A round-up of (arguably) the best Christmas tracks of all time

Christmas time seems to bring out the Grinch in many people, but we say that’s nothing a little festive music can’t cure.

We’ve compiled a list of the FJ office’s favourite Christmas hits, for your listening pleasure.

Ready your vocal chords, it’s going to be impossible to make it through this list without belting out a song or two.

‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ by the queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey
If you haven’t heard this song in full at least 30 times by the end of December, did Christmas even happen?

Home Alone The Soundtrack by John Williams
If Macaulay Culkin’s career had been as prosperous as this soundtrack, the world would be a better place. And no, you can’t just pick one song.

‘8 Days of Christmas’ by Destiny’s Child
Early ’00s fashion mixed with Mean Girls-esque Santa outfits = iconic. It’s also got the 2001 sass to kick off family lunch.


‘Last Christmas’ by Wham
Happy, cheery Christmas songs are a dime a dozen, I want heartbreak and sadness with my festive turkey. That opening synth line immediately gets you sucked in, and doing the dad side-step-and-click.

‘Santa Claus Is Back In Town’ by Elvis Presley
It’s the first track of one of Elvis’ many Christmas albums that play in my household every year without fail. I’m at the point where it has a Pavlovian effect: it’s not Christmas until I hear this song.

‘Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays’ by *NSYNC
Look, it’s the ultimate feel-good Christmas jam. Upbeat and uplifting. Classic ’90s pop production. Not to mention JT in the midst of his blonde tip phase.


‘Wonderful Christmastime’ by Paul McCartney
Easily one of the most cheerful Christmas songs in existence. Given it’s the most wonderful time of the year and everything is cheerful, that’s really saying something.

‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ by Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé was put on this earth for one reason and one reason only: To make Christmas albums that remind us of our mums.

‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’ by Band Aid
Something about a choir always gets me going. Add Bowie, Bono, Phil Collins, Boy George and the charity component and this song delivers more warm feelings than a Christmas pudding.

‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ by Andy Williams
Hearing this song repeatedly as the theme for Ellen‘s 12 Days of Giveaways during that day-time TV period between graduating high school and starting university meant loving this song was inevitable.

‘Ay Ay Ay it’s Christmas’ by Ricky Martin
This one’s great to belt out after a few too much bubbly. You can’t go wrong with lyrics like “ay ay ay it’s Christmasas I don’t have a gift for you”.

Snowed In by Hanson (the whole album, specifically)
First of all, Taylor Hanson. Second of all, Zac Hanson. Thirdly, Isaac Hanson. The brothers three have also gifted us another Christmas album for 2017, so I’m feeling tad nostalgic.
‘Happy Christmas’ by John Lennon 

Might be controversial, but I think this might be John Lennon’s greatest solo work. Both melancholic and uplifting at the same time. Festive perfection.

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