Whether you’re trying to shake off that Grinch mood from yesterday’s Festivus or just want to add some happy tunes to your Christmas Eve playlist, you are more than welcome to listen to these songs and add them to your playlist.

It will be Christmas a few hours from now so don’t waste any more time – take those speakers out, play your favorite holiday songs and let everyone feel the joy this season brings!

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon and Yoko Ono

This Christmas song released in 1971 by music legend John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono goes beyond the festive season, as it was also written as a protest song against the Vietnam War. It’s a great song to listen to as you wait for the midnight bells to ring, and think of how you made an impact to this world. Quite deep, but trust me, you need this tonight.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra

This is a real Christmas classic – and no matter how many times you listen to this song, it always finds a way to make you tear up. The lines “From now on, all our troubles will be out of sight” just give us the hope and light we need, especially during these trying times.

Make It To Christmas – Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara officially joined the roster of Christmas artists when she released this infectious single in 2019. The catchy tune, which begins with an arrangement of festive strings and bells, tells a tale of relationship gone cold – wait, this song isn’t gloomy; more like a plea. “This time of the year is precious/ Please can we make it to Christmas,” Alessia tells her lover. So if you think about it, this is really for everyone who wants a better boyfriend to celebrate Christmas with.

Man With The Bag – Jessie J

Okay to be honest, I’m including this here because c’mon, it’s Jessie J! But really, this upbeat song keeps the mood happy and light. Don’t we all need that? He’ll make this December the one you’ll remember / The best and the merriest you ever did have

What Christmas Means To Me – John Legend

This song has a gazillion of versions, but if you want a more modern beat, John Legend is your man! With this season signifying different things for different people, it’s the perfect background as you find your own answer to the question – what does Christmas mean to me?

It’s Not Christmas ‘Til You Come Home – Norah Jones

This song may come quite emotional and highly relevant this year – as we all celebrate Christmas away from families and friends because of the pandemic. While the song is filled with sadness and longing, it also makes us think about the people we love; those who make our Christmas the festive event it’s meant to be. And yes, Norah Jones soothing, dreamlike voice is incomparable.

Go Tell It On The Mountain – Tori Kelly

Warning: this song will make you smile the whole 2:48 minutes. Tori Kelly uses her seraphic voice to creatively deliver the Christmas story. This song is part of Tori’s first Christmas album, “A Tor Kelly Christmas” released just this October. Actually, all of the 15 songs in it are worth adding to your playlist.           

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

This song captures the heart of any one who listens to it. Michael Buble’s version was released in 2011, and it perfectly describes the beautiful sights Christmas brings – candy canes, toys in every store, Christmas trees in hotels and parks.

(There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays – The Carpenters

One of the best Christmas songs ever written, this masterpiece perfectly encapsulates what we all think – there is now place like home for the holidays! This beautiful song is a reflection of our primal need to have a home – however you interpret the word. An emotional connection to something or to a person gives a happy celebration such as Christmas more meaningful.

Believe – Josh Groban

Written for the movie “The Polar Express” in 2004, Josh Groban’s “Believe” has quickly become a Christmas favorite. The melody, the words, and of course Josh Groban’s heavenly voice – this song just makes you want to sit still, smile and trust Josh Groban as he says “you have everything you need, if you just believe”.

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