Are you in charge of creating the Christmas playlist for this year? Worry no more, as we’ve carefully curated a list of our top ten Xmas songs, just for you!
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without listening to Mariah Carey’s classic Christmas hit at least once (or hearing it non-stop in the shops!). This bouncy song was released in 1994 and always seems to resurface in the holiday season (earning $50 million in royalties in the process!).
The song has been covered by a wide variety of artists from Shania Twain, Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande, to Lady Antebellum, My Chemical Romance, Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green and John Mayer. Mariah Carey herself released a new version of her song in 2011, in a duet with Justin Beiber.
Bing Crosby’s 1994 rendition of this song entered (and remains in) the Guinness Book of Records as the best-selling single of all time, selling over 100 million copies worldwide to date.
The song has been covered by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Michael Bublé who cited it as one of his favourite Christmas songs.
One of the most popular Christmas songs ever, the song might just be driving you mad if you’re in the US over the Christmas season!
Originally released in 1957 by Bobby Helms, the song has been rerecorded by Helms several times, and covered by a whole host of artists including Brenda Lee (whose version made the Billboard Christmas singles chart twice) and the Glee Cast.
And let’s not forget the famous Mean Girls sexy Santa dance featuring the song!
Pop singer Andy Williams released this song in 1963 and the song returned to the UK singles charts when it was used in an advertisement by Marks & Spencer in 2007.
This celebratory Christmas song was placed in the Top 10 Holiday Songs list by Billboard Magazine in 2009 and continues to be featured pretty much everywhere, including by Disney Resort as part of their Halloween promotions in 2013.
This Christmas hit was actually written in Hollywood, California during a heat wave!
First recorded by Vaughn Monroe, the song reached #1 on the Billboard music chart while Woody Herman’s version reached #7 in the same chart.
The song has since been covered by the crooning voices of Dean Martin and Bing Crosby, as well as pop versions by Jessica Simpson and Kylie Minogue.
Recorded by over 200 different artists, this song might just be the perfect Christmas song to sing along to!
Originally recorded by Richard Himber and his Orchestra in 1934, the song was first taken to the Billboard charts by Johnny Mercer. Looking just at the Ms (because there’s so many to choose from!), the song has since been covered by Macy Gray, Mandy Moore, Madison Park, Michael Bolton, Miley Cyrus and Michael Bublé.
Written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958, this swinging Christmas song was featured in the television show Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and in the first Home Alone movie, making it doubly Christmassy!
Cover versions of the song include artists such as Lyn Anderson, Hanson, Cyndi Lauper, Alabama, Green Day, Chicago, Victoria Justice and Il Volo.
First released in 1934 by banjoist Harry Reser, this song became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of the sheet music and over 30,000 records sold over 24 hours.
The song has been covered by Perry Como, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, The Jackson 5, The Carpenters, Neil Diamond, Mariah Carey, Andrea Bocelli and various others.
One of the best known and most-sung Christmas songs in the world, this song was originally written for Thanksgiving and published under the title ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’.
Along with numerous covers, the song has also been “translated” to suit the summertime Christmas in Australia and parodied in The Simpsons, Batman: The Animated Series and SpongeBob SquarePants. It was also the first song to be broadcast in space!
First introduced by Judy Garland in 1994, this song was awarded 76th place in the AFI’s 100 top songs in American cinema ten years later.
In the meantime, artists such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, The Pretenders, James Taylor, Christina Perri, Kelly Clarkson and Michael Bublé, with one of the latest being Sam Smith’s 2014 version which entered the Billboard Hot 100 in 90th place.