Many people enjoy listening to specific songs during the holidays, and Disney does a great job of catering to this crowd of music lovers. They have a knack for blending infectious melodies with vibrant storytelling through records that all age groups can appreciate.
You may have an all-time favorite when it comes to Disney songs, but they have a way of making new hits on a yearly basis.
So without further ado, here is my list of the best Disney Christmas songs of all time!
1. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? – Frozen
Created for a Disney film that became a worldwide favorite, this record reeled in children right from the start, and its lyrics are very fitting for the holiday season. It starts out with melancholic melodies, and in usual Disney fashion, it slows stacks on the cinematic layers as the song progresses.
The record carries a whimsical tone that works perfectly with the film, and the instrumentation couldn’t be any more perfect. There isn’t a single note out of place, and it features a sweet message that’s generally relatable to most people in one way or another.
2. Jingle Bells · Mickey and the Gang
An older record from Disney’s history, this is their rendition of the classic “Jingle Bells” Christmas song. Although it comes with many of the same notes and progressions from the original record, the vocals have a unique spin, making it one of the best Disney Christmas songs, in my opinion.
Most people would immediately recognize each voice, and it’s a song that connects with the kids due to its animated nature. It comes with the upbeat energy that “Jingle Bells” is known for and is an excellent choice for the holiday season.
3. Ring in the Season – Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Offering a vocal range that can’t be ignored, “Ring in the Season” has many singalong qualities, and the dynamics reach heights that’ll send chills down your spine. The combination of sounds and emotions between the vocals and instrumentation can be rather overwhelming but in a good way.
There’s a bit of downtime throughout the record that lets the instrumentation take the spotlight, and the record goes through many ups and downs to keep listeners reeled in. By the end of it, the song starts to sound quite cinematic, with every layer matching each other’s energy.
4. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Hannah Montana
Known for her versatile career in music, Hannah Montana, more commonly known as Miley Cyrus, has dipped into seasonal records on more than one occasion. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is a jam of a record, and it keeps an energetic tone all throughout.
It features a blend of influences from various genres, and it has that iconic Hannah Montana sound that became a staple of her career. If you’re looking for something danceable and full of fun dynamics, this track is a great choice.
5. Deck The Halls – Mickey and his Friends
Delivering a more classic and nostalgic sound, this is a Disney rendition of “Deck The Halls,” and they clearly didn’t hold back on the theatrics. With all of the elements that people love from the original record, it’s accompanied by the talents of Mickey and his Friends.
It carries a tempo that quickly grabs hold of the ear and can easily put you in a trance that makes you listen all the way to the end. It also features organic, layered vocals that reflect many qualities of the original track.
6. Christmas in the Pride Lands – The Lion Guard
This song has the perfect structure for a singalong, and it carries a consistent flow that’s easy to follow as well. The dynamics across the board are exciting and bring an uplifting feeling that anyone can appreciate.
Most people enjoy music that puts them in a good mood, and this record has all of the ingredients to achieve this outcome. There’s also enough variation to keep people interested every step of the way without tiring out the ear.
7. Hot Dog! Christmas – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
For numerous reasons, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has been extremely popular for years. It comes with many addicting qualities that have reeled children in for multiple generations, and it has an excellent replay quality.
There isn’t much variation in the record, so if you aren’t a fan of repetitive tunes, this one might not be for you. Every layer has a distinct place in the record, and I feel it’s one of the best Disney Christmas songs of all time.
8. Together Again and a Very Merry Christmas – Toy Story
An excellent blend of features for Disney fans, you get the whimsical nature of Toy Story music with a Christmas twist. In many ways, this record is relatively dramatic, and even without vocals, it has the ability to tell a story with substantial clarity.
There are very large sways in this production’s dynamics as it has many calm moments that transition into very dramatic sequences. It’s an excellent addition to any Christmas playlist and acts as stellar background noise to a holiday occasion.
9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
This is another rendition of a Christmas classic, and it primarily features Mickey and Goofy’s vocals. Due to this, you can see why many kids would love what the song has to offer, and the song follows the identifiable characteristics of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
The song bounces around between different characters, and it keeps a light yet fun tempo all throughout. For the most part, the song remains consistent regarding its progression and overall dynamics, and it isn’t jarring at any point.
10. I Really Don’t Hate Christmas – Phineas and Ferb
I think “I Really Don’t Hate Christmas” is one of the best Disney Christmas songs, as it’s relatively chaotic, which makes the record stand out from the rest. It has a rather aggressive approach, but there are plenty of comedic elements as well.
Nevertheless, the vocals keep you locked in, and kids love to follow along with every word. Of course, the instrumentation doesn’t miss a single beat, and it does an excellent job of carrying the erratic vocals from beginning to end.
Justin is an audio engineer with years of experience in the field. He has been creating and playing music his entire life, but he really found his passion for engineering when he was introduced to Logic Pro at age 10. Justin has spent countless hours perfecting his craft and now works as a freelance engineer out of Boston, MA.