“Christmas Tree,” Lady Gaga (feat. Space Cowboy)
Kicking off our holiday playlist is a throwback bop by our one and only Mother Monster, who gets down and dirty on “Christmas Tree.” The Space Cowboy-assisted track does more than just deck the halls over a festive beat, if you catch our drift.
“Santa Baby,” Madonna
The Queen of Pop’s seductive performance of Eartha Kitt’s treasure gives the elegant tune seasonal sex appeal to spice up any occasion.
“Christmas Cookies,” RuPaul
RuPaul pays an ooey-gooey homage to everyone’s favorite Christmas treat with a doo-wop that sounds spoon-licking good.
“Last Christmas,” Wham!
A Christmas celebration would be incomplete without Wham!’s synthpop present “Last Christmas." George Michael’s silky falsetto makes the track a go-to favorite for any holiday shindig.
“My Only Wish (This Year)," Britney Spears
Our only wish this year (and every year before it): a Britney Spears Christmas album. Until then, we’ll keep bopping to the pop princess’ nostalgic sing-along as we’ve been doing since its ‘00s debut.
“Wit It This Christmas,” Ariana Grande
Turn things up with your sweetie with Ariana Grande’s trap tease and deep cut from her Christmas and Chill EP. Ari sings it best: it is the season of giving, after all.
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato stays true to her word and arrives just in time on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” a smoky piano-laden song made wonderfully for those moments of slow dancing.
“Santa’s Coming for Us,” Sia
You won’t be able to hold onto your hot chocolate for long once Sia’s Christmas ditty starts spinning. Pop’s favorite Australian hitmaker tosses tinsel on the disco ball with an uptempo number perfect for the dance floor.
“Can You See,” Fifth Harmony
From Lauren and Normani’s lusty vibrato to Ally and Dinah’s careful cadence to the quartet’s powerhouse belts, “Can You See” is an alluring lullaby that will kindle your Christmas spirit.
"Santa Is a Gay Man," Big Freedia
The New Orleans Bounce Queen reimagines the innocent 1954 ballad "Mr. Sandman" as "Santa Is a Gay Man," a winking seasonal request to St. Nick for a NSFW stocking stuffer.
“Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Glee Cast Version
Need an excuse to snuggle up this holiday? Allow Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), our favorite Glee lovebirds, to get you in the holiday spirit with their romantic rendition of a Christmas classic.
“Naughty or Nice,” Phi Phi O’Hara
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been good or bad this year, Phi Phi O’Hara invites everyone to dance along to the sounds of this house party jingle-jangle.
“Mary, Did You Know?,” Pentatonix
The famous troupe’s energetic reinvention of “Mary, Did You Know?” makes it a staple for your holiday playlist. With added harmonies and beatbox elements, the ensemble bands together to produce an unforgettable acoustic performance.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Sam Smith
The British crooner’s heartfelt emulation of Judy Garland’s colorful original is arguably the best ballad to round out your holiday get together.
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” Mariah Carey
And last, but certainly not least, it would be a cardinal sin not to include MiMi’s best-loved Christmas carol in your holiday playlist.