As December 25 draws closer, it’s getting harder day by day to escape from the steady stream of holiday-inspired tunes. We have carolers singing relentlessly outside our homes every night and Christmas songs playing just about everywhere, from the malls to your car radio. While we’re all for spreading some Christmas cheer, we have to admit, we can only take so much of the usual holiday songs before we get tired of them.

With this in mind, we’ve conjured a list of 10 upbeat pop tunes to add to your holiday playlist. Some of them are original compositions inspired by the season, while others are modern renditions of tried-and-tested Christmas classics. Give these holiday songs a spin: they’re bound to have you dancing around your tree in no time!


(Photo screecaps from Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe" courtesy of YouTube, Mariah Carey's "Oh Santa!" courtesy of YouTube, and Train's "Shake Up Christmas" courtesy of YouTube)


1."MISTLETOE" by Justin Bieber (2011)

Justin Bieber’s all grown up, and he sure made it clear in his holiday hit “Mistletoe,” where he discusses his desire to spend the day kissing his girl under the ubiquitous holiday symbol instead of doing other Christmas-related activities. It’s also the perfect song to showcase his deeper, smoother vocals, don’t you agree?





2. "OH SANTA!" by Mariah Carey (2010)

Leave it to Mariah Carey to come up with the catchiest Christmas tunes. Almost 15 years after she released her first Christmas album, the songstress is now asking for Santa to deliver a man down her chimney this year. This song is just as catchy as her now-iconic hit, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”!





3. "WISH LIST" by Neon Trees ( 2010)

This song tells of a man’s pining for his love to return to him for the holidays, but in true “Animal” fashion, the Neon Trees gave the otherwise morose subject an upbeat, catchy spin that will surely remain on your holiday playlist for the coming years.






4. "SHAKE UP CHRISTMAS" by Train (2010)

Train’s holiday hit is a great feel-good song to kick off the season with. Nothing spells “Christmas” quite like the idea of spreading happiness all over the world!





5."HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS" by Lady Antebellum (2012)

Lady Antebellum’s cheerful rendition of this classic holiday tune will have you bopping your head along with the music. Extra points for the cute little boy’s mistletoe maneuvering in the video--we spy a Barney Stinson in the making!





6. "IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME AGAIN" by The Backstreet Boys (2012)

Backstreet’s back, all right! This well-loved boy band certainly ended 2012 with a bang by releasing this catchy ditty that tells of their excitement for the season. They may be looking forward to Christmas, but we’re sure the hard-core BSB fans out there are more excited for the new songs they'll be releasing in the near future!





7. "ALL I NEED IS LOVE" by CeeLo Green ft. The Muppets (2012)

This holiday song, infused with hefty traces of the Muppets classic, “Mahna Mahna,” is incredibly catchy and just a bit silly. Seeing your favorite Muppets prepare for the holidays will also make you wax nostalgic for the simpler days of your youth.





8. "A CHILD IS BORN" by Rihanna (2010)

Going to the beach for the holidays? Don’t forget to add this song to your playlist: Rihanna’s reggae rendition of this Christmas staple is the perfect accompaniment to your tropical Christmas bash.





9. "CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME)" by Leighton Meester (2009)

Leighton Meester’s husky voice is simply perfect for this song, which asks for a love to return for Christmas. She should definitely consider a career in singing, especially now that Gossip Girl’s ending soon!





10. "BEST CHRISTMAS EVER" by Wonder Girls (2012)

There’s nothing quite like finding love in time for the holidays, and K-Pop girl group Wonder Girls (of “Nobody” fame) perfectly captured this exhilarating feeling in this catchy Christmas hit.




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