Pop Music Christmas Songs to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than by listening to some pop music Christmas songs? Here are some of our favorites to get you started.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

One of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” was written by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie and first published in 1934. The song has been recorded by many artists over the years, including Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Bublé.

Jingle Bells

One of the most beloved and popular Christmas songs of all time, “Jingle Bells” was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857. The song is about a group of friends who go out for a sleigh ride on a winter’s day. The catchy tune and joyful lyrics have made “Jingle Bells” a holiday classic that is enjoyed by people of all ages.

White Christmas

White Christmas is a song by American singer-songwriter Irving Berlin. It was written in 1942 and has been covered by many artists since its original release. The most popular version of the song was recorded by Bing Crosby in 1954, and it has become a holiday standard. White Christmas was originally written as a sad ballad about a soldier who is far away from home during the holidays, but it has since been adopted as a festive song that celebrates the season. The lyrics evoke images of snow-covered landscapes and warm memories of family and friends.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names;
They never let poor Rudolph play in any reindeer games.
Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say,
“Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Frosty the Snowman

{Frosty the Snowman was released in 1950 by Walter Rollins and Steve Nelson. The song is about a snowman that comes to life.]]

Looking for a little holiday cheer? Look no further than your radio dial—or, more likely, your streaming service of choice. There’s no shortage of pop Christmas songs out there, and we’ve got the ultimate guide to the best of the bunch. From classics like “White Christmas” to modern treasures like Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me,” these are the pop songs that are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.

“Frosty the Snowman” – Nat King Cole
“White Christmas” – Bing Crosby
“Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)” – Gene Autry
“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – Dean Martin
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
“Santa Tell Me” – Ariana Grande
“Last Christmas” – Wham!

All I Want for Christmas is You

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a Christmas song performed by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. She wrote and produced the song with Walter Afanasieff. Columbia Records released it on November 1, 1994, as the lead single from her fourth studio album and first holiday album, Merry Christmas. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is an uptempo love song that includes bell chimes and heavy back-up vocals, as well as use of synthesizers. The song’s lyrics declare that the narrator does not care about Christmas presents or lights; all she wants for Christmas is to be with her loved one.

Carey’s then-husband Tommy Mottola makes a cameo appearance as Santa Claus, bringing Carey a gift labeled “To: Mariah, Love: Tommy”. The video was filmed in black and white format, and features Carey becoming attracted to, and then subsequently dating Santa Claus.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

This holiday classic was originally written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane for the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Judy Garland. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas has been recorded by many artists over the years, but Garland’s version is undoubtedly the most well-known. The song has a nostalgic, wistful sentimentality that captures the feelings of loss and hardship experienced by many during WWII. In spite of this, the tune ends on an uplifting note, with the lyrics “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough…And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.”

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), originally sung by Darlene Love and written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, is a pop Christmas classic. The song was first released as a single in 1963 and has been covered by many artists over the years, including Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, and U2. The song is about a lonely person who is hoping that their loved one will come home for Christmas.

Santa Tell Me

Santa Tell Me is a Christmas song recorded by Ariana Grande. It was released on November 18, 2014 by Republic Records as a single from her Christmas Kisses EP. The song was written and produced by Antonina Armato and Tim James. On December 23, 2014, the song debuted at No. 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 10, becoming Grande’s fourth top-ten single in the United States. Santa Tell Me has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States as of January 2015.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than by listening to some festive pop music? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Christmas songs from recent years to get you in the mood for all the holiday festivities.

Whether you’re looking for a classic Christmas tune or a modern pop twist on a traditional carol, we’ve got you covered. From Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me” to Sia’s “Snowman,” these pop songs will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. And if you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, check out our list of the best Christmas party songs.

So crank up the speakers, put on your best holiday outfit, and get ready to celebrate Christmas with these pop hits.

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