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The 30 Best Holiday Pop Songs

From Mariah Carey to Sam Smith and every boy band in between, check out Fuse's playlist of our 30 favorite Christmas pop songs

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Mariah Carey, "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

The venerable modern classic! Period! End of story!

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Kelly Clarkson, "Underneath the Tree"

Not everyone can make a new Christmas song an instant classic. But not everyone is Kelly Clarkson.

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Justin Bieber, "Mistletoe"

Before he was peeing in mop buckets, Justin Bieber was waiting under the mistletoe for his special gal on Christmas. R.I.P, 2011 Justin.

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Madonna, "Santa Baby"

Madonna perfected her Betty Boop impression for her cover of the Eartha Kitt Christmas classic for the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas.

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Hanson, "Merry Christmas Baby"

Hanson's Snowed In was the best-selling holiday album of 1997, and their cover of "Merry Christmas Baby" is definitely why—try and tell me young Taylor Hanson doesn't sound like he knows the Christmas blues!

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Ariana Grande, "Santa Tell Me"

Ariana Grande's "Santa Tell Me" has all the aspects of a feel-good holiday tune with jingle bells, lively piano and a backing choir that all get topped off with a slew of belts from the tiny diva.

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Bruce Springsteen, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"

"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" was a No. 1 song... in 1934. It's stood the test of time for nearly nine decades, and Bruce Springsteen paid homage when he covered it with the E Street Band in 1978. 

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'N Sync, "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"

Every boy band must record an adorably cheesy Christmas song during the height of their fame, which is exactly what NSYNC did in 1998 with "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays." They each put in one dollar for the video, too.

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Pentatonix, "Little Drummer Boy"

The a cappella group found themselves with a hit single on their hands when their rendition of "Little Drummer Boy" hit No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The accompanying video amassed more than 20 million views in less than a month.

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Sam Smith, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

Usually, Sam Smith's heartbreakingly gorgeous vocals makes us want to cry. But this performance will fill you with joy and hope this holiday season

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U2, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"

U2's Bono does an excellent job capturing the desperation behind the sentiment, "Baby, please come home." This song is not for the newly single.

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Christina Aguilera, "This Christmas"

"This Christmas" is definitely the stand-out track from Christina Aguilera's 2000 Christmas album My Kind of Christmas.

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Wham!, "Last Christmas"

Oh, George Michael, why did you ever give that man your heart last Christmas? The very next day, he gave it away!

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Paul McCartney, "Wonderful Christmastime"

Beware: One listen to Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" and it's in your head for the rest of the day.

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The Waitresses, "Christmas Wrapping"

Once a year we remember The Waitresses, a New Wave band from Akron, Ohio. Little known fact: The Spice Girls covered this song in 1998.

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Britney Spears, "My Only Wish (This Year)"

Britney Spears asks Santa to find her a lover in "My Only Wish (This Year)," which is kind of weird. But Santa brought me curtains one year, so who knows.

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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, "Winter Wonderland"

The odd musical couple bring their jazzy ways to this Xmas classic. Listen up for Gaga to nail every note from high head voice to chesty belts. 

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She & Him, "Little Saint Nick"

Who else beside the king and queen of Cute would be cut out to cover The Beach Boys' classic "Little Saint Nick"? 

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Ludacris, "Ludacrismas"

A Christmas anthem for you and your closest Gs.

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Taylor Swift, "Christmas Must Be Something More"

It's hard to picture a world where Taylor Swift isn't shattering records left and right and kicking the music industry into a tailspin with every passing album cycle, but there was a time when she was just a wide-eyed girl starting out in country—and dropping a Christmas EP only a few months after her big debut.

"Christmas Must Be Something More" is one of the two squeaky clean original compositions off 2007's Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection, and the bright vocals and twangy tendencies of early Swift are a refreshing throwback for any holiday soundtrack.

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Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

Band Aid consisted of Bob Geldof, Boy George, George Michael and about 1000 other musicians who got together to record "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in 1984 in honor of the Ethiopian famine. We've been playing this song every year ever since.

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TLC, "Sleigh Ride"

TLC were so ahead of their time. Their 1993 "Sleigh Ride" video looks exactly like the 2013 Urban Outfitters holiday catalog.

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Straight No Chaser & Kristen Bell, "Text Me Merry Christmas"

Male a cappella group Straight No Chaser teamed up with actress Kristen Bell for a new-age ode of texting a loved one who isn't home for the holidays. From heartfelt ("You don't have to add much to it / One smiley face will do / Baby, text me 'Merry Christmas' / 'Cause I'm missing kissing you") to a little silly ("And if you text me something naughty / I promise I won't tell"), the lyrics make this a contender for a new modern-day classic.

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Destiny's Child, "8 Days of Christmas"

"Chloe shades and a diamond belly ring"? One must be rich to participate in a Destiny's Child Christmas. 

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John Lennon, "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)"

John Lennon and Yoko Ono along with the Harlem Community Choir got together to record a lovely Christmas song in 1971... about the Vietnam war.

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Lady Gaga, "Christmas Tree"

Leave it to Lady Gaga to bring the weirdest grab bag gift and allllll the sexual innuendos to your Christmas party.

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Toni Braxton, "Snowflakes of Love"

This lovely Xmas jam will get your heart fluttering while Toni's soulful croons will also keep you groovin' this holiday season.

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Leona Lewis, "One More Sleep"

It's been a minute since we've heard of British beaut Leona Lewis, but the "Bleeding Love" singer zoomed straight back onto our playlists with this throwback-inspired holiday single. Lewis sings about the anticipation of waiting "one more sleep" to reunite with her love on Christmas Day.

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Idina Menzel & Michael Bublé, "Baby It's Cold Outside"

Take two velvet voices, one holiday classic and a bunch of kids acting out their fun and flirty lines and you've got the perfect dose of Christmas cheer in a quick clip. Idina Menzel of Frozen fame teamed up with Michael Bublé for a new take on jazzy standard "Baby It's Cold Outside," and the two play off each other just as perfectly as the little actors do in the music video that accompanies the track.

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Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin, Sam Smith & More, "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

Nope, your eyes and ears are not deceiving you: This track appears twice on this list, and for a good reason (and cause). Sir Bob Geldof assembled a mighty crew of pop heavyweights for an updated take on "Do They Know It's Christmas?," the single written for Band Aid that's been re-recorded and released a number of times for charity. 2014's rendition of the track brought One DirectionEd SheeranEllie GouldingRita OraChris MartinSam Smith and more bangin' British talents together for one love fest of a recording session, and the proceeds of the single will benefit the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Holiday cheer that embodies the spirit of giving and grace? That's a message we can get behind.

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