Pop stars have proven over the years that the sound of Christmas isn't set in stone—there's still plenty of space for yuletide-brightening original tracks. That being said, decorating the tree or lacing up ice skates are traditions sometimes best scored by the classics.

Now that we've identified our favorite modern additions to the ever-expanding Christmas catalog, we're looking back at the season's most beloved, older standards (as re-imagined by chart-topping contemporary artists, of course!). Though Darlene Love, Brenda Lee and Bing Crosby are some of the genre's primary architects, their visions have been updated over the years by the likes of Christina Aguilera, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber in renditions that are buoyant enough to help Santa's sleigh achieve flight. Not that we don't trust Rudolph's authority as captain of the ship...

Between Taylor Swift's take on "Silent Night," Sam Smith's cover of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and Kelly Clarkson's "Blue Christmas," the 20 tracks we've arranged in the playlist below prove that some songs—with a few adjustments and a bit of Elvish magic—will always stand the test of time.

Check out the PopCrush's latest Christmas playlist below for new takes on the very best enduring classics, and let us know if you've got a favorite!

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