The most essential christmas playlist

'All I Want for Christmas Is You,' Mariah Carey - This song has been a go-to for more than 20 years, blasting its way into the holiday canon and peaking at no.1 on the US 2019 Billboard Hot 100.

'Last Christmas,' Wham! - Learning from your mistakes and treating your heart with the respect it deserves sounds good year round.

'Santa Claus is Coming to Town,' Bruce Springsteen - The Boss' rock 'n 'roll rendition of this classic is as fun and festive as the season should be.

'The Hanukkah Song,' Adam Sandler - Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, there's an iconic holiday song for you.

'Blue Christmas,' Elvis Presley - No Christmas playlist is complete without this sad but beautiful classic. It's been covered by artists like Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles.

'What Christmas Means to Me,' Stevie Wonder - Let Stevie Wonder's genius grace your playlist. It is, after all, the most Wonder-ful time of the year!

'Santa Baby,' Eartha Kitt - This playful, smoldering song was a huge hit for Eartha Kitt, certifying it a Gold Record. Only Madonna could whip up a rival cover!

'Thank God It's Christmas,' Queen - The '80s continue to be a well of Christmas spirit for the coming years, and this hugely successful track is no exception.

'Little Saint Nick,' The Beach Boys - Who says Christmas can't have a beachy vibe? The Beach Boys' original carol has everyone dancing around the Christmas tree.

'Let It Snow,' Dean Martin - Although greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Bublé also recorded the song, the reason it rose to fame was Dean Martin.

'Happy Holiday,' Andy Williams - This easy, breezy, holiday tune puts a little skip in everyone's step.

'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,' Judy Garland - In 1944, Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane co-wrote this song for Judy Garland for the film 'Meet Me in St. Louis.' 

'It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,' Andy Williams - Recorded by Andy Williams in 1963, this song has only grown in popularity over the years. 

'A Holly Jolly Christmas,' Burl Ives - No one could sing it better than this jolly looking man, who actually kind of resembles ol' Saint Nick himself...

'Carol of the Bells,' Mykola Leontovych - This epic, slightly creepy Christmas carol from 1914 was based on a Ukrainian folk chant but became really popular in the US.

'Merry Christmas Baby,' Otis Redding - You have to throw some '60s R&B into your Christmas playlist! 

'(It Must've Been 'Ol) Santa Claus,' Harry Connick Jr. - Bring out the childlike glee with this jazzy '90s tune that reminds you what it's like to believe in Santa.

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