There's no escape from Christmas carols this time of year. They're on the radio, they're being sung by coworkers and family members, they're invading the brain and will continue to echo there through the changing of the year. But it's difficult to find a definitive list ranking the best songs for the Holidays - so let's construct that list right here, right now, with this specific year in mind.

4. "All I Want For Christmas is You"

The best of the modern Christmas carols is the song most impossible to escape this holiday season - thanks, Mariah Carey.

The heart of the song isn't something unfamiliar for fans of holiday music, just variations on a theme. But the way this song pulls you in is is through the grandiose instrumental entrance, followed by the immediate strength behind Carey's voice. Nobody likes admitting that they like this song, especially because it's still overplayed, but it's one of the few Christmas songs of this generation that will stand the test of time.

3. "Jingle Bells"

Sometimes, the best Christmas carols are the simplest ones, and in a year of fraught complexity, it'll be nice to take the family back to better times.

There are plenty of lyrics, but most people don't know them unless they themselves are carolers or were forced to perform the song in a high school orchestra or choir. At the end of the day, nothing can be considered more fun than taking a ride in a one-horse open sleigh - hey!

2. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

Some Christmas carols don't feel the need to shove religion in your face. The best part about the song is the universal quality of warmth and joy surrounding the holidays, no matter what you celebrate.

Combined with Andy Williams' booming, yet comforting voice and we have a strong entry. It's particularly pertinent this year as gathering around the fireside with the family could be a useful distraction from the surrounding world - unless they talk politics.

1. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

Check the weather report and sing, because many will see the titular action occur! The best of the Christmas carols moves away from the religious intonations that surround most of the holiday songs, allowing those who celebrate the holiday and those who don't enjoy it just the same.

Frank Sinatra performs the most famous version, although it can be challenging to get over the binary between the frightful weather and the desire for snow to fall from the sky.

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