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100 Holiday Tunes | Do You Hear What I Hear?

If you are anything like our family, Christmas music begins to chime throughout our home by Thanksgiving. There is really not much to it, you either love ’em or hate ’em. Me? Well let’s just say I am very particular about the holiday tunes that make it on my iPod.

I love the classics like Nat King Cole singing A Christmas Song, Joni Mitchell’s River and imagining Elvis Presley swinging his nether region in Blue Christmas; however I really enjoy the more contemporary carols like I Wish It Were Christmas Today, Lady Gaga’s Christmas Tree and A New York Christmas as well. Having a good mixture shuffling through your playlist by different artists is very important so that your can avoid becoming burnt out on Fa-la-la-la‘s too soon.

As an early holiday present, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite quintessential Christmas songs for you to add to your iTunes playlist. If you do not have time to track down all these musical treats, then simply follow this link to my Spotify account where I’ve set up the Christmas playlist for you!


– Nicole

  1. Santa Baby – Madonna
  2. Deck The HallsR. E. M.
  3. Have a Holly Jolly ChristmasMichael Bublé
  4. It’s ChristmastimeSmokey Robinson & The Miracles
  5. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band-Aid
  6. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
  7. Sleigh Ride – KT Tunstall
  8. Dominick the Christmas DonkeyLou Monte
  9. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – James Taylor
  10. Jingle Bell RockHall & Oates
  11. Christmas SongDave Matthews & Tim Renyolds
  12. I Wish It Was Christmas Today  – Julian Casablancas
  13. Joy To The World  – Johnny Cash
  14. Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
  15. Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  16. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa ClausJackson 5
  17. Rockin’ Around The Christmas TreeShe & Him
  18. Santa Claus is Coming To TownTony Bennett
  19. Most Wonderful Time of the YearScott Weiland
  20. Happy ChristmasJohn Lennon
  21. Merry Christmas Baby – Bruce Springsteen
  22. Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
  23. Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) – U2
  24. It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like ChristmasDean Martin
  25. A New York ChristmasRob Thomas
  26. Blue ChristmasChris Isaak
  27. Let Me Sleep (It’s Christmas Time) – Pearl Jam
  28. Father Christmas The Kinks
  29. O Come All Ye FaithfulWeezer
  30. The RiverJoni Mitchell/Christine Evans/James Taylor
  31. Please Come Home For ChristmasJon Bon Jovi
  32. Winter Wonderland – Eurythmics or Jason Mraz
  33. O Holy Night – Nat King Cole
  34. You’re A Mean One, Mr. GrinchAimee Mann
  35. ‘Zat You, Santa Claus?Louis Armstrong
  36. Christmas in Hollis – Run-DMC
  37. White ChristmasBing Crosby
  38. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  39. Last Christmas – Wham!
  40. Let It Snow – Rosemary Clooney
  41. Little Drummer BoyDavid Bowie & Bing Crosby
  42. Ave Maria – Chris Cornell
  43. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Josh Groban
  44. Christmas Don’t Be Late – The Chipmunks
  45. Christmas – The Who
  46. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  47. Christmas Lights – Coldplay
  48. Give Love on Christmas DayNew Edition
  49. My Favorite Things – John Coltrane
  50. The Man With All The Toys – The Beach Boys
  51. 2000 Miles – The Pretenders
  52. Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer – Jack Johnson
  53. Adeste Fideles – Brian McKnight
  54. O TannenbaumAndrea Bocelli
  55. I Saw Three ShipsSting
  56. Hark! The Herald Angels SingCarrie Underwood
  57. First NoelWillie Nelson
  58. Shake Up ChristmasTrain
  59. Silent Night – Neil Diamond
  60. Every Year, Every Christmas – Patti LaBelle
  61. Silver BellsBob Dylan
  62. Up On The HousetopJackson 5
  63. Christmastime Is HereSarah McLachlan
  64. Oi To The WorldNo Doubt
  65. ChristmasBlues Traveler
  66. Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano
  67. All I Want for Christmas is You – Glee
  68. 12 Days of ChristmasResilient K
  69. The Nutcracker SuiteBrian Setzer
  70. We Wish You a Merry ChristmasJohn Denver & The Muppets
  71. Frosty the SnowmanJimmy Durante
  72. Who’s Child is This?  – Vanessa Williams
  73. Away in a MangerFaith Hill
  74. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Whitney Houston
  75. Merry Xmas EverybodyCamp Freddy
  76. Run Rudolph Run – Bryan Adams
  77. I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas – Bon Jovi
  78. Christmastime – Smashing Pumpkins
  79. The Christmas (Hang All The Mistletoe) – Macy Gray
  80. Christmas Day – Dido
  81. The Christas Waltz – Kristin Chenoweth
  82. Here’s Comes Santa Claus – Willie Nelson
  83. Marshmallow World – Ella Fitzgerald featuring Bing Crosby
  84. The Bells of St. Mary’s – Sheryl Crow
  85. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me WarmTony Bennett
  86. Angels We Have Heard on HighChristina Aguilera
  87. I Won’t Be Home for ChristmasBlink 182
  88. Someday at Christmas – Stevie Wonder
  89. Christmas Tree – Lady GaGa
  90. It Must Have Been the MistletoeBarbra Streisand
  91. If You Were Born Today – Jimmy Eat World
  92. Who Would Have Thought?Brian McKnight
  93. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)The Smithereens
  94. The Carol of the Bells – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  95. December ChildCyndi Lauper
  96. Drunk on Christmas  – Jimmy Fallon featuring John Rich
  97. Jingle BellsDiana Krall
  98. White Christmas – Vonda Shepard and Robert Downey Jr.
  99. O Night Divine – Melissa Etheridge
  100. Auld Lang Syne – James Taylor

