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The Ultimate Christmas Playlist – Classic Songs to Modern Favourites

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It's been a tough year for the music industry, so here's a little seasonal cheer. We've scoured our bands' set lists for the best Christmas songs of all time – we hope they'll get to play them live for you next year!

The Ultimate Christmas Playlist – Classic Songs to Modern Favourites

It's time to trim the tree, wrap your presents and hang the mistletoe! This year, we've put together a list of 50 epic Christmas songs to help you get festive.

We've split our playlist into modern, rock, jazz, classic and melancholy songs, so there's something to suit your every Christmas mood. You can also check out the playlist on Spotify.

Modern Christmas songs

1 Santa's Coming for Us – Sia

An instant hit for Sia and co-writer Greg Kurstin in 2017, this comes from her eighth studio album (and first Christmas album) 'Everyday Is Christmas'.

An instant hit for Sia and co-writer Greg Kurstin in 2017, this comes from her eighth studio album (and first Christmas album) 'Everyday Is Christmas'.

2 Christmas in L.A. – Vulfpeck

A huge favourite amongst musicians in particular, this unusually funky Christmas track was released in 2015 by the band who brought us 'Dean Town' and 'Back Pocket'.

A huge favourite amongst musicians in particular, this unusually funky Christmas track was released in 2015 by the band who brought us 'Dean Town' and 'Back Pocket'.

3 You Make It Feel Like Christmas – Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton

This husband and wife duo met and fell in love whilst filming 'The Voice', and the world fell in the love with them! It's no wonder their Christmas duet is now a firm favourite.

This husband and wife duo met and fell in love whilst filming 'The Voice', and the world fell in the love with them! It's no wonder their Christmas duet is now a firm favourite.

4 Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande

The American pop princess released this R&B influenced Christmas track in 2014, which features lyrics about her new love interest and her usual flawless vocals.

The American pop princess released this R&B influenced Christmas track in 2014, which features lyrics about her new love interest and her usual flawless vocals.

5 Christmas Lights – Coldplay

A mid-tempo, sad song about how it doesn't feel like Christmas after a break-up, this is a classic keys-led Coldplay number with a great performance from Chris Martin.

A mid-tempo, sad song about how it doesn't feel like Christmas after a break-up, this is a classic keys-led Coldplay number with a great performance from Chris Martin.

6 One More Sleep – Leona Lewis

After winning 'The X Factor' in 2006, Leona released this festive number in 2013 and it's now a British Christmas staple, and certified platinum!

After winning 'The X Factor' in 2006, Leona released this festive number in 2013 and it's now a British Christmas staple, and certified platinum!

7 Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson

Released in 2013 to critical acclaim, this song by 'American Idol' winner is now a recurring hit every Christmas all over the world.

Released in 2013 to critical acclaim, this song by 'American Idol' winner is now a recurring hit every Christmas all over the world.

8 Like It's Christmas – The Jonas Brothers

A brand new offering last year in 2019 from The Jonas Brothers (of Disney Channel fame) that climbed to number one on The US Adult Contemporary Chart.

A brand new offering last year in 2019 from The Jonas Brothers (of Disney Channel fame) that climbed to number one on The US Adult Contemporary Chart.

9 Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

Bieber's Christmas offering from 2011 is a stripped down and catchy track loved by his fans year after year, and a huge hit all over the world.

Bieber's Christmas offering from 2011 is a stripped down and catchy track loved by his fans year after year, and a huge hit all over the world.

10 All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

A staple of every Christmas playlist, we couldn't be without this one. Originally released in 1994, it finally got to number one on the Billboard Top 100 in 2019, 25 years later!

A staple of every Christmas playlist, we couldn't be without this one. Originally released in 1994, it finally got to number one on the Billboard Top 100 in 2019, 25 years later!

Rock Christmas songs

1 Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End) – The Darkness

Runner up in the Christmas number one race in 2003, this fun and rocky track features the choir from Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College school.

Runner up in the Christmas number one race in 2003, this fun and rocky track features the choir from Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College school.

2 Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues

A Christmas karaoke classic, this 1988 hit absolutely can't be missed. Moody and emotive, Kirsty MacColl's performance is iconic.

A Christmas karaoke classic, this 1988 hit absolutely can't be missed. Moody and emotive, Kirsty MacColl's performance is iconic.

3 Do They Know It's Christmas? – Band Aid

Recorded on 24 November 1984 by a super group of British and Irish pop stars, this was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia.

Recorded on 24 November 1984 by a super group of British and Irish pop stars, this was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia.

4 Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry

This is a 12 bar blues track similar to Berry's hit 'Johnny B. Goode', and has been covered extensively, sometimes titled 'Run Run Rudolph'.

This is a 12 bar blues track similar to Berry's hit 'Johnny B. Goode', and has been covered extensively, sometimes titled 'Run Run Rudolph'.

5 Thank God It's Christmas – Queen

Queen's Christmas hit was released in 1984, written by Brian May and Roger Taylor, and spent six weeks in the charts that year, peaking at number 21.

Queen's Christmas hit was released in 1984, written by Brian May and Roger Taylor, and spent six weeks in the charts that year, peaking at number 21.

6 Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade

Slade and Noddy Holder's Christmas offering, this hit sold over a million copies when it was first released and was their sixth and final number one.

Slade and Noddy Holder's Christmas offering, this hit sold over a million copies when it was first released and was their sixth and final number one.

7 I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard

British glam rock band Wizzard released this Christmas staple in 1973, which features the choir of Stockland Green School, credited as 'Miss Snob and Class 3C'.

British glam rock band Wizzard released this Christmas staple in 1973, which features the choir of Stockland Green School, credited as 'Miss Snob and Class 3C'.

8 Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin' Stevens

Released in 1985, this was the Welsh singer-songwriter's fourth and final number one. It shot back up the charts in 2007 when downloads were first counted!

Released in 1985, this was the Welsh singer-songwriter's fourth and final number one. It shot back up the charts in 2007 when downloads were first counted!

9 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Lennon's seventh solo single outside The Beatles reached number four in 1971 when it was released, and peaked at number two in 1980 after the artist's death.

Lennon's seventh solo single outside The Beatles reached number four in 1971 when it was released, and peaked at number two in 1980 after the artist's death.

10 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town – Bruce Springsteen

One of the all-time greats, this song has been recorded over 200 times since it was written in 1934, notably by The Jackson 5, Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey.

One of the all-time greats, this song has been recorded over 200 times since it was written in 1934, notably by The Jackson 5, Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey.

Jazz Christmas songs

1 The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) – Nat King Cole

Written on a hot July day, songwriting duo Mel Torme and Bob Wells chanelled the images of Christmas time to keep them cool, and ended up with an iconic Christmas hit.

Written on a hot July day, songwriting duo Mel Torme and Bob Wells chanelled the images of Christmas time to keep them cool, and ended up with an iconic Christmas hit.

2 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra

This track originally featured much more melancholy lyrics, but Judy Garland changed them to the words we know today while filming 'Meet Me In St. Louis'.

This track originally featured much more melancholy lyrics, but Judy Garland changed them to the words we know today while filming 'Meet Me In St. Louis'.

3 It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé

Written by Meredith Willson and originally recorded by Perry Como, it first charted in 2011 with Michael Bublé's version, which is widely know and loved.

Written by Meredith Willson and originally recorded by Perry Como, it first charted in 2011 with Michael Bublé's version, which is widely know and loved.

4 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin

Written in 1945, this has been covered extensively by artists including Patsy Cline, The Carpenters, and Rod Stewart - who reached number one!

Written in 1945, this has been covered extensively by artists including Patsy Cline, The Carpenters, and Rod Stewart - who reached number one!

5 White Christmas – Bing Crosby

An eight line classic Christmas song with a movie to match, this old favourite deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1942.

An eight line classic Christmas song with a movie to match, this old favourite deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1942.

6 Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald

Christmas jazz at its finest. Penned by Leroy Anderson during a heatwave in 1946, this song has been covered by The Spice Girls, Natalie Cole and Vera Lynn.

Christmas jazz at its finest. Penned by Leroy Anderson during a heatwave in 1946, this song has been covered by The Spice Girls, Natalie Cole and Vera Lynn.

7 Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt

One of the very first novelty Christmas songs about a good who's been good hoping for expensive gifts, there are cover versions by Kylie Minogue and Taylor Swift.

One of the very first novelty Christmas songs about a good who's been good hoping for expensive gifts, there are cover versions by Kylie Minogue and Taylor Swift.

8 Winter Wonderland – Bing Crosby

A Christmas staple that doesn't actually refer to Christmas at all, this is a jolly tune about enjoying spending a snowy winter day with your beau.

A Christmas staple that doesn't actually refer to Christmas at all, this is a jolly tune about enjoying spending a snowy winter day with your beau.

9 Holly Jolly Christmas – Michael Bublé

Written by songwriter who brought us 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer', Johnny Marks, in 1964, the original by Burl Ives first charted in 2011.

Written by songwriter who brought us 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer', Johnny Marks, in 1964, the original by Burl Ives first charted in 2011.

10 It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams

This song was passed over for the single of his first Christmas album, got the number one anyway, and appeared on all eight of William's Christmas albums.

This song was passed over for the single of his first Christmas album, got the number one anyway, and appeared on all eight of William's Christmas albums.

Classic Christmas songs

1 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Mind-blowingly, Brenda Lee was just 13 years old when she recorded this song in 1958. It first charted two years later after she'd racked up a few hits.

Mind-blowingly, Brenda Lee was just 13 years old when she recorded this song in 1958. It first charted two years later after she'd racked up a few hits.

2 Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms

Featured prominently in the film 'Mean Girls' (2004), this song flew up to number six in the pop charts, despite only being released two days before Christmas.

Featured prominently in the film 'Mean Girls' (2004), this song flew up to number six in the pop charts, despite only being released two days before Christmas.

