The 10 Best Modern Christmas Songs, Ranked

Now that Thanksgiving is done, it's time to saturate yourself with copious amounts of unbridled holiday cheer. String up your strands of twinkly white lights. Get your pocketbook ready for Small Business Saturday. And bombarded your eardrums with glorious Christmas music. To help, we've complied and ranked the top 10 modern holiday songs.

10) "White Christmas" by The Drifters (Great holiday ditty made memorable after it was featured in Home Alone.)

9) "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee (Although her raspy voice suggests otherwise, Lee was only 13 when she recorded this classic.)


8) "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by Darlene Love (Love has has been performing the song every year since 1986 on the final new episode before Christmas on David Letterman. Always a crowd pleaser.)


7) "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" by Alvin and the Chipmunks (Too popular to leave off this list, you only need to hear this once a year to get the full effect.)


6) "Santa Baby" by Madonna (Sorry, purists, but Madonna > Eartha Kitt.)


5) "O Holy Night" by Celine Dion (A searing, dramatic "Night" by the French-Canadian songbird. Listen to the entire song and you'll understand what all the fuss is about.)


4) "Frosty the Snowman" by The Ronettes  (As heard in Goodfellas! Also, you can't go wrong with anything from A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.)


3) "Last Christmas" by Wham! (KOIT 96.5 plays this all the time during the holidays. George Michael's brokenhearted Christmas song is just that good.)


2) "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Judy Garland (Just try listening to this without tearing up. You can't.)


1) "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey (You won't get this sickly sweet and perfectly bouncy song out of your head until mid-January.)

Listen to all the songs (on repeat) in the playlist below: