15 Cute Christmas Songs To Enjoy With Your Lover
When the snow starts falling, things start heating up in the romance department. If you’re looking to add a little love to your Christmas playlist this year, be sure to add one (or more) of these romantic favourites.
Not included in our list: Creepy “love” songs — we’re looking at you, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” — or post-breakup lovesick laments. No “Blue Christmas” here.
Here are our picks for top Christmas love songs, in no particular order:
- All I Want For Christmas Is You
The newest “classic” on the list — Fun fact: it’s the best-selling holiday ringtone of all time — this 1994 mega hit made Mariah Carey the unofficial Queen of Christmas. Point at your crush as you dance to this song at the office Christmas party and he’ll get the message.
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you
- Merry Christmas Baby
Covered by pretty much everyone since Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers first recorded it in 1947, this bluesy standard belongs on every holiday playlist. We dare you not to dance. We’re partial to the Otis Redding and Bruce Springsteen versions.
Merry Christmas baby
Sure do treat me nice
Merry Christmas baby
Sure do treat me nice
Bought me a diamond ring for Christmas
I feel like I’m in paradise
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Why is a white Christmas so desirable? The cuddling. This snowy single — written during a California heatwave in 1945 — makes no specific reference to Christmas, but has become essential holiday listening.
(Crank up the romance with Frank Sinatra’s take on the tune.)
When we finally kiss goodnight
How I’ll hate going out in the storm
But if you really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm
- I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Pair this 1937 Irving Berlin standard with “Let It Snow” for a cozy night in with your significant other. Who cares if you need to shovel your way out of the driveway in the morning? You’re in love.
What do I care how much it may storm?
I’ve got my love to keep me warm
- What Christmas Means to Me
Want something a little more upbeat? Blare Stevie Wonder’s version of this song as you decorate the tree together.
And ya know what I mean
I see your smilin’ face
Like I never seen before
Even though I love ya madly
It seems I love you more
- Merry Christmas Darling
In a long-distance relationship over the holidays? Relive the ‘70s — or create the ultimate hipster playlist — with the Carpenters.
Merry Christmas Darling
We’re apart that’s true
But I can dream and in my dreams
I’m Christmasing with you
- Winter Wonderland
This winter song has been recorded by over 200 artists and has become a holiday mainstay. Nothing says Christmas romance like asking a snowman to officiate your wedding.
In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He’ll say: Are you married?
We’ll say: No man,
But you can do the job
When you’re in town
- I’ll Be Home For Christmas
This Christmas standard, first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943, was written to honour soldiers who couldn’t be home for Christmas. Despite some initial pushback from record executives who felt the song was too sad, it became a holiday hit.
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the lovelight gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
- You Make It Feel Like Christmas
Neil Diamond wrote this song as a response to the consumerism often associated with the holidays.
“I wrote it to reflect my feeling that sometimes Christmas is too much about gifts and parties and the spiritual part is a secondary theme. I want to make a point of celebrating that part of the holiday,” he told the Sun in 2009.
And when people ask how we stay together
I say you never let me down, ye
And you make it feel like Christmas
Even when things go wrong
I hear the sound of Christmas in your song
All year long
- Sleigh Ride
This song was also written during a heatwave in the mid-‘40s — scorching temperatures make songwriters pine for rosy cheeks and winter snuggling, apparently — first as an orchestral tune, and then with lyrics in 1950.
Our cheeks are nice and rosy
And comfy cozy are we
We’re snuggled up together
Like two birds of a feather would be
- This Christmas
Considered the top Christmas song written by an African-American, Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” was first released in 1970 but rose to holiday fame in the early ‘90s when it was rereleased as part of Atco Records’ revised edition of their 1968 Soul Christmas album.
Presents and cards are here
My world is filled with cheer and you this Christmas
And as I look around
Your eyes outshine the town, they do this Christmas
- Christmas TV
A more obscure choice for your Christmas playlist, this 2009 single from Slow Club celebrates imperfect people in imperfect relationships — and TV specials. Because sometimes romance is simply watching Charlie Brown on the couch together.
I like the way that our arguments stop when we fall asleep
And the way that your body feels when it’s wrapped around me
And I’d like it if you made it to mine by Christmas Eve
So you can hold me
And we’ll watch Christmas TV
- Underneath the Tree
This 2003 Kelly Clarkson single pairs nicely with Mariah Carey’s hit — and mistletoe.
Presents, what a beautiful sight
Don’t mean a thing if you ain’t holding me tight
You’re all that I need
Underneath the tree
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Hang that mistletoe — then get up and dance with your main squeeze. (Or with no one, as Kevin McCallister does in Home Alone. This song is so good, it will keep your house from being robbed.)
Brenda Lee’s original 1958 version of the song — recorded when she was just 13 — has sold over 25 million copies.
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Every couple tries to stop
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
If this 1963 song doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy about the holidays, nothing will.
There’ll be much mistletoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
What’s your favourite holiday love song?