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100 Greatest Traditional
Christmas Songs

Criteria: Chosen for ongoing popularity, impact, importance, and strong association with the holiday. "Traditional" is defined as encompassing all pre-rock styles of popular music; 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.

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Last Updated: 2010-11-07
Traditional Christmas Songs
  1. White Christmas (1942, 1947) - Bing Crosby
  2. The Christmas Song (1946, 1953, 1961) - Nat King Cole
  3. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949, 1957) - Gene Autry
  4. Sleigh Ride (1950, 1959) - Leroy Anderson
  5. A Holly Jolly Christmas (1964) - Burl Ives
  6. The Little Drummer Boy (1958, 1965) - Harry Simeone Chorale
  7. Do You Hear What I Hear (1963) - Bing Crosby
  8. There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays (1954) - Perry Como
  9. Frosty The Snowman (1950) - Gene Autry
10. Mistletoe and Holly (1957) - Frank Sinatra
11. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (1963) - Andy Williams
12. Santa Baby (1953) - Eartha Kitt
13. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) (1958) - Chipmunks
14. Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane) (1948) - Gene Autry
15. Mary's Boy Child (1956) - Harry Belafonte
16. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (1944) - Judy Garland
17. Jolly Old St. Nicholas/The Little Drummer Boy (1962) - Ray Conniff
18. Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season (1963) - Andy Williams
19. Silent Night (1928, 1935, 1942, 1947) - Bing Crosby
20. We Need A Little Christmas (1966) - Percy Faith
21. It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas (1986) - Johnny Mathis
22. Jingle Bells (1946) - Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters
23. It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas (1951) - Bing Crosby
24. Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful) (1960) - Nat King Cole
25. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1947) - Frank Sinatra
26. The Star Carol (1958) - Tennessee Ernie Ford
27. Blue Christmas (1949) - Ernest Tubb
28. Sleigh Ride (1958) - Johnny Mathis
29. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (1945) - Vaughn Monroe
30. A Marshmallow World (1966) - Dean Martin
31. Christmas Time Is Here (1965) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
32. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1952) - Jimmy Boyd
33. Happy Holiday (1956) - Jackie Gleason
34. Christmas Time's A-Comin' (1951) - Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys
35. I'll Be Home For Christmas (1957) - Frank Sinatra
36. Silent Night, Holy Night (1941, 1962) - Mahalia Jackson
37. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing (1960) - Nat King Cole
38. We Wish You A Merry Christmas (1951) - Weavers
39. The Twelve Days of Christmas (1962) - Ray Conniff
40. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1960) - Peggy Lee
41. Mele Kalikimaka (1950) - Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
42. All I Want For Christmas(Is My Two Front Teeth) (1948) - Spike Jones and his City Slickers
43. Winter Wonderland (1958) - Johnny Mathis
44. Baby It's Cold Outside (1959) - Dean Martin
45. I Love The Winter Weather/I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (1968) - Tony Bennett
46. Caroling, Caroling (1960) - Nat King Cole
47. (Everybody's Waiting For) The Man With The Bag (1950) - Kay Starr
48. Zat You, Santa Claus? (1953) - Louis Armstrong
49. White Christmas (1954) - Rosemary Clooney
50. Must Be Santa (1961) - Mitch Miller & The Gang
51. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (1957) - Frank Sinatra
52. Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey) (1960) - Lou Monte
53. Sleigh Ride (1960) - Ella Fitzgerald
54. We Wish You The Merriest (1964) - Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby
55. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1959) - Dean Martin
56. Jingle Bells (1955) - Singing Dogs
57. Up On The Housetop (1953) - Gene Autry
58. Winter Wonderland (1968) - Tony Bennett
59. Nuttin' For Christmas (1955) - Barry Gordon with Art Mooney and his Orchestra
60. Christmas Island (1946) - Andrews Sisters
61. O Tannenbaum (1965) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
62. Joy to the World (1960) - Nat King Cole
63. Donde Esta Santa Claus (Where Is Santa Claus) (1958) - Augie Rios
64. Toyland (1964) - Doris Day
65. Sleep In Heavenly Peace (Silent Night) (1967) - Barbra Streisand
66. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (1967) - Ella Fitzgerald
67. It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (1986) - Johnny Mathis
68. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas (1942, 1950) - Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians
69. It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas (1951) - Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters
70. I Want A Hippopatamus For Christmas (1953) - Gayla Peavy
71. Silver Bells (1950) - Bing Crosby & Carol Richards
72. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) - Burl Ives
73. The Night Before Christmas Song (1952) - Gene Autry & Rosemary Clooney
74. Christmas Waltz (1954) - Frank Sinatra
75. There's No Christmas Like A Home Christmas (1950, 1968) - Perry Como
76. Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy (1965) - Buck Owens
77. Deck The Halls (1960) - Nat King Cole
78. Sleigh Ride (1949, 1959) - Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops
79. The Twelve Gifts of Christmas (1963) - Allan Sherman
80. Frosty The Snowman (1950, 1969) - Jimmy Durante
81. Baby It's Cold Outside (1949) - Margaret Whiting & Johnny Mercer
82. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1959) - Ray Conniff
83. Christmas Carols by the Old Corral (1945) - Tex Ritter
84. Christmas In New Orleans (1955) - Louis Armstrong
85. Joy to the World (1954, 1959) - Percy Faith
86. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1960) - Ella Fitzgerald
87. Jingle Bells (1957) - Frank Sinatra
88. Go Tell It On The Mountain (1950) - Mahalia Jackson
89. O Come All Ye Faithful (1967) - Jim Nabors
90. Will Santy Come To Shanty Town (1953) - Eddy Arnold
91. Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow (1959) - Dean Martin
92. When My Heart Finds Christmas (1993) - Harry Connick, Jr.
93. Silver Bells (1966) - Earl Grant
94. O Holy Night (1968) - Mahalia Jackson
95. Here We Come A-Caroling (1965) - Ray Conniff
96. Christmas Is (1966) - Percy Faith
97. Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells (1963) - Andy Williams
98. Happy Holiday (1942) - Bing Crosby
99. An Old Christmas Card (1963) - Jim Reeves
100. Snowfall (1968) - Tony Bennett

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