Secular Christmas Songs: Extended List

One of the first posts on this site was a list of Secular Christmas Songs. These are songs that celebrate Christmas, Santa and the winter season without being religious. As the holidays are rapidly approaching, I think it's time for an expanded list--with mp3 clips!

These songs often include the word Christmas, but only describe non-religious traditions. Many artists have covered these songs, so I just picked versions that I like.

The list is loosely grouped into sections for easier reading. Emphasis on loosely... I spent way too much time trying to sort them before deciding this is good enough! (Each section has its own clip player and they do require Flash.)

There are a lot more non-religious holiday songs out there, so feel free to comment with your own favorites. But please don't comment about who should or shouldn't be allowed to celebrate Christmas. It's a federal holiday, with plenty of secular traditions, in addition to being a Christian holiday. Let's let everyone celebrate in their own way.

Winter Favorites (no Mention of Christmas):

  • Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! - Dean Martin
  • Jingle Bells - Rosemary Clooney
  • Frosty the Snowman - Harry Connick Jr.
  • Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
  • Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Deck the Halls - Bing Crosby
  • Marshmallow World - Dean Martin
  • Winter Wonderland - Jason Mraz
  • Baby It's Cold Outside - Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer

Christmas Standards:

  • The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
  • Carol of the Bells - Paper Tongues
  • Christmas Waltz - She & Him
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
  • White Christmas - Bing Crosby
  • Silver and Gold - Burl Ives
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas - Josh Groban
  • We Need a Little Christmas - Johnny Mathis
  • Rockin Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
  • Silver Bells - Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas - Burl Ives
  • Christmas in New Orleans - Louis Armstrong
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland
  • O Christmas Tree - London Chamber Orchestra
  • It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas - New York Symphony Orchestra
  • It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Johnny Mathis
  • Christmas Night in Harlem - Louis Armstrong

Modern Christmas Songs:

  • Please Come Home for Christmas - Eagles
  • This Christmas - Donny Hathaway
  • All I Want for Christmas is You - Michael Buble
  • Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney
  • Happy Xmas (War is Over) - John Lennon
  • Blue Christmas - Michael Buble
  • Merry Christmas Baby - B.B. King
  • A Christmas Love Song - Barbra Streisand
  • I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard

Indie Christmas Songs:

  • All My Bells are Ringing - Lenka
  • No Christmas For Me - Zee Avi
  • The Christmas Party Scene - Jamie Drake
  • Maybe Next Year (X-mas Song) - Meiko
  • Happy Christmas, Baby - The Boy Least Likely To
  • It Must Be Christmas - Math and Physics Club
  • Xmas Time Is Here Again - My Morning Jacket
  • Christmas Eve For Two - Summer Fiction (no clip)
  • Let Me Be the Fairy on Your Christmas Tree Tonight - The School (no clip)

Songs About Santa:

  • 'Zat You Santa Claus - Louis Armstrong
  • Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
  • Stay a Little Longer Santa - Shemekia Copeland
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Harry Connick Jr.
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
  • Here Comes Santa Claus - Doris Day
  • Up on the Housetop - Gene Autry
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Bowling For Soup
  • (It Must Have Been Ol') Santa Claus - Harry Connick Jr.

Funny Christmas Songs:

  • Present Face - Garfunkel and Oates
  • Mr. Heatmiser - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Nuttin' for Christmas - Barry Gordon
  • The Twelve Pains of Christmas - Bob Rivers
  • Another Christmas Song - Stephen Colbert
  • You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft
  • Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer - Elmo and Patsy
  • I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas - Gayle Peevey
  • Dominick the Donkey - Lou Monte
  • The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - Alvin and the Chipmunks

Off-Color/Dark Christmas Songs:

  • Father Christmas - The Kinks
  • Is this Christmas? - The Wombats
  • Happy Holidays You Bastard - Blink 182
  • Santa Shaved His Beard - The Nobility
  • Santa's Lost His Mojo - Jeremy Lister
  • Your Christmas Whiskey - The Minus Five
  • Santa's Beard - They Might Be Giants
  • Christmas at Ground Zero - Weird Al Yankovich
  • Santa Stole My Lady - Fritz and the Tantrums
  • I Don't Want a Lump of Coal - Kyle Andrew
  • I've Got a Present for You - The Nobility
  • Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) - The Ramones


  1. This is a great list and a great blog. I am so glad I found this. A big thank you from another atheist!

    1. Glad you like it and thanks for commenting! :-)

  2. In the funny category, I nominate Jonathan Coulton's "Chiron Beta Prime". Also qualifies as "dark", and if there were a "Geek Culture" category, it would top the list. YouTube it!

  3. I am actually NOT an atheist, I just can't stand religious Christmas music because it is too schlocky and...just...ugh. Anyway, Eastern Orthodox greetings and thanks for your point of view!

  4. This will allow you to build your song around what makes it great and not have to begin figuring out what makes it great when you finish the beat. Usually starting off with a mediocre sound will give you a mediocre track! music