So, this is Christmas and where have you put your karaoke machine? Go grab it out of the garage and dust it off, because it is time to countdown 30 of the most popular songs that the karaoke kings in your family will love to sing and share during the holiday season.
The Christmas season is about making memories with loved ones and what better way to share joy than to turn up the Christmas songs and sing along. Go grab grandma and make sure she is settled in by the fireplace and let’s have a karaoke Christmas.
#30 Grandma Got Run Over by A Reindeer
Speaking of grandma, let’s start off this countdown with this famous song that came out back in 1979? Originally written by a married couple from San Francisco – Elmo and Patsy. This song, ironically, did not surface on the national charts until 1984.
#29 Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad means Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas and is a catchy little jingle written by a Puerto Rican artist named Jose Feliciano back in 1970. This song has become an international favorite reaching popularity around the globe and a fun song to sing with the family.
#28 Deck the Halls
This song is a very traditional Christmas song that dates to the 1800s and originally was scored by Nos Galan of Welsh descent. However, it was re-written with English lyrics in 1862 by a Scottish musician, Thomas Oliphant, and is still a favorite Christmas karaoke song during the holidays.
#27 The Christmas Song
Maybe you are like me and call it “Chestnuts Roasting By An Open Fire?” Whatever you call it, it has been a favorite Christmas lullaby since 1945. A fun fact is that the songwriters, Bob Wells and Mel Tormé wrote it during a very heated summer.
#26 The Twelve Days of Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas is a long song. However, it is a very fun song to sing with a group. At a Karaoke Christmas party, you could invite 12 friends to sing the verses. This song, of course, recognizes the Nativity of Jesus from December 25 to January 6.
#25 Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer
The catchy little tune that the kids in the family will want to sing along to as well. Taken from one of the most loved Christmas tales of all times, it is both inspirational and cheerful to sing during the holiday season.
#24 Here Comes Santa Claus
“Here Comes Santa Claus” is another favorite of the kids. Originally written by the legendary singer, songwriter, and actor Gene Autry back in 1947 and quickly becoming a favorite Christmas song during the Christmas season.
#23 Santa Baby
We just listed a few favorites of the kids, so why not go ahead and send them off to bed and continue the Christmas karaoke party with this little naughty favorite. This song, if sung by a lovely Mrs. Claus, will entice Santa to pamper his special lady.
#22 Oh Holy Night
This hit is a beautiful hymn to sing and celebrate Christmas with. This song is another classic that was written back in the 1800s and has carried a traditional feeling through many, many, years. It remains one of the most inspiring songs of the Christmas holiday.
#21 Let It Snow
Unfortunately, this song only gives people in states like Florida wishful thinking during the Christmas season, as it does not snow in most southern states. However, no matter where we are, the song fills all of us up with cheerful delight just thinking about a white Christmas.
#20 I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas
Some of us do dream of a powder white Christmas and some not so much. This song is still a nostalgic piece of history and can relay visions of a Norman Rockwell type of Christmas setting, which was somewhat the writer’s, Irving Berlin, vision in 1942.
#19 Baby It’s Cold Outside
Although this song is mostly about how cold the weather is outside, it is played during the yuletide season. It is an old favorite that became even more popular back in 2003 when Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell harmonized to it during a scene from the movie “Elf.”
#18 Blue Christmas
Made famous by the one and only Elvis Presley in 1957. This song is still popular today. For some, it is a bittersweet reminder of the ones who are not with us during the holidays. Though it is intended for the lonely, it is still a popular Christmas karaoke favorite.
#17 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” is a sweet song for the children to grab the mic and sing to their parents. It was written and performed by a young singer named Jimmy Boyd in the year 1952 when he, himself, was only 13-years-old.
#16 Silver Bells
A song that made its debut in 1950 and was made famous when sung by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the film “The Lemon Drop Kid.” Since then, it has maintained its popularity through many decades of Christmas celebrations and is a faithful song on a Christmas karaoke playlist.
#15 Hark the Herald Angels Sing
This song celebrates the real reason for the season – Jesus Christ was born. Felix Mendelssohn was the writer and composer of this timeless carol. It was introduced in the 1700s and never has lost a place in our hearts around Christmas time.
#14 Away in A Manger
A gospel composer in the mid-1800s named Charles H. Gabriel came up with this lovely dedication to the story of Jesus laying in his manger on Christmas night. It is a beloved song for all to listen and sing along with.
#13 O’ Come All Ye Faithful
Another carol that was created by several different writers and composers, one of them being King John IV of Portugal. The collaboration took place sometime in the 1700s and paints a scene of invitation to the faithful followers of God to gather and view his son Jesus.
#12 Jingle Bell Rock
It seems that 1957 was a very popular year to write a Christmas Carol. This one was released during this year by Bobby Helms. Bob was a country music singer and was known through the years mainly for his vocals on this song. It is now played at Christmas parties everywhere.
#11 Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
A 13-year-old singer named Brenda Lee made this song famous in 1958, and today, it is on all karaoke playlists. Not only is it fun to sing, but it will, indeed, make you rock around your Christmas tree.
#10 Last Christmas
This song was released in 1984 by the duo “Wham.” This song is even more special since the lead singer of that group, George Michael, who had since become a single success on his own, was found dead on Christmas day 2016. This song is a great addition to anyone’s karaoke arsenal.
#9 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
A Christmas song made famous by Judy Garland in 1944 and later recorded by other greats like Frank Sinatra. It is a classic Christmas Carol and one that cannot be left off a Christmas Karaoke playlist.
#8 Drummer Boy
I can’t say who wrote this pretty song that comes from the classic Christmas tale “The Little Drummer Boy.” It seems no one really knows. However, they do suspect that it was written by Katharine K Davis in 1941.
#7 It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Meredith Wilson wrote this famed Christmas tune in 1951. The original title was simply named “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas.” What a difference a few words make.
#6 Do You Hear What I Hear
The creative duo of Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne came up with this lovely song. It was written in 1962 in hopes to bring peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. And so, with the Christmas theme always being to bring peace on earth, this song fits well with the season and is perfect for Christmas karaoke.
#5 All I Want for Christmas Is You
Mariah Carey and veteran songwriter Walter Afanasieff put this pop Christmas hit together in 1994. However, one must not mistake this song with another song of the same title that was written and performed by Vince Vance and The Valiants. Their song was first heard in 1989, but Mariah’s is the one we karaoke to today.
#4 Christmas, Baby Please Come Home
A collaboration with Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, but also co-created by Phil Spector. It was originally written for Ronnie Spector. However, the tone of the song fit Darlene Love’s voice better, which was who recorded it in 1963.
#3 Happy Christmas, War is Over
A song by the War and Peace couple of the 60s and 70s, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This song was released in 1971 when the Vietnam War was still happening. It is a song about bringing a brutal war to an end and finding peace during the Christmas holidays.
#2 Do They Know It’s Christmas Time
The song collaboration by many different pop artists of British and Irish culture. From Boy George to U2, the stars came out in November of 1984 to bring awareness and to raise money for famine in Ethiopia. It’s a great song to cherish during the holidays. It could remind us all that we should give more than we receive.
#1 We Wish You A Merry Christmas
This song became probably the most famous Christmas hymn ever when it was written and composed by Arthur Warrell for his own University of Bristol Madrigal singers. It wouldn’t be a Christmas karaoke countdown if this song wasn’t at the top of the playlist.
This list is full of many songs that all of us cherish during the holiday season, with classics of yesteryear and originals from not too long ago. So, go have yourselves a Merry Christmas Karaoke!