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Celebrate the Season with 40 Favorite Songs for the Holiday

Updated on December 22, 2013
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Looking for a great Christmas song to get you in the Holiday spirit? There are so many to choose.

Here are 40 Christmas songs to get you in the mood while you’re planning your holiday.

Create a compilation CD to engage in while you’re busy decorating the house for Christmas.

Listen to these songs while you’re wrapping those special gifts.

Do you have family visiting for the Holiday? Pop in these tunes and let everyone enjoy the sounds of Christmas.

Sing along as you’re preparing that holiday meal. Make it a family affair and sing the tunes while you’re baking those Christmas cookies with the children.

There’s nothing like Holiday music to get you in the mood for Christmas. The words and instrumental sounds of Christmas songs inspire and rejuvenate the spirit.

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After a long day of shopping or cooking, it’s time to snuggle beside a cozy fire with your loved one. Listen to these romantic holiday songs.

Share your memories with friends and family. Create a scrapbook of past seasons or assemble the events of 2011 to give as a gift. Personal homemade touches make the best gifts because they’re created out of love. There are songs for that too.

Perhaps you’re alone for the holiday. Don’t fret, tune up the volume and go ahead, sing along.

Watch the snow fall outside. Cozy up with a good book and sip some hot chocolate. You can still enjoy the holidays.

40 Favorite Christmas Songs

Share the holiday spirit with others in these 40 favorite Christmas songs of all time.

There are 5 holiday songs for each kind of activity. This will certainly get you in the mood for the holiday.

We Need a Little Christmas

Tree Decorating Songs

  1. “Silver and Gold” by Burl Ives
  2. “Deck the Halls” by Tenth Avenue North
  3. “Silver Bells” by Dean Martin
  4. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Alan Jackson
  5. “Smokey Mountain Christmas” by Dolly Parton

Enjoy this list. Feel free to add your own to get into the holiday spirit.

As Johnny Mathis sings, “We all need a little Christmas, right this very minute.”

There’s a little magic if you just believe.

Gift Wrapping Songs

  1. “Believe” by Josh Groban from the movie, “Polar Express”
  2. “O Holy Night” by Celine Dion
  3. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
  4. “Let it Be Christmas” by Alan Jackson
  5. “O’ Come All Ye Faithful” by Chris Tomlin

Holiday Meal Preparation Songs

  1. “This Christmas” by Donny Hathaway
  2. “Silent Night” by The Temptations
  3. “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
  4. “The First Noel” by Third Day
  5. “Winter Wonderland” by Johnny Mathis

Baking Cookies Children Sing-a-long

  1. “Frosty the Snowman” by Jimmy Durante
  2. “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Thurl Ravenscroft
  3. “Jingle Bells” by Alan Jackson
  4. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry
  5. “Santa Claus and Popcorn” by Merle Haggard


The Romantic Holiday

  1. “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole
  2. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Dean Martin
  3. “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley
  4. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Luther Vandross
  5. “The Gift” by Jim Brickman and Martina McBride

Sending Christmas Cards Music

  1. “The Messiah” by Handel
  2. “Do They Know it’s Christmas” by Band Aid
  3. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Selah
  4. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Bing Crosby
  5. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Bruce Springsteen

Scrapbooking Songs

  1. “Hard Candy Christmas” by Dolly Parton
  2. “Where Are You Christmas” by Faith Hill from the movie, “The Grinch”
  3. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Michael Bublé
  4. “My Grown Up Christmas List” by Kelly Clarkson
  5. “Give Love on Christmas Day” by Jackson 5

Feeling Sentimental, Snow Falling Outside?

Try sipping some hot chocolate and enjoy a quiet evening at home while listening to these favorites.

  1. “I Need a Silent Night” by Amy Grant
  2. “Who Would Imagine a King” by Whitney Houston
  3. “A Baby Changes Everything” by Faith Hill
  4. “Mary, Did You Know” by Kenny Rogers and Wynona Judd
  5. “Please Come Home for Christmas” by Charles Brown

These traditional songs always bring back the holiday spirit with all the magic of Christmas.

At this time of year, families gather. Friends and loved ones share special memories and exchange gifts. While songs have special meaning to many people, the holiday spirit comes alive during Christmas.

It’s the backdrop of your life, the music that inspires you, the vocals that soothe your soul and the words that encourage you, these songs are vital.

Yet more than music, the song is as special as the vocalist singing those words. A soulful singer can take any good song and move the heart towards its meaning.

So if you find yourself singing along to Jingle Bells you’ll soon be caught up in the holiday spirit.

These traditional Christmas songs have been around for decades and many more will last on forever.

Joy to the World


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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Wonderful list of Christmas songs. I love Christmas music. I think I can listen to these songs almost all year long! Great hub!

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks Field of Flowers. You know how to make me smile.

      Have a Merry Christmas!

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      Field-Of-Flowers 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Fa-la-la-la-laaaaa la-la-la-la!! You got me singing Christmas songs! Such a lovely hub. You got my votes! Thanks for reminding me of all the wonderful Christmas songs there are to enjoy. When I read, "Friends and loved ones share special memories"...I thought of you...when I surprised you at your birthday party. I will never forget the look on your face when you saw me. That same happiness was in my heart as well and will always be. God sure blessed me with a wonderful cousin like you! It indeed is a special memory for me.

      May you and your family have a glorious and blessed Christmas!! Much love to you and yours! :-)

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you samsons1. I appreciate all types of music and there is just something special about these Christmas songs that move me.

      Thanks for the holiday blessing and same to you. I appreciate the encouraging words and comments.

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      What a lovely hub. Thanks so much for your listings. I love Christmas and it's music and you have a broad spectrum of styles and artists mentioned that I too, appreciate. Voted up and beautiful and here's hoping you and yours have a most glorious holiday season...

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks for your comments. I had fun putting this list together.

      @Perspycacious, that's too funny. Thanks.

      @WillStarr, thanks for the vote up, appreciate it.

      These are some of my favorites and love to listen Christmas music when I'm doing those things as I mentioned, thought it would be good to share it.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very nice compilation! Up and useful.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Good effort and thoughts. Should be a money-maker, too! "Jingle Register?"