SOME may love them, others may hate, but no one can stop them.
Wherever you go during the festive season, music is blasted from stores in a cacophony of upbeat perkiness which heralds the arrival of Christmas.
While some songs make us groan, others are quintessential to creating the perfect holiday atmosphere.
To help you find your inner Christmas spirit, here are 10 songs to get your ultimate Christmas playlist started.
Jingle Bell Rock
There are many different versions of this cheery Christmas classic, starting with Bobby Helm’s classic 1956 original, but the greatest has to be the 2006 version by Billy Idol.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Another jazzy song which sets the mood perfectly, it was originally released by Lee Perry in 1960 and has since been covered by everyone from Miley Cyrus to Michael Buble.
Originally recorded by Eartha Kitt in 1953, this song is a little risque, but who can imagine Christmas without it?
Brought to us from Spain and simply meaning “Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness,” this tune by Jose Feliciano was released in 1970 but didn’t reach the music charts until 1998.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Although Christmas in Australia looks nothing like the scene set by Johnny Mathis, the song is a must for any Christmas playlist.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
First sung by Harry Brannon in 1949, Rudolph has gone on to become one of the most memorable Christmas songs.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
With a tune you can’t get out of your head, the earliest recording comes from banjoist Harry Reser in 1943.
Deck the Halls
While most of us have probably never decked a hall with holly, we can all agree this perky Christmas song is the epitome of festive music.
Wham!’s contribution to Christmas music came in 1984 and has since been covered many times, with one version performed by irritating computer-animated character Crazy Frog.
All I Want for Christmas is You
Mariah Carey’s chart-topping song is one of the best-selling singles of all time. It even re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 more than two decades after its release in 1994.