Top 20 underrated Holiday tunes

You know the classics, and the classic renditions of the classics, but why not give some love to some of the underappreciated gems of the season? Here are my favourites.

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It's that time of year, folks! The malls are packed full, Santas line the street shaking bells and singing their jolly ho-ho-hos, and every store you walk into plays some variation of Santa Baby. But I can’t lie, I love it all! There’s something so magical about hearing your first holiday tune of the year to remind you of all the festivities in the future. However, I feel like it's easy to get caught up in the classics. That’s not to say they’re bad—because they’re most definitely not. I just think it's time we broaden our festive ears to all the wonderful winter tunes (and underappreciated renditions of the classics) that don’t get the recognition they deserve. So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, settle into your coziest spot by the fireplace, and join me on a musical journey through my favourite underrated winter songs that deserve a spotlight this season. FYI, this includes covers!

Listen to my playlist on Spotify.


1. Elvis Presley: Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

2. The Kinks: Father Christmas

3. Sarah Vaughan: Snowbound

4. Bob Dylan: Winterlude

5. Willie Nelson: Pretty Paper

6. Dolly Parton: Hard Candy Christmas

7. Taylor Swift: Christmas Tree Farm

8. Remi Wolf: Last Christmas

9. Fleet Foxes: White Winter Hymnal

10. Charlie Bennett: Tinsel Dresses

11. HAIM: Hallelujah

12. Laufey: Winter Wonderland

13. FINNEAS: Another Year

14. Courtney Barnett: Boxing Day Blues

15. Elvis Presley: Mama Liked the Roses

16. The Trashmen: Dancin’ With Santa

17. Jo Stafford: It’s a Marshmallow World

18. Dean Martin: A Winter Romance

19. Wolf Alice: Santa Baby (Sorry, I had to do it. Just once)

20. Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson: Winter Song


Can't get enough holiday tunes? Check out this older playlist by Phoebe.