When the Christmas season rolls around, there is no better way to fill your home with holiday cheer than to prepare a playlist of your favorite Christmas tunes. From classic carols to modern takes on familiar holiday themes, here are 15 of the most popular Christmas songs that you should consider downloading on your iPod or phone.
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1. Silent Night
The traditional hymn “Silent Night” may never lose its place as one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time. No matter what version or arrangement you choose, this peaceful song will help bring a feeling of warmth and joy to your holiday celebrations.
2. All I Want for Christmas Is You
Although not a traditional hymn, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” tops the charts every year as one of the most popular Christmas songs. Once you have listened to the tune, it is easy to see why. The cheerful melody is fun to sing and the lyrics are easy for almost anyone to relate to.
3. Mary, Did You Know?
While there are many popular versions of “Mary, Did You Know?”, the marvelously-talented singing group Pentatonix has recently come out with their own chart-topping arrangement of the popular Christmas song. If you haven’t heard it yet, download it and give it a listen.
4. White Christmas
“White Christmas” is one of those feel-good holiday songs that should be on everyone’s Christmas playlist. Whether you download the classic Bing Crosby version or the more modern duet featuring Michael Buble and Shania Twain, this tune has a powerful way of lifting your spirits even on the gloomiest winter days.
5. Christmas Canon
Hear the “Christmas Canon” like you have never heard it before with this popular arrangement by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Complete with angelic children’s voices, bells and soft orchestral sounds, this arrangement will touch your heart and remind you why you love the holidays.
6. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
This song is always fun to turn on when the first snow of the season begins to fall or the city hangs up its annual decorations. Michael Buble’s version is charming, but if you’re looking for the more classic sounds of your childhood days, you can’t go wrong with Bing Crosby’s version.
7. The Christmas Song
Soft and contemplative, Nat King Cole’s version of “The Christmas Song” is perfect for winding down after a long day of caroling or holiday shopping. Listen to it while you sit in front of the fireplace sipping cocoa and you will be ready to slip into a dream about roasted chestnuts and reindeer in no time.
8. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The Andy Williams version of this song is sure to add a little bounce to your step and twinkle to your eye while you go about your daily tasks. Its bright melody and upbeat tempo make it the ideal music choice when you need a little pick-me-up or simply want to dance around the living room.
9. Blue Christmas
Spending the holiday without someone you love this year? You might relate to Elvis Presley’s version of “Blue Christmas”. This popular song is still played on an annual basis in many homes.
10. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Whether you’re wishing for snow or watching the first flurry of the year, listening to “Let It Snow” is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Dean Martin’s arrangement is sure to become one of your favorites, thanks to its classy sound and easy tune.
11. A Holly Jolly Christmas
Burl Ives’ version of “A Holly Jolly Christmas” is infectiously joyful. You simply can’t listen to it without smiling or tapping your feet to the beat. Turn this cheerful song on for a little extra energy while wrapping presents or making Christmas goodies with your kids.
12. Last Christmas
One of the most popular Christmas songs is also the most dichotomous. People tend to either love or hate “Last Christmas”, but if you are in the camp that loves it, you will probably enjoy jamming to the version by Wham!
13. Baby It’s Cold Outside
Listen to this holiday favorite while running errands or Christmas shopping, and you may find yourself singing along. If you want a more modern version of the charming classic tune, try the duet arrangement sung by Idina Menzel and Michael Buble.
14. The Christmas Shoes
Don’t be embarrassed if this sweet song brings tears to your eyes. We promise you are in good company! “The Christmas Shoes” by NewSong stole hearts all over the country when it was first released, and it is one of the most anticipated holiday songs year after year.
15. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee has made an appearance in Christmas movies and has found a special place in many hearts. The jolly tune makes perfect background music when setting up Christmas decorations or spending time indoors while winter weather rages outside.
These holiday songs maintain their popularity for a reason, and adding them to your Christmas playlist is sure to help you get into the spirit of the season.