The Best (Non-Traditional!) Christmas Songs

Best Christmas Songs

One of the craziest things to me about Christmas is that we play the same Christmas songs over and over and over every year. It’s hard for artists to release their own new songs because we so rarely accept them. Some of my favorite Christmas songs are the ones we don’t hear on the radio 1000 times per day over the holidays. It is my hope to introduce you to some of these songs. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new favorite?

Christmas Lights – Coldplay

This is arguably my favorite non-traditional Christmas song. Coldplay brings you the perfect balance of everything that’s needed in a beautiful Christmas melody!

The First Noel (feat. Owl City) – tobyMac

I have always loved singing this song in church and this version is great! Owl City and tobyMac, what could be better?

Ho Ho Hopefully – The Maine

This song is tied with Christmas Lights. I love The Maine’s whole Christmas album, you should definitely check it out!

The Man With The Bag – Jessie J

Jessie J KILLS this version. I absolutely love her voice!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – *NSYNC

I couldn’t NOT put this song on here. Come on.

Mistletoe – Colbie Caillat

I love Colbie Caillat and this song is one of my favorites to play on guitar around the holidays!

Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

Now that the Biebs is growing on all of us, it’s time to bring back his Christmas album. Don’t lie… you’ve jammed to this at some point.

Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson

Slay, Kelly. Slay.

White Christmas (Duet with Shania Twain) – Michael Bublé

This might be one of my favorite Christmas duets. I love Michael Bublé (who doesn’t?) and Shania Twain sounds amazing. Their voices mesh perfectly.

Winter Song – Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

And, last but not least, this amazing duet between Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. It will awaken the winter spirit within you. Promise.

What are your favorite Christmas/holiday songs?

  • MakeUp Fun

    I love your playlist! Love listening to these songs… amazing athmosphere.

  • How I not hear White Christmas before?! I love Michael Buble!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  • Abby

    I haven’t heard most of these, and I LOVE Christmas music! Thanks for sharing! I spend most of December playing both Pentatonix Christmas albums on repeat in my classroom. I’m obsessed with their music, and it’s one of the only things I can play that all my students like.

  • You just saved me from having to youtube random songs all day! LOVE THEM!


    Sugar & Something

  • Sara Kate Steadman

    I didn’t know that cold play had a christmas song! How fun!! Loving the ones by colbie and justing though!

    Sara Kate Styling

  • Yes yes yes! I’m always looking for new songs to listen to — thanks for these :) Anything to keep Christmas songs going, haha.

    x Sarah

  • Buble is definitely my favorite!


  • Omg, yes to pretty much all of these songs!
    They’re all on my list.
    xoxo, Jenny

  • Miss ALK

    Haha YES to anything *NSYNC!!! Good luck on your exams! :-)

    xoxo A

  • These are great! I love Colbie Caillet!

  • Kristine Circenis

    Michael Buble’s Christmas album is literally top notch. I love it!

  • nicole simonetti

    I didn’t realize Colbie put out any holiday songs – definitely checking that out! x Nicole |

  • I’m ashamed to admit I just began listening to xmas songs today, it hardly feels like christmas over here! Great new picks!

  • Cristina on Campus

    WINTER SONG IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS EVER! Sorry, felt the need to put that in all caps. Literally obsessed – these are all great! Gonna listen while I study :)


  • NSYNC is yes. They were the best. And Michael Buble is amazing.

    xx. Brittany | Southern Soul

  • I love non-traditional songs!

    Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  • This is so fun! You’re totally right- I end up with the same set of songs year after year. I definitely need to check out more non-traditional songs!!

  • I’m a fan of a lot of these and they’re on my holiday playlist but I loved seeing Winter Song on there! My cousin introduced me to it and I love it, but yeah…it’s totally NOT a traditional “Christmas” song. And the Coldplay one is one of my faves <3

  • Alexandra Adams

    Love love love N*Sync! And Kelly Clarkson’s whole “Wrapped in Red” album is amazing!

  • Love the Colbie Caillat song! Can’t wait to listen to the others!

  • GREAT list! I also like the newer songs like this, and it’s like they may play them a little on the radio, but then the next year they won’t play them anymore! Humpf!

  • I love this list :) my favorite has to be the Michael Bublé album. I love Cold December Night and I also love Justin Bieber’s song Christmas Eve ❤️ I love Christmas music especially the ones that never play on the radio also. Have you listened to Ariana Grande-Santa Tell Me.

  • I love that you had the NSync on here! It’s so good! I also didn’t know Owl City and TobyMac did a song together! AWESOME!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  • Is it really a holiday playlist without NSYNC?! Love Jessie J’s version of Man with the Bag, as well :)

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  • This is so fun! I couldn’t sadly couldn’t get the songs to play on my computer (Macbook using Safari) but I will definitely be adding them to my Christmas playlist!

  • Kayleigh

    Love the song choices!

  • Savannah Ward

    This is such a cool list! I LOVE LOVE Winter Song.

  • Allison Ellzey

    I loved this list! Michael Buble, just yes.

  • Okay, this list is actually perfect! Yes, yes, yes!
    xx, Southwestern Prepster

  • This is great! I love Hilary Duff’s christmas album!

    with southern grace,

  • Kylie Katherine Souder

    This is such a great list, I have such a hard time finding non blah songs!

  • Echosmith has a cover of “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”. It’s good !

  • John Xavier

    Great choices!
    Here’s a spotify playlist of lesser-known, non-overplayed Christmas music: