The Best Christmas Songs of All Time Songs
Ultimate List
6,048 votes 21,906 views more info

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.

Check out more lists like Hot Brunette Women, Best Current Soccer Players, Hottest Women With Bleach Blonde Hair, Best NBA Buys for the Money and Most Popular Form of Exercise
  • 17 ReRanks
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 166
    Down 41

    the people's #1

    open
  2. 2
    Up 116
    Down 50

    most listed Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

    open
  3. 3
    Up 139
    Down 43

    Katherine Jenkins

    open
  4. 4
    Up 120
    Down 41

    Rudoph, The Red Nosed Reindeer

    open
  5. 5
    Up 128
    Down 37

    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

    open
  6. 6
    Up 107
    Down 37

    Winter Wonderland

    open
  7. 7
    Up 88
    Down 35

    open
  8. 8
    Up 114
    Down 52

    Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy

    open
  9. 9
    Up 136
    Down 33

    ranked low on reranks O Holy Night

    open
  10. 10
    Up 89
    Down 40

    Leon Redbone

    open
  11. 11
    Up 89
    Down 29

    A Holly Jolly Christmas

    open
  12. 12
    Up 98
    Down 30

    I'll Be Home for Christmas

    open
  13. 13
    Up 63
    Down 31

    Here Comes Santa Claus

    open
  14. 14
    Up 74
    Down 29

    Silver Bells

    open
  15. 15
    Up 54
    Down 24

    added by Ron Mexico Wham

    open
  16. 16
    Up 70
    Down 41

    Santa Baby

    open
  17. 17
    Up 82
    Down 31

    Christmastime Is Here (From a Charlie Brown Christmas)

    open
  18. 18
    Up 69
    Down 32

    Jingle Bell Rock

    open
  19. 19
    Up 62
    Down 51

    ranked high on reranks Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)

    open
  20. 20
    Up 39
    Down 15

    added by Ron Mexico Frank Sinatra

    open
  21. 21
    Up 57
    Down 19

    added by Ron Mexico Baby It's Cold Outside She & Him

    open
  22. 22
    Up 55
    Down 42

    Do They Know It's Christmas

    open
  23. 23
    Up 55
    Down 16

    added by Ron Mexico It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Michael Buble

    open
  24. 24
    Up 62
    Down 33

    Hallelujah

    open
  25. 25
    Up 54
    Down 41

    The Carpenters

    open
  26. 26
    Up 38
    Down 16

    added by Switchdoctor Joy to the World Nat King Cole

    open
  27. 27
    Up 48
    Down 9

    Frank Sinatra

    open
  28. 28
    Up 68
    Down 36

    The Christmas Song (feat. Natalie Cole)

    open
  29. 29
    Up 43
    Down 33

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

    open
  30. 30
    Up 46
    Down 17

    added by Don Davis Angels We Have Heard On High Pentatonix

    open
  31. 31
    Up 53
    Down 24

    The Christmas Song

    open
  32. 32
    Up 24
    Down 17
    No image

    Elvis Presley

    open
  33. 33
    Up 38
    Down 17
    No image

    added by Ron Mexico Kelly Clarkson

    open
  34. 34
    Up 24
    Down 12

    added by Switchdoctor The 12 Days of Christmas

    open
  35. 35
    Up 36
    Down 37

    often listed & ranked high on reranks [Christmas Music]

    open
  36. 36
    Up 50
    Down 45

    Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

    open
  37. 37
    Up 37
    Down 21

    added by Don Davis Little Drummer Boy Pentatonix

    open
  38. 38
    Up 34
    Down 18

    added by Switchdoctor Hark! the Herald Angels Sing Boney M

    open
  39. 39
    Up 36
    Down 15

    12 Pains of Christmas Bob Rivers

    open
  40. 40
    Up 31
    Down 18

    added by Ron Mexico Annie Lennox

    open
  41. 41
    Up 46
    Down 33

    Luciano Pavarotti

    open
  42. 42
    Up 40
    Down 31

    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett

    open
  43. 43
    Up 58
    Down 21

    ranked low on reranks I'll Be Home for Christmas

    open
  44. 44
    Up 15
    Down 10
    No image

    added by AnnetteFreeman Trans-Siberian Orchestra

    open
  45. 45
    Up 15
    Down 16

    added by Amy Lindorff Loreena McKennitt

    open
  46. 46
    Up 15
    Down 13
    No image

    The Waitresses

    open
  47. 47
    Up 21
    Down 16

    added by Ron Mexico Winter Wonderland Scott Weiland

    open
  48. 48
    Up 12
    Down 24

    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl

    open
  49. 50
    Up 22
    Down 37

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Merry Christmas Baby

    open
  50. 51
    Up 54
    Down 26

    ranked low on reranks Carol of the Bells

    open
79 +

Something missing? Add it!

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists