Updating my favorite Christmas music

This is undoubtedly my favorite time of the year. I love the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have fond memories of this time period growing up, especially while I was away at college. I always looked forward to finishing up the semester, getting home a couple of days before Christmas, and doing my last minute shopping for gifts.

There are so many things that make this time special – family, celebrations, decorations, anticipation, and the music. Oh yes, the music.

To the dismay of my family, I am a serious Christmas music addict. It starts the evening of Thanksgiving and lasts through the end of the year. With relatively few exceptions, I listen to a steady diet of Christmas tunes this time of year. And why not? It’s really the only time you can get away with playing it throughout the day and not risk being committed.

Five years ago, I posted a list of my 50 favorite Christmas songs. Since then, the list has grown. While I have a playlist with over 170 songs on it, below are the 65 that I could shuffle and put on endless repeat. So here’s the updated, refreshed list (new additions are in bold).

  1. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Bing Crosby
  2. Joy To The World – London Symphony Orchestra
  3. Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby (w/ David Bowie)
  4. My Favourite Things – Tony Bennett
  5. Sleigh Ride – Harry Connick, Jr.
  6. Love Is Christmas – Sara Bareilles
  7. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  8. Someday At Christmas – Stevie Wonder
  9. Christmas In Dixie – Alabama
  10. Heaven Everywhere – Francesca Battistelli
  11. I Believe In Father Christmas – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  12. Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill
  13. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) – Alvin & the Chipmunks
  14. Overture And A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  15. What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder
  16. Please Come Home For Christmas – The Eagles
  17. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Bing Crosby
  18. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Amy Grant
  19. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  20. Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  21. The First Noel – Andy Williams
  22. Silent Night – Reba McEntire
  23. Last Christmas – Wham!
  24. Christmas Time – Christina Aguilera
  25. Christmas Vacation – Katie Campbell
  26. 2,000 Miles – The Pretenders
  27. Song for a Winter’s Night – Sarah McLachlan
  28. Home – Blake Shelton
  29. Believe – Josh Groban
  30. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon
  31. Mr. Heatmiser – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  32. Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney
  33. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams
  34. Winter Wonderland – Ray Charles
  35. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Michael Buble
  36. Little Drummer Boy – MercyME
  37. Underneath the Tree – Kelly Clarkson
  38. Christmas In The Sand – Colbie Caillat
  39. Angels We Have Heard On High – Josh Groban
  40. Mary Did You Know? – Pentatonix
  41. O Holy Night – Celine Dion
  42. I Wander As I Wander – Lindsey Stirling
  43. I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day – Echosmith
  44. Winter Song – The Head and The Heart
  45. I’ll Be Home – Meghan Trainor
  46. Mr. Right – Leona Lewis
  47. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  48. Snoopy Christmas – The Royal Guardsmen
  49. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2
  50. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) – Gene Autry
  51. Mistletoe and Holly – Frank Sinatra
  52. Frosty The Snowman – Jimmy Durante
  53. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
  54. Baby! It’s Christmas – Jessie James Decker
  55. Christmas C’mon – Lindsey Stirling
  56. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
  57. Ave Maria – Celine Dion
  58. Christmas/ Sarajevo 12/24 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  59. The Twelve Days Of Christmas – McKenzie Brothers
  60. The Nutcracker Suite: Trepak / March / Dance of the Reed Flutes / Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies
  61. Carol of the Bells
  62. Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
  63. Mele Kalimaka – Jimmy Buffet
  64. Christmas Island – Leon Redbone
  65. Christmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi