Subjective, of course. This is a totally and absolutely subjective list. Like all, isn’t it? In the end it’s everyone’s preferences, although I humbly believe that it can serve as a guide for those whointend to play classic Christmas songs on the upcoming party season.
Therefore, if you need some inspiration for this Jolly Season, this is the article for you!
Best classic Christmas songs to remix in 2023
As DJs, sometimes you need to leave your preferences out the door and stick to a few classics; and there’s no season where this is more true than Christmas. The holidays are a perfect time to listen again to some of our favorite songs and mixes.
The Beach Boys – Christmas Album (1964)
Although we usually associate The Beach Boys with beach and surf more than with snow and knitted sweaters, you will discover that they were also geniuses when it came to singing Christmas carols.
The album mixes upbeat tunes like Little Saint Nick with fun jazz-based experiments like Frosty the Snowman. And the orchestral version of White Christmas sung by Brian Wilson foreshadows the majesty of the wonderful Pet Sounds they would release the following year.
Happy Xmas (War is Over)
An iconic Christmas song written by a musician who had previously been a part of both The Beatles and The Harlem Community Choir, the legendary John Lenon. When everyone is ready to start singing along, the first tune on our list turns into a wonderful feel-good song.
Another absolute classic is Last Christmas, performed by the incredible Wham!. The 1984 original has proven to be timeless, even though it was released a full decade before Mariah’s and many things have changed since then.
Christmas Tree Farm
As she grew up on a Christmas tree farm (for real!), Taylor Swift found the inspiration for this jolly tune. This charming song is bound to become a modern classic, and can be a hit for your next online party.
Thank God It’s Christmas
In 1984, the legendary British rock band of the century, Queen, produced this Christmas hit while still retaining their characteristic sound. The song was a huge success then, and it can still be a great choice now!
Bing Crosby – White Christmas (1986)
If you’ve been paying attention you’ll recall that the Irish singer’s 1941 version of the ballad White Christmas composed by Irving Berlin has sold 50 million copies, inspiring versions even by New Kids on the Block.
Eight decades later, this album still sounds like nougat and marzipan thanks to anthems like Faith of Our Fathers or the Hawaiian-tinged Mele Kalikimaka.
She & Him – A She & Him Christmas (2011)
Although there are many celebrities who have recorded an album and you haven’t heard about it, this shouldn’t be the case with the wonderful actress Zooey Deschanel, who together with M. Ward already has a good handful of albums on the market based on elegant folk & indie rock with guitars, piano and ukulele.
If, like us, you are a big fan of the series New Girl, you may remember that one of the episodes featured the version of I’ll Be Home for Christmas that appears on this album.
Johnny Cash – Christmas With Johnny Cash (2003)
The great Johnny Cash recorded several Christmas albums throughout his career, but in 2003, the year of his death, this excellent collection of songs recorded between 1962 and 1980 was released.
The best cuts are poems made into songs that offer lessons about love, community and charity typical of the season. A must-listen is Christmas as We Knew It, a song about the singer’s poor family in rural Arkansas who are thankful for what they can give, not what they can receive.
The Killers – Don’t Waste Your Wishes (2016)
You may not have known it, but for ten years The Killers have been releasing Christmas singles during the holidays. In 2016 they gathered all of them in an album full of excellent tunes like Christmas in LA or I’ll Be Home for Christmas.
The proceeds went to Product Red, U2 frontman Bono’s initiative to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Michael Bublé – Christmas (2011)
Any Christmas music playlist isn’t complete without Michael Bublé’s enchanting performance of this classic holiday song.
If you want your house to sound this holiday season as if you were inside one of those crystal balls that you shake and snow comes out, this album is your best option.
Michael Bublé’s compilation of Christmas classics contains exuberant versions of lifelong classics like Holly Jolly Christmas or the always touching Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
The Jackson 5 – The Jackson 5 Christmas Album (1970)
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town is one of the most fun and joyful Christmas songs ever written and The Jackson 5’s version is our favorite.
Young Michael Jackson transforms this classic into a funky pop shimmy while the family of singers also gives us a touching track in The Drummer Boy and surprises us with the Latin feel of the song dedicated to Rudolph the Reindeer. A must for fans of Jacko and Christmas in general that even comes gift-wrapped.
All in all, everyone has their favorite Christmas mixes, and there are no right or wrong answers here. However, we hope we’ve inspired you to make your listeners dance to some holiday classics with this list!
And if you need a little help with your holiday music, why not choose one of the professional DJs available at our platform? Book a DJ to stream at your party!
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