Decorating the Christmas tree, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and sweet talks with your family while listening to your favorite Christmas tunes. I guess this is the holiday evening everyone is dreaming about.
And speaking of Christmas songs, they are undoubtedly trendy year after year, and some of them have remained classics for several decades.
Besides, their joyful tunes and upbeat lyrics perfectly capture the spirit of the holidays.
Freshen up your festive songs with our list of 40+ best-cherished picks which includes everything from some of the traditional Christmas carols to the more modern ones.
1. Mariah Carey - "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
We are obliged to start our list of Christmas songs of all times with "All I want for Christmas is you" that became a timeless popular holiday tune after its release in 1994, as part of Mariah Carey's Christmas album, titled suitably enough, "Merry Christmas".
Even though this song's lyrics, released in 1945, make no mention of the Christmas holiday, it is turned on radio stations during the Christmas season and is often covered by different artists on holiday-themed albums.
5. George Michael - "Last Christmas"
''Sometimes I see
How the brave new world arrives
And I see how it thrives
In the ashes of our lives
Oh yes, man is a fool
And he thinks he'll be okay
Dragging on, feet of clay
Never knowing he's astray
Keeps on going anyway...''
8. The Supremes - "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
The beautiful tune "Santa Baby" was initially recorded by Eartha Kitt featuring Henri René and his orchestra in New York City, in the summer of 1953. The lyrics of the song are addressed to Santa by an extravagant lady who loves expensive gifts such as yachts and perfumes.
"Have a holly, jolly Christmas
It's the best time of the year
I don't know if there'll be snow
But have a cup of cheer..."
13. John Lennon - "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"
Here is a less-known fact about this song: Bing Crosby's "I'll be home for Christmas, officially released in 1943, was initially rejected by many labels and professional companies before the singer decided to record it. The main reason was the last line "I'll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams". With so many soldiers overseas fighting in the war, the music industry believed that would lower their morale.
16. Pentatonix - "Angels We Have Heard On High"
20. Ariana Grande - "Santa Tell Me"
21. Kelly Clarkson - "Underneath the Tree"
"You're here where you should be
Snow is falling as the carols sing
It just wasn't the same
Alone on Christmas day
Presents, what a beautiful sight
Don't mean a thing if you ain't holding me tight
You're all that I need
Underneath the tree..."
The Jackson 5's "I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus" is part of their seasonal album called "Jackson 5 Christmas Album", released on 1970. We just love this tune!
"People making lists, buying special gifts
Taking time to be kind to one and all
It's that time of year when good friends are near
And you wish you could give more than just presents from a store..."
25. Leona Lewis - "One More Sleep"
'Zat You, Santa Claus?
Gifts I'm preparing for some Christmas sharing
But I pause because
Hanging my stocking I can hear a knocking
'Zat you, Santa Claus?
Sure is dark out, ain't the slightest spark out
'Pon my slackened jaw!
Who's there? Who is it stopping for a visit?
'Zat you, Santa Claus?
Are you bringing a present for me
Something pleasantly pleasant for me?
28. Bing Crosby & David Bowie - "The Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)"
"The mood is right, the spirit's up
We're here tonight and that's enough
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time..."
31. James Brown - "Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto"
34. Chris Brown - "This Christmas"
37. Ying Yang Twins - "Deck Da Club"
Do you remember
The one you used to know
I'm not the same one
See what the time's done
Is that why you have let me go..."
a bit nostalgic, right?