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The best Christmas songs to play during the holidays

The Time Out Singapore team share the Christmas songs they have on repeat this festive season

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By Time Out Singapore editors |

You do the Thriller on Halloween, but the minute the clock strikes midnight on November 1, jingle bells are a-ringing. For the next 55 days, having yuletide tunes spilling from speakers around town is inevitable – from ye olde office Christmas parties and holiday specials on the telly to gift shopping and festive feasting. To help you create the ultimate playlist to get in the Christmas spirit – and we’re not talking playing Mariah Carey’s 1994 Christmas album in its entirety – the Time Out team share their festive favourites to play during the holidays.

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Taylor Swift
Photograph: Taylor Swift

Christmas Tree Farm by Taylor Swift

"Not only is the music video for this adorable, but Christmas Tree Farm also makes up for Tay’s country Christmas songs days."
- Nicole-Marie Ng, Editor

Sufjan Stevens
Photograph: Shutterstock/Christian Bertrand

Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day (Well, You Deserved It) by Sufjan Stevens

"It's okay to not be happy-clappy on Christmas, it's really okay. In fact, there are so many reasons to be unhappy – shitty presents, the same boring food, cleaning the house, having to socialise, ghosts... of Christmas' past. I like to embrace my unhappiness which is why I really like this song. Perhaps I am too bitter, perhaps I am too salty, but to that, I say "Huzzah!" and stay in to watch terrible Netflix Christmas movies (Knight Before Christmas is especially terrible I love it)."
- Delfina Utomo, Digital Editor

Mean Girls
Photograph: Paramount Pictures

Jingle Bell Rock by The Plastics

"Jingle Bell Rock is an all-time favourite, feel-good Christmas tune. Every time I hear the song, it makes me want to break into song and dance because, ya know, it is so fetch."
- Dewi Nurjuwita, Art & Culture Editor

Leona Lewis
Photograph: Leona Lewis

One More Sleep by Leona Lewis

"It’s a song that’s as sweet as panettone. Plus, it features X-Factor Leona Lewis – a forgotten talent who could really use a comeback."
- Fabian Loo, Food & Drink Writer

Ariana Grande
Photograph: YouTube/Ariana Grande

Snow in California by Ariana Grande

"I dig it because it's such wishful thinking. Since California doesn’t snow – just like Singapore – and it's a song about wishing for snow from Santa, well, here I am. I can only wish/ and sing to have snow in Singapore this Christmas."
- Kashmira Kasmuri, Designer

No Doubt
Photography: No Doubt

Oi to the World by No Doubt

"Right, the original punk-rock version is by The Vandals but I can't help lean towards the cover by their Cali-pals – and Gwen Stefani-fronted ska band – No Doubt. A middle-finger to those cheesy choons, this alternative track isn't exactly one to play 'round the Christmas tree – unless you're a family of punks ready to spread the Christmas jeer. And if Scrooge ever curates a bangin' Christmas playlist, I reckon this one's the party starter."
- Cam Khalid, City Life Writer

It's Christmas!