The Best Christmas Songs of All Time

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Only the greatest 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 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. 

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

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  • It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

    It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

    1,792 votes
  • White Christmas (Bing Crosby & Marjorie Reynolds from Holiday Inn, 1942)

    White Christmas (Bing Crosby & Marjorie Reynolds from Holiday Inn, 1942)

    365 votes
  • Carol of the Bells

    Carol of the Bells

    1,550 votes
  • Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives)

    Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives)

    414 votes
  • O Holy Night
    2,768 votes