Deck the halls and don your ugly sweaters, the holidays are here! With the festive season in full swing, it’s time to add a soundtrack to the most magical time of year! And what better way to do it than with seasonal songs by our faves?
Now, while it’s safe to assume the golden oldies, the classics, etc. are all on your playlist already, we thought we’d help give your playlist that extra cinnamon spice by dropping some of our absolute fave songs that are sure to pack a punch and get you in the mood for the holidays. You’re welcome.
‘One I’ve Been Missing’ – Little Mix
Little Mix blessed us back in 2019 with their long-requested Christmas single that Mixers had been wishing for for years. The glowy festive song is an ode to the girls’ loved ones who they’ve been away from and are destined to see again for the holidays. It’s such a cute song that really gets us feeling all cozy and is a must for your Christmas playlist.
‘Christmas Tree’ – V
BTS‘ Kim Taehyung hopped on the soundtrack for Our Beloved Summer last year and really made our holiday season that bit more magical! This mesmerizing melodic ballad adds a classy element to anyone’s Christmas playlist and has us swooning over the romantic lyrics. Pro tip: make sure this is playing whenever you’re meeting that special someone under the mistletoe…
‘Christmas EveL’ – Stray Kids
Stray Kids really brought the beats last holiday season with the release of their first festive album Christmas EveL. The eight-piece decorated their signature sound with some festive flows and we can’t deny that we even bopped to it a few times throughout the year, long after the Yuletide period had been and gone. It’s just so good! This hip-hop bop is definitely a Christmas playlist must, especially for holiday parties!
‘Like It’s Christmas’ – Jonas Brothers
Since their famous reunion back in 2019, the Jonas Brothers have decided to take on the role of Jonatics’ Secret Santa by dropping a couple of seasonal songs to truly brighten up our holidays. It was a close call but ‘Like It’s Christmas‘ pipped to the post to make our recommendations list. We get such a nostalgic feel from this bubbly banger that compares their relationship to feeling like Christmas every single day with them. N’aww, how cute!
‘Holiday’ – Lil Nas X
Trading in his spurs for Sleigh Bells, Lil Nas X cheered up our Christmas season in 2020 when we needed it most. This fun and frisky festive bop by the rapper is definitely one for the holiday parties that will be sure to get you on the dance floor with the captivating hook and beats that you can’t refuse.
‘River’ – Olivia Rodrigo
Olivia Rodrigo stunned with her gorgeous cover of ‘River’ for HSMTM The Holiday Special. A gorgeous festive ballad that slows the mood down on your Christmas playlist and really fits the cozy vibes of winter. We’re longing for the day that Olivia drops her own holiday song, but for now this really does the job right.
‘Wit It This Christmas’ – Ariana Grande
Miss Ariana Grande has made a name for herself with a few holiday hits, so we’re a bit spoiled for choice. Now while ‘Santa Tell Me’ is probably the go-to song when you think of Ari at this time of year, so many of her other songs go overlooked. That’s why we’re recommending ‘Wit It This Christmas’ for your playlist. Infused with chilled beats, the Christmas & Chill track is a whole vibe we are head over heels with!
‘Colorful’ – SHINee
K-pop legends SHINee have blessed us throughout their reign with some festive bops and this beaut came out back in 2013 and has been a strong staple in our Christmas playlist over the years. Oozing with harmonies and cheerful melodies, it’s hard not to be in the holiday spirit! It’s safe to say our Christmas is ‘Colorful’ with SHINee around!
‘Glittery’ – Kacey Musgraves ft. Troye Sivan
We love a good holiday special and even more so when new songs are born from them. Kacey Musgraves teamed up with Troye Sivan back in 2019 to deliver a sparkling Christmas song from The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show. And ‘Glittery’ is exactly how we’d describe this track TBH. It feels magical and gives you that glowing feel inside.
‘Christmas With U’ – Bella Dose
Bella Dose dropped a flirty festive bop that adds to the romantic essence of the season. So whether you’re head over heels in love with someone, or crushing hard (celebrity crushes count!) then add a little love to your playlist thanks to this girl group’s amorous holiday song.
‘Cozy Little Christmas’ – Katy Perry
We love this little number by Katy Perry. Inspired by her family holiday time in Copenhagen, this cute and cuddly Christmas bop is an oh-so-charming song for your playlist, perfect for wrapping presents and baking sweet treats to while singing along to the ear worm of a chorus that’s sure to be with you all season long!
‘Merry & Happy’ – TWICE
Oozing with cuteness and shimmering vocals, TWICE are sure to have you feeling ‘Merry & Happy’ with this sentimental seasonal sensation. What’re the holidays without a little bit of girl group magic? In fact, we loved their Christmas album so much we think it’s high time they drop another one!
‘The Perfect Gift’ – Joshua Bassett
We were truly blessed with this original song from HSMTM: The Holiday Special that Josh sang as Ricky. Ricky giving this song to Nini is so precious that it makes it even more special to listen to! For those spending the holiday season lucky in love, this is definitely an adorable song to add to your Christmas playlist.
‘Funky Glitter Christmas’ – NMIXX
NMIXX are rounding out their incredible debut year with a festive fling as they give us this fun new holiday bop! ‘Funky Glitter Christmas’ is a fun upbeat banger that truly gets you excited for the season ahead and will be sure to bring some Christmas cheer to your festivities. These girls have truly cemented their places in every Christmas to come!
‘Oh Santa!’ – Mariah Carey ft. Ariana Grande & Jennifer Hudson
We can all agree that it’s not Christmas without a sprinkling of divas, so it’s only right that we play this iconic banger featuring not one, but three diva icons. The song has had a revival since Mariah first dropped it a decade prior, with Ari and J-Hud hopping on the track for Miss Carey’s Apple TV holiday special. The new additions to this Christmas pop classic truly accelerate it to another level with harmonies that knock you into new year, and we’re obsessed!
‘Christmas Tree Farm’ – Taylor Swift
How can you not love Taylor Swift‘s tribute to her family home? ‘Christmas Tree Farm‘ is a catchy number that truly captures the ambience of the holiday season. From the jingling bells to the plucky piano, it really feels like the most magical soundtrack for this time of year. We’ll be playing this on repeat while wrapping presents this year.
‘Merry Christmas’ – Ed Sheeran & Elton John
Last year, two British icons, Ed Sheeran and Elton John, teamed up to deliver a spunky new Christmas banger. Though it’s a new track, there’s something that makes it feel somewhat nostalgic of the kind of festive bops our parents played when we were growing up. We can’t wait to blast it at social gatherings and family parties!
Which of these Christmas bops are making it to your holiday playlist? Are there any more festive bangers we should check out? Let us know down in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP!