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The Best Christmas Songs Never Get Old

Updated on December 14, 2012

The 156 Best Christmas Songs For December

Some of the best Christmas songs can only be heard when December rolls around, mostly because virtually every radio station is playing it. Unless you have access to a station that plays holiday music all year round, December is your only time of the year to hear these "songs of joy." I know that you're likely to hear every kind of song under the sun, but amid the worst you'll also get to hear some of the best Christmas music currently available. Those "best songs" always put a warm feeling in my heart and make me feel that human-kind isn't all that bad. The music choices you find on this list are some of my favorites and would be great to use at a Christmas party, a family gathering or just relaxing in your chair on a snowy night.

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I Love Christmas Music!

You can always catch me singing along with good holiday music at this time of year.

1-Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry

2-Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano

3-Step Into Christmas by Elton John

4-No Room by Todd Agnew

5-Sleigh Ride by Johnny Mathis

6-Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt

7-A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

8-Reindeer Poop! by Marmalade Sky

9-Last Christmas by Wham!

10-Snoopy's Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen

11-The Train by Celestial Navigations

12-Christmas Time Again by Extreme

13-Irish Carol by Julie Andrews

14-Snow Angel by Tori Amos

15-Jingle Bell Rock by Chubby Checker or Bobby Helms

16-Everyone's A Kid At Christmas by Stevie Wonder

17-Donde Esta Santa Claus by Augie Rios

18-Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer by Elmo & Patsy

19-I Farted On Santa's Lap (Now Christmas Is Gonna Stink For Me) by The Little Stinkers

20-Do You Hear What I Hear by Whitney Houston

21-The Twelve Days of Christmas by The Ray Conniff Singers

22-Baby, It's Cold Outside by Leon Redbone with Zooey Deschanel (also heard on the movie: Elf)

23-I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas by Gayle Peevey

24-All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey

25-The Chanukah Song by Adam Sandler (some bad language in this one)

26-Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee

27-You're My Christmas Present by Stormy Weather

28-Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town by Bruce Springsteen

29-Please Come Home For Christmas by The Eagles

30-Christmas of Love by Little Isidor and the Inquisitors

Snoopy's Christmas


Country Christmas Songs

Some of my favorite country holiday music is by Dolly Parton.

31-Joy To The World by Johnny Cash

32-Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton

33-Country Christmas by Loretta Lynn

34-The First Noel by Kenny Rogers

35-Christmas Convoy by Paul Brandt

36-Christmas Cookies by The Oak Ridge Boys

37-Thank God For Kids by Kenny Chesney

38-Put A Little Holiday In Your Heart by LeAnn Rimes

39-Christmas To Christmas by Tanya Tucker

40-Meet Me Under The Mistletoe by Randy Travis

41-Santa Can't Stay by Dwight Yoakam

42-Candy Cane Christmas by Darius Rucker

43-Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy by Brad Paisley

44-Christmas In Dixie by Alabama

45-It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Mercy Me

46-Away In A Manger by George Strait

47-A Marshmallow World by Brenda Lee

48-The Christmas Guest by Reba McEntire or Johnny Cash

49-Leroy the Redneck Reindeer by Joe Diffie

50-The Fruitcake Song by 5 Chinese Brothers

51-What Child Is This? by Faith Hill or John Denver

52-Christmas For Cowboys by John Denver

53-Beautiful Star of Bethlehem by The Judds

54-Away In A Manger by Martina McBride

55-Redneck 12 Days of Christmas by Jeff Foxworthy

56-It Wasn't His Child by Trisha Yearwood

57-Where Are You Christmas by Faith Hill (from Jim Carrey movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas")

58-Mary, Did You Know? by Kenny Rogers (with Wynonna Judd)

59-The Night Before Christmas by Alabama

60-Santa Claus Is Watching You by Ray Stevens

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My Christmas Ornament Tradition

My family started the tradition of getting one Christmas ornament each year over 25 years ago. We still have each and every one and good memories of years past still come as I place each one on the tree.


Classic Christmas Music That Lasts Forever

The best Christmas songs always seem to stick around - year after year.

61-Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley

62-Ol' Saint Nicholas by Doris Day

63-Silent Night by Kenny G or Matt Maher

64-Christmas Waltz by The Carpenters

65-Christmas Alphabet by Dickie Valentine

66-White Christmas by Bing Crosby

67-Silver Bells by Andy Williams or Dean Martin

68-C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s by Eddy Arnold or Perry Como

69-The Man With The Bag by Kay Starr

70-A Christmas Festival by Arthur Fiedler

71-The Christmas Tree by Eve Boswell

72-Deck The Hall by Nat King Cole

73-Little Jack Frost Get Lost by Franke Carle

74-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Jars of Clay or Nat King Cole

75-O Little Town of Bethlehem by Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole

76-The Little Drummer Boy by Harry Simeone Chorale

77-Greensleeves (What Child Is This) by Ray Conniff

78-(There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays by Perry Como

79-The Bell Medley by Classic Christmas Singers

80-It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Andy Williams

81-Winter Wonderland by Aretha Franklin

82-White Christmas by Bing Crosby

83-An Old Christmas Card by Jim Reeves

84-Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful) by Luther Vandross or Bobby Darin

85-I'll Be Home For Christmas by Pat Boone

86-O Holy Night by Bing Crosby, Martina McBride or Celine Dion

87-The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot by Lita Roza

88-Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Frank Sinatra

89-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by The Carpenters

90-The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) by Nat King Cole

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year


Top Christmas Songs For Kids

There is nothing like listening to the sound of kids singing during the holidays.

