By Alicia McAuley
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only a few short days away, particularly given that there is absolutely zero snow here in Toronto. Grey, rainy days haven’t exactly been making things merry and bright, but that hasn’t stopped us from getting into the Christmas spirit! Our secret: the perfect holiday playlist, of course.
We turned to the music website Songza.com to find some fab festive tunes that you can stream online for free. Whether you’re looking for tunes to rock out to at your holiday bash, or a soundtrack for opening gifts on Christmas morning, or even just a few little jingles to brighten your mood, we’ve got you covered. Here are five great playlists to check out, just in time for the holidays.
1. Billboard’s Hot Holiday Songs
This playlist is the perfect mix of classics, new favourites and all your favourite guilty pleasure songs. Frank Sinatra? Check. Michael Bublé? Check. Mariah Carey? Naturally. Throw in “Christmas Don’t Be Late” by The Chipmunks and you’ve got the perfect soundtrack for Christmas Day.
2. Classic Christmas
You can’t go wrong with this playlist of classic holiday tunes from crowd favourites like Perry Como, Johnny Mathis and Ella Fitzgerald. It’s the perfect mix for cozying up on the couch with some hot chocolate while the Christmas tree lights twinkle away.
3. A Solo Piano Christmas
This one is a personal favourite, as I’ve been listening to it daily for the past week. It’s perfect background music, whether you’re working or wrapping gifts. There’s also an acoustic guitar playlist that is equally soothing, but still festive.
4. Rock & Roll Christmas
If traditional Christmas tunes aren’t your thing, then this playlist is for you. This collection features songs from Pearl Jam, Chuck Berry and John Mellencamp, just to name a few. If you’re a fan of SNL, you’ll love Julian Casablancas’ take on “Christmas Treat”—it just doesn’t get any better.
5. Kids’ Christmas
Yes, a whole playlist of Christmas tunes just for your kiddos! Raffi, Disney Princesses, The Wiggles—this playlist has got everything your little elf needs to rock around the Christmas tree all afternoon.
For more of our favourite festive songs, check out this list of holiday albums we love.