10 Classic Christmas Songs

10 Classic Christmas Songs. Turn any radio station on in the month of December, and you’re likely to be heralded by Christmas favorites. There’s something so heartwarming and fun about this simple tradition—with just a few lines of Jingle Bells, you can put the whole family in the holiday mood.

Friday-Favorites-Classic-Christmas-MusicTurn any radio station on in the month of December, and you’re likely to be heralded by Christmas favorites. There’s something so heartwarming and fun about this simple tradition—with just a few lines of Jingle Bells, you can put the whole family in the holiday mood.

Although everyone has their favorites and new takes on classic Christmas tunes come out every year, here’s a list of ten quintessential holiday songs we recommend you add to any playlist.

> White Christmas: Nothing says “the holidays” quite like Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. Taken from the classic Christmas movie of the same name, this song has sold over 50 million copies since it was first sung in 1942.

> Baby It’s Cold Outside: From the classic Dean Martin version to updated takes from artists like Dolly Parton or Zoey Deschanel, Baby It’s Cold Outside is a holiday favorite when you want something that’s fun and romantic.

> Santa Baby: Eartha Kitt’s Santa Baby is another fun and romantic song that modern-day artists have been having a lot of fun remaking. Updated versions from artists like Cyndi Lauper have gained popularity in recent years.

> Blue Christmas: For a slower, more melodic take on the holiday season, Elvis Presley’s Blue Christmas is an ideal choice. No one has really been able to remake this one to quite the same level of fame, so we suggest you stick with the classic version.

> All I Want for Christmas is You: Most of the songs on this list are older classics, but there’s no denying that Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You is one of the most popular holiday songs of our modern age.

> Christmas Don’t be Late (Chipmunk Song): No childhood is complete without the sound of The Chipmunks bringing in the holidays with their bright, chipper voices and high-pitched harmonies.

> Mary, Did You Know: Another newer classic to make the list, Mary, Did You Know offers a beautiful melodic escape that asks us all to remember the true message behind the season.

> Sleigh Ride: The only fully instrumental piece to make it on this list, Sleigh Ride is a popular favorite at school concerts and orchestral events. It captures the lighthearted sentiment of the season while also making us all feel merry and bright.

> Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer: Although some people don’t find the dry humor in this song fitting for the holidays, it’s unquestionably a part of the modern Christmas music tradition. It was first performed in 1978, though the version by Elmo and Patsy we all know (and some of us love) wasn’t released until 1983.

> Holy Night: When you want to tap into the true spirit of Christmas through song, there’s no easier way to do it than with O Holy Night. The operatic range of this song makes it tricky for most singers to master, but versions from greats like Placido Domingo and Charlotte Church capture everything just as it’s meant to be.

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