This Christmas, enjoy these classic holiday tunes!

For Jesus and the culture

Dear Reader: 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season for gift-giving, festive parties, and of course, Christmas music. Whether you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit or just need some background noise while wrapping presents, we’ve got the perfect playlist for you. From classics like “White Christmas” and “Silent Night” to modern pop hits like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” these songs are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. So cue up your favorite streaming service and enjoy!

“White Christmas” – Bing Crosby

No Christmas playlist would be complete without Bing Crosby’s signature holiday tune. This classic song has been covered by everyone from Michael Bublé to Lady Gaga, but nothing beats the original. Released in 1942, “White Christmas” went on to become the best-selling single of all time—a title it still holds today.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey

If you’re looking for a modern take on a holiday classic, look no further than Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” This catchy pop tune has become a staple of Christmas radio stations everywhere and is sure to put a smile on your face. Fun fact: the music video was filmed in New York City’s Central Park!

“Silent Night” – various artists

This beautiful song was written in 1816 by Joseph Mohr. Since then, it has been covered by countless artists from all over the world, each imparting their unique style. One of our favorites is The Temptation’s 1970 rendition.

“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause” – Jackson 5

Released in 1987, this catchy holiday hit is sure to get stuck in your head for days. Written by Tommie Connor in 1952, this song tells the story of a child who witnesses their mother kissing Santa Claus—not what you expected, right?

“The Christmas Song” – Nat King Cole

Known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” or simply “The Christmas Song,” this holiday classic was written by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells in 1944. It was popularized by Nat King Cole’s 1945 version, which is one of the most-played Christmas songs in radio history.

“Happy Xmas (War is Over)” – John Legend

John Legend’s 2018 release “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” offers a modern take on this classic holiday song. With its uplifting lyrics and jubilant instrumentals, this track perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas.

“This Christmas” – Donny Hathway

Donny Hathaway’s 1970 track, “This Christmas,” is the perfect song for a holiday party. Full of festive instrumentals and joyous lyrics, you can’t help but smile when listening to this upbeat classic.

“Do You Hear What I Hear” – Whitney Houston

At just 19 years old, Whitney Houston released her first Christmas album in 1987. One of the songs included on that album was this beautiful rendition of “Do You Hear What I Hear.” Her powerful voice and rich, soulful sound make this song a must-listen for the holiday season.

“Every Year, Every Christmas” – Luther Vandross

Released in 1995, Luther Vandross’ song “Every Year, Every Christmas” has become a holiday staple. With its upbeat rhythm and catchy lyrics, it’s sure to lift your spirits no matter how you’re feeling. So turn up the volume and enjoy!

“Let it Snow” – Boyz II Men

Although it’s technically a winter song, this Boyz II Men classic is an absolute must-listen during the holidays. It has been covered by everyone from Ariana Grande to Michael Bublé over the years and remains popular to this day.

“Santa Baby” – Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt’s 1953 song “Santa Baby” is the perfect track to get you in the mood for Christmas. Its sultry vocals and playful lyrics make it a must-listen for any holiday party—try not to sing along!

“Christmas Time is Here” – H.E.R.

R&B singer H.E.R.’s 2019 holiday single, “Christmas Time is Here,” offers a modern take on the classic Charlie Brown song of the same name. This heartfelt track has all the elements of a festive Christmas song—charming instrumentals and sweet lyrics that will make you smile.

“Mary, Did You Know” – Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige’s 2013 rendition of “Mary, Did You Know?” is a timeless classic that will take you back to your childhood days. So if you’re looking for something nostalgic and sweet, be sure to check out Mary J. Blige’s version!

“Love Comes With Christmas” – The Temptations

Released in 1980, “Love Comes With Christmas” by The Temptations is one of the most beloved holiday songs of all time. Its beautiful lyrics and moving melodies are sure to make you feel all the feels during this joyous time of year.

“That’s What’s Christmas Means To Me” – En Vogue

En Vogue’s 2002 track “That’s What Christmas Means To Me” is a perfect pick-me-up during the holiday season. Full of soulful vocals and sweet melodies, this song will have you tapping your feet and humming along in no time. So turn up the volume and get into the holiday spirit!

Whether you’re looking for classics or modern hits, there’s something for everyone on this list. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the best that Christmas music has to offer! And from all of us here, we wish you a very merry Christmas!