One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to cue up some good old fashion Christmas music. Whether you’re singing carols to the neighbors, enjoying a Christmas CD while baking delicious gingerbread cookies, or tuning into the radio’s holiday selection while wrapping presents, Christmas music is pretty cool. So cool, you can’t help getting each song stuck in your head. However you enjoy your music, make sure these favorite Christmas songs are in your playlist this holiday season.

Colbie Caillat Christmas in the SandColbie Caillat grew up in Southern California. It’s no wonder she wrote a song named Christmas in the Sand. In her own words, “Not everyone lives in the snow or cold places for Christmas, so why don’t we write some songs for them to be able to relate to what their Christmas is like.” I couldn’t agree more.

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Happy Xmas John Lennon

Happy Xmas is a Christmas song by John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band. It was recorded at Record Plant Studios in New York City in 1971, with the help of producer Phil Spector. The children singing in the background were from the local Harlem Community Choir. The lyrics were inspired by the Vietnam War which Lennon greatly publicized his distaste for.

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Christmas in New Orleans

Christmas Time In New Orleans was recorded by Louis Armstrong With Benny Carter’s Orchestra and written by Sherman; Winkle, Van in September 8, 1955, Los Angeles, CA. Truly a hidden gem and often overlooked, this one is definitely one of my favorites.

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The story of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer was written in 1939 by Robert L. May, a copywriter for the Chicago-based Montgomery Ward department stores, as a promotional gift for the store’s customers. The stores had bought and distributed coloring books every Christmas and saw writing their own story as a way to save money.

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This Christmas Donny Hathaway

This Christmas is a popular song originally recorded by R&B singer songwriter Donny Hathaway and released in 1970. Hathaway co-wrote the song with Nadine McKinnor and in the writing credits you’ll notice Hathaway used his old stage name Donny Pitts, a name he often used in his gospel days. This Christmas has been re-recorded by countless artists and featured in many film soundtracks since its release.

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Mariah Carey Christmas Song

All I Want for Christmas Is You was featured on Mariah Carey’s hit 1994 holiday album Merry Christmas. In the past decade the song has quickly become a contemporary holiday standard selling over 4 million copies around the world.

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What Christmas Means To Me Stevie Wonder

What Christmas Means to Me is a great song written by Anna Gordy Gaye, George “Horgay” Gordy and Allen Story. Stevie Wonder sang the song on his 1967 Christmas album and it was released in both stereo and mono by Tamla Records. What does Christmas mean to you?

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Run, Rudolph, Run, sometimes referred to as “Run, Run, Rudolph” is a Christmas song popularized by Chuck Berry and written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and published by St. Nicholas Music. The song was first recorded by Berry in 1958 and released as Chess Records 1714. It hit number 69 in the Billboard Hot 100 and also made the 1963 UK list, peaking at number 36.

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Please Come Home for Christmas is a Christmas song, released in 1960, by the American blues singer and pianist Charles Brown. Hitting Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in December 1961, the tune Brown co-wrote with Gene Redd peaked at position number 76. It appeared on the Christmas Singles chart for nine seasons, hitting number 1 in 1972.

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shake-up-christmas

Train released this song on November 1st 2010 and it peaked at number 12 on the US charts. Although used for Coca-Cola Co.’s Christmas advertising campaign, “Shake Up Christmas” is much more than just a catchy tune. The lyrics capture the spirit of Christmas by talking about happiness during family gatherings, gift giving, making the most out of cold weather, calorie packed dinners, and much more.

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Mele Kalikimaka Bing CrosbyMele Kalikimaka is a Christmas song sung as a warm greeting from Hawaii. The song takes its title from the phrase Mele Kalikimaka, derived from the Hawaiian pronunciation of Merry Christmas. The song was written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson who is better known to fans of Hawaiian and hapa haole music as R. Alex Anderson.

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Wham Christmas SongLast Christmas is a Christmas song by British pop duo Wham, released on Epic Records in 1984, on a double A-side with Everything She Wants. It was written by George Michael, one half of the duo. The song has been covered by many artists throughout the years. The single sold well over a million copies and became the biggest selling single in UK chart history not to reach number 1.

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