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Dec. 3 2013, Published 6:47 p.m. ET

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What do you look for in a successful holiday song? Maybe it's a fresh cover on a classic, or one that you loved when you were a kid, or maybe you want some humor. This list gives you a little bit of everything, so get in the holiday spirit with a listen!

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It's such a wonderfully corny song, seemingly written by 4th graders (that chorus? what?), but that's why we love NSync's "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" so much.

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Yes, Madonna is religiously... complicated, so instead of going with a cover of a carol or hymn, she gave us "Santa Baby." The ode to materialism is just right for the Material Girl.

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Feeling a little bah humbug this holiday? The Jackson 5's version of "Up on a Housetop" refuses to let you be sad. No, you cannot be sad. Stop being sad this instant!

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Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were a couple for such a short time, yet they gave us so many gifts, like this wildly breathy version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

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Justin Bieber's 2011 holiday album was perfectly adorable, but the star on top of the tree was his vaguely hip-hop version (with Busta Rhymes!) of "The Little Drummer Boy." It has to be heard to be believed. He raps. About the baby Jesus.

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"Funky, Funky Xmas" by New Kids on the Block is on this list for the title of the song, the many spoken lines in this jam, and because I still don't know what a funky Christmas actually means but like... I want to know. And I want to have one.

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A slightly more traditional hip-hop song for the holidays? The incredibly brilliant and super catchy Run DMC song, "Christmas in Hollis." A very New York holiday song.

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Sometimes it's just nice to hear a singer with a breathtaking voice give her take, and Carrie Underwood's version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" gives us more chills than a blizzard.

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Hanukah is especially early this year, so make it quick: Listen to Adam Sandler's "Hanukah Song" before it's over!

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Duh. What is the holiday season without Mariah Carey? Dull and sad.

What's your favorite pop holiday song? Which songs totally get on your nerves? Do you know how to have a funky, funky Christmas? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @OKMagazine.

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