Not in the holiday mood yet? Do not be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins. The best way to help the holiday spirit come to life is through music. As Buddy the Elf said in the movie “Elf,” “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” With that in mind, here is a playlist of holiday songs that get you feeling jolly, joyous and festive.
1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
Many say Mariah Carey only relevant during the holiday season, but that may be because she is known for singing one of the best-selling holiday singles. This upbeat love song includes synthesizers and bells to emphasize a dramatic mood throughout the lyrics. Carey explicitly mentions that she does not want a lot for Christmas, except to spend Christmas with her lover. Not to mention, we are all guilty of singing the introduction of the song just as theatrically as she sings it.
2. “Last Christmas” by Wham!
This song is sentimental and a Christmas classic that will put you in the holiday spirit. With its frequent radio plays, there is no way not to want to sing along to with the power-pop duo.
3. “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano
“Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad” means “Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness.” This holiday track claimed its place as a classic not only because is it catchy, but also because it is known around the world. The use of traditional Latin guitar and trumpets make it impossible not to channel your holiday parranda mood.
4. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks
Do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? If you guessed Rudolph, you were right. This song was written by Johnny Marks in 1949 but remains timeless. It is best known for being played in the 1964 movie where Burl Ives performed the song during the credits.
5. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives
Speaking of Burl Ives, this track became one of the season’s top songs because of Ives’s rich voice that exudes joy. Ives, also known as “Mr. Christmas,” may also sound familiar from his role as the voice of Sam the Snowman. You can’t get much closer to the holiday spirit than that.
6. “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson
This song is featured on Kelly Clarkson’s first Christmas album “Wrapped in Red.” This song rings out loud with gratitude and holiday cheer and enforces that love is all you need underneath the tree. The best type of present is being around the people you care for. With its incorporation of sleigh bells and bell chimes, this song brings new light to the holidays.
7. “Santa’s Coming For Us” by Sia
Sia came out with her first Christmas album this year called “Everyday is Christmas.” The songs Sia produced are what the title of the album suggests. “Santa’s Coming For Us” mixes pop, rhythm and holiday cheer into a dance track ready for any party. Some songs from the album can also work for a New Year’s party or just chilling by the fire roasting chestnuts.
8. “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé
Best known for his soothing, romantic voice, Michael Bublé transports listeners to the most picturesque winter wonderland. Whether you are sitting around the dinner table with your family or building a snowman, this song radiates the warmth of holiday cheer all around.
9. “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande
Written in 2014 for her Christmas album, “Christmas Kisses,” this album brings a different beat to your holiday party. This Christmas song made with R&B influences also creates a fun atmosphere for you and your friends to dance to during the holiday time.
10. “You Make It Feel Like Christmas (feat. Blake Shelton)” by Gwen Stefani
Ever think the holiday season could have a country twist? This song features a duet between Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, who both capture the true meaning of Christmas. This song is about the special holiday moments that we grew up with and love. This song demonstrates Stefani’s infectious spirit and style that she shares with her audiences around the world and to country lovers alike.
We'd like to envision you spending your time drinking hot chocolate and baking grandma’s special cookie recipe while the fireplace is illuminating the room, not stressing over what song to play next. These songs will make your holiday a little more magical. From the classics to pop hits, these tunes will create those unique holiday moments a little more special.