To make sure our clients are ready as soon as the holiday season begins, our Music Designers start prepping our programming long before your ever hear your first Christmas carol.

We asked the team to share their favorite holidays songs, including the classics they look forward to hearing every year as well as fresh takes by today’s popular artists. Speaking of, the artist that ended up on almost everyone’s list was Sharon Jones (RIP) & The Dap Kings. If you haven’t heard their It’s a Holiday Soul Party album yet, it’s a good one to add into your rotation this Christmas.

Here’s a sampling of their favorites…

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – U2

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” – Raul Malo

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Cat Power

“Charlie Brown Christmas” – Mariah Carey

“River” – Herbie Hancock feat. Corinne Bailey Rae

“Frosty The Snowman” – Zee Avi

“Last Christmas” – Jimmy Eat World

“Little Drummer Boy” – The Salsoul Orchestra

“Go Where I Send Thee” – Golden Gate Quartet

“Hallelujah” – Pentatonix

“Let It Snow” – She & Him


We also asked our Music Designers about the strangest holiday songs they’ve come across while researching songs for our playlists. Some of these unexpected covers and duets work…and some really don’t. We’ll let you decide.

“Christmas With The Devil” – Spinal Tap

“The Christmas Song” – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66

“Gungla the Snowman” – Nonsens

“Hard Candy Christmas” – RuPaul

“Christmas Treat (I Wish It Was Christmas Today)” – Julian Casablancas

“Linus and Lucy” – Depu Brothers Band

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” – Sufjan Stevens

“All I Want For Christmas Is You (Superfestive!)” – Mariah Carey feat. Justin Bieber

“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” – Michael Buble

“Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy is a Christmas” – Bing Crosby & David Bowie

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” – Tiny Tim

“Must Be Santa” – Bob Dylan

“Christmas Wrapping” – Kylie Minogue feat. Iggy Pop

“Yingle Bells, Yingle Bells” – Stan Boreson & Doug Setterberg

– Submitted by Music Design