The 30 Best Christmas Songs to Stream Over the Holidays

Kayla Matthews 12-12-2016

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The 30 Best Christmas Songs Available to Stream

1. The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole

We kick off our list with one of the most iconic Christmas songs ever made. There have been many versions of this song recorded by a large swathe of artists, but no version is as classic or as timeless as the one sung by Nat King Cole.

2. All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey


It’s hard to believe that this more modern classic is itself already more than 20 years old. Mariah Carey has recorded a number of Christmas songs and a pair of albums during her career, but no song as memorable (or as fun) as this.

3. Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi Trio

A Charlie Brown Christmas remains one of the top TV specials of the season, and “Christmas Time Is Here” is one of the best songs from the special. This version features vocals, but there’s also an instrumental version you may want to consider for your list.

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4. Cool Yule by Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong is known for playing the trumpet, of course, but his singing voice is sometimes underrated. Similarly, Armstrong is mainly known for playing jazz, but this Christmas song from the legend is also often underrated. One listen and you’ll be hooked.

5. Jingle Bells by Frank Sinatra

You can’t have a proper list of holiday songs without “Jingle Bells”. The question is which one to choose. While there are plenty of good versions out there, our favorite is Frank Sinatra’s version, if only for the J-I-N-G-L-E Bells.


6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald

Like many Christmas classics, there are a number of versions of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Some versions border on the somber side, but Fitzgerald’s jazzed-up version is much more fun and lighthearted.

7. Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé’s Christmas selections are somewhat of an anomaly. They’re relatively new, particularly compared to many top Christmas songs, but they still hold on to a classic feel Search Classic-Era GIFs Using This Nostalgic Search Engine Do you pine for the golden years of the internet? Back when everything was new and Geocities reigned the web? Well you can get a taste of the past using this amazing search engine. Read More . The singer has a handful of good ones, but we recommend you start with “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.


8. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by The Jackson 5

Christmas songs by the Jackson 5 have a more modern feel compared to some other more classic songs. Yet the voice of a young Michael Jackson keeps the group’s offerings timeless in their own right. One of their best is “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”.

9. Mele Kalikimaka by Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby may be forever linked to “White Christmas,” but arguably more notable is this Hawaii-tinged classic. It may also be particularly memorable for those who have seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

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10. White Christmas by The Drifters

Speaking of “White Christmas,” this time around check out this slightly sped-up version from The Drifters. Sure, the song was made most famous by Crosby, but The Drifters took it to a whole new — and slightly different — level.

11. (It Must’ve Been Ol’) Santa Claus by Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr. is another artist that has recorded a number of Christmas songs and albums over the years. He has many strong takes on old standards, but he also has a long list of originals, including this one about a child’s encounter with Santa Google's Santa Tracker Is Back for 2016 Google's Santa Tracker app lets you track Santa's journey around the world, but it can do a lot more than that this year. Read More .

12. The Sound of Christmas by Ramsey Lewis Trio

One of the few strictly instrumental selections on this list, “The Sound of Christmas” is exactly what the title says. Put simply, it just sounds like Christmas. Oh, and it also features a funky and jazzy piano solo.

13. Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley

“Blue Christmas” was first recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948, but it was made most famous nearly a decade later by The King. His version is now considered a more modern-day rock-and-roll classic.

14. This Time of the Year by Brook Benton

On “This Time of the Year,” Benton slows it down a bit, so perhaps you’ll consider putting this more toward the end of your holiday song selection. Whatever the case, just make sure that this classic is included.

15. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm by Dean Martin

From the album A Winter Romance, this song from Dean Martin is about what you would expect. That’s a good thing, particularly if you want to include one of the best-known crooners of his era.

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16. This Christmas by Christina Aguilera

It may seem sacrilegious to include a version of “This Christmas” other than Donny Hathaway’s 1970 version. Still, Christina Aguilera definitely holds her own on her more modern rendition of the classic Christmas song.

17. Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms

Just like you can’t have a holiday playlist without “Jingle Bells,” you probably shouldn’t have one without “Jingle Bell Rock” either. There are of course many versions to choose from, but we recommend you stick to the original by Bobby Helms.

18. Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride by Dolly Parton

Both “Winter Wonderland” and “Sleigh Ride” are must-have holiday standards. While you can certainly find solid versions of each, the two-in-one medley version from Dolly Parton is among the best around.

19. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee

Like many other songs on this list, there are endless versions of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” And like other songs, it’s probably best to stick with the original version by Brenda Lee.

20. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry

There are many iterations of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in the running, including the classic from Burl Ives. This time we’ll go with Gene Autry’s classic version of his own song.

