List of Christmas hit singles

List of Christmas hit singles

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List of Christmas hit singles

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The following is an incomplete list of Christmas songs (hit singles and tracks) recorded by well known and obscure artists, many of which have hit on various charts around the world. Mostly listed here are US and UK hits (some only released in the artist's home country). A year indicates the first year of release for that artist's version. However, many were re-released as singles in subsequent years.

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Song  ↓ Artist(s) / Year  ↓ Additional Information  ↓
"A' Soalin'" Peter, Paul & Mary (1963) Written by Paul Stookey, Tracy Batteste & Elaina Mezzetti.
"All Alone on Christmas" Darlene Love (1992) Appeared in the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
"All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" Spike Jones and his City Slickers (1948) Written by Donald Yetter Gardner.
"All I Want for Christmas Is My Upper Plate" Homer and Jethro (1968) Written by D. Gardner, H. Haynes and K. Burns. Originally recorded in 1968.[1]
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" (1) Carla Thomas (1963) Originally released as the B-side of Carla's 1963 holiday hit, "Gee Whiz, It's Christmas" (Atlantic 2212). A new version recorded by Carla hit the Billboard Christmas Singles chart in 1966.
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" (2) Foghat (1981)
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" (3) Vince Vance and the Valiants (1989) Melody is the same as Bobby Vinton's 1964 top 10 pop hit, "My Heart Belongs to Only You". First released as a single in 1989, but didn't become a country radio hit until 1993. Honored by Billboard as one of radio's most requested Christmas songs, it reached no. 31 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1994.
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" (4) Mariah Carey (1994) Written by Walter Afanasieff and Mariah Carey. iTunes' most-downloaded Christmas song in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The band My Chemical Romance also recorded a version of the song.
"All Join Hands" Slade (1984)
"Alone on Christmas Day" Travis (2004)
"Amen" The Impressions (1964) Featured in the 1963 film Lilies of the Field starring Sidney Poitier. First released as a single in 1964. Remake recorded by the group in 1969.
"An Old Christmas Card" Jim Reeves (1963)
"Another Lonely Christmas" Prince and The Revolution (1984) First released as the B-side to Prince and The Revolution's 1984 top 10 hit single, "I Would Die 4 U".
"Another Rock And Roll Christmas" Gary Glitter (1984)
"Auld Lang Syne" Peerless Quartet (1921) Written by Robert Burns. The most popular version of the song for years was actually by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, but Lombardo amazingly never scored a chart hit with it. Lombardo first performed the song on radio in 1929, then recorded it in 1939 and again in 1947. Popular smooth jazz musician Kenny G scored a top 10 hit in 1999 with the song.
"Babes in Toyland/March of the Toys" Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops One of the most familiar of all instrumentals every year at Christmas.
"A Baby Changes Everything" Faith Hill (2008) Spent three weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart in December 2008. Taken from Faith's very first Christmas album, Joy to the World.
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark (1949)
Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer (1949)
Written in 1944 by Frank Loesser and featured in the 1949 film Neptune's Daughter starring Esther Williams. Other hit versions in 1949 included one by Don Cornell and Laura Leslie with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, and another by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan. Dean Martin recorded a popular version for his 1959 album A Winter Romance. In March 1962, a version by Ray Charles and Betty Carter peaked at # 91 on The Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The song was also a number 17 pop hit single in the UK in 1999 for Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews.
"Baby's First Christmas" Connie Francis (1961) Featuring the Don Costa Orchestra.
"Back Door Santa" Clarence Carter (1968) Released on the 1968 various artists holiday soul album Soul Christmas. Also recorded by Jon Bon Jovi for the 1987 various artists holiday compilation A Very Special Christmas (though it was removed from later pressings for unknown reasons). Run-D.M.C. sampled the original version by Clarence Carter for their 1987 hit, "Christmas in Hollis" (which was also included on A Very Special Christmas).
"Because It's Christmas (For All the Children)" Barry Manilow (1990)
"The Bell That Couldn't Jingle" Herb Alpert (1968) Co-written by Burt Bacharach, who also has recorded it.
