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Christmas Songs List

Updated on March 30, 2017
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This Christmas Songs List is a compilation of songs that I enjoy each Christmas season including the classic Christmas songs we all know such as "White Christmas","Joy To The World", and "Jingle Bells" as well as the song "Christmas Island" sung by Jimmy Buffet.

I have a friend that eagerly awaits for the time each year when the radio stations play Christmas or holiday music. Last year she was just thrilled when one local radio station played only holiday music during what can be arguably one of, if not the, most festive times of year.

The beauty of Christmas Songs is that we share memories with each song. I know I can remember Christmas carolers outside our home one year who brought joy and music to the neighborhood, or the lovey rendering of the song "O Holy Night" sung at church with such heartfelt reverence and emotion that it resulted in tears and applause.

And it is always fun to add each year to our Christmas Song List with new renditions sung by our favorite and new singers. Each year I like to add a new CD to my collection and am most happy to receive these CDs as gifts too.

Enjoy these holiday song suggestions and "the most wonderful time of the year!" and feel welcome to share your favorite songs with below!

Top Christmas Songs

This list of Top Christmas Songs is based on popularity and endurance through the years. Of course, there are so many songs from which to choose, but these are songs that we have come to enjoy and hope to hear upon turning on the radio or our iPods, or sing to ourselves or with others in joyful celebration of the Christmas season!

  • White Christmas
  • I'll Be Home For Christmas
  • The First Noel
  • Feliz Navidad
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • White Christmas
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas

In this article I will list many more songs to celebrate the season including Classic Christian Christmas Songs, Christmas Songs for Kids, Instrumental Christmas songs, and Entertaining and Funny Christmas Songs.

Classic Christian Christmas Songs

Many traditional Christmas songs remind us of the true meaning and reason for the Christmas holiday season. The songs in this section of the Christmas Song list include well known hymns, carols and songs.

I remember singing many of these songs on Christmas night when my parents had friends and extended family over and we'd delight in my Mom's friend playing the piano and our singing along around the Christmas tree. I love traditions.

  • Silent Night
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Joy To The World!
  • O Holy Night
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Away In A Manger
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • We Three Kings of Orient Are
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • The Christmas Song
  • What Child Is This?
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Entertaining and Funny Christmas Songs

A holiday classic for the Funny Christmas Songs is "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer". Now it's not a favorite of mine, but given its popularity and staying power, clearly someone likes it.

There are movies that are memorable and those that well, aren't. One of the most memorable holiday movies my family and I enjoy is Elf starring Will Ferrell as Buddy. The movie is enjoyable, especially the songs performed in the movie by Zooey Deschanel, "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". Each year we have an "Elf Night Dinner" with spaghetti and orange drink and then watch the movie. Did I mention I love traditions!

Jimmy Buffet is among the best entertainers and his Christmas Island CD with its parrothead feel and caribbean beat delights. Songs include "Christmas Island", "Jingle Bells", and "A Sailor's Christmas" delivered with flair and fun. I have found listening to this CD with its references to ocean breezes an entertaining welcoming sound throughout the holidays.

Truly entertaining and inspiring are the Italian artist Andrea Bocelli and the Scottish Susan Boyle. Each of these amazingly talented artists share their musical talents and abilities with us throughout the year and during the holidays.

Famous and Funny Entertainers Music and Songs

Elf: Music From The Major Motion Picture
Elf: Music From The Major Motion Picture

Music from the movie with Will Ferrell as Buddy and Zooey Deschanel singing.


Instrumental Christmas Music

Big City Christmas
Big City Christmas

Elegant Piano, Holiday Classics including O Holy Night and White Christmas


Favorite Christmas Songs - Instrumental

As I mentioned above, I have a holiday season tradition of getting a new Holiday Music CD. Apparently I am not alone, it seems many of my friends like to add to their collections too this time of year.

Taking a quick look at my collection, I have noticed quite a few instrumental holiday CDs. These four CDs listed are included here since they're definitely among my favorites.

  • Jingle Bell Jazz features Jumpin' Jimmy and the Mistletones - Offers easy listening to wonderful festive songs. We've enjoyed listening to this music while cooking, wrapping presents, and during making our annual Christmas crafts!
  • Mannheim Steamrollers - I have enjoyed the modern renditions and recordings of Christmas music by this group since my parents introduced me to this group and its distinctive flair and talent.
  • Big City Christmas - This CD offers piano versions in a clear, smooth, soothing way. Relaxing to listen to and enjoy all year! (It is playing right now!!)
  • Joy To The World by Empire Brass is a classic, traditional Christmas keepsake. It's one of my original Christmas CDs. The music is timeless and the renditions are heart warming and inspiring.

Christmas Songs Children Love Mickey Mouse

Christmas Songs for Kids

The holidays are a magical time and for children Christmastime is an especially magical time.

Children love to celebrate the joy of the season singing Christmas songs.

The following Christmas songs list for kids, while short, reflects the most popular when I think of children and Christmas.

  • Jingle Bells
  • Frosty The Snowman
  • Up On The House-Top
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Christmastime Is Here

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer Sung by Dean Martin

What Are Some of Your Favorite Songs from Your Christmas Songs List?

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