21. I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Al Green

The best versions of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” have a hint of sadness to them. Al Green certainly delivers that in his version, along with the smooth soul singing he’s best known for.

22. O Tannenbaum by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Perhaps better known as the tune “O Christmas Tree,” this jazzed-up version from the Vince Guaraldi Trio doesn’t have any singing but makes the perfect background music Video Game Music Radio: The Perfect Background Noise for Geeks There's something about video game music that earns it a special place in gamers' hearts. The seven stations stream all the video game music you could want! Read More when baking your Christmas treats.

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23. Christmas Dreaming by Seth MacFarlane

You probably wouldn’t expect to see the creator of Family Guy on this list. But MacFarlane is a surprisingly effective crooner on the side, and his version of “Christmas Dreaming” shows off his enviable talent.

24. Silent Night by Pentatonix

There aren’t many a cappella songs on this list, but Pentatonix’s version of “Silent Night” is more than worthy of inclusion. It is what they do, after all.

25. O Come, All Ye Faithful by Lionel Richie

No matter what your preferred style of music is, there’s a version of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” out there for you. Lionel Richie’s version offer a nice modern flavor while also keeping a classic feel.

26. Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry

If Chuck Berry knows anything, it’s how to deliver a rock-and-roll song in the classic 12-bar blues style. He does it to perfection with “Run Rudolph Run.”

27. O Holy Night by Mariah Carey (Live)

There was a time when Mariah Carey was known mainly for her strong and powerful voice. Those were the days. That’s no more evident than on “O Holy Night,” this version being even more impressive considering it was recorded live.

28. Silver Bells by Tony Bennett

“Silver Bells” is on the list of gold-standard songs for the holidays. There are many good versions out there to choose from, but we think there’s something special about Tony Bennett’s version.

29. Frosty the Snowman by Glenn Miller Orchestra

You have to include “Frosty the Snowman” on your holiday list, but the challenge is selecting a favorite version. We veer towards an instrumental version from the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

30. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve by Nancy Wilson

OK, it may not technically be a Christmas song. But “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Nancy Wilson is the perfect song to end any Christmas gathering with family and friends.

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What’s Your Favorite Christmas Song of All Time?

Now that you’ve digested our list of the best Christmas songs of all time, you can listen to them all on Spotify by opening the playlist embedded below.

There are so many Christmas songs available to stream, there’s no way we could include every single one. So the rest is up to you.

Do you have a favorite holiday song that didn’t make our list? Then please tell us what it is in the comments section below! There are no right or wrong answers here, just some awesome Christmas songs guaranteed to make the holidays go with a bang.

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  1. Duncan
    August 1, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Slade - "Merry Christmas Everybody" always gets the party started.

  2. Alpha
    December 22, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Let it Snow by Dean Martin

  3. MerryMarjie
    December 15, 2016 at 1:00 am

    I'm one of the more fortunate "aged" people and though I've heard all of your selections in many different renditions, I have to tell you that I discovered a Christmas song a few years ago that knocks my socks off: "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer."

    That puts the sparkle in the Christmas tree for me!

  4. Pete
    December 14, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Perhaps the greatest Christmas song that gets no recognition is "Thanks for Christmas" by the Three Wisemen, better known as the English group XTC. It perfectly captures the spirit of the season.

  5. Dom
    December 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Speaking of Pentatonix, I heard their version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and loved it! Definitely worth a mention :)

  6. Larry
    December 14, 2016 at 5:29 am

    you have to include the modern classic:
    and the earlier statement that I think helped make it possible:
    Simon & Garfunkel - Silent Night/7 O' Clock News

  7. Perry F. Bruns
    December 14, 2016 at 4:47 am

    I enjoy the selections from Bob Rivers' "Twisted Christmas," particularly "The 12 Pains of Christmas," and "We Wish You Weren't Living With Us." Hearing "Something in the Chimney" at World of Disney at Walt Disney World was a little bit odd, though.

    Weird Al Yankovic's "Christmas At Ground Zero" is my favorite, though.

  8. Ben Stegner
    December 12, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Oh man, there are so many good Christmas songs (and so many good versions of those songs) that this list could have been 100 songs long!

    Here are a few of my favorites (some alternate versions of ones on the list):

    - This Christmas by Seal
    - We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Weezer
    - Joy to the World by B.E. Taylor
    - O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Kevin Max
    - Do You Hear What I Hear by Seventh Day Slumber
    - Angels We Have Heard on High by Josh Groban
    - Little Drummer Boy by Whiteheart and The Almost

    And many more!