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25 Christmas Songs Only Gay People And (Intelligent) Straight People Know Are Truly Gay Bops

These songs really make the Yuletide gay.

1. "Christmas Tree" by Lady Gaga

Christmas Tree single featuring a sliver Christmas tree outline on black background
Lady Gaga / UMG / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Not only does this sound like The Fame–era Gaga (which, duh, makes sense, since it was released in 2008), but it's also filled with cheeky lyrics like, "Ho ho ho, under the mistletoe / Yes, everybody knows / We will take off our clothes" and "My Christmas tree is delicious."

2. "8 Days of Christmas" by Destiny's Child

Michelle, Beyoncé, and Kelly sitting in a store dressed in Santa dresses and surrounded by kids
Destiny's Child / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because every gay of a certain age either had this CD and/or had this song on their Christmas mix CD.

3. "Santa Tell Me" by Ariana Grande

Ariana singing in bed
Ariana Grande / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because every gay can relate to the "Santa, tell me if you're really there / Don't make me fall in love again if he won't be here next year" chorus. 

4. "Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)" by Kelly Clarkson

Three drawings of Kelly dancing with a man in a top hat
Kelly Clarkson / Sony Music / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because there's nothing gay people love more than an empowering breakup song by a pop diva.

5. "It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries" by Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly wearing small Christmas presents as a hat and standing next to a Christmas tree
Carly Rae Jepsen / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Yes, some people will probably argue that Carly's cover of "Last Christmas" should've been on this list, but this song about fighting with your family while visiting them for the holidays is infinitely more relatable. 

6. "Glittery" by Kacey Musgraves Feat. Troye Sivan

Kacey and Troye singing into microphones and singing to each other while wearing bright, sparkly outfits
Anne Marie Fox / © Amazon / Courtesy Everett Collection

Why this song is on this list: Because it's a duet between two gay icons.  

7. "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly Parton

Dolly in the Best Little Whore House in Texas singing the song in her bedroom doorway
Movieclips / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because this moody song in which Dolly questions everything, including whether she should dye her hair or hit the bars to make herself happy, is a Christmas song that is too real for gays.

8. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by Amy Winehouse

Cover art for the single featuring Amy applying her eyeliner
Amy Winehouse / UMG / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because every Amy song we have is a treasure.

9. "Cozy Little Christmas" by Katy Perry

Katy sitting in a large martini candy cane glass
Katy Perry / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because Katy gave us a quirky and up-tempo holiday song — along with a campy music video to accompany it.

10. "Never Felt Like Christmas" by Lizzo

Lizzo / WMG / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because "The Nutcracker was boring and the carolers off-key / I never saw a miracle on 50-something Street" lyrics are truly a mood.

11. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by Cher and Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O' Donell / Sony Music / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because it's literally "Believe" wrapped in a glittery Christmas outfit!

12. "Dear Santa, Bring Me a Man" by Alaska, Courtney Act, and Willam (the AAA Girls)

Courtney Act / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because Alaska, Courtney, and Willam managed to make their cover of this Weather Girls classic even more campy. 

13. "100 Degrees" by Kylie and Dannii Minogue

Kylie Minogue / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because Kylie and Dannii put out a disco Christmas track that could be played at any gay bar year-round. 

14. "The Christmas Song — Holiday Remix" by Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera / Sony Music / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because this remix is the spiritual Christmas cousin of Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right but It's Okay (Thunderpuss Mix)."

15. "Oh Santa!" by Mariah Carey Feat. Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson

Mariah Carey / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because every gay wouldn't shut up about Mariah and Ari's whistle harmony.

16. "Santa, Can't You Hear Me" by Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande

Kelly Clarkson/  WMG / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because Kelly + Ariana = destined to be a gay holiday classic.

17. "Holiday Celebrate" by Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton / Sony Music / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because this song is 100% about Christmas sex. 

18. "Last Christmas" by Wham!

Wham! / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because, quite frankly, this sounds as good and as heartbreaking today as it did over 30 years ago. Also, this is the Christmas song that launched a thousand covers. 

19. "Santa's Coming for Us" by Sia

Sia / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because not only is it a dancy little number, but it's also fun to watch gays realize they don't know the lyrics as they try to sing along to it.

20. "Make It Jingle" by Big Freedia

Big Freedia / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because it might be the only Christmas song that you can twerk to. 

21. "Holidays" by Meghan Trainor Feat. Earth, Wind & Fire

Meghan Trainor / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because this is a catchy holiday single that perfectly blends Meghan's and Earth, Wind & Fire's sounds. Honestly, it really works! 

22. "My Only Wish (This Year)" by Britney Spears

Britney Spears / Sony Music / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because somewhere in that very special section of gay heaven, this song is playing on heavy rotation during Christmastime.

23. "Underneath the Tree" by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because Kelly is quietly coming for Mariah's Queen of Christmas crown.

24. "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt

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Why this song is on this list: Because almost every pop diva has released a cover of this song, but none has even come close to Eartha's magical original. 

25. And Last: "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey / Via youtube.com

Why this song is on this list: Because duh! It isn't officially Christmas until you hear "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Mariah really did that! 

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