year. The songs range from many different genres of music– from gospel, rhythm and blues, pop. You can definitely expect to find some of your favorites on this list! There is something on here for everyone! Whether you prefer originals or your favorite renditions, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love. As you are putting together your Christmas playlist this year, use this list of the best Christmas songs to help you create the ultimate holiday vibes.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey
No Christmas playlist is complete without the best-selling modern day Christmas song of all time.
“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” Jackson 5
It’s always wonderful to hear young Michael sing. This rendition by the Jackson 5 will for sure have everyone singing and dancing together.
“You’re a Mean One,” Tyler the Creator
The Thurl Ravenscroft version is a phenomenal classic, however this modern version from the 2018 remake of The Grinch from Tyler, the Creator is just as great.
“This Christmas,” Chris Brown
There are so many great versions of “This Christmas”. I’ve got to admit that this Chris Brown remake knows how to get in the holiday spirit! Add this version or your favorite rendition to your playlist and you’ll catch yourself singing along in no time.
“Santa Baby,” Eartha Kitt
This classic holiday tune is my favorite Eartha Kitt song of all time. If you are needing some ideas for what to include on your Christmas list, play this song for some inspiration 😉
“Let It Snow,” Boyz II Men featuring Brian McKnight
I’m not making any promises that it’ll snow where you are, but just in case, I’ve got something that will make snow happen right in your living room. Listen to the smooth voices of Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight to make your winter season warmer!
“8 Days of Christmas,” Destiny’s Child
A fun spin on the 12 Days of Christmas and guaranteed to make you do a little holiday dance!
“Silent Night,” The Temptations
“In my mind” your playlist will never be the same. The Temptations truly sang us into a blissful, peaceful night.
“My Favorite Things,” The Supremes
Although I love the original from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music”, I prefer listening to this rendition by The Supremes.
“Player’s Ball,” Outkast
The 1994 Outkast album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was heralded by this song as their lead single which was just in time for the holidays. The song imagines a “player’s ball” for pimps and hustlers on Christmas Day.
“Sleigh Ride,” TLC
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with this fun, holiday classic. You’ll spreading lots of good cheer with this holiday dance tune.
“What Do the Lonely Do?,” The Emotions
Christmas time can bring lots of feelings and emotions for everyone. You’re not alone! Whether you’ll be celebrating with family in-person or virtually this year, this song will be sure to help you get through your holiday emotions.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” The Temptations
The famous reindeer of all has countless Christmas songs about him, but I’ve got to say that this one is my favorite! This rendition by The Temptations will for sure make you join in on all the reindeer games.
“Silver and Gold,” Kirk Franklin
Whenever I want to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, I always play this beautiful gospel song from Kirk Franklin and the Family. “I’d rather have Jesus, than silver and gold.”
“Do You Hear What I Hear?,” Whitney Houston
Enjoy a holiday tune from the greatest voice of all time! Whitney Houston’s “Do You Hear What I Hear” is a beautiful classic spin on previous renditions of the song.
“Silver Bells,” Johnny Mathis
The unofficial announcement song of the Christmas holiday season.
“Merry Christmas Baby,” Otis Redding
An American Christmas standard song that has been covered dozens of times. This rendition recorded by Otis Redding in 1968 is sure to be playlist favorite.
“Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire,” Nat King Cole
One of the most famous Christmas songs of all time also known as “The Christmas Song”.
“Christmas in Hollis,” Run DMC
“Christmas in Hollis” is the ultimate holiday song. Wrapped in samples of “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Joy to the World,” and one of the best Christmas gifts ever presented in song.
“O Holy Night,” Mariah Carey
A truly iconic performance of “O Holy Night” from the Queen of Christmas.
“Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas,” The O’ Jays
Holidays are most meaningful when they are spent with the ones you love. If you are planning to spend Christmas with family and friends, this song will be a great addition to the playlist.
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” Luther Vandross
A soulful rendition of this classic Christmas song by Luther Vandross.
“O Come All Ye Faithful,” Juanita Bynum
A rendition of the classic holiday song by gospel singer Juanita Bynum.
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” Brian McKnight
Another song for your holiday travels and family gatherings.
“Jingle Bells,” Ella Fitzgerald
Known as “one of the smoothest voices ever”, Ella Fitzgerald brings a swinging, unique sound to this Christmas classic.
Are any of your favorites on the list?