Did I forget any? What is your favorite song during the holidays? 

– Nicole

A NJ transplant living in SoCal, Nicole Standley, digs pop culture, fancy-dancy hotels, cool shindigs, live shows, highfalutin restaurants, and all-things: music, fashion and events. Twitter: @nicoledstandley

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  1. Love this!

    • Thanks, Em!

  2. what no Mannheim Steamroller?? *snort**

    I love your list you did all the work for me BRAV-O!

    Im downloading SPOTIFY right now!

    • I know. I know. My list, my rules…ha!

      I actually had a hard time stopping at 100. I love the Julian Casablancas one so much, I think I’ve listened to it 20 times already today.

      (The Lady Gaga one rocks as well; however lyrics may not be appropriate for all ages.)

      • update: I just upgraded – you should get a kickback!! Scott Weiland??? OMG! and She& Him! And you’re right that Julian one rocks – I just blogged about your list!

        • Awesome! Can’t wait to check it out. I swear can’t stop listening to the Julian Casablancas and Lady Gaga ones on repeat. However, my all time absolute favorite though is ‘River’. I listen to it all year round all the time.

          P.S. We wait and open Christmas cards as a fam and got to yours last night – so great! Love those kids!

  3. You’ve outdone yourself! Fab!

    Though I won’t be listening until at least December 10th. Because that’s how this Scrooge rolls.

    • OK…that is just wrong. I can understand the 1st, but the 10th?! That needs to change! I even put your girl on the list.

      • Ok fine. 🙂

        • Much better!

  4. Excellent holiday list!!! Thanks!!

    • Thank you, Jen! I appreciate you checking it out.

  5. um, can I say “AWESOME?!!?” Love it!

    • Thank you, friend! I had fun compiling it. It is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile and I’m going to add the rest of the songs to Spotify so it will continuously be updated throughout December!

  6. This seriously ROCKS!! I’m so excited to listen to holiday tunes now after seeing this list! Love that we can easily access it on Spotify too! Very clever you are!

    • Thank you! It’s been a long time coming. I will be adding songs to Spotify throughout the holiday season so keep checking back!

  7. Thanks much! I’m always looking for new holiday music!

    • Thank you for checking it out! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. THIS IS AWESOME! Holy bells! Thank you.

    • Enjoy! I’ll be adding tunes throughout the holiday season so make sure to keep it on rotation!

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