If you haven't already belted out the chorus to Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You," then you aren't properly preparing for the fast-approaching holiday week. No matter what you're celebrating, where you're celebrating, or whom you're celebrating with, no seasonal gathering is complete without at least one solid holiday music jam session. Due to the essential nature of such songs, we've rounded up the best, most singable, and most heartwarming ones for you.
But one thing needs to be said: These hits are all sung by pop stars. I bet you didn't realize just how many times Disney stars or top Billboard artists decided to release a cover of a holiday song. The answer is: a lot. After binge-listening to them all, I have decided that they are by far superior to the originals (no offense, Bing Crosby). Hearing *NSYNC, with their high-pitched voices and gel-soaked hair, wish me a Merry Christmas just feels extra special.
Here are the 30 best holiday pop songs — covers, originals, remixes, and all. Extra points if you are able to karaoke all of these by New Year's.
"I Think You Might Like It," John Travolta & Olivia Newton John This is a ridiculous song, but it will make you smile. A dazed, baffled smile, sure — but smile nonetheless.
"Merry Christmas, Baby" — Cee Lo Green & Rod Stewart The great thing about original Christmas songs is that they're goofy, and proud of it.
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" — Mariah Carey A staple.
"Last Christmas" — Taylor Swift A perfectly country rendition.
"Little Drummer Boy" — Pentatonix Plot twist: There are no real drums in the song.
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" — Jessica Simpson I have to admit, this song was always a bit weird.
"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" — DMX The Rudolph rap song you didn't know you needed.
"Mistletoe" — Justin Bieber Baby Biebs.
"Ave Maria" — Beyoncé Chills. Straight chills.
"This Christmas" — Chris Brown That white suit, though.
"It's Not Christmas Without You" — Victorious Cast A modern-day take on the Christmas classic.
"Last Christmas" — Wham! How Wham! became a Christmas staple.
"Deck Da Club" — Ying Yang Twins An alternative take on holiday music.
"Last Christmas" — Ariana Grande The new princess of pop has released a few holiday songs over the years.
"Carol Of The Bells" — Destiny's Child I get the chills every time.
"Fa La La" — Justin Bieber Feat. Boyz II Men It's true: Bieber loves his Christmas music.
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" — Mariah Carey Mariah Carey is a Christmas icon.
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" — JoJo She hits every. Single. Note.
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" — Sam Smith Beautiful.
"Up On The Housetop" — Reba McEntire Listen to this in front of a toasty fire.
"Wonderful Christmas Time" — Demi Lovato This song will put a smile on your face.