Christmas is just around the corner! If you celebrate the holiday, you've probably already started shopping, and you know what that means: hearing Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" in every single department store you enter. Don't get me wrong, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is one of the best Christmas pop songs of all time, but it's overplayed. It's almost as if people don't realize there's a whole world of fantastic Christmas pop songs out there just waiting to be discovered! It's time to give Carey's classic a rest and expand your musical horizons; it's time to update your Christmas pop song playlist.
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" will likely always be the gold standard for Christmas pop songs (unless Katy Perry's "Every Day Is a Holiday" somehow manages to steal the crown), but that doesn't mean it's the only tune you should be playing during get-togethers with family and friends this holiday season. Why not consider a ditty from Destiny's Child? Or a cappella group Pentatonix? Or even TLC? There's no reason to be stuck in a rut! There are so many wonderful options to choose from.
Below are 16 great Christmas pop songs that aren't "All I Want for Christmas Is You":
Kelly Clarkson — "Underneath The Tree"
Kelly Clarkson's entire Christmas album, Wrapped In Red, is amazing.
Justin Bieber — "Mistletoe"
I've gotta hand it to the Biebs: "Mistletoe" is pretty adorable.
Destiny's Child — "8 Days Of Christmas"
A must for every Christmas playlist.
The Crystals — "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Hurts — "All I Want For Christmas Is New Year's Day"
There's nothing I love more than a Christmas downer!
Jenny Owen Youngs — "Things We Don't Need Anymore"
Another Christmas downer. (It's so pretty, though!)
Jennifer Warnes — "Cold Enough To Snow"
This is last Christmas Downer, I promise.
Whitney Houston — "One Wish (For Christmas)"
Every festive gathering needs a little Whitney.
Ariana Grande — "Santa Tell Me"
It's so catchy!
Imogen Heap — "Just For Now"
Fun fact: Clarkson actually covered "Just for Now" on Wrapped In Red (but Imogen Heap's original version is my favorite).
Glee Cast — "Last Christmas" (Wham! Cover)
OK, this is the last Christmas downer!
Pentatonix — "That's Christmas To Me"
Keeping the a cappella theme going.
Leona Lewis — "One More Sleep"
Christmas can always use more retro flair.
TLC — "Sleigh Ride"
Yes, this is a song that exists.
*NSYNC — "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"
How could I resist?
Mariah Carey & John Legend — "When Christmas Comes"
I didn't say no more Mariah Carey period, just no more "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (for a little while, anyway).