"The Bells of St. Paul" Linda Eder (2004)
"Best Christmas of Them All" Shakin' Stevens (1990)
"Better Days" Goo Goo Dolls (2006) Despite its overtly Christian tone and obvious references to Christmas, this song managed to reach #3 on the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart, and remains in regular rotation on hot adult top 40 stations.
"The Blessed Dawn of Christmas Day" Harry Connick, Jr. (1993)
"Blue Christmas" Ernest Tubb (1949)
Elvis Presley (1957)
Written as a country song by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson in 1948, and first a #2 country hit for singer Ernest Tubb in 1949. Ranks as the all-time number 1 Christmas single of Billboard's Country Singles chart. Still one of the most-recorded holiday tunes. Also a hit for Russ Morgan and His Orchestra (1949), Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra (1949), The Browns featuring Jim Edward Brown (1960), Wynonna Judd (1993), Vince Gill (1998), Clay Walker (2000) and Harry Connick, Jr. (2003).
"Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" Mabel Scott (1948) Written by Leon Rene. Recorded later by Patti Page.
"Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" Amy Grant (1992) Also a hit for Donna Summer.
"Candy Cane Children" The White Stripes (2002)
"Caroling, Caroling" Nat King Cole (1960) Written by Alfred Burt & Wihla Hutson.
"Cashing in on Christmas" Bad News (1992)
"Celebrate Me Home" Kenny Loggins (1977)
"Children's Christmas Song" The Supremes (1965) Featuring a children's chorus on backing vocals.
"The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" The Chipmunks (1958) Written by Ross Bagdasarian (a.k.a. David Seville). The most popular novelty Christmas single in the U.S. through the 1960s. Launched a 40-year music 'career' for the fictional 'character' group.
"Christmas" (1) The Who (1969)
"Christmas" (2) King Diamond (2003)
"C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S" Eddy Arnold, the Tennessee Plowboy and his Guitar (1949) Written by Eddy Arnold & Jenny Lou Carson.
"Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without the One You Love)" The O'Jays (1969) Written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The song's original title was the longer "(Christmas Ain't Christmas New Year's Ain't New Year's) Without the One You Love". Reissued by the group's record label (Philly International) in 1973 following the group's huge success.
"Christmas All Over Again" Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1992)
"Christmas at Ground Zero" "Weird Al" Yankovic (1986)
"Christmas at K-Mart" Root Boy Slim (1979)
"Christmas at the Zoo" The Flaming Lips (1995) Released on The Flaming Lips' 1995 album, Clouds Taste Metallic. Not intended to be a Christmas song, though the characteristic "jingling bells" are featured in the song, as well as talk of the holiday.
"Christmas Auld Lang Syne" Bobby Darin (1960)
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" Darlene Love (1963) Featured on the classic 1963 holiday album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. Written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry.Covered famously by U2 in 1987 for the holiday charity album A Very Special Christmas. Also covered by Mariah Carey in 1994 and by the pop trio Hanson in 1997.
"The Christmas Blues" Dean Martin (1953) Written by David Holt and Sammy Cahn.
"Christmas Canon" Trans-Siberian Orchestra (1998) Chord progression is based on that of Pachelbel's Canon in D major.
"Christmas Carol" Skip Ewing (1990) Written in 1986, and first released on Ewing's 1990 album Following Yonder Star (MCA 10068). First charted on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart for the week ending January 6, 1996.
"Christmas Day" (1) Detroit Junior (1960)
"Christmas Day" (2) Squeeze (1980)
"Christmas Day" (3) Dido (2000)
"Christmas Dinner" Tennessee Ernie Ford (1951)
"Christmas Dragnet (Parts I & II)" Stan Freberg with Daws Butler (1953) A parody of Dragnet and the follow-up to Freberg's # 1 hit from several months earlier, "St. George and the Dragonet". In 1954, the same record was re-issued under the title "Yulenet (Parts I & II)".
"Christmas Dream" Perry Como (1974) From the 1974 film The Odessa File starring Jon Voight.
"Christmas Eve in My Hometown" Bobby Vinton (1970)
"Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" Savatage (1995)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (1996)
The song is a medley including "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and a hard rock version of "Carol of the Bells". First released in 1995 on the Savatage album Dead Winter Dead, but the same recording was re-released in 1996 as a track on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra album Christmas Eve and Other Stories.
