Your 2020 Guide to Holiday Music

Ally Hjort, Staff Writer

Most of us are tired of hearing “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” so not to worry, we’re going to find you some more holiday songs to listen to around this time of year that won’t have you saying “Alexa, skip.”

    In this article, I will offer a couple of different holiday songs from different genres, and at the end, I will include some generally upbeat songs in case you aren’t really into holiday music.

    If you like Pop music, you may want to check out these songs: “Bells, Bows, Gifts, Trees” by Todrick Hall. This song is the holiday version of his song “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels” that blew up on TikTok this summer, so if you enjoyed that song, you’re gonna love this one. The lyrics are fun, and if you want to dance around your room, this would be a good song for that. If you still like the classics but want more of a modern twist, you’ll like “Silent Night” by FLETCHER. It is a slower song but FLETCHER’s voice is amazing. “Silent Night” by FLETCHER will make a great addition to your playlist.

    If you enjoy more Alternative music, I’ve got some songs for you such as “Christmas Saves The Year” by Twenty One Pilots. This song has a more chill feeling to it. It’s smooth and it’s a cool interpretation of holiday music. If you liked that one, I would also recommend “two queens in a king sized bed” by girl in red. This song features soothing vocals and the background music is casually festive.

    If you like Rock music, maybe you enjoy the artists of the 70s and 80s, here are some songs you may want to listen to: “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon. This song feels uplifting and warm in a sense. This is a good song to play while you drive around and look at lights. “Step Into Christmas” by Elton John is another cheery song that was released in 1773 so it definitely has that glam rock feel to it. 

    If you’re in more of a modern Country mood, here are some songs that you may enjoy: “Take Me Home for Christmas” by Dan + Shay. It’s simple. It’s something you could listen to while baking or cooking, wrapping presents, driving around, or whatever else. Another song you could listen to is “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy” by Brad Paisley. This song is really fun, really upbeat, and, again, simple but you could play it anytime, doing anything. However, if you’re gonna play this song around friends who don’t like country music, be prepared for strange looks and probably some judgment (…been there).

    If you like R&B here’s what I’ve got: “What Christmas Means To Me” by John Legend featuring Stevie Wonder. This song you may have heard before but it’s upbeat and the vocals are happily soulful. This is a song I could imagine playing over the speakers at a mall while you do Christmas shopping (not advising going to the mall right now, but if you want to recreate that vibe, here you go). Another song I would suggest is “One Wish (For Christmas)” by Whitney Houston. This song is slower but the vocals are there, this is a song you could wrap presents to, you could clear out your email to it, do whatever you want.


The Holidays can be a depressing time for a lot of people so here are some generally happy songs that have nothing to do with the holidays if you don’t want that.

  • TURBO DREAMS / Gia Ford – Alternative
  • Parachute / Chris Stapleton – Country 
    • I Was Wrong / Chris Stapleton – Country
  • Sunny / Boney M. – R&B
  • Heaven / Los Lonely Boys – Rock




  • Bells, Bows, Gifts, Trees / Todrick Hall – Pop
  • Silent Night / FLETCHER – Pop
  • Christmas Saves The Year / twenty one pilots – Alternative
  • two queens in a king sized bed / girl in red – Alternative
  • Happy Xmas (War Is Over) / John Lennon – Rock
  • Step Into Christmas / Elton John – Rock
  • Take Me Home for Christmas / Dan + Shay – Country
  • Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy / Brad Paisley – Country
  • What Christmas Means To Me (feat. Stevie Wonder) / John Legend – R&B
  • One Wish (For Christmas) / Whitney Houston – R&B