9 best Christmas songs to get you in the holiday spirit, from Bing Crosby to Ariana Grande

Clara Ki Lu
  • You can’t go wrong with classics from Bing Crosby or Judy Garland, but here also some newer festive tunes from artists like K-pop boy band Exo and a cappella group Pentatonix
  • If Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande’s impressive vocals are out of your range, consider adding Tyler, The Creator’s take on the Grinch to your holiday singalong
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Finally, the holiday season is upon us. Christmas decorations are up; the smell of pine trees fill the air when you walk through a flower market. And what’s Christmas without the music?

Here are nine of our favourite songs to really immerse you in festive tunes. We’ve got some classics as well as pop songs to bring you the fullest Christmas experience.

1. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas by Bing Crosby

What better way to start the Christmas countdown than with Bing Crosby? (Michael Buble also does a great rendition of the song.) This calming and uplifting classic is the perfect soundtrack for grabbing a cup of hot chocolate, wrapping yourself in a fuzzy blanket and surrounding yourself in warm holiday vibes.

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2. Winter Things by Ariana Grande

Sometimes the best holiday songs are acoustic - you don’t always need so many different instruments to get in the jingle bell mood. In Winter Things, Ariana Grande’s beautiful vocals harmonise perfectly with the ukulele playing the melody. It’s the best song to play in the background as you do homework or chores.

Its lyrics are incredibly relatable for those of us in Hong Kong, where the weather doesn’t go below 10 degrees Celsius. We all can understand Grande’s wish to pretend she’s in the North Pole surrounded by snow.

3. All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey

A classic from the queen of Christmas, All I Want For Christmas Is You makes you want to sing out loud and dance in your room as you blast the track from your loudspeakers. After Mariah Carey showcases her vocal range and riffs in the track’s dramatic beginning, the drums come out, bells ring, and everything around you suddenly lights up.

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4. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams

A burst of energy starts the song, and the lyrics are easy to follow with cheerful rhymes in the verses and fun background vocals. With the trumpets singing in the background, you’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of a holiday parade.

5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is slow, but it’s so breathtakingly melodic that it will still put you in the holiday mood. It gives you a fuzzy feeling in your heart and evokes scenes of a fireplace with stockings hung above as you’re surrounded by loved ones.

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6. Christmas Love by Justin Bieber

Everyone loves Justin Bieber’s Mistletoe from his Under the Mistletoe album, but have you heard Christmas Love? The track’s jingling bells and acoustic guitar are enhanced by the lyrics about love. This is the kind of song you listen to while you’re just going about your day. As the song bursts through your earphones, it makes you stop, look around and appreciate just how beautiful life really is.

7. That’s Christmas to Me by Pentatonix

If you love a cappella, then you’ve definitely heard of the Grammy Award-winning group, Pentatonix. But have you heard their song, That’s Christmas to Me? This wholesome track has a graceful melody enhanced by the incredible vocals of all five members. It warms your heart as the notes hum in your ears and is a perfect example of how the human voice can be the best instrument.

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8. I Am the Grinch by Tyler, The Creator (feat. Fletcher Jones)

The best Christmas films usually come with the best soundtrack. I Am the Grinch is featured in the 2018 adaptation of Dr Seuss’ The Grinch. Similar to the books, the song is filled with catchy rhymes that make for an easy singalong. But unlike the books, this track comes with a groovy beat and funky melody.

9. Miracles in December by EXO

A bit different from the rest of the tracks on this list, Miracles in December features a melancholic melody played on a piano. Rather than depicting the joys of Christmas, the lyrics allude to the lost love and regret that some might feel during the winter season. While this might not inspire the usual joys of the holiday, it does make you contemplate the bittersweet parts of this time as the year draws to an end.

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