The Top 15 Songs You Should Be Adding to Your Christmas Playlist This Year

If you are finding your Christmas lacks holiday cheer, there is no need to fret. We have compiled a list of 15 songs you should add to your Christmas playlist.

By: Caden Lefler & Eli Oyler

December is upon us and you’re driving those slick South Dakota roads with the same playlist you had in October. Many have already made the switch to their Christmas playlist, ready to celebrate. If you’re currently finding yourself sulking in your room because you don’t have the perfect Christmas playlist that everyone is jealous of, don’t worry. We have compiled a list of the top 15 songs you should be adding to your playlist to get you into that holly jolly mindset.

Mariah Carey

The classic Christmas jam from Mariah Carey has made the list along with a second. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” are the best from Mariah Carey’s Christmas album, both stand as the turn of winter. As soon as you start hearing them, you know it’s Christmas season.

Michael Bublé

The next couple were pulled from another classic Christmas album. He seems only to be really popular around this time with his smooth deep voice and jazzy music accompaniment. Michael Bublé has given us the gift of “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas. Both give you a warm feeling for those cold winter months.


Another December favorite is Pentatonix. Their popularity always seems to grow during the Christmas season because of their soulful harmonies and strong choral sound. “Hallelujah” has made our list as well as the top ten list in 2016 when it was released. “Hallelujah” wasn’t the only Pentatonix song that made the list. Along with it, “Coldest Winter” has secured its spot, and with amazing beat and outstanding vocals it’s no doubt. And for any theatre nerd out there, we feel this song fulfills that super dramatic, intense production trailer showcasing a mash of Les Mis, The Lion King, and the Phantom of the Opera.

Ariana Grande

This next artist has been repaving the way for young female artists since her career began. Ariana Grande has been dropping great music left and right but we went back and pulled some of the top songs from her collection of great Christmas music. She has definitely earned her place on our list with two of her songs. “Santa tell me” and “Snow in California” which not only will put you in the Christmas spirit, but will also add a little pop into your life.

Kelly Clarkson

Another name not usually associated with Christmas has made it onto our list. Judge of the Voice and 3-time Grammy award winning artist Kelly Clarkson shows us her Christmas voice in “Underneath the Tree.” She provides a beautiful addition to our list with this fun and upbeat song.


In a slow and elegant “Underneath the mistletoe” Sia gives us her own take on Christmas music. She adds to the elegance with “Snowman.” A great original over a soft piano that you simply can’t help but sway to. She throws her hat into the ring of Christmas albums with her brand-new album: “Every day is Christmas.” Only a couple out of the many great songs from the album, “Underneath the Mistletoe” and “Snowman” provide a great twist on Christmas music and truly stand out from the same old holly jolly songs.

Meghan Trainor

Pop artist Meghan Trainor made our list with her version of “I’ll be Home.” Her twist on classic Christmas music is sure to bring the warm fuzzy feeling the holiday season provides. Her smooth voice and beautiful lyrics illustrate a beautiful picture of the most important thing during the holiday season; family.

Sam Smith

In his soothing silky voice that’s lead him to fame all over the world, Sam Smith dashes onto our list with his cover of “Have yourself a merry little Christmas.” Another slower song on the list, Sam is sure to sooth you right into the melody and make your heart melt over his gently spoken lyrics. Sam is truly an angel and can surely make you feel anything he wants with his music.


Coming straight from 1998, *NSYNC brings us the classic “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.” This song made the list because of the overall upbeat nature that brings any 90’s and 00’s kid right back to the good ol’ days.

Why Don’t We

The next song can typically be found in any Taco John’s commercial during the holiday season and are usually part of the 7 words your 45-year-old, “nog-aholic,” failed DJ of an uncle knows in Spanish. The song is “Feliz Navidad” but the twist is it’s by the newest boy-band Why Don’t We. They have dropped the mariachi band vibe for a good beat and remastered lyrics. Truly a good Christmas hit for the band and for your playlist this year.

And there you have it, 15 songs you should be adding to your playlist this holiday season that will help wipe away the cobwebs and might give you a chance at getting the aux at the next holiday party. These songs should be your go-tos for the next couple months while the snow continues to fall and holiday cheer is spread.

TOP 15 Christmas Songs (UNRANKED)

  1. Santa Tell Me ~ Ariana Grande
  2. Snow in California ~ Ariana Grande
  3. Have Yourself A Merry Christmas ~ Sam Smith
  4. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays ~ *NSYNC
  5. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas Michael Bublé
  6. Holly Jolly Christmas – Michael Bublé
  7. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town ~ Mariah Carey
  8. All I Want for Christmas Is You ~ Mariah Carey
  9. Feliz Navidad ~ Why Don’t We
  10. Snowman ~ Sia
  11. Underneath the Mistletoe ~ Sia
  12. Coldest Winter ~ Pentatonix
  13. Hallelujah ~ Pentatonix
  14. I’ll Be Home ~ Meghan Trainor
  15. Underneath the Tree ~ Kelly Clarkson

Photo: Pine Cone, Flowers, and Grado RS2e by Jonathan Grado on Flickr