Your essential Christmas playlist

By Eloise Churchman

Starting with Bublé, obvi

As clichĂ© as this phrase is, it’s that time of the year again when many of us indulge in all the festivities, from the controversial sprouts to a decadent calendar and, of course, the music. 

Christmas songs are iconic and you can’t tell me otherwise. Whack on a bit of BublĂ© and everything pretty much falls into place. Whether you like religious songs, modern bops or a bit of every and anything, there’s something for you.

So, if you find yourself craving a really good Christmas playlist, (not that 20+ year-old one your mum has on repeat every year), take a look at these 30 tunes that are essential for the festive season. And yes, there are many-a classic on here, but a sprinkling of modern hits too.

1. Holly Jolly Christmas – Michael BublĂ©

Mr Claus himself. Does this need any more explanation?

2. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

Do we have ourselves a Miss Claus?

3. Man with the Bag – Jessie J

I wonder what she means…

4. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby, David Bowie

It’s physically impossible not to sing along with icons!

5. You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch – Tyler, The Creator

The best Christmas movie in a song? Yes please.

6. Hot Chocolate – Tom Hanks

Sorry, my mistake. This is the best Christmas movie.

7. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt

The only acceptable version of this song- sorry Bublé.

8. Step Into Christmas – Elton John

Gavin and Stacy Christmas special, anyone? (and while we’re here, what did happen on that fishing trip..)

9. 8 Days of Christmas – Destiny’s Child

Is any event complete without a bit of Bey?

10. Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea

My sympathies go out to anyone having to deal with the festive traffic

11. Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie

In what other song does a kazoo bring so much joy?

12. Jingle Bell Rock – Bibby Helms

Calling Regina George…

13. Thank God it’s Christmas – Queen

It’s Queen. That’s justification enough.

14. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues

It simply isn’t Christmas before you hear this

15. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

An absolute radio staple

16. Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande

Ariana asking all the important questions as per

17. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes

Three minutes six seconds of pure festive fever. And yes, those seconds are cherished

18. One More Sleep – Leona Lewis

Bleeding’ lovely (get it?)

19. Christmas Lights – Coldplay

Is there any type of music that Chris Martin can’t pull off??

20. Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

Bringing back the classic Bieber vibes, Christmas edition

21. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Frank Sinatra

His voice transforms every tune in the best possible way

22. Feliz Navidad – JosĂ© Feliciano


23. Deck the Halls – Nat “King” Cole

Even his name sounds festive

24. Joy To the World- Nat “King” Cole

Should we just add the whole of his Christmas album to this list?

25. Snowman – Sia

This belongs straight in a John Lewis ad

26. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard

The ideal way to spend the year (although our bank balance might not agree)

27. Santa Claus is Coming To Town – Jackson 5

The perfect example of a festive R&B

28. Count on Christmas – Bebe Rexha

Bebe brings it every time and we’re here for it 

29. Scrooge – The Muppets

I think the muppets should cover every song, tbh

30. Warm This Winter – Gabriella Cilmi

Brb, just crying into my mulled wine

So, get adding to your streaming platform and Christmas will have tunes that everyone will love! (and seriously, if you’re a Polar Express hater, give it one more chance)

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