Top 40 Greatest Christmas Songs

Elvis, Ella, Elton, Eartha and Emmylou made the list.

Of course you know that Bing’s Crosby’s White Christmas is one of the most beloved Christmas tunes of all time, and you may even know the song made its debut not in the 1954 movie of the same name, but in the film Holiday Inn twelve years earlier.

But did you know that the song has been covered by The Surfers, Bob Marley, The Supremes, Tiny Tim, Donna Summer, The Beach Boys, Dolly Parton, The Osmonds, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Otis Redding, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, New Kids on the Block, Fats Domino, Garth Brooks, Michael Bolton, John Denver, Ringo Starr, Elton John, The Temptations, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Frank Sinatra, Herb Alpert, the Juicy Gonzales Trio, and hundreds of other artists?

Following is our list of Top 40 Christmas songs. It’s not based on total sales, or downloads, or any other objective criteria. It’s simply a collection of great holiday tunes that have stood the test of time – and may well be playing right now at a shopping mall near you.

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Top 40 Christmas Songs

  1. Bing Crosby, “White Christmas”
  2. Nat King Cole, “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)”
  3. José Feliciano, “Feliz Navidad”
  4. Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas”
  5. Paul McCartney, “Wonderful Christmastime”
  6. Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby”
  7. Bruce Springsteen, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
  8. Bobby Helms, “Jingle Bell Rock”
  9. Gene Autry, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
  10. Burl Ives, “Holly Jolly Christmas”
  11. Judy Garland, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
  12. Dean Martin, “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
  13. Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Christmastime is Here / Charlie Brown Christmas”
  14. The Jackson 5, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
  15. Michael Bublé, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
  16. Josh Groban, “Believe”
  17. Dolly Parton, “Hard Candy Christmas”
  18. Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
  19. Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
  20. Jimmy Boyd, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”
  21. Harry Connick, Jr., “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
  22. Elton John, “Step Into Christmas”
  23. David Bowie and Bing Crosby, “The Little Drummer Boy”
  24. Aaron Neville, “Please Come Home For Christmas”
  25. Ella Fitzgerald, “Winter Wonderland”
  26. Wham! “Last Christmas”
  27. The Carpenters, “There’s no Place Like Home for the Holidays”
  28. John Denver and the Muppets, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” 
  29. Peggy Lee, “Happy Holiday”
  30. Stevie Wonder, “What Christmas Means to Me”
  31. Brenda Lee, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
  32. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, “Christmas Canon”
  33. Chuck Berry, “Run Rudolph Run”
  34. Emmylou Harris, “Light in the Stable”
  35. Angela Lansbury, “We Need a Little Christmas”
  36. Thurl Ravenscroft, “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” 
  37. The Ramones, “Merry Christmas”
  38. Faith Hill, “Where Are You Christmas?”
  39. Darlene Love, “Winter Wonderland”
  40. The Ronettes, “Sleigh Ride”

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