Christmas will be here before we know it and with the most wonderful time of year comes Christmas parties, dinners, and more.

It can be a time saver to have a Christmas playlist put together that you can pull out whenever necessary or just to hype you up in preparation for it.

We have compiled some of the best Christmas songs in various categories that you can throw on your Christmas playlist and pull out when the time comes.

We will also go over different types of Spotify playlists you can use when building the foundation of your Christmas playlist.

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Accuracy and honesty are important to us, so we put a lot of research into choosing the best possible songs to suit your Christmas playlist needs. We review testimonials and reviews to ensure we are selecting the best possible songs.

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Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney

White Christmas by Bing Crosby

Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town by The Jackson Five

Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Frank Loesser

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra 

Mele Kalikimaka 
byJimmy Buffett 

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee 

Run, Rudolph, Run
by Chuck Berry

Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives 

Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi Trio 

O Holy Night by Weezer

Silent Night by Destiny’s Child

All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

Santa Baby by Madonna

Another Lonely Christmas by Prince

Christmas Love by Billy Idol

The Night Santa Went Crazy by “Weird Al” Yankovic

Oh Come All Ye Faithful by Twisted Sister

Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy by David Bowie and Bing Crosby

Top 12 Best Classic Christmas Playlist Songs

When building out the perfect playlist, it is important to have a mixture of songs from different decades to make sure you have songs to suit everyone’s tastes.

These songs will include the original versions of Christmas songs, rather than newer versions that have come out in recent decades.

Some of these songs include the following:

Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney

This classic is an instant hit that is sure to get your party moving.

White Christmas by Bing Crosby

You will likely picture the infamous shaving scene in Home Alone when you hear this song, but there is no denying that it is a classic. 

Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley

This sad, yet hopeful song is so smooth and Elvis croons about how his Christmas will be without his love. 

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town by The Jackson Five

The second this favorite comes on, your guests will instantly be singing along with their youthful voices. 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Frank Loesser

This is an instant party favorite that could also come in handy if you will be hosting karaoke at your party, as it makes for a great duet.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra

As the song states, this hit track will help your merry little Christmas become well on its way. 

Mele Kalikimaka byJimmy Buffett 

Bring some Hawaiian Christmas vibes into your house with this track. 

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee

Encourage your guests to get rockin’ with this party favorite. 

Run, Rudolph, Run by Chuck Berry

This song may spark feelings of rushing through the airport in your guests, but it is a party hit and guests will want to get up and dance. 

Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono  

This hopeful song is another sing-along classic that will leave you looking forward positively to the year ahead and what it will hold. 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives

You will practically be able to picture the old school Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer cartoon when you hear this song and your party guests will instantly want to sing along. 

Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi Trio 

The Charlie Brown Christmas classic song is sure to spark nostalgia within you. 

Top 9 Best New Christmas Playlist Songs

The next step in building your Christmas playlist is to add songs into the mix that will add a fresh, new vibe to the mix. 

These could be newer versions of older Christmas songs sung by new artists or they could be new Christmas songs altogether. 

Many of these versions were released beginning in the 1980’s and were continued to be covered throughout the following generations by whoever the top artists were at the time. 

This can be especially fun if you have younger guests who may not know the original versions of the songs but are fans of the newer artists who covered them. 

Some of these songs could include the following:

O Holy Night by Weezer 

It might seem strange for an alternative rock band like Weezer to cover such a soft, subtle song, but it works. 

They were able to take the classic version and mix it into a version that works for this generation. 

Silent Night by Destiny’s Child

This classic track has a hint of hip hop and soul, matched with the angelic voices of Destiny’s Child. 

All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

This jam will make you want to belt out the chorus, as you try to match Mariah Carey’s vocal range.

Santa Baby by Madonna

Madonna’s classic twist on this old school track brings the perfect touch of quirkiness and charm that just works. 

As she makes each of her material requests, the song just gets more and more catchy.

Another Lonely Christmas by Prince

Prince brings this poppy song to life with his funky and dance-inducing methodology. 

Christmas Love by Billy Idol

Billy Idol’s deep, crooning voice is perfect for this Christmas jam. 

The Night Santa Went Crazy by “Weird Al” Yankovic

This song brings wackiness to Christmas in a way that only “Weird Al” can and is sure to bring some laughs. 

Oh Come All Ye Faithful by Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister’s punk rock vibe brings some fun and quirky attitude to this classic Christmas tune. 

Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy by David Bowie and Bing Crosby

This is the collaboration we never knew we needed. 

Each of these hits are just some of our recommendations, but they can make for a great foundation of building up your Christmas playlist.

Top 3 Best Spotify Pre-Built Christmas Playlists

If you have a last-minute Christmas party to throw and need a playlist quickly, you can always rely on Spotify to provide you with pre-built playlists. 

These are user-created or Spotify-created playlists that are put together based on various categories and can be a great way to mix and match songs when needed.

Some of the top ones we found are as follows:

1. 100 Greatest Christmas Songs – This playlists includes a great mixture of classic Christmas tunes and new covers by today’s top artists. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser. 

2. Christmas Classics – This playlist includes many of the classic songs we recommended and dozens of others that are sure to bring you back in time and make you want to cozy up next to an open fire and break out the chestnuts. 

3. Ultimate Christmas Playlist – This self-proclaimed ultimate playlist is the perfect mixture of all types of Christmas songs and will keep your Christmas guests guessing as to what will come next. 

With the sheer number of playlists available on Spotify, you are sure to find something to please your guests, regardless of age range, taste levels, and interests. 

Spotify largely works based off an algorithm that attempts to predict what type of music you will like, based on your previous interests, so the more you utilize these playlists, the more Spotify can begin to build playlists of songs you will enjoy and that you can use for your Christmas playlist. 

We urge you to play around with the available playlists within Spotify to find something you like and add them to your mix.

General Tips for Building a Playlist

When putting together your Christmas playlist, it is important to think about what type of music you want to add to it. 

Think about the guests who will be attending, as well as the mood of the party to start developing types of songs you might want to add. 

Will there be kids at the party? If there will be, you can think about adding a few kids’ songs to the mix to make sure they have a good time, as well. 

If you know there will be a designated kids’ play area at your party, you can also connect a kids’ playlist to that room, so they will have their specific songs on that playlist, while the adults have a separate playlist going. 

You will also want to make sure you put some thought into how the songs will play after each other, as this can impact the overall mood of the party. 

For instance, you would not want to put a slow, sad song, followed by a fast, upbeat song, as this could quickly impact the mood

By controlling the flow of the playlist, you can help create a Christmas playlist that will work well.

It is always a good idea to make sure you have enough songs on your playlist, as well, to ensure that you will not run out of music during your party. 

A good rule of thumb is to come up with at least three hours of music to put on your playlist (even more is better). This will ensure that guests do not start hearing the same songs over and over or that the playlist stops. 

Do not be afraid to mix up the different styles of songs, as well – from classic songs to pop hits, this will keep things interesting and ensure there is something for everyone attending. 

One surefire way to make sure you are including songs that everyone in attendance will want to hear is, if you are sending out invitations to your party, you can include a section where guests can request songs to be played. 

You can then take these recommendations and include them on your various playlists you will be using at the party or you could allow guests to make requests at the party by giving them a sheet of paper and a pen as they enter, where they can request certain songs be played.

YouTube Playlists for the Visual Folks

One final tip is to find YouTube-based Christmas song videos that you can play, instead of playing audio-only songs. 

This can be especially appealing if you have a large screen, where you can project videos during your party or if you have a television available that could be used for the duration of the night. 

Guests can sing along to the songs while enjoying the old videos that sync along to them, or they may choose to sing karaoke-style to some of their favorite tunes. 

YouTube is like Spotify in that there are pre-built playlists filled with Christmas hits that you can then shuffle to have them play during your party. 

If you do not want to shuffle the videos and risk other playlists automatically playing, you can also add the videos you would like to play to a playlist that will then shuffle during your party. 

You could also turn this style of music-listening into a game, where guests must guess when the video was released or which outfits they think the musicians will where in the next scene of the video. 

Utilizing YouTube is a great way to bring a fun and unique dynamic to your Christmas party and help to break the monotony of simply playing music on a speaker.

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Throwing a Christmas party is a great way to have a blast with family and friends, enjoy some holiday games, and partake in food and beverages of the season. 

The music you use is simply the cherry on top of a wonderful evening, so try not to stress if you are the one in control of the tunes. 

There are numerous pre-built Spotify playlists available that you can either use in their entirety or grab songs from to help you get started. 

You can also designate a music-loving guest to take the reigns and control the playlists at the party if you are concerned about manning the music while hosting the soiree. 

Whether you choose to include our recommended songs or not, we hope you have an amazing Christmas gathering. 

What are some of your go-to Christmas playlist songs?

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