• Kent Slocum

My Top 99 Christmas Songs, Rated

Updated: Jun 7


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What This List Is:

Yes, it is true: I am one of “those” people who listens to Christmas music year-round. I’m not ashamed of the fact. Not all Christmas music is created equal, however, and this blog post is intended to be my definitive playlist. If a Christmas song is on this list, I can listen to it all day. If a Christmas song isn’t on this list, I can barely tolerate it, even during December.

Lots of people make "Top 10" lists or "Top 100" lists. It takes real skill, however, to limit yourself to just ninety-nine songs. It also takes a remarkable amount of effort to organize those ninety-nine songs in order, so that you can start listening to the best songs first. Naturally, all of these songs are personal favorites, but the ranking is necessary so I can express the shades of admiration I have for them. Without further ado, here is my personal Top 99 Christmas Songs playlist:


Happy listening!


Other Music Playlists:

If you're not interested in listening to Christmas music, I have also created an Easter playlist and a Contemporary Christian Music playlist on YouTube. Kent's Top 100 Christmas Songs, Starting with Most Favorite:

  1. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow by Jaci Velasquez in the album “Navidad,” released in 2001.

  2. The First Noel by Jaci Velasquez in the album “Navidad,” released in 2001.

  3. White Christmas by Jaci Velasquez in the album “Navidad,” released in 2001.

  4. Carol of the Bells by Lindsey Stirling in the album “Warmer in the Winter: Deluxe Edition,” released in 2017.

  5. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Danny Gokey in the album “Christmas is Here,” released in 2015.

  6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Jaci Velasquez in the album “Navidad,” released in 2001.

  7. Go Tell It On the Mountain by Pop Winans in the album “Christmas - Our Gifts to You”, released in 2000.

  8. O Come O Come Emmanuel by Jaci Velasquez in the album “Navidad,” released in 2001.

  9. Seasonal Felicitations! By WillRyan in the album “Eugene Sings Christmas,” released in 2005.

  10. The Angel Song by Jaci Velasquez in the album “Navidad,” released in 2001.

  11. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Newsong in the album “The Christmas Shoes,” released in 2001.

  12. O Children Come by the JJ Weeks Band, released in 2017.

  13. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen featuring Sarah Reeves by Tenth Avenue North in the album “Decade the Halls, Vol. 1,” released in 2017.

  14. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Amy Grant in the album “Home for Christmas,” released in 2007.

  15. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by MercyMe in the album “The Christmas Sessions,” released in 2005.

  16. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas by MercyMe in the album “MercyMe, It’s Christmas,” released in 2015.

  17. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen-Do You Hear the Bells of Christmas By Will Ryan in the album “Eugene Sings Christmas,” released in 2005.

  18. Race to Gwen's House by Harry Gregson Williams in the album “Arthur Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released in 2011.

  19. Operation Christmas by Harry Gregson Williams in the album “Arthur Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released in 2011.

  20. Dash Away by Harry Gregson Williams in the album “Arthur Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released in 2011.

  21. Jingle Bells by Matthew West in the album “The Heart of Christmas,” released in 2011.

  22. Deck The Halls by Tenth Avenue North in the album “Deck The Halls,” released in 2011.

  23. Carriage Chase by Alan Silvestriin the album “A Christmas Carol: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released in 2009.

  24. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by MercyMe in the album “The Christmas Sessions,” released in 2005.

  25. A Christmas Carol Main Title by Alan Silvestri in the album “A Christmas Carol: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released in 2009.

  26. Medley by Michael W. Smith in the album “The Ultimate Christmas Collection,” released in 2009.

  27. I Saw Three Ships by Lindsey Stirling in the album “Warmer in the Winter: Deluxe Edition,” released in 2017.

  28. Christmas Is Coming by the Vince Guaraldi Trio in the album “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” released in 2012.

  29. The First Noel featuring Colton Dixon by Tenth Avenue North in the album “Decade the Halls, Vol. 1,” released in 2017.

  30. Medley (First) by Newsong in the album “The Christmas Shoes,” released in 2001.

  31. Greensleeves by the Vince Guaraldi Trio in the album “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” released in 2012.

  32. Christmas Time is Here by MercyMe in the album “The Christmas Sessions,” released in 2005.

  33. Winter Wonderland by Amy Grant in the album “Home for Christmas,” released in 2007.

  34. This Christmas by Danny Gokey in the album “Christmas is Here,” released in 2015.

  35. This Christmas by Pentatonix in the album “PTXmas (Deluxe Edition),” released in 2015.

  36. Frosty the Snowman featuring the Puppini Sisters by Michael Bublé in the album “Christmas Special Deluxe Edition,” released in 2014.

  37. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by Pentatonix in the album “That’s Christmas To Me,” released in 2014.

  38. Winter Wonderland by the Jazz At The Movies Band in the album “Sax At The Movies For Christmas,” released in 1995.

  39. My Favorite Things by the Jazz At The Movies Band in the album “Sax At The Movies For Christmas,” released in 1995.

  40. Season of Love by Jaci Velasquez in the album “Navidad,” released in 2001.

  41. O Tannenbaum by the Vince Guaraldi Trio in the album “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” released in 2012.

  42. Linus And Lucy by the Vince Guaraldi Trio in the album “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” released in 2012.

  43. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Pentatonix in the album “That’s Christmas To Me,” released 2014.

  44. Skating by the Vince Guaraldi Trio in the album “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” released in 2012.

  45. Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by The Piano Guys in the album “A Family Christmas,” released in 2013.

  46. Christmas Time Is Here/Christmas Is Coming by Christophe Beck in the album “The Peanuts Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released in 2015.