"Christmas Hate Within" Slipknot
"Christmas in America" Pat Benatar (2001)
"Christmas in Dixie" Alabama (1982) The original version featured Alabama wishing you "Merry Christmas" near the end of the song. Lead singer Randy Owen re-recorded the song with Kenny Chesney in 2003.
"Christmas in Hollis" Run-D.M.C. (1987) an original song written and recorded by the group for charity, with the music video a perennial favorite on the MTV through the late 1980s and 1990s. It first appeared on the 1987 various artists holiday compilation album A Very Special Christmas to benefit the Special Olympics. The track samples the 1968 tune "Back Door Santa" by Clarence Carter.
"Christmas in Killarney" Dennis Day (1950) Featuring the Mellowmen on backing vocals and Henri Rene Orchestra. Another hit version was by Percy Faith and the Shillelagh Singers in 1950.
"Christmas in My Hometown" (1) Sonny James (1954) Covered by Travis Tritt in 1992.
"Christmas in My Home Town" (2) Charley Pride (1970)
"Christmas in New Orleans" Louis Armstrong with the Benny Carter Orchestra (1955)
"Christmas Is" (1) Percy Faith (1966) Written by Percy Faith and Spencer Maxwell. Selected as the theme song for the 1967 Christmas Seals appeal. Also a hit that year for Lou Rawls.
"Christmas Is" (2) Jim Brickman featuring Mark Masri (2008) Reached #18 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart during the Christmas season of 2008.
"Christmas Is All Around" Billy Mack (2003) Recorded for the film Love Actually. It was released in the United Kingdom, making No23 in the chart.
"Christmas Is Interesting" Jonathan Coulton (2003)
"Christmas Is Just Around the Corner" Barry Manilow (2008) Reached #16 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart during the Christmas season of 2008.
"Christmas Is Now Drawing Near at Hand" Steve Winwood
"Christmas Is the Time to Say 'I Love You' " Billy Squier (1981) First released as the B-side of Squier's late 1981 hit single "My Kinda Lover" (Capitol 5037).
"Christmas Island" The Andrews Sisters and Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (1946) Later a hit for Jimmy Buffett (1996) and The Brian Setzer Orchestra (2005).
"A Christmas Kiss" Daniel O'Donnell (1999)
"Christmas Love" Billy Idol (2006)
"Christmas Means Love" Joan Osbourne (2006)
"Christmas Mem'ries" Barbra Streisand (2001) Recorded earlier under the original title of "Christmas Memories" by Frank Sinatra in 1975, Alabama in 1985, Steve Wariner in 1992 and Rosemary Clooney in 1996.
"Christmas Must Be Tonight" The Band (1977) Written by Robbie Robertson a member of The Band. He also recorded the song solo in 1988 for the soundtrack to the holiday comedy film, Scrooged starring Bill Murray.
"Christmas My Arse" Ricky Tomlinson (2006) Video features Craig Phillips, first winner of TV's Big Brother series in the UK.
"Christmas Night in Harlem" Louis Armstrong with the Benny Carter Orchestra (1955)
"Christmas on 45" Holly and the Ivys (1981)
"Christmas Party" "Two Ton" Baker the Merry Music Maker (1948) Issued as a 2-disc (in a foldout picture sleeve) 78 rpm set on Mercury Records' Miniature Playhouse children's series (songs on the set are "The Night Before Christmas"/"Santa's Toy Shop"/"Up On The House Top"/"Deck The Halls"/"Jingle Bells").
"Christmas Rappin'" Kurtis Blow (1979)
"Christmas Round at Ours" Girls Aloud (2005)
"The Christmas Shoes" NewSong (2000)
"Christmas Song" (1) Gilbert O'Sullivan (1974) a # 12 pop hit single in the UK in 1974.
"Christmas Song" (2) Dave Matthews Band (2000)
"A Christmas Song" Shawn Phillips (1970)
"The Christmas Song" Angel (1977) a version of the rock band's own 1977 hit "The Winter Song," but featuring alternate lyrics (both tracks featured The California Boys Choir and both were produced by Eddie Leonetti).
