14 Uplifting Christmas Songs
There’s nothing like Christmas songs to get you in the spirit of the holidays! You really can’t avoid Christmas songs once late November comes, as the grocery store, the mall and every car radio broadcast them. But why would you want to avoid them? Uplifting Christmas songs genuinely bring cheer.
You can use uplifting Christmas songs as a background as you do errands and chores, even if the chore is balancing your checkbook. You can focus on them as you decorate trees and light candles. You can get friends and family together for sing-alongs. You can even utilize the power of uplifting Christmas songs to be more productive at work. Many of these work as background as you power through deadlines.
Enjoy these 14 in any order you choose!
1. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Beautiful melody, very singable if you’re in the mood, “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” is a holiday classic to kick off the Christmas season right. Plus, it starts you off by not only getting you merry but embracing the spirit of the season by having you wish other folks (those gentlemen) merry, too.
2. Merry Christmas, Baby
If you’re a Bruce Springsteen fan, you likely already know that this is a standard of his Yuletide concerts. There are also versions by Otis Redding, Melissa Etheridge, and a nice updated version by the vintage British rocker Rod Stewart. Nicely rocking, utterly hummable, best while wearing a Santa hat.
3. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Multiple verses make this a very merry one with great harmony potential, like all the Christmas classics. There are so many versions of this, we almost dare you to go through the season without hearing it.
4. Angels We Have Heard on High
If you really need a midwinter pick-me-up, this one has the greatest chorus of all time, with its multiple “Glorias.” You are imitating the angels in this, so sing out! You probably sang this in elementary school. You cannot remain in a bad mood after two choruses of this.
5. This Christmas (Hang All the Mistletoe)
This is a contemporary classic. Slate recently reviewed the top 10 versions of it. If you don’t think you’ve heard it, you have. It starts “hang all the mistletoe” and then has a groovy little horn-esque section throughout.
6. Do You Hear What I Hear?
Many great holiday songs have great choruses. This one has great verses, with a slightly changing cast of characters speaking in each one: night wind to little lamb, lamb to shepherd boy, shepherd boy to king, king to people everywhere. Great melody, and wonderful whether sung with an individual voice or with a symphony.
7. All I Want for Christmas (Is You)
Mariah Carey’s is probably the best-known version of this. Talk about uplift! This is another one that will have you dancing around whether you’re feeling stressed or not. The chorus, voice and instruments all work together. One of the few holiday songs to make great use of a drum.
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8. Here Comes Santa Claus
This one works well as a season opener or on Christmas Eve, and every day in between. He’s comin’ right down Santa Claus Lane! Very good as a pop song, a chorus or a rock song.
9. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
You know a song’s uplifting if it’s talking about freezing weather and makes you want it to happen. ‘Cause the fire is so delightful, right? Cozy, comfortable, jazzy: this song is all those things.
10. The Christmas Song
Better known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” this is another hymn to the joys not only of Christmas but of the cold season. It works whether you’re standing under palm trees or enjoying 50 degrees below. This is one of the most recorded Christmas songs ever.
11. Good King Wenceslas
This is perhaps the only lyrical number ever written to use the word “thither.” An old-school classic, this is a wonderful song for caroling. It too involves snow, but also good deeds, working together and helping the needy.
12. Angels from the Realms of Glory
This is another classic calling on the angels to sing a great story. There are many verses, all of them memorable because of the rhyme scheme (glory/story, birth/earth). Recorded versions can be found by everyone from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Annie Lennox.
13. Christmas for Cowboys
This is a beautiful acoustic guitar song, unfortunately becoming less played over time. If you haven’t heard it, take the time to listen to the YouTube version here. Well worth acquainting yourself with, especially if you want to add a quiet song with guitar to your Christmas rotation.
14. Jingle Bell Rock
This is an oldie from the 1950s, and just the thing to kick off your Christmas party, whether it’s you, you and a significant other or you and 200 people. You’ll want to wear a jingle bell somewhere on your person while dancing.
Enjoy these uplifting Christmas songs!
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