  47. What Child Is This?by Steven Curtis Chapman in the album “Joy,” released in 2012.

  48. Sleigh Ride by Pentatonix in the album “That’s Christmas To Me,” released in 2014.

  49. Christmas Time Is Here by Steven Curtis Chapman in the album “Joy,” released in 2012.

  50. Seeing is Believing by Alan Silvestri in the album “The Polar Express: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released 2004.

  51. The Polar Express by Tom Hanks in the album “The Polar Express: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released 2004.

  52. We Three Kings featuring Britt Nicoleby Tenth Avenue North in the album “Decade the Halls, Vol. 1,” released in 2017.

  53. Winter Wonderland by Michael Bublé in the album "Christmas Special Deluxe Edition,” released in 2014.

  54. Do You Hear What I Hear? By 4Him in the album “Christmas: The Season of Love” released 1993.

  55. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Amy Grant in the album “Home for Christmas,” released in 2007.

  56. I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Jaci Velasquez in the album “Navidad,” released in 2001.

  57. Grown-Up Christmas List by Amy Grant in the album “Home for Christmas,” released in 2007.

  58. Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant in the album “Home for Christmas,” released in 2007.

  59. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) by Jaci Velasquez in the album “Navidad,” released in 2001.

  60. White Christmas duet with Shania Twain by Michael Bublé in the album "Christmas Special Deluxe Edition,” released in 2014.

  61. Lift up Your Eyes by Danny Gokey in the album “Christmas is Here,” released in 2015.

  62. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Newsong in the album “The Christmas Shoes,” released in 2001.

  63. The Day After Thanksgiving by Brandon Heath in the album “Christmas is Here,” released in 2013.

  64. Cold December Night by Michael Bublé in the album "Christmas Special Deluxe Edition,” released in 2014.

  65. Go Tell It on the Mountain by Tenth Avenue North in the album “Decade the Halls, Vol. 1,” released in 2017.

  66. O Little Town Of Bethlehem/It Came Upon A Midnight Clear/Away In A Manger/Silent Night, Holy Night by 4Him in the album “Christmas: The Season Of Love,” released in 1993.

  67. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Michael Bublé in the album "Christmas Special Deluxe Edition,” released in 2014.

  68. What Child Is This by Third Day in the album "Christmas Offerings," released in 2006.

  69. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Pentatonix in the album “A Pentatonix Christmas,” released in 2016.

  70. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by Building 429, released in 2013.

  71. Jingle Bells featuring the Puppini Sisters by Michael Bublé in the album "Christmas Special Deluxe Edition,” released in 2014.

  72. Skating by Christophe Beck in the album “The Peanuts Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released in 2015.

  73. Christmas Time Again by Steven Curtis Chapman in the album “Joy,” released in 2012.

  74. Christmas Eve by Dave Barnes in the album “A December to Remember,” released in 2013.

  75. Fur Elise by the Vince Guaraldi Trio in the album “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” released in 2012.

  76. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by Michael Bublé in the album "Christmas Special Deluxe Edition,” released in 2014.

  77. Believe by Josh Groban in the album “The Polar Express: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released 2004.

  78. Holiday Flight by Dominik Hauser in the album “A Christmas Carol: Christmas At The Cinema,” released in 2015.

  79. Rockin’ On Top Of The World by Steven Tyler in the album “The Polar Express: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released 2004.

  80. Up On The Housetop by Pentatonix in the album “A Pentatonix Christmas,” released in 2016.

  81. The First Christmas featuring Zach Williams by Tenth Avenue North in the album “Decade the Halls, Vol. 1,” released in 2017.

  82. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by Pentatonix in the album “A Pentatonix Christmas,” released in 2016.

  83. Mary, Did You Know? by Danny Gokey in the album “Christmas is Here,” released in 2015.

  84. All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey in the album “Merry Christmas (Google Play Exclusive Version),” released 1994.

  85. O Little Town Of Bethlehem by Jaci Velasquez in the album “Navidad,” released in 2001.

  86. Jingle Bell Rock by Lindsey Stirling in the album “Warmer in the Winter,” released in 2017.

  87. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow by Steven Curtis Chapman in the album “Joy,” released in 2012.

  88. Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child by Mariah Carey in the album “Merry Christmas (Google Play Exclusive Version),” released 1994.

  89. God Bless Us Everyone by Andrea Bocelli in the album “A Christmas Carol: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released in 2009.

  90. It Wouldn’t Be Christmas by Jaci Velasquez in the album “Navidad,” released in 2001.

  91. Christmas on the Way by Will Ryan in the album “Eugene Sings Christmas,” released in 2005.

  92. Silver Bells featuring Naturally 7 by Michael Bublé in the album "Christmas Special Deluxe Edition,” released in 2014.

  93. Suite From The Polar Express by Alan Silvestri in the album “The Polar Express: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” released 2004.

  94. Feliz Navidad by Jaci Velasquez in the album “Navidad,” released in 2001.

  95. Let It Snow by Lindsey Stirling in the album “Warmer in the Winter,” released in 2017.

  96. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Pentatonix in the album “That’s Christmas To Me,” released in 2014.

  97. Santa Claus is Comin' On A Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train (A Tribute to the Tractors) by The Merry Christmas Players in the album “The Ultimate Christmas Collection Volume 1,” released in 2011.

  98. Out With the Old Year by Will Ryan in the album “Eugene Sings Christmas,” released in 2005.

  99. Feliz Navidad by the David Crowder Band in the album “Unexpected Gifts,” released 2005.

I sincerely hope that these songs will bring as much of the joy of Christmas to you year-round as they have to me!

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