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The Best Christmas Songs of All Time

Updated May 19, 2020 80.2k votes 14.5k voters 543.8k views120 items

List RulesVote up the songs that define your Christmas spirit.

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 good Christmas songs 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 good country Christmas songs and Christmas songs about Jesus. Additionally, you'll find classic Christmas jazz standards and great rock Christmas songs, 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 most famous Christmas songs often come from brilliant best Christmas albums, too. Since its release in 1994, Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" has rightfully earned its place on practically every pop Christmas playlist, while some of the other selections from her Merry Christmas album are considered R&B Christmas staples.

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

What are the best Christmas songs of all time? From classic Christmas hits to popular Christmas songs in 2019, take a look here and see for yourself.