Now that the holiday season is finally here, it’s time to crank up the tunes and deck the halls with festive carols. Blasting holiday music is one of the best ways to celebrate this magical season, and it’s a surefire way to host a spectacular holiday soiree.
Music can definitely make or break a party, so throwing together a mix of popular and well-known holiday songs is a necessary step in the party planning process. Curating a crowd-pleasing soundtrack can be intimidating, time-consuming and even draining, so to make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite holiday songs.
Whether you’re planning a laid-back family gathering, throwing a fun get-together with friends or intending on jamming out alone in your car, this festive playlist will get everyone in the holiday spirit. From timeless classics to current hits, these holiday songs will satisfy all ages.
1. Mariah Carey, "All I Want for Christmas Is You"
If you’ve already started listening to holiday music (no shame), chances are this one has been on repeat. Everyone, from radio hosts to supermarket employees, plays this catchy song over and over again each year because it’s the epitome of holiday music.
2. Michael Bublé, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
It’s totally acceptable to play this song starting November 1 because that’s about the time that Christmas starts to take over window displays and grocery store aisles. The classic carol might get stuck in your head, but you’ll never get sick of it.
3. Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Christmastime Is Here”
You’ll catch yourself in the feels when this nostalgic song starts playing. Turning on this tune during your holiday event will make it seem like you’re celebrating with the entire Peanuts gang. You won’t be skating with Charlie Brown and company, but the song will certainly set the scene.
4. Brenda Lee, “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”
As one of the greatest songs of all time, this upbeat number should definitely make an appearance at your big holiday event. The rock ‘n’ roll melody will add a jazzy tune to your party, and everyone will want to belt out the words.
5. Justin Bieber, “Mistletoe”
If your Christmas wish is to find Justin Bieber standing underneath the mistletoe, you can at least pretend it’s possible by singing along to this holiday song. This is a great hit for a holiday get-together with all of your besties—Friendsmas anyone?
6. Bruce Springsteen, “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”
You probably listened to this song as a kid while eagerly counting down the days until Santa would climb down the chimney. The kids will love listening to this holiday staple, and Bruce Springsteen’s raspy version of the song will be a popular choice with the grown-ups too.
7. Taylor Swift, “Last Christmas”
The holidays are all about joyful celebrations and magical moments, which create the perfect environment for relationships to form and develop. Everyone can get behind the idea of a holiday romance, and this iconic holiday song will reassure you that the right person is out there.
8. The Jonas Brothers, “Like It’s Christmas”
Everyone’s favorite boy band has finally released their latest Christmas single. The sweet and catchy song is all about love and romance, and yes, you will want to put it on loop.
9. Jessica Simpson, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”
It’s not the image you want to visualize as a kid, but this song is a holiday standard. The magic of the holiday season tends to pair people together, but your own mother with the white-bearded guy in a red suit? The song’s unexpected holiday romance will bring some humor to your party.
10. Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas”
Although the title says otherwise, including this number by the king of rock ‘n’ roll himself will bring good cheer to everyone in attendance. This talented performer and cultural icon will bring a steady rhythm to your holiday gathering with his twist on the holiday classic.
11. Michael Bublé, “Holly Jolly Christmas”
There’s a reason why Michael Bublé appears twice on this list. His Christmas album is full of go-to yuletide carols and smooth vocals that never disappoint. This happy song will get everyone excited for the holiday season by creating a welcoming and comforting atmosphere.
12. Ariana Grande, “Santa Tell Me”
This song isn’t a classic that will make you nostalgic about your childhood, but it’s a pop hit that will make you want to sing and dance.
13. The Beach Boys, “Little Saint Nick”
Holiday songs typically paint a picture of a winter wonderland, but this song by The Beach Boys adds a California vibe to a season of cold weather. If you’re longing for the warmth but still want to enjoy the holiday festivities, this song is a great choice.
14. Frank Sinatra, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
The calming, reassuring lyrics and Frank Sinatra’s captivating vocals will make all of the party planning stress melt away. When you fill the room with this tune, you’ll remember to live more in the moment with your favorite people and worry less about the minor details.
15. Carrie Underwood, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
Who said country music was just for the summertime? Carrie Underwood’s booming voice and the song’s soothing lyrics will radiate peace and warmth at your holiday event. The song also references the biblical events that took place during this time of year, so it will remind everyone what the season is truly all about.
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