A Christmas party isn’t complete without a festive playlist! It adds that little extra kick to the evening, and if all goes well, your friends and family will be swirling and twirling by night's end. However, with so many hits, it can be tough to know which songs to choose, or even which musical genre. Pop Christmas songs are always a safe bet in that your guests will probably know them and they’re usually catchy, but you’ve still got to decide on which ones. To help take some of the guesswork out of choosing, we’ve come up with a list of five wonderful Christmas pop songs that’ll work with any hip holiday mix!
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“Underneath the Tree” Kelly Clarkson
Clarkson’s hit Christmas song “Underneath the Tree” has become a Yuletide radio staple. Its upbeat tempo, signature Clarkson high notes, and earworm appeal make it a great choice to play early in the evening. Setting up a positive, fun tone at the beginning of a gathering makes all the difference.
“Candy Cane Lane” Sia
Sia knows how to craft a rhythmic hook and “Candy Cane Lane” is no exception. A perfect follow-up to Clarkson, Sia’s song keeps the positive vibes going. The vivid and festive imagery makes it a particular standout in recent Christmas pop hits.
“Last Christmas” Wham!
Some songs are evergreen. “Last Christmas” is a romantic Christmas pop classic and Wham!’s synth tones and George Michael’s crooning are instantly recognizable to anyone over the age of 20. A mega-hit in the 1980s and still just as popular today, expect A LOT of guests belting out those lyrics.
“You Make it Feel Like Christmas” Gwen Stefani
For some calmer vibes without creating a lull in the party’s energy, this Gwen Stefani tune will put everyone in the right mood. Featuring Blake Shelton, the song is both romantic and festive, with doses of country thrown in for good measure. It may also be a song your guests are less familiar with and will help guide the party into more of a relaxed atmosphere.
“All I Want For Christmas is You” Mariah Carey
You can’t end the evening without including the queen of Christmas herself! Like a fine wine, the song has only become more and more iconic as the years have passed. “All I want For Christmas is You” will have your guests shouting out those familiar lyrics with glee, putting a nice bow on a well-executed Holiday evening.