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12 must-have tracks for your holiday party playlist

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re gathering around a warm fireplace with friends, or if you’re dancing at your office Christmas celebration, good music can make or break a party. The key to a crowd-pleasing holiday mix is to shuffle classic holiday tunes in with some current hits and you’ve got yourself a party!

Here are some suggestions for songs to add to your playlist:

Mele Kalikimaka by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

While the weather outside might be frightful, but this track is so delightful. Pretend you’re on an island in the sun with this fun Christmas tune. Make some tropical cocktails and enjoy the holidays Hawaiian style!


Santa Baby by Michael Bublé

Your friends will hear this familiar beat and squeal “I love this song!” Only it won’t be Eartha Kitt’s velvet voice but Canada’s own Michael Bublé singing this sultry song from a male perspective.


Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms

Whether this is a song you’ve grown up with, listening to it on a scratchy vinyl record in your parents basement, or a song you discovered because of the movie Mean Girls, it’s a must have for any holiday party mix!


Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon

While you don’t want to be a complete downer, this John Lennon track will hopefully remind your guests of the true meaning of Christmas. Maybe you can all sing the chorus together and end with a group hug.


All I Want For Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

This upbeat Mariah Carey song from the 90s will certainly get all the girls at your party singing and dancing. For some it just isn’t Christmas without this song! Turn it up and sing it loud and proud!


Fairytale of New York by The Pogues

Not a traditional Christmas song by any standards, but a Christmas song none-the-less. This is the tune you play when you’re sitting around laughing and joking over a couple of pints.


A Great Big Sled by The Killers

For a modern rock twist, throw on this track by the Killers released in 2006. This original song by the band invokes memories of a childhood Christmas. So rock out and think about your favourite Christmas moments.


Jingle Bells by Frank Sinatra

What’s a Christmas party without ol’ blue eyes? This jazzy version of Jingle Bells will please everyone from grandma to your four year old nephew. Bust out the egg nog and slice up the fruit cake, ‘cause this party is swinging!


Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry

You can’t have a holiday party mix without this song! You just can’t! Pretty much everyone loves this track – the young and the old! Play some air guitar and rock out to the holiday classic!


Hanukkah, O Hanukkah by Barenaked Ladies

Make your holiday party inclusive by adding a few Hanukkah tracks to your mix! Turn your Christmas party into a Chrismukkah party with this fun cover by BNL.


What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? by Ella Fitzgerald

As your party is winding down you might start to think about your plans for New Year’s Eve. Let Ella’s soulful vocals lull your party guests as they gather their coats and say their good nights.


Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys

This playlist started in Hawaii, so why not end it with the surfer sounds of The Beach Boys. Hope you have an amazing holiday season and enjoy some of these favourite Christmas songs at your next party!

Originally published on WagJag.com on November 25, 2015.

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