When it comes to holiday cheer, music plays a huge part, particularly when you’re driving. It’s certainly that way for us here at The Zebra anyway! In our efforts to prepare ourselves for long winter travels, slow and snowy commutes, and shopping trips galore, we sourced the best and worst of holiday tunes from Z-Team members and created two Spotify playlists of both our favorite and not-so-favorite holiday road trip jams for you. 

Lesson learned: Christmas music is POLARizing!

You might notice that we have a few duplicates by different artists AND that some of our favorite jams are others’ least favorites. We let the lists reflect that because, hey, you’re never going to get everyone on the same page regarding Christmas music! So, from songs that put us in the warm, fuzzy cookie-baking groove to tunes for dancin’ round the tree to those that make us sympathize with Scrooge, we present: The Zebra’s holiday road trip playlists.

Our Favorites Holiday Tunes:

  • White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  • Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! – Frank Sinatra
  • What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder
  • Frosty the Snowman  – Willie Nelson
  • All I Want for Christmas is You  – Mariah Carey
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside – Idina Menzel feat. Michael Bublé
  • Do They Know it’s Christmas? (1984 version) – Band Aid
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Belle & Sebastian
  • Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Malibu Remix) – Billy May
  • Christmas Eve – Céline Dion
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
  • Where Are You Christmas? – Faith Hill
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – George Strait
  • Christmas All Over Again  – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Carol of the Bells (Instrumental) – David Foster
  • Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto – James Brown
  • Holiday Flight – Instrumental – John Williams
  • (Everybody Waiting For) The Man With The Bag – 1996 Remastered – Kay Starr
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector
  • Christmas Rappin’ – Kurtis Blow
  • Jingle All the Way – Lena Horne
  • Santa Baby – Madonna
  • Let it Snow – Michael Bublé
  • The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) – Nat King Cole
  • Lonely Holiday – Old 97’s
  • Winter Wonderland – Peggy Lee
  • With Bells On – RuPaul feat. Michelle Visage
  • Someday at Christmas – Stevie Wonder
  • Heat Miser/Snow Miser – Stingray Music
  • Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
  • Carol of the Bells – the bird and the bee
  • Father Christmas – The Kinks
  • Good King Wenceslas – The Piano Guys
  • Frosty the Snowman – The Ronettes

Earmuffs, Please! The Worst Holiday Jams: 

  • The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) – Alvin & The Chipmunks
  • Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy
  • Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
  • Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside (feat. Meghan Trainor) – Brett Eldredge, Meghan Trainor
  • Winter Wonderland – Bing Crosby
  • Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
  • Zat You, Santa Claus? – Smash Mouth
  • Santa Baby – Ariana Grande, Liz Gillies
  • O Holy Night – Mariah Carey
  • White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  • Silent Night – Andrea Bocelli
  • Twelve Days of Christmas – Bing Crosby, The Andrew Sisters

We hope your enjoyed our rendition of the holiday classics (and failures)! Do you agree with our list? Have any that should have been added? Feel free to share with others in the comments!

About The Author

Ava is The Zebra's Marketing Coordinator and a licensed insurance agent. She brings her insurance expertise and customer service finesse as a writer for Quoted.