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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    Gene Autry More
    97
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    most listed
    Silent Night

    Katherine Jenkins More
    97
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    Bruce Springsteen More
    91
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    Bing Crosby & David Bowie More
    86
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    Judy Garland More
    84
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    Leon Redbone More
    83
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    Burl Ives More
    80
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    White Christmas

    Dean Martin More
    77
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    O Holy Night

    77
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    Perry Como More
    72
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    Mel Tormé More
    71
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    Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)

    John Lennon & Yoko Ono & The Plastic Ono Band More
    70
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    Burl Ives More
    67
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    Hallelujah More
    66
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    Gene Autry More
    63
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    Band Aid, Band Aid 20 More
    63
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    Nat King Cole More
    62
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    new! Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

    Dean Martin More
    60
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    The Carpenters More
    60
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    Silver Bells

    59
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    new! Blue Christmas

    Elvis Presley More
    58
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    Noeleen Batley More
    56
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    Eartha Kitt More
    56
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    [Christmas Music] More
    55
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    The Earls More
    55
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    Less Than Jake More
    55
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    Mariah Carey More
    54
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    The Christmas Song

    53
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    The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl More
    51
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    Little Drummer Boy

    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts More
    51
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    Luciano Pavarotti More
    50
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    I'll Be Home for Christmas

    50
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Merry Christmas Baby

    E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen More
    49
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    Baby It's Cold Outside

    She & Him More
    48
    added by: Ron Mexico
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    Carol of the Bells

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    Darlene Love, Billy Squier More
    41
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    The Chipmunks More
    40
    added by: bojanthebest
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    Christmas In Dixie

    Alabama More
    40
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    Angels We Have Heard On High

    Pentatonix More
    39
    added by: Don Davis
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    Annie Lennox More
    37
    added by: Ron Mexico
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    Jingle Bells

    Frank Sinatra More
    36
    added by: Ron Mexico
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    ranked high on reranks
    Blue Christmas

    She & Him More
    36
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    Little Drummer Boy

    Pentatonix More
    36
    added by: Don Davis
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    It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

    Michael Buble More
    36
    added by: Ron Mexico
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    Joy to the World

    Nat King Cole More
    36
    added by: Switchdoctor
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    Run Rudolph Run

    Chuck Berry More
    35
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    Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

    Boney M More
    35
    added by: Switchdoctor
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    Winter Wonderland

    Scott Weiland More
    35
    added by: Ron Mexico
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    Silent Night

    Kelly Clarkson More
    34
    added by: Ron Mexico
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    The Christmas Song

    Dave Matthews Band More
    33
    added by: Ron Mexico
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