Christmas Music Playlists: From Classical And Oldies To Salsa And Celebrities

Singer Stevie Wonder performs before President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at the Fifth Third Arena on the Univer
Singer Stevie Wonder performs before President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at the Fifth Third Arena on the University of Cincinnati campus, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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The holidays can be stressful -- shopping at the last minute, standing in airport security lines, spending time with your brother-in-law -- but finding great Christmas music shouldn’t be. Whether you need soothing background music for wrapping presents, or an upbeat soundtrack for a Christmas cocktail party, these expertly-curated playlists will improve every moment of this hectic, but wonderful, time of year.

Pop Christmas
It’s a pop star rite of passage to record a glossy, crowd-pleasing Christmas album, and we’re not complaining. These playlists capture today’s best pop performances and some classics too.

Billboard's Hot Holiday Songs
Listen to the most popular Christmas songs in America right now, as determined by Billboard's Hot Holiday Song Chart.

Today's Pop Christmas
The Christmas spirit is alive and well with the newest generation of pop stars, as evidenced by these beautiful, soulful, and energetic covers of holiday classics by today's hottest recording artists.

Soft Pop Christmas
Sometimes playful and sometimes soothing, these pop artists aim for a more sophisticated and classic sound at Christmastime. Make some hot chocolate, put on your favorite Christmas sweater, and relax by the fire with today's most talented vocalists.

Christmas in the '80s and '90s
Revisit the finest holiday pop hits of the 1980s and '90s with this set of Yuletide tunes by the era's biggest chart-topping artists.

Choral & Opera Christmas
Caroling with friends and family can be fun, but sometimes you want to hear Christmas music sung by professionals. These choral and opera showcase some of the most beautiful voices in the world.

Choral Christmas
Sing along with these renowned choirs performing all of your favorite holiday choral works, from "Carol of the Bells" to "The Messiah."

Dream Messiah
Imagine all your favorite performances melded into one giant, glorious Messiah. Every valley rejoice with both conservative and broad interpretations of Handel's masterpiece. It's enough to make you shout Hallelujah!

Christmas at the Opera
Big voices, big hearts and big souls lend their talents to make some of the most beautiful Christmas music on the planet. Enjoy the warmth of season in the glow of the human voice.

Beautiful & Soothing Christmas
The holiday break is your time to relax. Curl up with a blanket, some hot cocoa, and these intimate Christmas playlists.

Acoustic Guitar Christmas
The haunting sound of the acoustic guitar is perfect for a quiet, intimate Christmas celebration. Incorporating classical, folk, jazz and pop styles, these Christmas songs set a gentle, reflective mood.

A Solo Piano Christmas
Nothing evokes the serene beauty of the holiday season like a graceful piano. From the most traditional carols to the most beloved pop standards, curl up with these heartfelt, warm performances.

Singer-songwriter Christmas
The timeless stories of the holiday season always inspire singer-songwriters. Whether performing old songs in new ways, or contributing new compositions to the Christmas canon, these thoughtful artists make the holidays a bit more intimate.

Country Christmas
Looking for a heaping portion of Yuletide twang and down-home charm this holiday season? These country Christmas playlists will hit the spot.

Classic Country Christmas
When the calendar starts inching closer to December 25th and you're in search of a Christmas soundtrack, turn to these classic country sounds that celebrate the holiday with heart, spirituality, and fun in equal amounts.

Modern Country Christmas
The tree's been trimmed, the stockings have been hung, the presents are perfectly wrapped. Now the final holiday touch: a seasonal soundtrack of Christmas tunes by the biggest names in contemporary country.

Bluegrass Christmas
Christmas is a time for honoring traditions. What better soundtrack could you have for ushering in the holidays than these time-tested seasonal tunes by some of the bluegrass world's brightest lights?

Holiday Cocktail Party
Your Christmas party is your time to shine; you get to show off your home, your tasteful decorations, and your cooking (or catering!) prowess. Complete the package with these classic, classy and fun holiday playlists.

Classic Christmas
The decorations are set and the toddies are spiced, but a Christmas party isn't complete without a classic, and classy, soundtrack. Listen to the lush arrangements and sonorous voices of the iconic post-war crooners who set the standard for holiday music.

Christmas Oldies
From Phil Spector's sleigh-bell-ornamented Wall of Sound, to Motown and Stax Records' soulful and funky covers, this collection of Christmas oldies is the most fun way to celebrate the holiday season.

