Whether you’re wrapping presents, trimming the tree or adding the finishing touches to a pot of mulled wine, it simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a soundtrack of festive tunes to get you in the holiday spirit.
Here are our picks for the ultimate Christmas playlist.
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
First recorded in 1946, this nostalgic Christmas tune has transcended the generations and is loved by everyone (or, more specifically, those aged one to 92).
The Christmas Waltz – She & Him
This contemporary duo, made up of actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and musician M. Ward, released a brilliant Christmas album in 2011. Their cover of the underrated ‘Christmas Waltz’ is so sweet and mellow, it’ll have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head before you know it.
What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder
If you’re looking for a real Christmas toe-tapper, Stevie Wonder’s What Christmas Means to Me is hard to beat. Upbeat, soulful and with one of the grooviest base lines of any Christmas song out there, it’s the perfect opener for your festive party playlist.
White Christmas – The Drifters
Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ is a true classic, but this cheerful cover by The Drifters offers a nice alternative if you’ve heard Bing’s best-selling hit just one too many times.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Michael Bublé
Modern-day crooner Michael Bublé released his own take on this bittersweet holiday favourite in 2011.
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Bing Crosby
When you think Bing Crosby at Christmas, your mind probably goes straight to his famous rendition of ‘White Christmas’, but this track off the same album is too often overlooked.
Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
It’s not Christmas in Britain without hearing Shakin’ Stevens on the radio dozens of times. Yet, no matter how much airtime it gets, this jolly jingle never gets old.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
Judy Garland singing this heartbreaking tune in ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ (often overlooked as a classic Christmas film), is one of the most moving scenes from any musical in cinematic history. It’s been covered almost everyone – from Frank Sinatra to Christina Aguilera – but nobody captures the song’s sorrow quite like Judy.
Last Christmas – Wham!
A modern classic, Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ may have started life as a cheesy 80s pop single, but has stood the test of time for almost 30 years. The song’s music video features Wham! dressed in chunky knitwear singing in a winter wonderland.
This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
Enough about last Christmas – what about this one? Listen as Donny Hathaway sings about his plans for Christmas in this R&B classic.
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – Ella Fitzgerald
Christmas gets all the glory, but let’s not forget that there’s another major holiday just around the corner: New Year’s Eve! Let Ella Fitzgerald’s sultry voice remind you of the season’s second most important celebration.
Do you use Spotify? We’ve also put together all the songs from our post into one playlist you can listen to on the go.
What are your favourite Christmas songs?