Mariah Carey's Best Christmas Songs (Critic's Picks)

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Mariah Carey performs at the 81st Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Tape at Rockefeller Center on Dec. 3, 2013 in New York City. 

Mariah Carey's Christmas classic "All I Want for Christmas is You" making its annual return to the Billboard Hot 100.

The singer is no stranger to recording hits. Her just-released album Caution debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, bumping her up to third place for the most No. 1s on the chart. This is the first LP released on Carey's own Butterfly MC label in conjunction with Epic Records. 

With December officially in swing, it's time to revisit some of MC's best holiday songs.

10."The Star"

The newest track on the list features a children's choir as Carey inspires you to "follow your heart". 

9. "Oh Santa!"

This song is a jam starting off with a festive chant that will have you dancing into the holiday season. The whistle note riffs at the end are a bonus.

8. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)"

Carey is the angel singing in this song. Her light vocals are the perfect fit for this Christmas classic. 

7. "When Christmas Comes" feat. John Legend

This underappreciated duet deserves a spot on every holiday playlist. The beautiful blending of Carey and Legend's voices is the definition of Christmas magic.

6. "Silent Night"

From the first "Hmmm" your ears are already blessed. Then the choir comes in with those ethereal harmonies. Chills. 

5. "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)"

A lost love ballad that will keep you warm while you're missing that special someone. The holidays are a rough time to be single but Mimi has got you. 

4. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"

It is impossible not to join in with the choir on this upbeat number. Santa would come just to hear Mariah sing this holiday classic. 

3. "Oh Holy Night"

While the pop diva may be known for her whistle notes, her sultry version of this Christmas staple shows off the depth of her lower register, proving once again that she truly can sing anything.

2. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"

Carey's rendition of this Darlene Love hit makes you want to get up and sing along -- even if you can't quite hit those high notes. Plus that saxophone solo really jazzes things up to get you in the holiday spirit. 

1. "All I Want for Christmas is You"

It is hard to write a hit song. It is almost impossible to write a hit Christmas song. But Carey pulled it off when she co-wrote this track with Walter Afanasieff. This song will forever be iconic.

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