Singing your way into December: Must-have songs for your annual Christmas playlist


Illustration by Adelyn Sim ’24.

“Last Christmas” by Wham!

This is A CLASSIC and a must have on any Christmas playlist. This pop Christmas song has earned a place in this playlist for its ear-worming beat and catchy tune that is perfect to sing along to. For those of us who can unfortunately relate to the lyrics, this song is the ultimate comfort song for the holidays. Not to mention, it’s sung by none other than Wham! 


“Jingle Bells” by Frank Sinatra

“Jingle Bells” is a must have in any Christmas playlist and the Frank Sinatra version is, by far, the most festive one. The swinging melody and playful lyric additions make this song sure to put you in a festive mood!


“The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole

For a true classic, you must have “The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole”– perfect for cozy, late winter nights. 


“Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Ester Williams and Ricardo Montalbán

Originally sung by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán, this duet is perfect to include for those of us who love to sing along to our playlists. 


“Step into Christmas” by Elton John

This energetic song, sung by none other than Elton John, brings to life the holiday spirit through its quick, upbeat melody. 


“(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays” by Perry Como

Perry Como brings to life pure joy through this song, making sure to put a smile on each listener’s face. 


“Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee

Who could not love this song!? Although it may not be as energetic as “Step into Christmas,” this song is sure to bring joy, making “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” an essential in any holiday playlist. 


“We Need a Little Christmas” by Johnny Mathis

This song is sure to put a smile on your face and put you in the Christmas spirit through its Broadway-like manner.  


“All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey

Everyone knows and loves this song, so feel free to belt it out when it starts playing!


“O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Nat King Cole

For a true Christmas song, make sure to include “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Its peaceful tone creates the perfect Christmas atmosphere and sets the mood for Dec. 25. 


“Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band-Aid

Originally written for a fundraiser, this song not only has a catchy 80s beat but will put you in the true Christmas spirit. 


“Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson

Sure to make you get up and dance, “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson is one of those Christmas songs you can listen to year-round. 


“Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber

I know, I know, this is a controversial song choice. However, it deserves its spot on this list for its pop beat that is sure to make you start belting out the words.