Ultimate Guide to Office Christmas Music: 10 Top Playlists
Searching for the perfect Christmas music for your office?
Whether you’re looking for office background music or holiday party playlists, we’ve got you covered.
Soundtrack Your Brand’s music curation team has compiled the perfect holiday tunes for your needs, including Christmas hits for office backdrops and holiday parties. So, grab some eggnog and listen up!
Posted on December 13, 2023
Best Office Christmas Music Playlists for Work Backdrop
When playing Christmas music in your business, you need to ensure it’s not too repetitive or distracting in your office space. In an office setting, music can have a great impact on staff productivity. In most cases, it’s best to play lyric-free music, or to use music with lyrics sparingly.
With Soundtrack Your Brand, you can drop multiple playlists into the same slot on your music schedule, and our player will automatically rotate the playlists. Here’s five of our best choices to brighten up your workspace this winter.
1. Office Christmas
Featuring: Lofi chill versions of holiday classics
If you’re unfamiliar with lo-fi chill, think of it as downtempo hip-hop. It’s mellow and easy to listen to. This office Christmas music playlist combines all of the best lo-fi versions of holiday classics into two hours of office-approved music that’s perfect for getting work done.
2. Christmas Jazz
Featuring: Holiday classics from Jazz greats
Jazz and Christmas music go together like Santa and cookies. After all, some of the most enduring Christmas songs had jazz foundations. With this playlist, you’ll enjoy classics like “Winter Wonderland” by Louis Armstrong and “Mele Kalikimaka” by Bing Crosby.
Although some of the classics in this playlist have lyrics, they help set the holiday mood while enabling you to concentrate.
3. Christmas Piano
Featuring: Calming solo piano versions of favored holiday themes
Our Christmas Piano playlist includes great background music for any office or retail setting. These instrumental piano solos cover your favorite Christmas songs, like “Oh Christmas Tree”, “Joy to the World,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” that will have your employees singing along.
4. Instrumental Christmas
Featuring: Instrumental holiday tracks featuring pianos, guitars, and more
With this all-instrumental office Christmas music playlist, in addition to piano solos, you’ll enjoy acoustic guitar renditions, string trios, and jazz quartets. Get into the Christmas spirit with artists that span various decades, including Kingsley Thomas, The Moods, George Tidwell, and Denis Solee.
5. Café Christmas
Featuring: Mellow vocals and beautiful acoustics
This playlist is not only great for cafés, but for offices that want to provide a café-like feel for their staff—a backdrop where creativity reigns supreme. Here, you’ll find holiday tracks by OneRepublic, Sarah McLachlan, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and Sarah Bareilles.
Perfect Office Christmas Music Playlists for Holiday Parties
Ready to celebrate Christmas classics and contemporary holiday hits? Even when it’s cold outside, these Christmas hits will create a festive backdrop for team-building activities, holiday dinners, and cocktail parties. This playlist will set the stage for your most festive events and holiday extravaganzas.
6. Christmas Party
Featuring: Lesser-known holiday pop hits
Ready to have yourself a merry little Christmas? This playlist is great for Christmas office parties that will have everyone shouting “Feliz Navidad!” as it features fun, upbeat music across genres. Notable songs include “Mary’s Boy Child” by Boney M., “Is This Christmas?” by The Wombats, and “Man with the Bag” by Jessie J.
7. X-mas Pop
Featuring: Christmas songs from pop heavy hitters
Tired of looping the same old Christmas carol or Frank Sinatra track? Celebrate the Xmas season with upbeat tunes that everyone can enjoy. This office Christmas music playlist pulls together holiday hits from all your favorite pop stars: Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, and Justin Bieber.
8. Jingle Bell Rock
Featuring: X-mas rhythm 'n blues and doo wop
This super-fun playlist features holiday classics from the 40s, 50s, and 60s that will send any office Grinch home for Christmas with some extra holiday spirit. You’ll find rhythm ‘n blues, doo wop, teddy rock, and mambo. Artists include Elvis Presley, Jimmy Charles, The Enchangers, and The Beach Boys.
9. Holiday Hits
Featuring: The biggest holiday songs across all genres
It’s the time of the year to mix things up with a multi-genre playlist to create some happy holidays! Enjoy holiday hits during the holiday season ranging from Taylor Swift to classic crooners like Nat King Cole, and alt rock heavy hitters such as Coldplay. With this Christmas party playlist, you can satisfy a wide range of musical tastes. Santa Claus will be proud of this Christmas playlist!
10. Holiday Indie
Featuring: Festive alt hits
Looking to satisfy a quirky crowd that thinks outside the box with your holiday music? Your party goers will enjoy upbeat hits like “Wonderful Christmas Time” by Dawson Hollow alongside slower tracks like “Blue Christmas” by the Lumineers, “Winter Wonderland” by Jason Mraz, and “Half the World Away” by OT.
How to Create Your Own Christmas Office Music Playlist FAQs
What are some good Christmas song ideas?
There are Christmas songs in all genres, so the best Christmas songs will depend on your taste and the mood you want to create in your office.
What is the most uncommon Christmas song?
“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” by the Ramones is a Christmas hit, but it’s not a great track for an office party. It’s about a Christmas argument, and is a reminder that, if you don’t know a Christmas tune, always check it out before you add it to your list!
Who listens to Christmas music?
While Christmas is officially a Christian holiday, it’s also a secular winter holiday that is enjoyed by many people of all different faiths and backgrounds. Do they know it’s Christmas? Yes! Do they celebrate the holiday religiously? Maybe not...
If you’re unsure what to add to your list, consider using non-denominational songs like “ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, or lyric-free hits like “Sleigh Ride” instead of religiously-oriented songs.
What are the best Christmas songs?
Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” is the #1 holiday song according to Billboard! Check out the rest of their list here.
Create the Perfect Holiday Event With Soundtrack Your Brand
Whether you’re creating the perfect holiday party or just brightening up the season with some office Christmas music, Soundtrack Your Brand has the perfect holiday playlist to make your employees say “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” With a subscription to our services, you get access to our incredible library of content that is fully customizable for your business, and we take care of all your licensing and legal requirements so you can focus on enjoying the holidays with your colleagues.
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