25 Holiday Movie Soundtracks

Need a little help to get into the holiday spirit this year? Do yourself a favor and listen to any one of these 25 holiday soundtracks, which will be sure to make sugarplums dance in your heads. From the modern (“Elf,” “The Holiday”) to feel-good classics “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”), celebrate the holiday season with the music that’ll make you merry and bright.

1. Office Christmas Party

Bump these DJ tracks and have a litmas!

2. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

If you like Tchaikovsky, you’ll love this magical re-imagination of the Nutcracker.

3. Krampus

Scared you didn’t make it onto Santa’s nice list? This soundtrack is perfect for the holiday spooks.

4. Arthur Christmas

Got things to do? Run all of your holiday errands with this action packed soundtrack!

5. A Bad Moms Christmas

A fun soundtrack including Gwen Stefani and Colbie Caillat for the girls.

6. A Christmas Carol

To go back and discover England in the 1800s, just listen to this gorgeous soundtrack. No Scrooges allowed.

7. A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas

If you’re into parodies, this playful soundtrack is perfect for you to ha ha ha along to!

8. Last Holiday

Sit back and enjoy yourself with this feel good album, including hits by Nina Simone and Smokey Robinson.

9. Jingle All The Way

For those who want to listen to all of the Christmas classics, don’t miss out on this one!

10. Almost Christmas

Check out this funky take on the holiday jingles.

11. Trading Places

Love Mozart? Try giving this soundtrack a listen, it’s based on Mozart’s music from The Marriage of Figaro.

12. Bad Santa

An album full of classics for all the naughty ones out there.

13. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Lots of goodies worth listening to on this vacay.

14. Nothing like the Holidays

Spice up your queue with this album full of diverse songs!

15. It's a Wonderful Life

If you’re in the mood to time travel, let this movie take you all the way back to the 40’s and enjoy Tionkin’s beautifully orchestrated sounds.

16. Elf

OK, Zooey Deschanel singing in this film is straight-up (silver and) gold.

17. Nightmare Before Christmas

True, The Nightmare Before Christmas could be a Halloween or Christmas movie, depending on which way you look at it. But Christmas isn’t Christmas without Danny Elfman as Jack Skellington singing about impersonating Santa Claus.

18. Home Alone

When the music is composed by John Williams, there’s no way you can go wrong.

19. The Polar Express

Two words: Josh. Groban.

20. A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Christmas classic. This soundtrack is the perfect backdrop for an evening cuddled up next to a fireplace with hot cocoa.

21. Dr. Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas

If the deep bellows of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” don’t do it for you, just wait until the end when they all happily sing “Welcome Christmas” (the fah hoo forez” song).

22. Love Actually

Because nothing says “Christmas” quite like “Christmas Is All Around.” On repeat.

23. The Holiday

With music curated by Hans Zimmer, The Holiday is a holiday for your ears.

24. Home Alone 2, Lost in New York

One of the few films where the sequel is just as wonderful as the first. With TLC’s cover of The Ronnettes’ “Sleigh Ride” and Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” this film’s soundtrack is a must. 

25. Miracle on 34th Street

This miracle remake offers all the holiday classics like Aretha Franklin singing “Joy to the World” and Ray Charles’ “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.” 


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