12 Christmas Songs That Will Put You in the Mood for the Holidays

Get into the holiday spirit with these Christmas songs.
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Rock around the Christmas tree with these holiday songs—originals and covers—you know and love. 



1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey

Also known as the holiday anthem for nearly two decades before recently getting dethroned as the number one most played holiday song in retail stores by another Christmas song cover (see below). We still love you, Mariah!


2. “Wonderful Christmastime,” The Shins

Meet the new champ of most played holiday song in retail stores. 


3. “Holly Jolly Christmas,” Michael Bublé

This will fill you with the Christmas spirit.


4. “Little Saint Nick,” The Beach Boys

Doesn’t this surf-rock rendition make you want to start shaking your hips?


5. “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lady Gaga

This duet performance from this unlikely pair can warm your heart.


6. “Blue Christmas,” Elvis Presley

Gotta love how smooth the king of rock and roll sounds. Swoon.


7. “Mele Kalikimaka,” Bing Crosby

Does this one even need an explanation?


8. “Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas,” Sam Smith

How sweet is Sam Smith’s cover?


9. “Someday at Christmas,” Jack Johnson

Local boy Jack Johnson’s mellow and hopeful song is soothing.


10. “The Chipmunk Song,” Alvin and the Chipmunks

Don’t pretend you don’t know the lines to this silly sounding, but endearing, chipmunk song.


11. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” Jake Shimabukuro and Yo-Yo Ma

Sometimes no words are needed. Just give it a listen.


12. “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” The Head and The Heart

Before you know it, New Year’s Eve will be here. Know who you’re spending it with?


Listen to full playlist here