"The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" The Nat King Cole Trio (1946) Written in 1944 by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells (Tormé's solo recording was also a hit). Also sometimes subtitled "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire", but originally subtitled "Merry Christmas to You." Popular versions were also recorded by such artists as The Carpenters, Celine Dion, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross and Toni Braxton. Remains one of the most recorded Christmas songs ever. According to research conducted in 2004, Cole's version is the most loved seasonal song (with women aged 30-49).[2]
"Christmas This Year" Mêlée (2008)
"Christmas Through Your Eyes" Gloria Estefan (1993)
"Christmas Time" (1) Bryan Adams (1985)
"Christmas Time" (2) John Anderson (1994) Written by John Anderson and L. Delmore. Reached #57 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1994.[3]
"Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)" The Darkness (2003)
"Christmas Time Is Here" (1) Vince Guaraldi Trio (1965) Originally composed for the 1965 animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, one of the very first animated Christmas special produced for network TV in the U.S. Melody has similar chord progression to the 1932 Cole Porter jazz standard "Night and Day". More recently, a hit for Toni Braxton and Johnny Mathis. Both instrumental and vocal versions were recorded by Guaraldi.
"Christmas Time Is Here" (2) Ray Parker, Jr. (1982) Later re-issued as the B-side of Parker's late 1984/early 1985 top 40 pop hit single, "Jamie".
"Christmas Time Is Here Again" The Beatles (1967) Also recorded by group member Ringo Starr for his 1999 Christmas album, I Wanna Be Santa Claus.
"Christmas Vacation" Mavis Staples (1989) Theme song from the 1989 comedy film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
"The Christmas Waltz" Harry Connick, Jr. (2003) Also recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1954, Kay Starr, Nancy Wilson, The Carpenters, Natalie Cole and Barry Manilow.
"Christmas Was a Friend of Mine" Fay Lovsky
"A Christmas Wish" Bobby Goldsboro (1968)
"Christmas with the Devil" Spinal Tap (1984) Written by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Harry Shearer. Originally issued on Enigma Records with picture sleeve and also a special picture disc issue, both 7"
"Christmas Without You" Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (1984)
"Christmas Wrapping" The Waitresses (1981) First appeared on the various artists holiday compilation album A Christmas Record on ZE Records in 1981. Covered in 1998 by the Spice Girls and released as a B-side on their single "Goodbye".
"Christmastime" Aimee Mann (2006) a new standard co-written by Michael Penn, brother of Sean Penn.
"Coldcut's Christmas Break" Coldcut (1989)
"Coming Home for Christmas" Jim Brickman (2007) Peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart during the Christmas season of 2007.
"Cool Yule" Louis Armstrong with the Commanders (1953) Written by Steve Allen. Also a hit remake for singer/actress Bette Midler in 2006.
"Cruise Into Christmas Medley" Jane McDonald (1998)
"December Brings Me Back to You" Andy Abraham featuring Michael Underwood The GMTV Christmas single as a challenge for follow host, Michael Underwood. The song was written and sung with X Factor star, Andy Abraham.
"December Will Be Magic Again" Kate Bush (1980)
"Dig That Crazy Santa Claus" Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers (1954)
Ralph Marterie & His Orchestra (1954)
Also a hit for The Brian Setzer Orchestra in 2005.
"Ding Dong, Ding Dong" George Harrison (1974) Member of the Beatles.
"Ding Dong Merrily on High" Celtic Woman (2006) Only the latest hit version of this traditional carol.
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid (1984) a benefit recording by an all-star group to assist famine relief in Ethiopia; organized by Bob Geldof of the British rock band The Boomtown Rats. Written by Geldof and Midge Ure of the British rock band Ultravox. Re-recorded on two other separate occasions: Band Aid II in 1989 and Band Aid 20 in 2004.
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" Bing Crosby (1963) Also a hit for the Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus, Jim Nabors, Whitney Houston in 1987 and, most recently, Linda Eder in 2004. Originally recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale in 1962.
"Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey)" Lou Monte (1960)
"(Mamacita) ¿Dónde Está Santa Claus? (Where Is Santa Claus?)" Augie Rios (1958) Featuring the Mark Jeffrey Orchestra. Also covered by actress Charo in 1978 and by the rock band Guster in 2003.
