Christmas Songs - Your Party Playlist for Kids and Adults

 

It's that time of year again and before you know it Christmas will be upon us. Aside from ordering the turkey and stocking up on gifts, many of you will be planning your Christmas party - it is after all event season. And nothing makes for a Christmassy atmosphere like some classic festive tunes!

Whether you're throwing a kids' party, a family get-together or an office party, here is our ultimate guide to Christmas songs from every decade…

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50s

1953 Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby
It's 1953 and Eartha Kitt's sultry tones are filling the airwaves with the original 'Santa Baby'. A classic that never gets old.

1957 Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock
Long before the Mean Girls tried to make this 'sexy', Bobby Helms was singing this entirely innocent version. A great way to get everyone dancing.

60s

1960 The Eagles - Please Come Home For Christmas
A slightly lesser-known Christmas song, but nevertheless not to be missed. Perhaps one for the end of the night when everyone's had several Sherries?

1967 Stevie Wonder - Someday At Christmas
Ahhh, Stevie, what a Christmas classic! A heart-warming song to celebrate the last days of the year.

70s

1973 Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody
You couldn't throw a Christmas party without this being on the playlist. A great one to sing along to.

1974 - Mud - Lonely This Christmas
Those glasses and that hair - it almost takes us back to our youth. This 1970s classic will have you reminiscing about past heartbreaks.

80s

1984 Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas
Who doesn't know this song? A true classic and all for a great cause.

1984 Wham - Last Christmas
Wasn't George dishy? Definitely our 80s crush! This will get everyone in the festive mood.

90s

1993 TLC - Sleigh Ride
TLC are a band you may have forgotten - possibly purposefully. What they were good at however was this kind of cheese, which just so happens to be perfect for a Christmas party.

1994 Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
This song represents a highlight in Mariah's career and is a staple on any Christmas playlist.

2000s

2000 Britney Spears - My Only Wish (This Year)
Before Britney shaved her head and started asking us to 'Gimme more' she was releasing wholesome Christmas singles like this one.

2003 The Darkness - Christmas Time
The Darkness seem to have disappeared off the face of the Earth, but they kindly left this festive song behind for us to enjoy in their absence.

Children's Party

40-50s

1943 Bing Crosby and The Andrews SistersJingle Bells
In 1943 this classic children's song first made an appearance, and the original is still the best.

1950 Gene Autry and the Cass County BoysFrosty the Snowman
Kids love this song and most of us can remember it from our childhood. Great, wholesome fun that just asks for accompanying actions.

60s

1960 Adam FaithLonely Pup In A Christmas Shop
A delightful children's song that needs to be put firmly away after Christmas – the second the festive spirit is gone it becomes incredibly annoying!

1962 The Four SeasonsSanta Claus Is Coming To Town
This is one of the most famous Christmas songs and kids will know every word. This 60s version is particularly eccentric – something children tend to enjoy.

70s

1970 The TemptationsRudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
At the heart of the super hip 1970s Motown scene, you wouldn't expect The Temptations to have covered this well-known song. But they did and it's brilliant.

1977 Bing Crosby & David BowiePeace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy
This duet was specially recorded for Bing Crosby's 1977 Christmas television special. It has stood the test of time and is a great way to introduce the kids to these classic songs.

80s

1981 The WaitressesChristmas Wrapping
This 80s Christmas single is full of fun and has a 'school's out' vibe that older kids will appreciate.

1982 Peter Auty – Walking In the Air
How could a children's Christmas party not include this song? Peter Auty's haunting voice perfectly hints at the magic of this story. The music in the recent sequel was nowhere near as good.

90s

1991 Clint Blac - Milk and Cookies ('Til Santa's Gone)
Probably not one you've heard of, but this country jig is incredibly child-friendly.

1998 N'SyncHome For Christmas
Remember N'Sync? Delightful, wholesome and featuring the handsome Justin Timberlake. If you've got any tween girls at your party they will love this song.

2000s

2000 Jim CarreyYou're a Mean One Mr Grinch
The Grinch was a year 2000 flick about a mean, green creature intent on stealing Christmas. It sounds scary but it is in fact a children's film. This song from the sound track embodies all of Jim Carey's abundant charisma.

2003 Cliff RichardSanta's List
You can't get much more Child friendly than Cliff Richard. This song sounds like it's straight out of a Disney film and is full of feel-good messages.

This guide should help you to create the ultimate Christmas party playlist, as well as giving you a tour down memory lane!