91-Suzy Snowflake by Rosemary Clooney

92-Frosty the Snowman by Jimmy Durante

93-I'll Be a Little Angel by Sugar Beats

94-Mr. Heatmiser by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

95-Jingle Bells by Perry Como or Singing Dogs

96-The Happiest Christmas Tree by Nat King Cole

97-Here Comes Santa Claus by Gene Autry

98-The Elves Are In The Workshop by Twin Sisters

99-Christmas Wrapping by Miranda Cosgrove

100-Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys or Sugar Beats

101-Up on the Housetop by Gene Autry

102-Pure Imagination by Lou Rawls or The Glee Cast

103-Gettin' In The Mood (For Christmas) by Brian Setzer

104-Mele Kalikimaka-Hawaiian Christmas Song by Bing Crosby

105-Children Go Where I Send Thee by Johnny Cash, Tennessee Ernie Ford or Odetta

106-Hang Up Your Stocking (Kids Christmas Party) by Dennis Scott

107-There's A New Kid In Town by George Strait

108-'Twas The Night Before Christmas by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians

109-Nuttin' For Christmas by Barry Gordon or Art Mooney

110-Santa Claus Is Comin On A Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train by Kid's Christmas

111-Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey) by Lou Monte

112-The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) by Alvin and The Chipmunks

113-Twelve Days of Christmas by John Denver and The Muppets

114-Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry or Burl Ives

115-You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) by Dr. Seuss

116-I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayle Peevey

117-Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney by Ella Fitzgerald

118-Linus and Lucy (A Charlie Brown Christmas) by Vince Guaraldi Trio

119-All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth by Countdown Kids

120-If It Doesn't Snow On Christmas Day by Gene Autry

Frosty The Snowman

Our Family Loves To Watch Christmas Movies Together At This Time Of The Year


Even More Of The Best Christmas Songs Ever Made

Happy Christmas songs to get you through the month of December.

121-Everybody Loves Christmas by Eddie Money

122-Grown Up Christmas List by Barbra Streisand

123-A Christmas Long Ago by The Alley Cats

124-Every Year, Every Christmas by Luther Vandross

125-Christmas In The Trenches by John McCutcheon

126-Merry Christmas Darling by The Carpenters

127-The Twelve Pains of Christmas by Bob Rivers

128-This Time Of Year by Brook Benton

129-The Christmas Shoes by Connie Hays or Newsong

130-Back Door Santa by B.B. King or Clarence Carter

131-Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Al Green and Annie Lennox (from the movie "Scrooged")

132-The Twelve Days After Christmas by Pat Boone or Jody Applebaum

133-It's Christmas Once Again by Frankie Lymon

134-Santa Claus Go Straight to The Ghetto by James Brown

135-I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by John Mellencamp or Jennifer Vazquez

136-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Johnny Mathis

137-Do You Hear What I Hear? by Bing Crosby

138-Merry Christmas Baby by Otis Redding

139-The Night Santa Went Crazy by Weird Al Yankovic

140-It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Frank Sinatra

141-Kissing By The Mistletoe by Joe Williams

142-Another Rock 'n Roll Christmas by Gary Glitter

143-This Christmas by Donny Hathaway

144-Believe by Josh Groban

145-Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

146-Silver and Gold by Kirk Franklin or Burl Ives

147-Toyland by Johnny Mathis or Doris Day

148-Christmas Train by Carey Bell

149-Holiday Road by Lindsey Buckingham

150-Boots by The Killers

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A Few More Good Christmas Tunes To Put You In That Holiday Spirit

Perhaps the only time people will hapily listen to instrumental Christmas music.

151-Universal Child by Annie Lennox

152-A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn't So) by The Flaming Lips

153-Fruitcake by The Superions

154-Shake Up Christmas (Coke Xmas Anthem) by Train

155-My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year) by Regina Spektor

156-Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby by Amos Milburn (This one is clean, but belongs in the Christmas songs for grown-ups category.)

The Trans Siberian Orchestra

There was a night many years ago where I had to work the graveyard shift on Christmas. A radio show began playing a Trans-Siberian Orchestra marathon lasting all night. That was the first night I had ever heard any of their music and I instantly fell in love with it.

Any Cool Christmas Songs You Want To Share? - Or thoughts about the lens or Christmas in general?

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      Lemming13 5 years ago

      Some great selections here; can I suggest Tino Rossi - Petit Papa Noel; Kate Rusby - Sweet Bells; and Henry Hall - The Santa Claus Express?

    • cjbmeb14 lm profile image

      cjbmeb14 lm 5 years ago

      I uploaded a Xmas song playlist on Youtube a week ago called: Best Christmas Songs Playlist including Bing Crosby and David Bowie and it has already had over 13,000 hits.