The best love songs for Christmas +2023

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Mariah Carey sings during a pre-tape performance for NBC's Christmas Tree Lights at Rockefeller Center on November 27, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)

While it’s true that the month of December is known for festive Christmas decorations, thoughtful gift ideas, snowman pajamas and holiday cocktail recipes, none of this matters without some holiday-themed music. Because the truth is, the holidays aren’t really the holidays without the romantic songs we’ve all come to know and love.

Whether you love ’90s romantic hits like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and *NSYNC’s “I Never Knew the Meaning of Christmas,” classics by Tony Bennett and The Ronettes, or new pop and country hits from Kacey Musgraves, John Legend and Meghan Trainor, chances are you have a few favourites.

But if you need help putting together the perfect playlist for all of your holiday celebrations this month, don’t worry. Whether you want to DJ at your couple’s Secret Santa party or play something in the car on the way to see the in-laws, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy below the 40 best Christmas love songs that will definitely make you search for your next mistletoe.

(However, if you want a more general holiday playlist because you’re in your “I Hate Love” feelings or healing phase, you can check out this list of the 75 Best Christmas Songs of All Time or this list of the Best Christmas Pop Songs.)

  1. “All I want for Christmas is you,” Mariah Carey
  2. “Santa Baby”, Eartha Kitt
  3. “Last Christmas,” Wham!
  4. “One Wish (This Year)”, Britney Spears
  5. “I never knew what Christmas meant,” *NSYNC
  6. “Please come home for Christmas”, Kelly Clarkson
  7. “I want to come home for Christmas” Marvin gaye
  8. Fa La La, Justin Bieber and Boyz II Men
  9. “I Saw Mom Kissing Santa,” The Ronettes
  10. “Winter Wonderland,” Tony Bennett
  11. “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!” Frank Sinatra
  12. “This gift”, 98 degrees
  13. “Mistletoe”, Justin Bieber
  14. “You’re not alone”, Boyz II Men
  15. “You make it feel like Christmas,” Neil Diamond
  16. “Snowflakes of Love”, Toni Braxton
  17. “Covered in Red”, Kelly Clarkson
  18. “In Love with Christmas,” *NSYNC
  19. “Love is Christmas”, Sara Bareilles
  20. “Christmas through your eyes”, Gloria Estefan
  21. “I got my love to keep me warm,” Dean Martin
  22. “Merry Christmas, darling,” The Carpenters
  23. “Christmas Eve”, Celine Dion
  24. “Christmas is the time to say I love you”, Billy Squier
  25. “This Christmas”, Mary J. Blige
  26. “Christmas Without You”, OneRepublic
  27. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)”, Stevie Wonder
  28. “Miss You Most (At Christmastime)” Mariah Carey
  29. “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, John Legend Feat. Kelly Clarkson
  30. “Present Without a Bow”, Kacey Musgrave’s Feat. Leon Bridges
  31. “Santa Tell Me”, Ariana Grande
  32. “Naughty List”, Liam Payne Feat. dixie
  33. “Cuddle Up, Cuddle Up Christmas”, Dolly Parton Feat. Michael Bubble
  34. “Holidays”, Meghan Trainor Feat. earth, wind
  35. “Christmas Without You”, Ava Max
  36. “Kissin’ in the Cold”, JP Saxe Feat. Julia Michaels
  37. “Heaven and Earth,” Leslie Odom Jr.
  38. “Merry Christmas baby,” Otis Redding
  39. “Sleigh Ride”, The Ronettes
  40. “Mr Christmas”, Brett Eldredge

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Additional reporting by Lisette Mejia and Taylor Andrews

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