The gifts are bought, the menus are set, the house projects are complete, the big day is almost here….now it’s time to focus on creating the perfect atmosphere for your Holiday party! The best way to shape your environment – music! We want to help you pick the perfect songs for your party, the ones that remind people of holidays past and the ones that inspire a sense of joy about the party. No songs that are overly emotional (i.e. Christmas Shoes), no songs that are dry and boring (i.e. Drummer Boy), no songs that are poor covers of their originals (i.e. Taylor Swift’s Last Christmas) and nothing too slow that will kill the mood (i.e. Silent Night). Here are our top 20 picks for the best Holiday party playlist in the style of the Billboard Top 100 countdown to number one!
20. It’s A Marshmallow World, Brenda Lee
This is a jolly classic that will help kick your party off in style!
19. The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole
While this is a slower jam, your guests will love this Christmas classic. It creates a warm and cozy atmosphere that everyone can relate to.
18. Christmas Don’t Be Late, Alvin and The Chipmunks
This one is sure to make everyone smile, who can’t laugh at the high pitched voices of The Chipmunks?
17. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Harry Connick Jr.
While this one is often played in a relaxed style, Harry Connick’s version is a swingin’ jazzy jam. Guests will love the screaming trumpets.
16. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Andy Williams
A classic, this one will have your guests swaying side to side and singing along.
15. Last Christmas, Wham!
Who doesn’t love Wham! Just don’t accidentally put on Taylor Swift’s version or your guests reserve the right to leave.
14. Christmas Vacation, Mavis Staples
While you don’t typically hear this one on the radio, just about everyone knows it as the famous theme song from Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation. Its actually a fun upbeat tune, and it’ll have your guests reciting brilliant lines from the movie. “WHY IS THE CARPET ALL WET TODD?….I DON’T KNOW MARGO!”
13. Jingle Bell Rock, Bobby Helms
All you need to hear are those first two intro measures to identify this classic tune.
12. Run Run Rudolph, Chuck Berry
If your party has a lull, this one is sure to bring it new life. Its hard to sit still while listening to Chuck Berry strum away to this upbeat rocking tune.
11. Mele Kalikimaka, Bing Crosby
Another tune beloved from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, this island inspired Christmas song is sure to put the vision of Cousin Eddy in his speedo right in the forefront of your mind.
10. Someday At Christmas, Jackson 5
MJ’s soaring lead vocals are hard not to head bop to on this Jackson 5 Christmas classic.
9. What Christmas Means to Me, Stevie Wonder
No one can sing quite like Stevie, so we couldn’t leave him off the list.
8. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Another Christmas classic, guests of all ages will love this time-honored treasure.
7. Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jackson 5
A great sing along for guests, we love the Jackson 5 take on this Santa song.
6. Christmas, Darlene Love
Guests will love grooving on this classic jam. We love a dark Christmas break up tune sprinkled into the mix.
5. This Christmas, Donny Hathaway
We deem this most underrated Christmas song on the list! With the smooth vocals and solid groove, you can’t help but love this Christmas composition.
4. Sleigh Ride, The Ronettes
If you want guests to get up and dance, this is the song.
3. Feliz Navidad, Jose Feliciano
Just try and listen to this one without a toe tap or a hip rock! I bet you can’t, and that’s why this song takes the number three seat on our list. That, and the fact that it is universally known and loved as the background music to the Taco Bell Christmas ads.
2. Oh Holy Night, David Phelps
As Buddy the Elf puts it, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear”! And David Phelps nails it in this one-of-a-kind rendition of Oh Holy Night. While you don’t think of this as a typical upbeat party song, your guests will be blown away by the sheer talent behind these vocals.
1. All I want for Christmas, Mariah Carey
And who could take the number one spot but the queen diva herself?? From the beat, the soaring vocals, the familiarity…this universally loved Christmas song will bring all your guests together in the Christmas spirit.
There you have it, the songs that will best boost your party’s beat! We hope you have a great time hosting or attending holiday parties this year!