40 Christmas Songs

christmas musicTis the season we're inundated by Christmas music. Like any music, some Christmas songs are great, while others are pretty dreadful. This year, I decided to wade through my collection and produce the top 40 Christmas songs.

Yes, music playlists are totally subjective, so I'm sure I've missed a few of your personal favourites, or perhaps I included a Christmas song or two you despise. That's what the comments are for! Let me know where I messed up as we collaborate to mould the ideal Christmas playlist for 2009.

  • Christmas Don't Be Late - Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band
  • Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
  • Green Christmas - Barenaked Ladies
  • White Christmas - Bing Crosby
  • Mary Had A Baby - Bruce Cockburn
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen
  • Merry Christmas Baby - Chuck Berry
  • Joy To The World - Clem Snide
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Coldplay
  • First Noel - Crash Test Dummies
  • Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie and Bing Crosby
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dean Martin
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Death Cab For Cutie
  • Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
  • I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake
  • Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto - James Brown
  • Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko And Plastic Ono Band And The Harlem Community Choir
  • Honky The Christmas Goose - Johnny Bower
  • I Wish It Was Christmas Today - Julian Casablancas
  • Christmas Night in Harlem - Louis Armstrong & His All Stars
  • Carol Of The Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - Nat King Cole
  • Merry Christmas, Baby - Otis Redding
  • Let Me Sleep - Pearl Jam
  • Fairytale of New York - The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl
  • 2000 Miles - The Pretenders
  • Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) - The Ramones
  • The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside - Ray Charles
  • Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC
  • Song For A Winter's Night - Sarah McLachlan
  • What Christmas Means To Me - Stevie Wonder
  • You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft
  • O Holy Night - Tipitina's Foundation
  • Baby Please Come Home - U2
  • Christmas Time Is Here ( Instrumental) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • Greensleeves - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
  • Welcome Christmas - The Who's of Whoville

Merry Christmas!

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I'm a sentimental sap for Chris Rea's Driving Home for Christmas.

December 11, 2009 @ 10:33 AM


Check out my blog today for some Christmas country goodness.

December 11, 2009 @ 10:52 AM


"Someday at Christmas" & "One Little Christmas Tree" both by Stevie Wonder

December 11, 2009 @ 11:43 AM

Randy Warren

showing my age, but "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee; but at least you put Elvis on the list.

December 11, 2009 @ 12:24 PM


Two of my favorites:

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLaughlin

Merry Fucking Christmas - South Park

And most anything from the Trans Siberian Orchestra, of course.

December 11, 2009 @ 1:28 PM


Another Rock and Roll Christmas by Gary Glitter. Just keep the kids away from him.


December 11, 2009 @ 2:20 PM


O Holy Night (instrumental) by Manheim Steamroller and Christmas Rapping by The Waitresses.

December 11, 2009 @ 2:36 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I actually meant to replace Ertha Kitt with The Waitresses. "Christmas Wrapping" belongs on this list.

December 11, 2009 @ 2:40 PM

Mike from Lowville

Hey you forgot my favorite Christmas song by Kevin Bloody Wilson! Hey Santa Claus you C***!

December 11, 2009 @ 2:49 PM


This Christmas Time by Sean Hogan should be on that list. That's the only Christmas song I like. It's by the best country singer in the world, Sean Hogan.

December 11, 2009 @ 2:49 PM


I'm a big fan of "Christmas Time Again" by Extreme.

December 11, 2009 @ 4:02 PM

jason | getyouroj.com

Here's a few:

"Jingle Bells" - Barenaked Ladies

"Christmas Time is Here" - Belle and Sebastien

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - Jackson 5

"santa Claus go straight to the ghetto" - James Brown

I'll be doing a list of my own over the holidays, so I can't give 'em all away ;-)

December 11, 2009 @ 7:58 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Hey jason, I already had Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto by James Brown on my list.

I need to hear Belle and Sebastien "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"...

December 12, 2009 @ 9:44 AM


The Beach Boys- Santa's Beard
and The Man With All The Toys

The Royal Guardsmen- Snoopy's Christmas

December 12, 2009 @ 11:23 AM

jason | getyouroj.com

I'm dropping some more

The Raveonettes - "The Christmas Song"

Sufjam Stevens - "Come On Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance"

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "All I Want For Christmas"

Feist - "Please Be Patient" (Colbert Christmas)

Bright Eyes - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman

Sufjan Stevens - "Put The Lights on the tree"

Weezer - "Christmas Celebration"

The Ting Tings - "Shut Up and Let It Snow" (BBC)

The Eels - "Christmas Is Going to the Dogs"

most can be found on youtube, i will be posting some over the next few weeks

December 12, 2009 @ 4:31 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Had that Raveonettes tune, too. :-)

December 12, 2009 @ 8:14 PM

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