The Quintessential Playlist Of Holiday Pop

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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 season. 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.
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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.
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"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" — John Legend feat. Esperanza Spalding
These two voices go together like Santa and cookies.
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"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.
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"Merry Christmas, Baby" — Cee Lo Green & Rod Stewart
The great thing about original Christmas songs is that they're goofy, and proud of it.
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"All I Want For Christmas Is You" — Mariah Carey
A staple.
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"Last Christmas" — Taylor Swift
A perfectly country rendition.
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"Little Drummer Boy" — Pentatonix
Plot twist: There are no real drums in the song.
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"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" — Jessica Simpson
I have to admit, this song was always a bit weird.
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"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" — DMX
The Rudolph rap song you didn't know you needed.
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"Mistletoe" — Justin Bieber
Baby Biebs.
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"Ave Maria" — Beyoncé
Chills. Straight chills.
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"This Christmas" — Chris Brown
That white suit, though.
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"It's Not Christmas Without You" — Victorious Cast
A modern-day take on the Christmas classic.
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"Last Christmas" — Wham!
How Wham! became a Christmas staple.
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"Deck Da Club" — Ying Yang Twins
An alternative take on holiday music.
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"Last Christmas" — Ariana Grande
The new princess of pop has released a few holiday songs over the years.
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"Carol Of The Bells" — Destiny's Child
I get the chills every time.
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"Fa La La" — Justin Bieber Feat. Boyz II Men
It's true: Bieber loves his Christmas music.
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"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" — Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is a Christmas icon.
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"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" — JoJo
She hits every. Single. Note.
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"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" — Sam Smith
Beautiful.
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"Up On The Housetop" — Reba McEntire
Listen to this in front of a toasty fire.
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"Wonderful Christmas Time" — Demi Lovato
This song will put a smile on your face.
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"Last Christmas" — Glee Cast
Remembering Christmases past.
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"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" — Christina Aguilera
Try this during your holiday party karaoke session.
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"Let It Snow" — Michael Bublé
Bublé was born to serenade us.
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"My Only Wish (This Year)" — Britney Spears
Even Britney has gotten in on the Christmas covers action.
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"Winter Wonderland" — Selena Gomez & The Scene
Disney stars love a good holiday cover.
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"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" — *NSYNC
Baby Justin Timberlake is all I want for Christmas.
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"What Child Is This?" — Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
Swoon.
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"Christmas In DC" — 98 Degrees
This just really gets you in the holiday spirit, doesn't it?
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"Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto" — Snoop Doggy Dogg
Snoop Doggy Dogg loves Christmas, too.
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"O Holy Night" — John Legend
John Legend's angelic voice was made to sing Christmas carols.
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"Christmas Tree" — Lady Gaga
Gaga sleighs.
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