Jazz Christmas
When you've had enough choirs and carolers but still want to get in a festive holiday mood, slip into something more comfortable with these swinging instrumental jazz interpretations of Christmas favorites.

Celebrity Christmas Party
Celebrities love the holiday season, just like us! Enjoy these celeb-curated Christmas playlists.

Christmas Day with Michael Buble
In honor of his Christmas album, Michael Bublé has assembled the perfect soundtrack of new and old holiday songs for exchanging gifts, decorating the Christmas tree, and being home for the holidays.

Lauren Conrad's Holiday Soiree
Jingle all the way with this mix of Lauren’s holiday favorites.

Cee Lo's Magic Holiday Moments
In honor of his new holiday album, Cee Lo's Magic Moment, Cee Lo Green has assembled the perfect soundtrack of soulful and classic holiday hits.

Blake Shelton's Ultimate Country Christmas
Get into the spirit of the season with this mix of country favorites and classic Christmas songs handpicked by Blake Shelton.

Classical Christmas
Classical music is always wonderful, but Christmas classical music is sublime. Look no further than these playlists for proof.

Classical Christmas
A fine collection of holiday favorites and traditional pieces for the classical aficionado. From solo guitar to full orchestra, no vocals, just pure musical joy.

Orchestral Holiday Pops
No need to go to Symphony Hall to experience the magic of an orchestral holiday pops concert; celebrate the holidays with these arrangements of holiday favorites from "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" to "Sleigh Ride."

Brass and Bells
The splendor of the Holidays should include a little extravagance. Ring in the season -- literally -- with the bright and shiny instruments of bands and bell choirs.

Rock & Roll Christmas
Fortunately for us, rock stars celebrate Christmas too. These playlists feature your favorite classic and indie rockers singing holiday standards and their own festive compositions.

Rock & Roll Christmas
Just like Chuck Berry, all we want for Christmas is a rock & roll electric guitar. Let the eggnog flow and the good times roll with these rock covers of Christmas standards, plus original holiday compositions from your favorite classic rockers.

Merry Indie Christmas
When you need a break from all the usual renditions of the same old holiday songs, cozy up to these indie-minded Yuletide tunes.

Kids’ Christmas
These family-friendly playlists will make you as a happy as a kid on Christmas.

Kids' Christmas
Have a fun-filled holiday with these lively Christmas tunes! Featuring both classic and contemporary songs, this Christmas collection is perfect for children celebrating the holiday season.

Christmas at the Movies
An engaging set of tunes, both orchestral and pop, from your favorite holiday movies through the decades. Revisit your favorite Christmas movies without having to break out the DVDs.

Christmas for the Faithful
Although a lot of Christmas music covers secular themes, let’s not forget about the sacred stuff. These Christian Christmas playlists keep sight of this holiday’s profound purpose.

A Christian Rock Christmas
Who knows how to rock out Christmas songs better than some of today's great Christian bands? Celebrate and testify with these spirited spirituals.

Christmas Gifts: Gospel
Celebrate the Christmas season with the newest and best from your favorite Christian and Gospel artists. Remember the reason for the season as you enjoy the latest in praise-based tunes and Christmas classics.

Fun & Funky Christmas
Looking for outrageously cool Christmas music? These playlists can start a fun and funky party in no time.

Blue Christmas and a Funky New Year
A roaring fireplace isn't the only way to keep warm during the holidays; get down with these sexy blues and soul songs from R&B legends like James Brown and contemporary soul-revivalists like Sharon Jones.

Natty & Nice: A Reggae Christmas
Everyone deserves an irie Christmas, so roll up some holiday cheer and celebrate with these reggae covers of Christmas standards.

Latin Christmas
Smooth, fast, tranquil, or danceable, these Latin playlists will make Christmas about 1000x more fun.

Feliz Navidad Suave
Slow things down with these ballads and boleros, featuring nostalgic riffs and smoothed out rhythms, all to the compás of Navidad. Tranquilo amigo. Keep the holiday suave.

Feliz Navidad Salsa
The music you need to get your holiday party started, Latin style. From the sacred to the secular, the festive to the contemplative, here's the best of Latin America's Christmas traditions, con salsa.

Feliz Navidad Jazz
Add some congas and claves to your Christmas with this collection of Latin jazz favorites for the holidays.

Christmas Movies