Top 5 Holiday Songs for This Winter


By Katelin Chong, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Neighbors are beginning to put up their multicolored fairy lights, and a chill has entered the air — the holiday season has officially started. As the temperature continues to drop, get cozy in a blanket and consider putting on these songs to truly embrace this time of year!

1. “Last Christmas” – Wham!

Released in 1984, “Last Christmas” is truly a classic. Some may remember when the song was trending on popular social media app TikTok in 2019 — users would film themselves doing a simple dance to the end of the chorus.

This past trend makes the song slightly nostalgic to some, making it a perfect choice to listen to this winter. It is hard to make it past December without hearing the song at least once, whether it be at the mall, on the radio, or on a personal playlist. Many parents will also recognize the tune, which only fuels the nostalgia behind it. Make sure to give this 80’s theme another listen.

2. “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” – Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, Katie Lopez (from “Frozen”)

After being featured in Disney’s “Frozen,” this song quickly gained popularity, even hitting #1 on the US Holiday Digital Songs Billboard. “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman” is loved by both children and adults, its catchy chorus accompanied by Anna’s vocals making it a family favorite.

Many teens find this film to be a big part of their childhood — especially considering how much attention the film got globally. Listening to this song this holiday season is sure to make some people relive memories of watching “Frozen” for the first time, whether it was as a child or an adult.

3. “Mistletoe” – Justin Bieber

Bieber did not disappoint his fans with his first Christmas album. With over 400 million plays on Spotify alone, “Mistletoe” has not lost its holiday charm since its debut a decade ago. Even those who are not avid fans of Bieber may find themselves humming along to the tune when heard on the radio.

Although his music has varied throughout the years, “Mistletoe” remains a fan favorite whenever the holiday season arrives. Bieber fan or not, give this tune a chance!

4. “Underneath the Tree” – Kelly Clarkson

For those looking for an upbeat, incredibly catchy Christmas song, Kelly Clarkson’s “Underneath the Tree” is a great choice. It pairs memorable lyrics with the sound of bells ringing in the background to get listeners into the true holiday spirit.

Clarkson’s striking vocals will also draw listeners in. Towards the end of the song, she hits a high note that will surely impress those who hear it. For anyone who does put on “Underneath the Tree” this winter, have fun trying to get it out of your head — the memorable chorus will be hard to forget, even after just one listen.

5. “All I Want for Christmas is You” – Mariah Carey

With over 980 million plays on Spotify and earning a #1 spot on the US Holiday Billboard, “All I Want for Christmas is You” has been a recurring fan favorite every year. Mariah Carey never fails to appear on charts towards this time of the year — she has essentially become a staple for the holiday season.

Carey’s voice has been heard by millions across the world. Despite the popularity of the song, fans cannot seem to get enough of the holiday love song. Her famous high note has encaptured fans for decades, impressing both older and newer generations — despite being released in 1994. “All I Want for Christmas is You” is definitely a top pick for those looking for music to set the holiday mood.