"Don't Shoot Me Santa" The Killers (2007)
"Driving Home for Christmas" Chris Rea (1988)
"8 Days of Christmas" Destiny's Child (2001)
"El Burrito de Belen" Juanes (2006)
"Elf's Lament" Barenaked Ladies (2004) Featuring Michael Bublé
"Every Day It's Christmas" Do (2004)
"(Everybody's Waitin' For) the Man with the Bag" Kay Starr (1950) Another version recorded by The Brian Setzer Orchestra in 2002.
"Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday" William Bell (1967) Covered by the Sweet Inspirations in 1969 and by Daryl Hall & John Oates in 2006.
"Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas" Eels (1998)
"Fairytale of New York" The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl (1987) Written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan. Reached number one on the Irish single charts (where it continues to be the most popular Christmas song), but to many people's amazement was beaten to number one in the UK, by the Pet Shop Boys' "Always on My Mind".
"Fall La La in Love" David Martin (2007) Written by David Martin.
"Far Away on Christmas Day" Bradley Joseph (2000)
"Father Christmas" The Kinks (1977) Written by Ray Davies of the Kinks.
"Feels Like Christmas" Cyndi Lauper
"Feliz Navidad" José Feliciano (1970) The best-known version of the best-known Spanish-language Christmas song.
"Fifty Grand for Christmas" Paul Holt (2004)
"Frosty the Snow Man" Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys (1950) Other hit versions that also charted were released by Nat King Cole (1950), Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (1950), Red Foley and the Little Foleys (1951), Johnny Mathis (2002) and Kimberley Locke (2007). Other popular versions of the song were released by the Ronettes (1963), the Beach Boys (1964) and Jimmy Durante (1969). Locke's 2007 hit version spent one week at #1 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
"Funky Christmas (Christmas at My House)" RuPaul (1997)
"Gabriel's Message" Sting (1987) a track included on the 1987 various artists holiday compilation album A Very Special Christmas to benefit the Special Olympics.
"Gaudete" Steeleye Span (1972) Didn't become a chart hit in the UK until December 1973.
"Gee Whiz, It's Christmas" Carla Thomas (1963) Follow-up to Carla's 1961 top 10 pop and R&B hit, "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)".
"The Gift" Jim Brickman (1997) Peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart during the Christmas season of 1997.
"The Gift of Giving" Bill Withers (1972)
"Give Love on Christmas Day" The Jackson 5 and Solid Harmonie (1970)
"Give U One 4 Christmas" Hot Pantz (2005)
"Go Girlfriend (Have a Merry Christmas)" No Secrets
"Go Tell It on the Mountain" Garth Brooks (1992) Garth's version of this classic spiritual was first released in 1992, but didn't make the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart until late 1998/early 1999. It is the only version of the classic song to hit any of the Billboard music charts.
"Go Tell It on the Mountain/Mary Had a Baby (medley)" Vanessa L. Williams (1993) As is often the case, this hit single and video inspired the artist to record a full-length holiday album the following year.
"Goin' Home (Sing a Song of Christmas Cheer)" Bobby Sherman (1971)
"Gothic Christmas" Within Temptation
"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" Elmo & Patsy (1979) Written by R. Brooks. Originally released in 1979, then for several years following, each time a bigger hit. Other versions were recorded/released in 1982 and 1984 (the 1984 version is the one that radio most often plays). The song hit #1 on the Billboard's Christmas singles charts during the Christmas season of 1984.[4] The biggest selling novelty Christmas single of all time in the U.S.
"A Great Big Sled" The Killers (2006)
"The Greatest Gift of All" Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (1984)
"Green Chri$tma$" Stan Freberg (1958) Featuring Daws Butler, Marvin Miller and Wil Wright in a "commercial" parody of Scrooge.
"(My) Grown-Up Christmas List" David Foster featuring Natalie Cole (1990) Written by David Foster (music) and Linda Thompson Jenner (lyrics). More recent hit versions include Amy Grant (1992), Barbra Streisand (2001), Michael Buble (2003), Kelly Clarkson (2003) and Clay Aiken.
"Happy Holiday" Bing Crosby (1942) Written by Irving Berlin for the 1942 film Holiday Inn, co-starring Crosby and Fred Astaire. Hit versions were recorded by Peggy Lee, Andy Williams and Steve Lawrence &