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The Definitive Ranking of Christmas Songs

There are hundreds of songs that celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, and each of them rightfully deserve a spot in our hearts. However, some Christmas songs seem to rise above others year after year. Here is a ranking of fourteen of the most well-loved classics.

 

14. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

This song is one of the most nostalgic Christmas tunes, taking us back to childhood Christmas times spent watching the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer classic on VHS. The words are known and loved by all, and rightfully so.

 

13. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

How can you not love this song? It’s one of the classiest and most catchy Christmas carols. There’s no wonder it has been and will continue to be a classic.

 

12. This Christmas

This is one of those songs that’s too hard to not sing along to– it somehow makes me want to decorate a Christmas tree and dance at the same time. Mary J. Blige’s version is a personal favorite.

 

11. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

A timeless classic, this song is a groovy carol to play when making Christmas cookies or doing other such festive activities.

 

10. Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Though this song may be a little controversial in the fact that the male singer’s motivation to keep the female singer in his presence has been questioned, it still remains a Christmas classic. Plus, it makes an iconic moment in the Elf shower scene. Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone’s version takes the cake.

 

9. (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays

This song becomes especially relevant in college… there really is nothing like being home with your family for the holidays- and having an incredibly cheery Christmas song to go along with it.

 

8. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Another nostalgic classic, this song is one of the essential staples of Christmas time. It celebrates childhood’s most anticipated and well-loved character. The song gives parents a way to urge their kids to act more nice than naughty during the holiday season, too.

 

7. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Ok seriously, how can you not love this one? It’s one of those Christmas bops that makes you want to have a Christmas party with your closest friends and laugh around the fire while drinking hot cocoa.

 

6. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

A song to play for November 1st, this lyrically beautiful classic initiates the beginning of the Christmas season. Michael Buble’s version is especially charming.

 

5. A Holly Jolly Christmas

If this song doesn’t instantly put you in a Christmassy mood… listen again. This Burl Ives classic can make even a sweltering July night seem jolly.

 

4. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Easily the most joyful Christmas song out there, this carol can get anyone excited for the most wonderful time of the year. There’s parties to be hosted and marshmallows to be toasted!

 

3. Last Christmas

Who can deny the festive melancholy that this song brings each Christmas season? One of the most relaxing Christmas songs, George Michael brings a pop classic to the Christmas song scene.

 

2. All I Want for Christmas is You

This song is adopted as the iconic Christmas favorite of our generation. Catchy, fun, and festive, there’s no wonder this song became such an instant success in such a short period of time, and established itself as a Christmas staple for all future Christmases.

 

1. The Christmas Song

There are no words to describe how much I love this song. It may not be the most popular, but it is easily one of the most beautiful and nostalgic Christmas songs of all time. It conjures up visions of warm christmas fireplace fires, watching snow fall gently upon a dimly lit village, or peacefully sipping hot chocolate while being wrapped in a warm blanket. It ends with a timeless sentiment that characterizes the joyful spirit of the Christmas season- “Merry Christmas to you.”

 

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