A Christmas Playlist Even Teenagers Like

There are moments in parenting when you wonder how a certain child ever came from your DNA. One of mine happened when my son, at 7 years old, announced, “I HATE CHRISTMAS MUSIC. CHANGE THE STATION!” He was dead serious.

I LOVE Christmas music…pretty much all of it and for the full 5 weeks before Christmas. How could this be happening? It didn’t get better as he got older. He would literally cover his ears when it was on and ask me every 10 seconds to change the station or sing another song loudly to block the cheer. Not a very merry way to spend my holiday car time.

How We Made the Christmas Playlist for Teens

As a teen he started to tolerate it, though he was still unimpressed. Then, along came Spotify, and he found a few holiday songs he didn’t mind and some he even liked.

It was fun to explore new Christmas music and there were quite a few good ones we all enjoyed. So, we created a Christmas playlist for teens that doesn’t kill the holiday spirit for our family. Some like certain songs more than others but everyone is generally happy or at least not mad about having this be the soundtrack for our Christmas festivities. I have to get my Carpenters and Bing fix when I am all alone, or as a good mom does, torture her kids with just enough of what they don’t like…at high volume.

Teen Christmas Playlist

We have loved trying suggestions from readers over the years as well. Here are a few of the most popular ideas.

Go Tell It On the Mountain: The Lower Lights and For King and Country

Feels Like Christmas: Jonas Brothers

Christmas Everyday: David Archuletta

Underneath the Tree: Kelly Clarkson

December Song: Peter Hollens

Light of the World: Lauren Daigle

Pachabel Meets U2: Jon Schmidt

Christmas Wrapping: The Waitresses

Who Would Imagine a King: Katherine McPhee

Breath of Heaven: Callee Reed

Love is Christmas: Sara Bareilles

Happy Happy Christmas: Ingrid Michaelson

Noel: Lauren Daigle

Christmas Eve: Celine Dion

12 Days of Christmas: Straight No Chaser

Winter Song: Leslie Odom

Come on Christmas: Matthew West

His Favorite Christmas Story: Capital Lights

Wake Up, Wake Up: Matthew Wertz

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: Bare Naked Ladies

Christmas Eve, Wake Up Little Child, Jerusalem: Peter Brienholt

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree: James Galway

Ring Out Wild Bells: Kat Tingey

All I Want for Christmas is You: Vince, Vance and the Valiants

Mary’s Boy Child: Gentri

Share Your Favorite Songs

Does anyone else relate? Do you have a Christmas music hater?

What are your favorite Christmas songs? I would love to test them out on my crew!  Add them in the comments so we can all try something new!

More Ideas to Celebrate Christmas with Teens

Christmas with teens at home is the best. We love playing the candy bar game, our dollar store gift exchange, the marshmallow snowball fight, voting for the best lights and our neighborhood Christmas luminaries. What Christmas traditions do your teens love?