For creating great holiday ambiance in your home you will need more than a decoration, Christmas lights, and a cup of coffee or tea, you will need music playing in the background just to add a little bit of a holiday spark in your room. That’s why we picked the greatest Christmas songs, you can listen with your family and friends.
The best thing about Christmas music is the fact it can bring you memories of the holiday no matter what period of the year it is, and for those who like spending time next to the Christmas decoration, in a cozy blanket, watching shimmering snow through the window this is a really good news.
So let’s discover the world of Christmas songs!
#1 ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ – Mariah Carey
Although, Mariah’s undeniable Christmas classic never made it number one back in 1994, we decided to put this song first, and there is a lot of reasons for that. This song re-enter The Top 40 every year since 2007, giving Mariah Carey the great title of the Queen of Christmas.
Year 2019 Mariah Carey celebrated the 25th anniversary of her iconic Merry Christmas album, so she released a 2-CD Deluxe Anniversary Edition, that includes the original album, plus a bonus disc featuring previously. She also did a remake of this song that we all know and love.
#2 ‘Last Christmas’ – Wham!
Love and holiday, two inspiring topics to write a song about, and if you mix it, you’ll get one of the greatest hits, known as ‘Last Christmas’. The English pop duo Wham!, having George Michael as a lead singer brought sensual and silky sound to Christmas by creating a song about Christmas love, followed by heartbreak.
The song is released in December 1984, and since then is one of the Christmas songs you can’t imagine the holidays without. The original song was written by George Michael, and so far there are a lot of great covers.
#3 ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ – Darlene Love
One of the most moving and heartwarming Christmas songs of all time is definitely ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ by Darlene Love. The combination of her smooth vocal, Phil Spector's glorious production, and Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry’s magical songwriting skills, we got one of the fines tunes, that can easily melt anyone's heart.
The song is from 1963, but it has a lot of covers, and one of the most famous is from Mariah Carey. A lot of people claim that Darlene Love was the Queen of Christmas too, and a fun fact is that her song All Alone for Christmas, was one of the songs from the popular Christmas movie Home Alone 2.
#4 ‘White Christmas’ – Bing Crosby
What a great way to bring the power of Christmas nostalgia, by listening to one of the most famous Christmas songs - ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby. This is what it sounds like reminiscing about past times, and an old-fashioned Christmas setting.
The original song is released in 1942, written by Irving Berlin, and sung by Bing Crosby. This song became the world’s best selling single with estimated sales of over 50 million copies all around the globe. A lot of musicians did a cover of this song, so the full amount of sales is even higher.
If you like the good old sound of nostalgia, deep emotions, and you enjoy bringing back the old memories tucked in your blanket, you will love the feel this song is giving.
#5 ‘Fairytale of New York’ – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
Melancholy and peace, yet joy and fulfillment, all of these are emotions you can feel by listening to the song ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl. So, shut your eyes and give it a go, prepare yourself for this mixture of emotions.
A lot of people enjoy this song, describing it as a perfect four-minute narrative of hope, despair, and heartbreak. It’s all in one, and it’s a Christmas song, that can bring up a lot of memories and stories.
#6 ‘Christmas Wrapping’ – The Waitresses
Let’s spice it up, and bring the Christmas spirit in a different rhythm. If you like the vibe of the Blondie and Talking Heads bands, you will certainly like this Christmas song. The sound of ‘Christmas Wrapping’ really gives you festive feeling, bringing joy and fun holiday time.
#7 ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
A protest song, that gives you courage, festive vibe, and euphoria. John Lennon and Yoko Ono gave us the feeling of equality, the sound of peace, love, and hope. ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over) is an anti-Vietnam War song, that had a huge impact in the ‘70. A lot of artists made their own cover of this song.
#8 ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ – Jackson 5
There are multiple versions of this song, by everyone from Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey to Michael Bublé, but Jackson 5 gave it that groove and fun sound we all like. This fun Christmas song brings all generations together, and creates good memories with friends and family. So let’s bring some groove on the Christmas Eve and let’s dance next to the Christmas tree.
#9 ‘Blue Christmas’ – Elvis Presley
‘Blue Christmas without you’ said Elvis Presley, and we all felt that words. The King of Country music gave his melody and swag to the holiday period. We needed this sound just to feel safe and at home whenever we hear it.
#10 ‘River’ – Joni Mitchell
From the ‘Jingle Bells’ piano opening it’s clear this is a beautiful and delicate Christmas song, for those who are heartbroken, or thinking about the person they love. The song brings back memories even for the people who are happily in love.
By the end of the ‘River’ all you’ll want to do is to hug a person you love, and to cherish every moment spent with them. Maybe that’s why ‘River’ is one of her most covered songs, having been recorded by over 500 people.
#11 ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ – Paul McCartney
As the name says itself, the song is about shaving a good time with your family and friends on Christmas Eve, and being truly happy to have someone to spend this day with. The song describes one joyful Christmas, with all traditions that we love and cherish. It needs to be on every Christmas music list.
#12 ‘8 Days of Christmas’ – Destiny’s Child
Is it even possible to add some sass in a Christmas music? If it is, that Destiny’s Child did it! Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle turned a coy old holiday classic into a bumping R&B modern Christmas song. This has to be one fine achievement, so we decided to put it on our list.
#13 ‘Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)’ – Weather Girls
From the same album as the song ‘It’s Raining Men’, the ‘Dear Santa’ stayed in the same vibe of pure female energy. Groovie song about one interesting wishlist, puts a new perspective of a good and fun Christmas song. For all single ladies, and for everyone who loves Weather Girls this is a song to listen on a Christmas Day.
#14 ‘What Christmas Means to Me’ – Stevie Wonder
Do you know what Christmas means to you? If not, think about it while listening to this song. For Stevie Wonder Christmas means singing carols, decorating a Christmas tree, being with his baby. Maybe you can agree with him, or you can add something to this list.
#15 ‘Stay Another Day’ – East 17
This song wasn’t supposed to be a Christmas song at all. Actually, the songwriter explained that it supposed to be a very sad song. Somehow, the raw emotion that this song brings, touched our hearts, and became a legit holiday song, great for slow winter days.
This is our list, and it’s up to you to add your personal favorites, that will bring the Christmas spark in your home, whether it is that part of the year or not.
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