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10 of the Best Christmas Movie Musical Numbers

Everyone knows the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

Christmas may technically be over, but I personally believe that the holiday season lasts all the way until New Year’s Eve, making this list of the best musical numbers from Christmas movies totally acceptable. Keep in mind that they are in no particular order!

“Where Are You Christmas”
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The adorable Taylor Momsen singing this How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ original song was certainly a highlight of the movie and has a really lovely message about how easy it is to get wrapped up in the material part of Christmas rather than focusing on family and love.

Winter Wonderland/Here Comes Santa Claus
Pitch Perfect 2

This little holiday mash-up between Anna Kendrick and Snoop Dogg was a nice surprise in a relatively flat sequel to Pitch Perfect and it makes for the perfect addition to any Christmas playlist.

“Christmas Is All Around”
Love Actually

No matter what your feelings about Love Actually are, Bill Nighy took on the role of goofy crooner Billy Mack flawlessly and we were blessed with this Christmas classic that is sure to get stuck in your head immediately.

“All I Want for Christmas is You”
Love Actually

While it may have given you unrealistic expectations when it came to school talent shows, this was one of the most enjoyable parts of Love Actually. Plus the adorable Thomas Brodie-Sangster on the drums definitely pulls at the heartstrings.

“What’s This?”
Nightmare Before Christmas

The songs in The Nightmare Before Christmas were a fun twist of your classic holiday jams and Danny Elfman’s vocals as Jack Skellington made this song an instant classic that shines a light on the ‘creepier’ side of Christmas. Even those who love the ghoulishness of Halloween can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit.

“Jingle Bell Rock”
Mean Girls

Oh, The Plastics.  2004 was a bright time and the right time for Mean Girls to throw in a random Christmas number that has since inspired many Halloween costumes and stage moms. Plus anytime when everyone is singing along is always a fun time!

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”
Elf

Zooey Deschanel has such an endearing voice that captivates your attention as evident in this scene from Elf where everyone begins singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, proving that singing aloud really is the best way to spread Christmas cheer.

“Put a Little Love in Your Heart”
Scrooged

Talk about a feel-good ending. When everyone begins singing “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” at the end of Scrooged, after Bill Murray had just broken the fourth wall,  it’s hard to not sing along to the catchy tune with a beautiful message for not only Christmas but for the entire year.

“White Christmas”
Holiday Inn

Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is assumed to be the best selling single of all time and it’s clear to see why. It’s a holiday legend and an absolutely iconic performance. If you haven’t seen Holiday Inn, I definitely suggest that you do so ASAP!

“When Christmas Comes to Town”
The Polar Express

There was certainly a lot of chaos going on in The Polar Express, but when it slowed down for this touching number about the true meaning of Christmas, the movie added another layer of depth to the already classic children’s story.

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Casey is a TV junkie currently living in Raleigh, NC. She studied Writing & Media Communication at James Madison University (go dukes!) and currently works in the pharmaceutical field. Constantly wanting to talk about television and learn more about her favorite shows led her to discovering the joy of recaps. From there, she combined her love of TV and writing to become a recapper for FanFest.