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100 Greatest Contemporary
Christmas Songs

Criteria: Chosen for ongoing popularity, impact, importance, and strong association with the holiday. This list includes all eras of rock as well as contemporary pop and country; Christmas songs include both religious and secular songs as well as songs about winter which are associated with the festive season.

Note: In some cases, more than one year is provided because
of notable re-recordings of the song by the same artist.


Edited By:
Last Updated: 2010-11-07
100 Greatest Contemporary Christmas Songs
  1. White Christmas (1954) - Drifters
  2. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (1958) - Brenda Lee
  3. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (1963) - Darlene Love
  4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1975, rel. 1981) - Bruce Springsteen
  5. Do They Know It's Christmas? (1984) - Band Aid
  6. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (1971) - John & Yoko
  7. Jingle Bell Rock (1957) - Bobby Helms
  8. Run Rudolph Run (1958) - Chuck Berry
  9. Blue Christmas (1957) - Elvis Presley
10. Little Saint Nick (1963) - Beach Boys
11. Please Come Home For Christmas (1960) - Charles Brown
12. This Christmas (1970) - Donny Hathaway
13. Feliz Navidad (1970) - Jose Feliciano
14. Sleigh Ride (1963) - Ronettes
15. Merry Christmas Baby (1968) - Otis Redding
16. All I Want For Christmas is You (1994) - Mariah Carey
17. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970) - Jackson 5
18. Christmas Wrapping (1980) - Waitresses
19. Wonderful Christmastime (1979) - Paul McCartney
20. Santa Claus Is Back In Town (1957) - Elvis Presley
21. Merry Christmas Darling (1970) - Carpenters
22. Frosty The Snowman (1963) - Ronettes
23. What Christmas Means To Me (1967) - Stevie Wonder
24. Merry Christmas Baby (1947, 1956, 1962, 1968) - Charles Brown
25. Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) (1995) - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (originally credited to Savatage)
26. Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth (1977, rel. 1982) - David Bowie & Bing Crosby
27. Silent Night (1968, 1980) - Temptations
28. Fairytale of New York (1987) - Pogues with Kirsty MacColl
29. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1956) - Cadillacs
30. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1963) - Ronettes
31. Step Into Christmas (1973) - Elton John
32. Grown-Up Christmas List (1992) - Amy Grant
33. Someday At Christmas (1967) - Stevie Wonder
34. Last Christmas (1984) - Wham!
35. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1963) - Crystals
36. Give Love on Christmas Day (1970) - Jackson 5
37. Father Christmas (1977) - Kinks
38. Santa, Bring My Baby Back To Me (1957) - Elvis Presley
39. Same Old Lang Syne (1980) - Dan Fogelberg
40. Pretty Paper (1963) - Roy Orbison
41. I Believe in Father Christmas (1975) - Greg Lake
42. Silent Night (1962) - Huey "Piano" Smith & The Clowns
43. Hey Santa (1993) - Carnie & Wendy Wilson
44. Please Come Home For Christmas (1978) - Eagles
45. O Holy Night (1998) - Celine Dion
46. Baby It's Cold Outside (1962) - Ray Charles & Betty Carter
47. Christmas in Hollis (1987) - Run-D.M.C.
48. Snoopy's Christmas (1967) - Royal Guardsmen
49. (It's Gonna Be a) Lonely Christmas (1948) - Orioles
50. Winter Wonderland (1987) - Eurythmics
51. Sleigh Ride (1992) - TLC
52. Christmas Rappin' (1979) - Kurtis Blow
53. Christmas Ain't Christmas New Year's Ain't New Years Without The One You Love (1969) - O'Jays
54. Baby's First Christmas (1961) - Connie Francis
55. Jingle Bell Rock (1961) - Chubby Checker & Bobby Rydell
56. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1968) - Temptations
57. Hark The Herald Angels Sing (1988) - Mannheim Steamroller
58. The Man With All the Toys (1964) - Beach Boys
59. Here Comes Santa Claus (1957) - Elvis Presley
60. White Christmas (1948) - Ravens
61. Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You (1981) - Billy Squier
62. All I Want For Christmas is You (1989) - Vince Vance & The Valiants
63. 2000 Miles (1983, 1995) - Pretenders
64. Sleigh Ride (1965) - Ventures
65. This Time of the Year (1959) - Brook Benton
66. Merry Christmas All (1976) - Denise Montoya & the Salsoul Orchestra
67. A Marshmallow World (1963) - Darlene Love
68. Santa Baby (1987) - Madonna
69. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (1979, 1982, 1984) - Elmo & Patsy
70. Mary's Boy Child/O My Lord (1978) - Boney M
71. Rock and Roll Christmas (1983) - George Thorogood
72. White Christmas (1968) - Otis Redding
73. Winter Wonderland (1964) - Aretha Franklin
74. It Doesn't Have To Be That Way (1973) - Jim Croce
75. Don't Believe In Christmas (1965) - Sonics
76. Lonesome Christmas (1950) - Lowell Fulson
77. It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (1992) - Amy Grant
78. Do You Hear What I Hear (1987) - Whitney Houston
79. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (1973) - Roy Wood & Wizzard
80. Back Door Santa (1968) - Clarence Carter
81. Please Come Home For Christmas (1993) - Aaron Neville
82. Christmas in Dixie (1982) - Alabama
83. Jingle Bell Rock (1983) - Daryl Hall & John Oates
84. Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto (1968) - James Brown
85. Christmas in Jail (1956) - Youngsters
86. Merry Xmas Everybody (1973) - Slade
87. If We Make It Through December (1973) - Merle Haggard
88. Jingle Bells (1990) - Barry Manilow & Expose
89. Up On the Housetop (2005) - Kimberly Locke
90. Happy Holiday (1962) - Shells
91. There's a New Kid in Town (1991) - Keith Whitley
92. The Christmas Shoes (2000) - Newsong
93. Celebrate Me Home (1977) - Kenny Loggins
94. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1962) - Four Seasons
95. Deck the Halls (1984) - Mannheim Steamroller
96. River (1971) - Joni Mitchell
97. Hey Santa Claus (1953) - Moonglows
98. White Christmas (1963) - Darlene Love
99. Christmas Auld Lang Syne (1960) - Bobby Darin
100. Merry Christmas Everyone (1985) - Shakin' Stevens
Brenda Lee
Brenda Lee


Beach Boys
Beach Boys


Band Aid
Band Aid


Bobby Helms
Bobby Helms



Drifters
The Drifters - 1954
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