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From '80s hits to boyband singles and beyond, these originals are must-have additions to your holiday playlist. If you're looking for even newer releases, check out our list of Christmas songs dropped this year. This breakup anthem surprisingly doubles as an undeniable holiday staple. Listening now is even more bittersweet with George Michael's passing last Christmas Phil Collins, Boy George, Wham! Modern British artists also united for another version of this song in
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Whether you're decorating the Christmas tree , throwing an over-the-top party, or simply trying to get hyped for the holiday season, a festive soundtrack with all the best Christmas songs is essential to set the mood. Hey, what else are you going to listen to while you deck the halls? Holiday music has some of the most time-honored performances from some of our most celebrated artists. There are some under-the-radar picks that should be classics. Then there are the holiday novelty songs, which come out one season a year, like the perfect advent treat. And finally, there are also some of our pop-music favorites, who are able to put their own twists on those timeless classics. And Mariah, who exists in a category all her own. Bing Crosby's classic hit about a picturesque Christmas scene is one of the most popular holiday songs ever — Guinness World Records even named it the best-selling single of all time. We couldn't stop at one Crosby tune; his heartfelt holiday song is a moving tribute to the soldiers fighting in World War II.
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