Ultimate List of Christmas Songs for Instagram

Ultimate List of Christmas Songs for Instagram

Are you looking for Christmas songs for Instagram? If so, you’re in the right spot!

It’s that time again, friends. The holidays are officially here, and winter and Christmas mode is ACTIVATED. And we know what that means, right? It’s time to get out that phone and take tons of Christmas content! Thus the search begins for finding the best Christmas music for Instagram.

Music selection is so important when it comes to Instagram posts or Tiktok posts. So finding exactly the right holiday music for Instagram is important for your Stories, Reels, and Tiktoks is always a priority. Especially if you're a blogger, influencer, or content creator. 

Why is this? 

Because there's nothing that invokes happiness in people like a beloved Christmas song. And when it's used in your content, that happiness and nostalgia helps brings people along your holiday journey. The magic of Christmas music helps your followers really connect with your videos, stories, Reels, and Tiktoks!

So you want the perfect Christmas music for Instagram to help you tell your holiday stories, keep reading!

Picture it: Shopping trips, holiday parties, decorating the tree, wrapping presents… All beautiful moments that you’re undoubtedly taking tons of video of for your Instagram and Tiktok. And you’re ready to post them to your stories!

But wait... before you post, you're looking for that magical Christmas song that's going to help your followers really connect with your content. You might be thinking “I need to find the perfect songs for my Instagram stories! But which ones to use?”

I feel you. Finding the perfect Christmas songs for Instagram can be hard. There's so much to choose from! I'll admit I often get stumped from time to time, trying to find exactly the right music.

That's why I’m going to help you out! I've compiled a COMPLETE list of Christmas songs for your Instagram and Tiktok. This list will help you find the perfect music so that your followers will love your content that much more.

Let's get into it!


Classic Christmas songs are for the most part, older standards have stood the test of time and we never get sick of. I consider most classic Christmas songs to be pre-1970's although to me, there are a few exceptions. 

A few 'newer', Christmas songs from artists like Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé have broken through the stratosphere to icon-status, so I consider them to be new classics!

Use these if you're looking to invoke nostalgia and fun.

  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
  • All I Want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
  • It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Michael Bublé, Bing Crosby
  • Man With the Bag - Kay Starr
  • Here Comes Santa Claus - Gene Autry
  • Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson & His Pops Concert Orchestra
  • Happy Holidays - Andy Williams
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
  • Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
  • Mele Kalikimaka - Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
  • Merry Christmas Darling - The Carpenters
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside - SO many versions. But Johnny Mercer/ Margaret Whiting is considered the titular version. And Dean Martin's is also popular.
  • Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Michael Bublé
  • The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
  • Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! - Frank Sinatra
  • Winter Wonderland - Johnny Mercer, Dean Martin, Michael Bublé
  • White Christmas - Bing Crosby
  • O Christmas Tree - Frank Sinatra
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas - Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra
  • Jingle bells - Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters


It takes awhile for a Christmas song to get to the status of a classic, where it is widely well known and loved. A proven classic has to be played over and over for a generation, until people start to associate it with nostalgic fun Christmas times.

For that reason, Pop Christmas songs are different to me because they are 'newer.' That is, made within the last generation or two. Musically, I also think of pop songs as being more slickly produced and having some dance/ electronic/ R&B elements. 

Use these if you're looking for a fresher vibe for your Christmas Instagram stories, Reels, and Tiktoks.

  • Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande
  • Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays - N’sync
  • Last Christmas - Wham!
  • Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney
  • 8 Days of Christmas - Destiny’s Child
  • Hey Sis, It’s Christmas - RuPaul
  • Underneath the Tree - Kelly Clarkson
  • My Only Wish - Britney Spears
  • Christmas Tree Farm - Taylor Swift
  • Mistletoe - Justin Bieber
  • Very Merry Christmas - TLC
  • Man With the Bag - Jessie J
  • Jingle Bells- Gwen Stefani
  • Oh Santa - Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande & Jennifer Hudson


Rock n' roll Christmas songs are part holly-jolly and part irreverent. Celebrating all the fun of Christmas, while also not taking it too seriously.

Rock n' roll Christmas music has elements of live instruments and guitars, and I use the cutoff of around the 1960's-70's to define them. (Of course there are exceptions!) 

Use these if you're looking for a cooler Christmas vibe in your Instagram posts.

  • Run Rudolph Run - Chuck Berry
  • Fairytale of New York - The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl
  • Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
  • Merry Christmas Baby - Otis Redding, Bruce Springsteen
  • Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC
  • Rocking Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
  • Do They Know it’s Christmas? - Band-Aid
  • Little Saint Nick - Beach Boys
  • Happy Xmas (War is Over) - Yoko Ono
  • Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
  • What Christmas Means to Me - Stevie Wonder
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town - Bruce Springsteen
  • This Christmas - Donnie Hathaway
  • Christmas in Harlem - Kanye West
  • I Wish it Could Be Christmas Every Day - Wizzard
  • Blue Christmas - Elvis
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town - Jackson 5
  • Carol of the Bells - Trans Siberian Orchestra
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2
  • Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes


Traditional Christmas songs are also songs are also classics in their own way- actually, they're even older than the first list of Classics we talked about!

But to me, these specific songs are religious songs or old hymns. The subject is usually focuses on the celebration of the birth of Christ, rather than Santa Claus or Rudolph. 

Because they're usually old hymns, they're often something you might hear a choir sing. For that reason, there aren't many specific versions that I would recommend. All choir and orchestral versions of these songs sound pretty.

Even if you don't celebrate Christmas religiously, traditional versions will sound gorgeous on your stories!

  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Away in a Manger
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • The First Noel
  • Ave Maria
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • Silent Night
  • Joy to the World
  • Do You Hear What I Hear (Whitney Houston's version of this is divine!)
  • What Child is This?
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • O Holy Night


These movie soundtracks not only remind us of Christmas memories, but Christmas movies we love as well! This is a really powerful way to get through to your audience, as the impact is two-fold. 

  • The Grinch
  • Home Alone
  • The Nutcracker (Not necessarily a movie, but an iconic Christmas score.)
  • O’ Tannenbaum - Vince Guarardi Orchestra
  • Frozen
  • A Christmas Story
  • Elf
  • The Polar Express
  • Nightmare before Christmas
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Snowman
  • Miracle on 34th Street

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