The Four Weeks of Christmas Playlists, Vol. 3 – Pop

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Favorite Christmas song: GO.

Instead of trying narrow down the vast catalog of recorded holiday music into one super-playlist, or instead of only devoting one playlist to Christmas music in a month that’s tailor-made for it, we’ve got the ultimate gift. Each week in December, we’ll wrap up a new Christmas music playlist in a different genre. This week: pop.

(AP Photo/Island def Jam)

(AP Photo/Island def Jam)

David Letterman has said it’s not Christmas until Darlene Love sings “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on “The Late Show.” We agree. But we would also like to throw Mariah into that equation.

Presenting the third week of our Christmas playlist series, dedicated to the most radio-friendly, popular Christmas songs around, plus some Yuletide cuts from chart-topping artists we don’t normally associate with jingle bells. Along with the instant classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” we submit *NSYNC’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” as a modern standard. While we’re on the subject of teen sensations, check out jolly tracks from Destiny’s Child, New Kids On the Block, Ariana Grande and more.

Pop legends like Celine Dion and Whitney Houston get in on the action, the latter with her rendition of “The Christmas Song.” There are hitmakers from Paul McCartney to Sam Smith here to brighten spirits, and Run-D.M.C. closes it all out “Christmas In Hollis.” (Does it fit the bill perfectly? No, but next week’s playlist is country and folk songs. Our hands our tied.)

Listen to the Christmas pop playlist, now on Spotify.


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