Few things can get you more in a holiday spirit than listening to some Christmas songs, whether they’re catchy pop hits or heartfelt ballads. And there’s nothing that better invokes wintertime nostalgia and sweet memories than a classic Christmas song. This is why we rounded up 25 of our favorite songs for the holiday playlist that you’ll turn to every year.
To our ears, no group of Christmas classics would be complete without including tracks like Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby,” Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” or Burl Ives’s “A Holly Jolly Christmas.” Then there are the throwback tracks from classic crooners like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dean Martin. There are songs that make us smile, like the Beach Boys’s “Little Saint Nick,” Ella Fitzgerald’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and John Denver’s collaboration with the Muppets, and then there are those that always make us tear up like Judy Garland’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
So whether you’re wrapping gifts, DIYing decorations, or cooking for a grand meal, these are the perfect Christmas tracks to make sure your season really is merry and bright. Check out our classic Christmas playlist ahead.