At home, in the car, in the office – make your Yule rule by blasting festive bangers. Luckily, your Spotify account gives you access to huge libraries and multiple playlists of the greatest Christmas songs ever.
Let’s look at some of the best holiday playlists available.
This playlist proudly claims to contain ‘The biggest Christmas songs of all time.’ It’s a bold claim, but one that its 100+ songs and over 5-hour playtime seems capable of backing up. Kicking off with Mariah Carey’s iconic toe-tapper ‘All I want for Christmas is You’, before taking in such gems as Paul McCartney’s ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ and Chris Rea’s raspy voiced classic ‘Driving Home for Christmas’.
This playlist mixes classic Christmas crackers with some more contemporary tuneful treats.
A playlist that makes its intentions all too clear in the title: it’s here to provide you with a bounty of classic Christmas sing-a-longs.
Brenda Lee will have you, ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ and Jose Feliciano’s ‘Feliz Navidad’ will get even the most grinchy of family members up on their feet. Just when you feel yourself starting to flag, the mighty Bing Crosby will ease you home with the soulful sounds of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’.
74 songs and over 3 hours of Christmas Classics – job done.
The title may lack imagination, but the playlist certainly doesn’t.
Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ will give you its heart, while ol’ blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, implores the heavens to ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’. Andy Williams soon pops along to ask, ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’, but don’t feel obliged to answer if you’re busy opening presents.
Before you know it, you’ll be tucking into turkey and enjoying Bruce Springsteen, belting out a powerful live version of ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town’.
This bumper playlist contains a whopping 257 songs and will last for 14 hours of runtime – more than long enough to get you through the day’s festivities.
Unsurprisingly, this playlist contains 100 songs. Bolder than that, it claims to house the 100 greatest Christmas songs ever.
Michael Buble’s warble of ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’ is an instant mood enhancer. Soon things go up several notches with back to back renditions of legitimately two of the greatest Christmas songs ever; Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ and Wizzard’s rollicking ‘I Wish it Could Be Christmas Every Day’.
Once you’ve finished bopping to those beauties, you’ll be singing along to The Pogues and Kirsty MaColl’s legendary duet, ‘Fairytale of New York’. By this stage, the claim made in the playlists’ title will be looking increasingly valid.
This next contender takes things on to the international stage, by proclaiming itself the 'World’s Best'. Evoking images of a World Cup of festive playlists, with this one bringing home the trophy and title of World Champion.
The Champ opens strongly with a blast of Bobby Helm’s ‘Jingle Bell Rock’, and looks to rubber stamp its winning status via gems like Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ and Nat King Cole’s heartwarming ‘Deck The Hall’.
At 212 songs and over 8 hours of music, this is indeed a world class Christmas playlist.
If you’re keen to ensure you’re enjoying up-to-date Christmas content, this could be the playlist for you. You’ll truly feel like ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ whilst being serenaded by Andy Williams. And John Lennon’s, ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ will bring a tear to your eye.
Dean Martin’s ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ might not seem entirely fitting on a warm summers day, but you can bring relevance to the lyric by spending the big day with some of your frostier relatives.
329 songs and 16 hours of music later, you’ll be ready to bring the curtain down contentedly on your Christmas day.
For a taste of the sound of New Zealand at Christmas, and our own unique spin on things, it’s a great idea to check out the Kiwi Christmas playlist.
Containing Aotearoa classics like ‘Christmas in New Zealand’ by Dennis Marsh and ‘Pavlova Song’ by The Pavs & Jordan Luck, this is the perfect soundtrack to Christmas in the sun. Your nostalgia for Kiwi Christmases of yesteryear will be stoked by a listen to ‘Snoopy’s Christmas’ by The Royal Guardsman.
Fittingly, for our small but perfectly formed nation, this playlist comes in at a compact 34 songs and 90-minute playtime. Ideal for hitting the repeat button on your audio system whilst tidying up the wrapping paper.
It looks like you’re all set for some seasonal sing-a-long shenanigans. Check out these Christmas playlists by adding a Spotify account to your Spark plan and have a very merry and musical Christmas.