The Best Christmas Songs of All Time Songs
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The Best Christmas Songs of All Time

What are the best Christmas songs ever? Holiday songs are without a doubt incredibly popular year after year, and some songs have remained classics for decades. The best Christmas carols and songs manage to capture the spirit of the holidays and tap into our nostalgia, making us sing along despite ourselves. Who hasn't burst into a little "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" once in a while? That's what this list is all about: the greatest Christmas songs. Vote for your favorites, add any that are missing, and have a wonderful, happy, holly jolly Christmas, everyone.

Holiday songs can be traditional Christmas carols like "O Holy Night" and "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" or they can be more modern, rocking versions of classics like Bruce Springsteen's version of "Santa Claus is Coming To Town." There are also great country Christmas songs and remixed versions, like Bing Crosby and David Bowie's version of "Little Drummer Boy" (as well as not-so-great worst Christmas songs). And yes, not to be left out of the mix, there are also some pretty solid hip-hop/rap Christmas songs. Examples, you say? How about Run D.M.C.'s "Christmas in Hollis" or Kanye West's "Christmas in Harlem"?

The best Christmas songs often come from brilliant best Christmas albums, too. Case in point: Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" became a staple holiday song after it's release in 1994, as part of Carey's Christmas album, titled appropriately enough, 'Merry Christmas.'

From the traditional best Christmas carols to the more modern, this list includes the greatest holiday songs ever sung. Feel free to rerank this list anyway you want. Pa rum pa pum pum!

What are the best Christmas songs of all time? Take a look here and see for yourself.

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    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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    Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

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    Katherine Jenkins

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    Rudoph, The Red Nosed Reindeer

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    Winter Wonderland

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    Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy

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    O Holy Night

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    A Holly Jolly Christmas

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    I'll Be Home for Christmas

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    Here Comes Santa Claus

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    Wham

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    Santa Baby

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    Jingle Bell Rock

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    Silver Bells

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    Christmastime Is Here (From a Charlie Brown Christmas)

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    Baby It's Cold Outside She & Him

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    Do They Know It's Christmas

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    Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)

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    Frank Sinatra

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    It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Michael Buble

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    Joy to the World Nat King Cole

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    Frank Sinatra

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    Hallelujah

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    The Christmas Song (feat. Natalie Cole)

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Don Davis
    Angels We Have Heard On High Pentatonix

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    All I Want For Christmas Is You (So So Def remix) (feat. Jermaine Dupri & Lil Bow Wow)

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    The Christmas Song

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    The 12 Days of Christmas

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    Kelly Clarkson

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    Little Drummer Boy Pentatonix

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    [Christmas Music]

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    Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

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    Hark! the Herald Angels Sing Boney M

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    Annie Lennox

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    12 Pains of Christmas Bob Rivers

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    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett

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    Luciano Pavarotti

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    I'll Be Home for Christmas

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    Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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    Loreena McKennitt

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    The Waitresses

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    The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl

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    Winter Wonderland Scott Weiland

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    Carol of the Bells

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    What a Wonderful World

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