As Noddy Holder once screeched dementedly: it’s Christmas! That means mince pies, marathon TV-watching sessions and, yes, Christmas songs. Although you might have heard some of the anthems below so many times before that you’ll want to want to perforate your eardrums with a candy cane – don’t! You'll regret it later, and many festive pop songs are great works of art.
If you really, properly listen to our countdown of the Top 50 festive tunes, you might just find your heart filling up with Christmas joy. Feel free to pilfer our playlist for your Christmas shindig too: it should break the ice. And that’s snow joke (sorry).
Did we miss out your festive favourite? Let us know in the comments box below or tweet us at @TimeOutMusic.
Written by Rachel Aroesti, Jonny Ensall, Danielle Goldstein, Sophie Harris, Oliver Keens, James Manning and Tom Slater.