While in Chicago it’s felt like winter for longer, today is the first day of winter which means Christmas is in FOUR days! How crazy is that? To help you get through the week and your holiday travels, here is a playlist of my favorite Christmas songs, inclusive of pop, rock, indie/folk and jazz classics. Enjoy!
1. Last Christmas – Wham
How can you not love this song? True 80’s pop.
2. Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
3. Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
4. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2
5. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town – Bruce Springsteen
If you didn’t already know, I love The Boss. Only natural that I’d include his Christmas song.
6. Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry
7. Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
8. The Little Drummer Boy – Bob Seger
9. Angels We Have Heard On High – Seabird
Their entire album is full of interesting versions of Christmas favorites! Honorable mention: Joy to the World
10. Blue Christmas – The Lumineers
This is one of my least favorite Christmas songs, but The Lumineers’ version I actually enjoy.
11. Go Tell It on a Mountain – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
12. Joy to the World – Handsome & Gretyl
13. Winter Wonderland – The Sweeplings
14. Patapan/O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Mindy Gledhill
Patapan isn’t a song widely sung at Christmas (at least in my experience) but Mindy’s mashup between Patapan and O Come, O Come Emmanuel works perfectly!
15. The First Noel – Phil Wickham
16. Mvmt IV, “Every Bell on Earth Will Ring” – The Oh Hellos
A long song, for sure, but a cool mix of Christmas favorites including Joy to the World, I Saw Three Ships and O Come Let Us Adore Him.
17. This Love Won’t Break Your Heart – Annalise Emerick
You’ll recognize the chorus as the New Year’s song Auld Lang Syne! Not exactly a Christmas song, but it fits with the holidays.
18. O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Handsome & Gretyl
I know this song is on here twice, but it’s my absolute favorite Christmas song. I actually covered it myself (and played around with an Irish tin whistle). You can listen here.
19. Winter Song – Leslie Odom, Jr.
20. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith
21. It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé
Would it really be a Christmas playlist without some Michael Bublé? C’mon.
22. Frosty the Snowman – Harry Connick, Jr.
23. White Christmas – Irving Berlin
I don’t need to say anything more than this:
24. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5
25. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Okay, scratch the Michael Bublé comment. It TRULY wouldn’t be a Christmas playlist without the 11th best selling single of all time.