10 Festive Songs to Soundtrack Your Christmas

Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye, but it’s hard for many to get into the holiday spirit with everything going on in the world. Here are some contemporary Christmas hits that will make you wish it could be Christmas every day!

  1. Taylor Swift – “Christmas Tree Farm”

“Christmas Tree Farm” is practically destined to be a modern holiday classic. It’s inspired by Swift’s upbringing on a farm in Pennsylvania and the music video features adorable home movie clips from her childhood, including the moment she got her first guitar.

  1. The Vamps – “Hoping For Snow”

One of their first original Christmas songs, “Hoping For Snow” sees The Vamps looking forward to the possibility of reuniting with an ex over the holidays. Other fun holiday options from The Vamps are “Sleighing in the Snow” and their covers of “Jingle Bell Rock,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” and “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.” 

  1. Fall Out Boy – “Yule Shoot Your Eye Out”

“Yule Shoot Your Eye Out” is a rather angsty song about a breakup, but it’s so upbeat that you may not even think about it. The title is a spin on the iconic “you’ll shoot your eye out” quote from 1983’s A Christmas Story, with an extra dash of ironic festivity through references to yule logs.

  1. Meghan Trainor – “I’ll Be Home”

On “I’ll Be Home,” Trainor promises a loved one that she’ll be back from travelling for the holidays. It’s especially poignant this year, with COVID-19 preventing travel and forcing many families to stay apart.

  1. Pentatonix – “That’s Christmas To Me”

Would it really be the Christmas season without acapella group Pentatonix making an appearance? The band is well-known for their covers of Christmas classics, but one of fans’ favorite tracks is their original song “That’s Christmas To Me,” which describes the things they love about the holidays. 

  1. Jonas Brothers – “I Need You Christmas”

The Jonas Brothers voice what we’ve all been feeling on “I Need You Christmas”: this year, we need a joyful holiday more than ever. It’s the perfect timely hit, and we’ll either reminisce about it or hate the memories it brings up once the pandemic ends. 

  1. My Chemical Romance – “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

MCR put their own edgy spin on Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic in 2005, and it’s a great option for those who want the spirit of MC’s song but aren’t in the mood for a very festive sound. While Mariah’s version is fairly hopeful, My Chem’s showcases the desperation hidden in the lyrics.

  1. Kelly Clarkson – “Underneath the Tree”

“Underneath the Tree” is a cheerful love song, with Clarkson celebrating getting to spend the holiday with a loved one. The equally-fun video shows her singing the track on a winter-themed set, as well as including fun backstage moments before the performance.

  1. Gwen Stefani – “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” (feat. Blake Shelton)

Stefani and Shelton take turns expressing excitement about spending the holidays together on “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.” It’s a sweet ode to their relationship, as well as simply being a fun, exciting holiday tune.

  1. Lindsey Stirling – “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” (feat. Sabrina Carpenter)

Contemporary violinist Lindsey Stirling teams up with former Disney darling Sabrina Carpenter to put a fresh spin on a fun holiday classic. If you’re spending the holidays with children and want entertainment that’s appropriate for several age groups, this is the perfect choice.

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Madison Murray View All →

Hi! I’m Madison Murray, an aspiring pop culture and music journalist who also loves writing about lifestyle and fashion. I’m currently a freelance writer for TREMG, editorial intern for Young Hollywood, and music blogger for Audible Addixion – I write 1-2 posts a week on each platform. I’m also a playlist curator intern for VOLUP2 magazine. My favorite artists include Taylor Swift, Machine Gun Kelly, BLACKPINK, Elko, phem, and YUNGBLUD. She/her.

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