How to Create the Best Christmas Music Playlist for the Holiday Season

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It’s the 25th of December, you have a table full of Christmas food, gifts under the Christmas tree and the whole family together. There’s only one thing missing… Christmas music!

Sugar and Charm graphic for creating a Christmas Music playlist and choosing Christmas songs.

There’s nothing quite like a jolly tune to put everyone in the holiday spirit, so “Creating a Christmas playlist” should definitely be in your to-do list of holiday preparations. Especially if you’re hosting a Christmas party or brunch!

Stay with us as we go over the best tunes you can put on during your Christmas celebrations!

Where Can I Listen to Christmas Music for Free?

Well, there are many different answers to this question.

Firstly, you need to decide if you want to make your own playlist or not.

If you don’t, there are plenty of Christmas radio stations you can choose from. If, on the other hand, you’d prefer to choose your songs, we have to good options for you: YouTube or Spotify.

You can easily create a playlist on Youtube by:

  1. Searching for the first song you want to add to the playlist;
  2. Clicking on the “Save” option, under the video;
  3. Selecting “Create new playlist”;
  4. Choosing the name of the playlist (like “Christmas playlist”, for example).

Once that’s done, all you need to do is repeat the first and second steps for all the other songs, and select “Christmas playlist” every time.

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If you decide to go for Spotify, you can create a playlist by:

  1. Clicking on “New Playlist” and naming it;
  2. Searching the songs you want to add, clicking on the three dots on the right side, selecting “Add to Playlist” and choosing the right one.

There are also many Christmas playlists already created on Spotify, that you can easily look up and play.

Note: The free version of Spotify includes ads every 3 or 4 songs, which can get a bit annoying. Keep that in mind when choosing your platform.

Now that you know where you can listen to your songs, it’s time to choose them. Don’t worry, we have suggestions for all tastes and occasions. Read on!

What Are the Top 10 Most Famous Christmas Songs?

As soon as you start looking up Christmas songs, you’ll realize that your options are endless. There are tons and tons of different songs, but some of them are so famous that they’ve become nothing less than classics.

  1. Winter Wonderland – Bing Crosby
  2. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  3. All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  4. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin
  5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen
  6. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublė
  7. Last Christmas – Wham!
  8. Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie
  9. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
  10. Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
Red crossly record player for Christmas music.
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What About the Top 10 Most Famous Christmas Carols?

Christmas songs are great, but if you truly want to get into the spirit, you need to have some carols in your playlist. For even more fun, why not print out the lyrics of one or two of the carols, hand them out to your guests and have a singing session like in the movies?

  1. O Holy Night
  2. Silent Night
  3. Joy to the World
  4. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  5. O Come All Ye Faithful
  6. The Three Kings
  7. 12 Days of Christmas
  8. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  9. Once in Royal David’s City
  10. O Christmas Tree

What Are the Best Rock and Roll Christmas Songs?

Rock and roll might not be the first music genre you associate with Christmas, but there are some pretty awesome tunes that are just as jolly as any other!

  1. Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
  2. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
  3. Another Rock and Roll Christmas – Gary Glitter
  4. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight) – Ramones
  5. Thank God It’s Christmas – Queen

What Are the Most Upbeat Christmas Songs?

Classic Chrismas songs are great but sometimes you need something with a little bit more beat. These five promise to keep everyone high-spirited at your party!

  1. Frosty the Snow Man (Remastered) – Nat King Kole
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – Justin Bieber
  3. Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano
  4. Joy to the World – Aretha Franklin
  5. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – The Countdown Kids

What are the Best Christmas Songs to Dance to?

If there’s one thing everyone’s guilty of during the holidays is of indulging in all the delicious Christmas dishes on the table. So why not burn those extra calories with some dance moves?

These five songs will definitely get all your guests on the dancefloor!

  1. All I Want for Christmas Is You (Remake) – Justin Bieber featuring Mariah Carey
  2. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – NSYNC
  3. Hey Sis, It’s Christmas – RuPaul
  4. Last Christmas – Carly Rae Jepsen
  5. Sleigh Ride – TLC

What Are Some Old School Christmas Songs?

You’ve seen some current names in this article, like Justin Bieber and Michael Bublé. But Christmas songs have been around for a long, long time. In fact, the oldest Christmas song ever created, called “Jesus Refulsit Omnium“, dates back to the 4th century AD!

These five aren’t that old, but old school nonetheless!

  1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  2. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Bing Crosby
  3. Deck the Hall – Nat King Kole
  4. Joy to the World – Johnny Cash
  5. We Wish You a Merry Christmas – The Platters

What Are Some Good Christmas Albums I Can Ask Alexa to Play?

If you have Alexa at home, you don’t even have to take the time to build a playlist. You can simply ask her to play whatever you want to listen to! Our advice is that you ask her for these five albums.

  1. The 50 Greatest Songs of Christmas – Several artists
  2. That’s Christmas to Me – Pentatonix
  3. Christmas Album – Jackson 5
  4. The Classic Christmas Album – Elvis Presley
  5. Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album – Glee Cast

Our family really enjoys Christmas music by Pentatonix!

Christmas Music on Vinyl

We also love the idea of playing classic Christmas music on vinyl. Urban Outfitters sells some very charming Crosley Bluetooth Record Players and holiday records too!

See all of the colors and varieties of record players here!

Some of our favorite Christmas albums are on record and you can buy them here!

Ready to Start Making Your Playlist?

Music is a big part of Christmas. After all, everyone knows that the moment we hear “All I Want for Christmas Is You” or “Last Christmas” playing at the mall, the merry season has officially begun.

So use our ideas and make the perfect playlist for the 25th of December!

Do you have any other suggestions for Christmas music that we haven’t included in our article? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear them!

And hey, while we’re on the topic of Christmas, why not check our other jolly posts?

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