Creating the perfect holiday music playlist sounds a lot harder than you think.
One must find a way to entertain everyone at their family’s holiday gathering, from adults to children. In 2017, it isn’t as simple as dusting off an old holiday CD or turning on your local radio station or even making a mix CD of your favorite holiday classics.
Thank goodness for platforms for Spotify, which offers an enormous catalog of songs to choose from, but in a way, it kind of puts more pressure on one to create the “perfect holiday music playlist.”
Sure, Spotify and other platforms attempt to help us out by creating their own playlists based on different generations and genres. But relying solely on one of those playlists would be very tacky, and being that family knows you better than anyone, they’ll be able to tell that the playlist is pre-packaged.
So make your own playlist, and more importantly, make it from the heart.
But thankfully, I already did it for you! Think of it as my Christmas gift to all of you.
I created “the prefect holiday playlist,” containing 133 DIFFERENT holiday tunes from wide range of artists, generations and genres. Below are some of the songs featured on the playlist, with YouTube links to go with them. Think of it as a little preview of what to expect on this playlist.
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Of course, what’s a holiday playlist without the biggest holiday song?
Last Christmas – Wham!
I miss George Michael.
Hallelujah – Pentatonix
The best rendition of “Hallelujah” in the history of music. Then again, that’s probably the “millennial” in me talking. Plenty more Pentatonix to come…
Christmas Eve/Sarajevo – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The little girl in the video is me every time I listen to this song.
Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix
But DID YOU KNOW beatboxers can sing?
Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
This is beautiful in every single way imaginable.
Underneath the Tree – Kelly Clarkson
Just to make you feel old… it’s been 15 years since Kelly Clarkson won American Idol.
Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
For the kiddies… and because we definitely say “shawty” before kissing someone under the mistletoe, right?
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Idina Menzel, Michael Bublé
Gods, I love this music video.
Santa’s Coming For Us – Sia
Whatever that means..
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – *NSYNC
Yes, that’s Gary Coleman.
Step Into Christmas – Elton John
Young Elton John!
That’s Christmas to Me – Pentatonix
Amazing Grace – Peter Hollens, Home Free
A capella territory…
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer – Home Free
Gods, I love this music video too.
Angels We Have Heard On High – Home Free
7.7 million views, if you were curious…
Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday – William Bell
One of many R&B/soul holiday songs on the playlist
Player’s Ball – OutKast
[WARNING: EXPLICIT LYRICS] Depending on your family gathering, you may want to skip over this song. Then again… why would you skip over OutKast?
A Saints Christmas – Kermit Ruffins
I’m sure the Superdome will be blasting this song on Christmas Eve when the Saints play the Falcons.
What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder
God bless Stevie Wonder.
Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix
They’re back… and get used to them.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Pentatonix
Reminder: no musical instruments.
The First Noel – Pentatonix
Starting to run out of words…
O Come, All Ye Faithful – Pentatonix
… really, I am.
Coldest Winter – Kanye West
Whether intentional or not, Kanye West made a song for the holidays… I think?
How Great Thou Art – Pentatonix, Jennifer Hudson
Even Jennifer Hudson is on board…
Away In A Manger – Pentatonix
Once again… superstars.
Cold December Night – Michael Bublé
Our modern-day Frank Sinatra.
Below is the link to the full six-hour, fifty-six-minute playlist. If you’d like, you can find me on Spotify (dshin131) and check out my other playlists as well. Let me know if I left out/missed any songs or accidentally repeated any songs.
Oh, and most importantly: HIT SHUFFLE!
Thanks for reading, and happy holidays!