According to research by Time Magazine, These are the most popular Christmas songs, based on number of recordings since 1978.
I’m using this list to compile my Ultimate Christmas album – nearly thirty of the most popular songs, in my favorite version. It’s my little Christmas gift to you.
Spotify Playlist (not everything below, but close)
O Holy Night (374) – Nancy Wilson, A Nancy Wilson Christmas [Spotify] [iTunes]
Jingle Bells (254) – Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas [Spotify] [iTunes]
God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen (236) – The Swingle Singers, Noels Sans Passport [Spotify] [iTunes]
The First Noel (234) – Chanticleer, Christmas With Chanticleer Featuring Dawn Upshaw [Spotify] [iTunes]
Angels We Have Heard on High (220) – Robert Shaw, Christmas With the Robert Shaw Chorale [Spotify] [iTunes] [Amazon]
Little Drummer Boy (213) —–
O Little Town of Bethlehem (193) – Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas [Spotify] [iTunes]
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (169) – Robert Shaw, Christmas With the Robert Shaw Chorale [Spotify] [iTunes]
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (143) – Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters, A Merry Christmas from Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters [Spotify] [iTunes]
We Wish You A Merry Christmas (137) – John Denver & The Muppets, A Christmas Together [Spotify] [iTunes]
There are a quarter of these for which one or more other versions are interchangeable (for example, Nat “King” Cole’s “The Christmas Song”), but none of these aren’t my favorite, and I think this is a great Christmas morning mix.
Merry Christmas, everyone!