A Holiday Playlist Without “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

The holiday season is looking a lot different this year, but the celebratory spirit isn’t fully lost. Even though there will be no crowds at Rockefeller Center, unexpected kisses under the mistletoe, or large festive dinners—we can still experience the joy of the holiday. For all the places we are unable to go, music can take us there. So no matter where you are or who you are with this season, you can bring this  playlist with you wherever you go—or stay. And since we have all had Mariah Carey’s “All Want for Christmas Is You” on repeat since Thanksgiving. Here are some other songs that will make it feel (or at least sound) like the holidays.

“Santa’s Coming For Us” by Sia
2020 has been coming for us all year. I think we might all prefer a jolly, bearded man, who is bearing presents.

“Glittery” by Kasey Musgraves and Troye Sivam
Because decorating your heart with holiday cheer sounds really nice this year.

“What Christmas Means to Me” by Stevie Wonder
Just a reminder from Stevie that even though Christmas is different this year, we can define what it means to us and how we celebrate.

“Winter Wonderland” by Tony Bennett
If you are going to go for a classic quarantine walk, might as well be in a winter wonderland with Tony Bennett.

“Merry Christmas Baby” by Otis Redding
“I am feeling mighty fine, I got music on my radio.” You heard the man. This playlist is going to keep you in good spirits. Merry Christmas and happy holidays, I hope this playlist treats you nice.

“Blue Christmas” by Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson’s rendition of Elvis’ Blue Christmas may be a BIG mood this year. Enjoy with caution.

“Oh Santa!” By Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Hudson
Three female vocal power houses wrapped up in a cheerful holiday track. Merry Christmas to us!

“The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole
This song is classic and it paints a beautiful picture of the season. Even if we are at home, we can still cozy up with a blanket, hot cocoa, and this heart warming ballad.

“It’s Not Christmas ’Til You Come Home” by Norah Jones
Sounds like Norah Jones might be singing our feelings this year. So if we are going to wait, hopefully it won’t be too much longer.

“Miss You Most” by Mariah Carey
If you’re missing someone this season, this song is for you.

“Christmas Will Really Be Christmas” by Black Pumas
“Christmas will really be Christmas when the world is smiling again.” Fingers crossed for 2021.

“Linus & Lucy” by Anderson .Paak
If you love Charlie Brown Christmas and Anderson .Paak, you are in for a holiday treat.

“Bring Me Love” by John Legend
Because love is the best gift of all.

“Merry Christmas, Baby” by Fantasia
It’s too hard to decide between Fantasia and Otis Redding’s version of this song. We don’t have to choose. So we added both to treat you extra nice.

“Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande
Santa Tell Me are we going to find love in the time of Corona this holiday season?

“Man With The Bag” by Jessie J
Caution: this song may induce jazz hands.

“Christmas Where We Are” by Dolly Parton and Billy Ray Cyrus
Dolly is working 9-5 and overtime. Not only did she help fund the COVID vaccine, she also made another Christmas album this year.  In this song, she reminds us we don’t need a tinsel, lights, or a tree—we can have Christmas where we are.

“Christmas Dreaming” by Harry Connick Jr.
The dreamy voice of Harry Connick Jr. will have you Christmas dreaming in no time.

“Warm December” by Sabrina Claudio
This sultry tune is for you whether you have been naughty or nice.

“The More You Give (The More You’ll Have)” by Michael Bublé
“The time for giving, the best part of living.” because that’s what it is all about anyway. So like Mr. Bublé  sings on“ let’s give love and get some back,” because “the more you give, the more you’ll have.”

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
Let’s be honest, we can’t have a holiday playlist without this song. All I want is to include this song on a holiday playlist. The intro alone puts you in a holiday spirit. Go ahead, hit that repeat button again. You know you want to.

How To Listen

  1. Get your decorations.
  2. Make yourself some hot chocolate, cider or tea.
  3. Wrap yourself in a warm blanket.
  4. Play this playlist or add these songs to your current one.
  5. Feel the festive spirit.
  6. Enjoy the holiday where you are.
  7. Or this is an option too…


–Jessica Couloute, Content Creator

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