The Ultimate Holiday Playlist

Written by on December 7, 2023

It’s officially the holiday season, which means it’s now socially acceptable to blast Christmas music 24/7 on repeat. If you want to get into the Christmas spirit but don’t know where to start or simply want some music recommendations for this season, I have just the playlist for you. Below, you will find must-have songs for your holiday playlist.

Sit back, relax and get into the holiday spirit with some of my favorite Christmas songs of all time.

1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

I know you probably hear this song everywhere you go during the holiday season, but it’s because it’s just that iconic. Mariah Carey’s vocal range truly shines with this song and the vibe of it is just everything I want for Christmas.

2. “Like It’s Christmas” by Jonas Brothers

This is the perfect modern Christmas song; it features the signature sound of the Jonas Brothers with catchy melodies and an upbeat tempo. This song captures the essence of both love and the holiday spirit while perfectly setting the tone for a joyous celebration.

3. “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande

This is a modern Christmas classic where Ariana’s vocals take the center stage. The song features classic elements like bells and a bouncy rhythm.

4. “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber

Another modern Christmas song that blends pop and holiday cheer. Since its release in 2011, it has become a staple in any Christmas playlist. The romantic theme and the catchy melody along with Justin Bieber’s signature style make this song the perfect modern Christmas song.

5. “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson

This is a Christmas pop anthem that is known for featuring Kelly’s powerful vocals. This song features bells, horns and an upbeat tempo creating the perfect festive and energetic atmosphere you want in a Christmas song.

6. “Santa Baby” by Ariana Grande (feat. Liz Gillies)

Since their appearance on Victorious, it was clear they had an incredible vocal range. In this duet, Ariana’s incredible vocals seamlessly blend with Liz’s sultry and sassy delivery. This modern rendition of Eartha Kitt is my favorite holiday classic.

7. “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” by Gwen Stefani (feat. Blake Shelton)

This is the lead single in Gwen’s first full-length Christmas-themed album. It has a country-pop influence and seamlessly blends Gwen’s pop style and Blake’s country roots. This is a heartwarming song that incorporates cheerful melodies, a touch of twang and a vibrant rhythm.

8. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé’s Christmas album is by far my favorite Christmas album of all time. Bublé’s rendition of this Christmas classic is perfect in every single way. His smooth jazzy vocals and style are perfectly suited for this song. Every time I listen to this song I feel warm and cozy which is exactly what I want to feel during this time of the year.

9. “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano

Every Hispanic household has this song on repeat during the holiday season. It is a timeless feel-good Christmas anthem that transcends cultural boundaries. Add a Latin flair to your holiday playlist with this song’s infectious rhythm.

10. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Sam Smith

Unlike other songs on this playlist, Sam Smith’s rendition of this holiday classic is soulful and emotive. This song showcases his exceptional vocal range coupled with an emotional delivery. If you want a calm melody to listen to during this season, this is the perfect song.

*Bonus Track: “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry

This is a Christmas rock ‘n’ roll anthem that features electrifying guitar solos and a mix of drums and bass. Chuck Berry’s distinctive voice coupled with the infectious rhythm makes it the quintessential Christmas rock song and a must-have on any holiday playlist.

From classic songs to contemporary pop renditions and modern tunes, each song captures the spirit of Christmas in its own way. Whether you like an upbeat tempo, rock ‘n’ roll or soulful vocals, there is a Christmas song for you. This is by no means a comprehensive list of songs but I hope these songs help you get into the holiday spirit and make your days merry and bright.

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