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Traditional Christmas Music Playlists

These are the Christmas classics, without which Christmas just wouldn't be the same. They're the prefect songs for every celebration of Christmas, from parties to watching the kids open their presents. Regardless the artist or album, these songs must be on your traditional Christmas playlist:

Recommended Versions

Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Gene doesn't get any better than this. These songs sung by these artists are Christmas gold!

Tradition List Without Artists

  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Blue Christmas
  • Carol of the Bells
  • Deck the Halls
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • Jingle Bells
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Joy to the World
  • Merry Christmas To You
  • Merry Little Christmas
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • O Holy Night
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Silent Night
  • Sleigh Ride
  • The First Noel
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • We Three Kings
  • White Christmas
  • Winter Wonderland

Traditional Christmas Music CDs

The best of the best, these are Christmas albums you can't be without. If you haven't heard them you don't know what you're missing, and if you have, you no doubt already own them. These albums are pure Christmas:

  • The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole (2009) - Possibly the best traditional Christmas album in existence, Nat King Cole is unbeatable. If you only get one Christmas album this should be it.

  • James Taylor At Christmas by James Taylor (2006) - Does anyone have a voice as pleasant as James Taylor? Outstanding versions of Christmas classics here, guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit.

  • Christmas Collection by Carpenters (1984) - An incredible two disk set from 1984, setting the standard for years to come. Karen's voice is magical, and you'll have a hard time not singing along!

  • Elvis' Christmas Album by Elvis Presley (1957) - This 1957 album is a must have for both Christmas and Elvis fans. 12 classics you'll want to hear over and over again.

  • White Christmas by Bing Crosby (1949) - For older generations this album will bring you back to your youth, with nostalgic, warm memories. Along with Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song, it would be a crime not to own this album!

  • Classic Christmas Carols by King's College Choir (2008) - Elegant, sophisticated, and relaxing, this is King's College Choir at their best. If you're a fan of choir music, put this one on your list.