There’s no single recipe that makes classic Christmas music. But there are a few artists who have found truly magical combinations that mean their Christmas songs are played every year. And then there are Christmas songs that you will hear everywhere without looking for them.
These are the biggest, most successful Christmas songs, the ones that you will hear during the season whether you’re shopping for Christmas gifts, at the office fête de vacances, or just about anywhere in the lead up to the big day.
This isn’t a playlist with the most popular Christmas songs of 2022 (although we have that too, haha)! This is our list of the biggest Christmas songs of all time.
1. Perry Como – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Official Audio)
Some Christmas songs are such classics that they come around, time and again. Maybe you’ve heard the Michael Bublé cover more recently, but you can’t help feeling like a kid on Christmas morning when this Perry Como original starts playing.
2. Bing Crosby – White Christmas (Official Video)
Do you know it’s Christmas if you don’t hear Bing Crosby’s best-selling masterpiece, “White Christmas,” at least once? Even if you don’t know some of the lyrics past the first verse, that doesn’t mean you won’t be singing along.
3. Wham! – Last Christmas (Official Video)
Gone, but never forgotten, Wham! blessed us with “Last Christmas” in 1984. With its merry jingle and eternally memorable chorus, it can be easy to overlook the sad beauty in this song’s lyrics.
4. Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (Official Music Video)
Christmas is about getting together with loved ones, so Darlene Love’s ode to loss really hits home for those missing someone around the holiday season.
5. Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (Official Lyric Video)
We might not call them “party hops” anymore, but Brenda Lee changed office parties forever in 1958 when she released this Christmas song.
6. Andy Williams – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Official Audio)
If there ever was a way of summing up Christmas in one sentence it would be this, wouldn’t it? It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
7. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (Official Video)
If we had to crown a queen of Christmas, after this song, there’s no doubt it would be Mariah Carey… ’nuff said.
8. José Feliciano – Feliz Navidad (Official Audio)
Some Christmas songs’ lyrics are master classes in extensive poeticism, but “Feliz Navidad” proves simplicity can be even more powerful to let people know how you feel.
9. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
There has never been, and never will again be, a song that so clearly demonstrates the sheer power of people coming together for Christmas.
10. Frank Sinatra – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Official Music Video)
Rounding off the list is the crooner of all crooners saying what we’re all thinking, because really, what else do we want but a white Christmas?