The 10 best Christmas songs of the last 40 years

Sure, Elvis' "Blue Christmas" and Burl Ives' "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" are old-school classics, but we've all heard them a million times. So spruce up this year's holiday playlist with Download.com's picks for the best holiday tunes from the '70s, '80s, and '90s.

It'll be more of a blue Christmas than a holly jolly holiday if you're stuck suffering through the same old songs that your parents have been playing on the gramophone for as long as you can remember. So spice up your next holiday get-together with Download.com's list of our 10 all-time favorite holiday hits from the last 40 years.

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Some of our picks, such as "Frosty the Snowman" and "We Three Kings," are perennial classics that have been reinvented in interesting ways by some of our favorite artists. Others, like "Christmas Wrapping" and "Christmas in Hollis," push the boundaries of traditional Christmas music to create something truly awe-inspiring. We hope you enjoy them all at your next holiday gathering.

1. The Waitresses, "Christmas Wrapping" (iTunes, Amazon)

2. Cocteau Twins, "Frosty the Snowman" (iTunes, Amazon)

3. Wham, "Last Christmas" (iTunes, Amazon)

4. Paul McCartney, "Wonderful Christmastime" (iTunes, Amazon)

5. TLC, "Sleigh Ride" (iTunes, Amazon)

6. Ramones, "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)" (iTunes, Amazon)

7. Run-DMC, "Christmas in Hollis" (iTunes, Amazon)

8. The Carpenters, "Merry Christmas Darling" (iTunes, Amazon)

9. Patti Smith, "We Three Kings" (iTunes, Amazon)

10. Smashing Pumpkins, "Christmastime" (iTunes, Amazon)

Now that you know ours, please share your favorite Christmas singles (past and present) in the comments section.

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