20 Best Songs for Christmas
Have you ever found yourself in the full swing of the Christmas spirit, belting out a holiday tune and feeling all of the joy that goes along with the holidays? Your mind likely goes to a specific song, and maybe even a distinct memory that goes along with it.
Afterall, music is known to bring back memories and transport us to certain times in our lives. This holds especially true for Christmas songs as they can remind us of some of the happiest moments in our lives.
While we’ve all been guilty of belting out a holiday tune or two, it’s important to celebrate the Christmas joy and memories that go along with it. That’s why we’ve crafted this list of the best 20 Christmas songs (in no particular order).
You can sing along or even use them to accompany the Christmas memories recorded in your Memories Timeline.
1. “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
As a more modern addition to our list of Christmas classics, Mariah Carey’s version of this tune is one that gets everyone singing each and every time! Carey has performed “All I Want for Christmas is You” numerous times on live television throughout the years.
2. “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley
“Blue Christmas” quickly became a Christmas staple when Elvis Presley made it popular with his own version in 1957.
3. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
As one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” sold over 25 million copies upon its first release in 1958. It has since been covered by numerous artists.
4. “Silent Night” by Bing Crosby
This song became popular because of Bing Crosby, but was actually written about a small town in Austria. Bing Crosby’s version is the third best selling in music history.
5. “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt
Everyone knows the classic “Santa Baby”, which was a huge hit as over 500,000 copies were sold. As a playful tune it’s one that certainly stands out from the crowd.
6. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland
The song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was written for Judy Garland back in 1944. It was created specifically for the film ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ and has been highly ranked ever since.
7. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby makes our list of the best songs for Christmas with this classic written by Irving Berlin in 1942. The song became particularly popular when it was played on Christmas day on his NBC radio show. It quickly became the best-selling of all time and sold more than 100 million copies around the world.
8. “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole
Everyone knows the oh so popular ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire’ line, sung by the one and only Nat King Cole. The song is so well-loved that it was welcomed into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974.
9. “Frosty the Snowman” by Gene Autry
There’s nothing quite as magical as a Christmas story – especially when it’s one that can be sung! “Frosty the Snowman” by Gene Autry, was created in 1947 and has been a tune of joy for children ever since.
10. “Jingle Bells” by Ella Fitzgerald
Many will go straight to the classic “Jingle Bells” when asked to sing a Christmas tune. As a holiday staple, it’s no wonder that Ella Fitzgerald’s jazzy rendition has been so popular since 1960.
11. “Christmas, Baby Please Come Home” by Darlene Love
This classic is one that can pull on the heart strings of just about everyone, but that doesn’t take away from our love for it. Heartbreak or not, this one always brings back memories of Christmas time.
12. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives
As the leading track on his Christmas album, Burl Ives “A Holly Jolly Christmas” is a cheerful song that had to make our list. The song was originally written by Johnny Marks who actually wrote a lot of other well-known Christmas songs.
13. “Winter Wonderland” by Dean Martin
This catchy and cheerful tune is a part of Dean Martin’s Christmas album. His version is joyful to listen to and we’re pretty positive it will make your list too!
14. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Julie Andrews’
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is a beautiful song that includes a lot of heart and soul from Julie Andrews. It was a part of her first holiday album called ‘Christmas with Julie Andrews’.
15. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano
As a Christmas song with a bit of flare, this one has been loved by many since it was first recorded in 1970. While its popularity started off slow, it became a hot hit in 1998 when it was a part of the Billboard Hot 100.
16. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Jackson 5
As a popular song for children, this track was the biggest hit from the Christmas album recorded by the Jackson 5 in 1970.
17. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry
As another classic story, songwriter Johnny Marks wrote the original song which was first recorded by Gene Autry. It quickly climbed to the number one spot on the US music charts.
18. “Winter Wonderland” by Michael Buble
Everyone loves Michael Buble, especially during the holiday season. This is especially true for his recording of “Winter Wonderland” which became one of the most popular versions of all time.
19. “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes
This catchy tune became popular in 1963 and has topped the Billboard charts almost every year since. The Ronettes make everyone want to take a sleigh ride in the snow.
20. “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” by Dean Martin
Funnily enough, this song was written during a heatwave in July! While the song was originally recorded by another artist, Dean Martin made it popular. It has continued to grace the top of the charts since its release.