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You want to build a great Christmas playlist but don't want to waste time hunting for the perfect songs. Luckily you're in the right place! Here are our recommendations for best Christmas songs and music. You can press on the photos and links below to see the items on Amazon, which lets you listen to a short sample for free to ensure you're thinking of the correct song.
Our list has a mix of contemporary and classical Christmas music so that it'll be sure to be a crowd-pleaser. OK, here are the songs:
1. O Come All Ye Faithful
This well-known carol is a good way to connect all generations that might be present at a gathering. This rendition of O Come All Ye Faithful performed by the Londonderry Singers will appeal to those who like the classics.
2. Little Drummer Boy
3. Jingle Bell Rock
Bring on a fun laid-back mood with this popular song. We like the Hall and Oates version of Jingle Bell Rock.
4. For Unto Us a Child is Born (from Handel's Messiah)
For Unto Us a Child is Born is probably the oldest Christmas song composed which is still played today. This is an excellent choice for its uplifting way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. We love the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir's version of For Unto Us a Child is Born.
5. Winter Wonderland
Let's switch things up with something more contemporary now. Winter Wonderland is one of those songs which creates an upbeat mood amongst everyone.
6. Nutcracker Overture
This ballet music is recognizable everywhere and is a great choice for a Christmas playlist. It's not too long either; the overture is only about three and a half minutes long. We like this version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Overture, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
7. All I Want for Christmas is You
A romantic yet fun song, Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You will go over well on your playlist.
8. Carol of the Bells
Even if you don't know it by name, you're certain to know this one. It's that Christmas music that's a little bit classical that is played all the time around the holiday season. We love this crisp modern version of Carol of the Bells performed by Cimorelli that is certain to inspire that sense of winter delight.
9. Feliz Navidad
Nothing beats the exuberance of Feliz Navidad. Make sure your Christmas gathering is a joyful occasion with José Feliciano's Feliz Navidad.
10. Snoopy's Christmas
If you're not sure about this one, leave it out. It's a fun song which many people are familiar with, but on the other hand it gets over-played a lot at Christmas. If you choose to have it, you'll want the classic Snoopy's Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen.
11. Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah
What could be more appropriate at Christmas than the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah? It's well-known, joyful, and celebrates the true meaning of Christmas.
Above are what we consider to be the best Christmas songs with which to build your playlist. Enjoy your holiday gathering, and celebrate the joy!