What makes a great Christmas song? It could be anything from a memorable hook to a moving sentiment – or the simple fact that it gets excited in the mood for the holidays. Whether they fuel your seasonal cheer (or capture those holiday blues), the best Christmas songs all have one thing in common: they are timeless classics destined to come around every year.
Here, then, from Mud to mistletoe, are our 70 best Christmas songs.
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70: Ava Max: Christmas Without You (2020)
Released in late 2020, Ava Max’s festive single, Christmas Without You, helped listeners beat the pandemic blues and became Spotify’s most-streamed Christmas song by a female artist in the 2020s, with over 87 million streams. Bearing all the hallmarks of a modern classic, it was co-written with Ava Max’s producer Cirkut, plus Jessie Aicher, Sam Martin and Gian Stone. With vocals shinier than tinsel draped over a fireplace, Christmas Without You has a suitably retro flavour, resplendent with jingle bells and whistled tones, and it perfectly captures heartfelt seasonal sentiments like only the best Christmas songs can.