Love it or hate it, there’s simply no escaping holiday music during this time of year. But no matter what you celebrate—if you celebrate anything at all—music can always be a vessel for hope, joy, and magic. So, in the spirit, we compiled an eclectic mix of genre-spanning songs including nostalgic essentials, underrated gems, and winter-inspired meditations to soundtrack all your December feels.

“All I Want for Christmas is You” — Mariah Carey

“My Only Wish (This Year)” — Britney Spears

“Sleigh Ride” — TLC

“8 Days of Christmas” — Destiny’s Child

“Oi to the World” — No Doubt

“If It Be Your Will” — HAIM

“Misty” — Kate Bush

“O Holy Night” — Mariah Carey

“I Wanna Be An Angel” — Chantal Kreviazuk

This Will Be Our Year — The Zombies

“Hotta Chocolatta” — Ella Fitzgerald


“Christmas Time Again” — Ashanti 

“What The World Needs Now” — Cat Power

“Blue Christmas” — Sharon Van Etten

“Give You Everything” — Buzzy Lee

“Glittery” — Kacey Musgraves ft. Troye Sivan

“Joy to the World” — Whitney Houston

“8 Days (Of Hanukkah)” — Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

“25th December” — Everything But The Girl

“Hallelujah” — Jeff Buckley