26 Secular Christmas Songs To Listen To This December

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Show of hands: Whose favourite time of the year is December? Mine is! Despite living on an island in the Caribbean and never having experienced a white Christmas (it gets very cold – for us – though), Christmas is my favouritest holiday and season and a big part of that is the music. As December creeps up, my favourite seasonal songs start playing in my head and I can’t wait for Christmas day to arrive. If you hate Christmas and its music, this is not the place for you.

This is not a ranked listed. The songs are placed according to the year their first recording was released. To keep it short(ish), there are no carols on the list and it’s limited to songs that I actually know (and even some of those aren’t here). So if your favourite Christmas song isn’t here then chances are I don’t know it. Feel free to let me know what it is in the comments though!

This list is about the songs in general and not specific versions of them by particular artist. The versions used here are just the ones I know and/or love. So with all of that out of the way, let’s get to the list!

For the TL;DR version of this list, watch the video above.


1. Jingle Bells

Originally Recorded By: Will Lyle
Originally Released: 1889

2. White Christmas

Originally Recorded By: Irving Berlin
Originally Released: 1942

3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Originally Recorded By: Judy Garland
Originally Released: 1944

4. Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Originally Recorded By: Vaughn Monroe
Originally Released: 1945

5. The Christmas Song

Originally Recorded By: Nat King Cole
Originally Released: 1946

6. Merry Christmas Baby

Originally Recorded By: Johnny Moore’s 3 Blazers
Originally Released: 1947

7. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

Originally Recorded By: Spike Jones And His City Slickers
Originally Released: 1948

8. Winter Wonderland

Originally Recorded By: Frank Sinatra
Originally Released: 1948

9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Originally Recorded By: Gene Autry
Originally Released: 1949

10. Frosty the Snow Man

Originally Recorded By: Gene Autry & The Cass County Boys
Originally Released: 1950

11. Silver Bells

Originally Recorded By: Bing Crosby and Carol Richards
Originally Released: 1950

12. Sleigh Ride

Originally Recorded By: The Andrews Sisters
Originally Released: 1950

13. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Originally Recorded By: Jimmy Boyd
Originally Released: 1952

14. Santa Baby

Originally Released By: Eartha Kitt
Originally Released: 1953

15. Jingle Bell Rock

Originally Recorded By: Bobby Helms
Originally Released: 1957

16. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Originally Recorded By: Brenda Lee
Originally Released: 1960

17. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Originally Recorded By: Andy Williams
Originally Released: 1963

18. You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch

Originally Performed By: Thurl Ravenscroft
Originally Released: 1966

19. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Originally Recorded By: Harry Reser and Tom Stacks
Originally Released: 1970

20. This Christmas

Originally Recorded By: Donny Hathaway
Originally Released: 1970

21. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

Originally Recorded By: Elmo & Patsy
Originally Released: 1979

22. Hard Candy Christmas

Originally Recorded By: Dolly Parton
Originally Released: 1982

23. Last Christmas

Originally Recorded By: Wham!
Originally Released: 1984

24. Sleigh Ride

Originally Recorded By: The Chipmunks
Originally Released: 1990

25. All I Want For Christmas Is You

Originally Recorded By: Mariah Carey
Originally Released: 1994

26. Every Year, Every Christmas

Originally Recorded By: Luther Vandross
Originally Released: 1995

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