3 Step Into Christmas – Elton John

Written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John, it was meant as a thank you to their fans after a very successful year for Taupin and John in 1973.

Written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John, it was meant as a thank you to their fans after a very successful year for Taupin and John in 1973.

4 What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder

An extensively covered song, with much loved versions by John Legend, Train, Cee Lo Green, Darlene Love, Hanson and En Vogue.

An extensively covered song, with much loved versions by John Legend, Train, Cee Lo Green, Darlene Love, Hanson and En Vogue.

5 Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney

Although all four members of The Beatles released solo Christmas songs, only this one and Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' have endured.

Although all four members of The Beatles released solo Christmas songs, only this one and Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' have endured.

6 Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

A play on Kurtis Blow's 1979 'Christmas Rappin'' which was the first rap song released on a major label, The Waitresses used a spoken style in tribute.

A play on Kurtis Blow's 1979 'Christmas Rappin'' which was the first rap song released on a major label, The Waitresses used a spoken style in tribute.

7 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love

This was released as a single of Phil Spector's Christmas album on the day US President John F. Kennedy was shot, and the album had to be withdrawn.

This was released as a single of Phil Spector's Christmas album on the day US President John F. Kennedy was shot, and the album had to be withdrawn.

8 Frosty The Snowman – The Ronettes

Written by Steve Edward Nelson and Walter 'Jack' Rollins, this was a follow up to 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer' which was a number one the previous year.

Written by Steve Edward Nelson and Walter 'Jack' Rollins, this was a follow up to 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer' which was a number one the previous year.

9 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5

Originally recorded by 13 year old Jimmy Boyd, it was banned that year (1953) on radio stations for its suggestive nature. A married woman kissing Santa, well I never.

Originally recorded by 13 year old Jimmy Boyd, it was banned that year (1953) on radio stations for its suggestive nature. A married woman kissing Santa, well I never.

10 Silent Night – Nat King Cole

This classic carol is believed to have been translated into over 300 languages around the world, and there are over 26,000 versions on Spotify!

This classic carol is believed to have been translated into over 300 languages around the world, and there are over 26,000 versions on Spotify!

Sad Christmas songs

1 River – Joni Mitchell

Featured in 'Love Actually' and 'Ally McBeal', this is a melancholy Christmas staple, recently covered by Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith.

Featured in 'Love Actually' and 'Ally McBeal', this is a melancholy Christmas staple, recently covered by Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith.

2 2000 Miles – The Pretenders

Believed to depict a pair of separated lovers, the song is actually about the band's first guitarist James Honeyman-Scott who died the previous year.

Believed to depict a pair of separated lovers, the song is actually about the band's first guitarist James Honeyman-Scott who died the previous year.

3 I'll Be Home For Christmas – Bing Crosby

Recorded in 1943, this song was popular with US GIs and their families waiting for them to come home from serving abroad in WWII and raised morale significantly.

Recorded in 1943, this song was popular with US GIs and their families waiting for them to come home from serving abroad in WWII and raised morale significantly.

4 Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea

Following its release in 1986, this track has been in the UK top 75 every year since 2007. It was written on a drive from London to Middlesbrough!

Following its release in 1986, this track has been in the UK top 75 every year since 2007. It was written on a drive from London to Middlesbrough!

5 Merry Christmas Darling – The Carpenters

The band's first attempt at Christmas music, it was released in 1970, but hit number 25 in the charts with '(They Long To Be) Close To You' in 1990.

The band's first attempt at Christmas music, it was released in 1970, but hit number 25 in the charts with '(They Long To Be) Close To You' in 1990.

6 Lonely This Christmas – Mud

English glam rock band Mud's second number one single was performed in the style of Elvis Presley's later, slower songs, though he never recorded it!

English glam rock band Mud's second number one single was performed in the style of Elvis Presley's later, slower songs, though he never recorded it!

7 Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley

Elvis performed 'Blue Christmas' on his 1968 TV special, which helped to revitalize his career, and features the only footage of him singing a Christmas song.

Elvis performed 'Blue Christmas' on his 1968 TV special, which helped to revitalize his career, and features the only footage of him singing a Christmas song.

8 Stay Another Day – East 17

Not originally intended to be a Christmas single, it was written by band member Tony Mortimer about his brother sadly taking his own life.

Not originally intended to be a Christmas single, it was written by band member Tony Mortimer about his brother sadly taking his own life.

9 Last Christmas – Wham!

Behind Band Aid, this is the biggest selling Christmas song in the UK, and was originally released as a charity single for the famine in Ethiopia.

Behind Band Aid, this is the biggest selling Christmas song in the UK, and was originally released as a charity single for the famine in Ethiopia.

10 Christmases When You Were Mine – Taylor Swift

One of two country pop originals on Swift's six track Christmas EP, which was released in partnership with Target to critical acclaim, though many wished it were longer!

One of two country pop originals on Swift's six track Christmas EP, which was released in partnership with Target to critical acclaim, though many wished it were longer!

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