The best Christmas playlists are those you create yourself. We show you how to rock all your favourite songs this Christmas - how to create a YouTube playlist. (If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping, also check out our wishlist of the best tech gifts for Christmas 2016 and best Christmas tech deals.)
YouTube is fast becoming an invaluable resource for music fans. While Spotify, Deezer and others battle it out for dominance in the streaming market, YouTube has become such a popular music site that Google now has a subscription service that allows you to watch YouTube videos without ads and even offline. In this guide we'll show you how to put together a Christmas playlist so you can be very festive indeed this season.
Best Christmas playlist: Adding the playlist
To create a Christmas playlist simply log into your YouTube account and browse to a song you wish to include. Click the + Add to button below the video, then select Create a new Playlist. Enter a name for your playlist, such as Christmas 2016, then decide whether you want it to be a public, unlisted or private playlist. Click Create.
Continue adding Christmas songs to your playlist by browsing to them, clicking + Add to, but this time choosing your Christmas 2016 playlist from the available options.
To access your Christmas playlist at any time simply tap the three lines icon at the top left to open the YouTube menu. Your Christmas 2016 playlist should be listed under Library.
Best Christmas playlist: Searching for songs
To add songs to your playlist you can also open it from the YouTube library and browse for more.
On the right hand side of the screen is the Add videos button. Click this and you'll be presented with a search screen where you can locate the songs that are soon to populate your list. There are three types available, the default of which is Video search. This one is simply a YouTube search, like the one you would usually use to find videos on the site. The other two allow you to search for a video not on YouTube by using its URL (although we couldn't find any sites that would allow this function to work), or if you already have YouTube videos you've created you can select from those. For now we'll stick to the first option and search on YouTube.
Enter the name of a song you want and you should see a list of search results appear. In the image accompanying each video you'll see the arrow icon that represents Play. This means you can sample the song before you add it to the list, great if you're unsure whether its the right song or not. When you're happy, add the video buy highlighting it, then clicking on the Add video button. There you are. Simple. Now repeat the process until you have built up a decent amount of videos to while away the yuletide hours.
Best Christmas playlist: Editing the playlist
When you've assembled your list you can fine tune it via a few different tools. If hover your pointer over the any of the songs you'll see options appear in the left and right corners. The three dots of the left allow you to move the song up and down the list, so you can place it where you feel it fits best, while the right hand options feature an 'X' that deletes the song from your list, or the More drop-down menu.
The More menu has a number of options for quickly editing the song. The first couple will move it to either first or last in the queue, while the others allow you to add notes (which might be handy if you're sharing this playlist with friends and have a story or memory you want to commemorate), or setting that particular song as the thumbnail, which essentially means that it will appear as the artwork for your Playlist.
Best Christmas playlist: Sharing the playlist
You've worked hard in your labours to create this musical montage, but as Christmas is the season of giving and goodwill to all people, it only seems appropriate that you should share it. There are a few different ways to do this. At the top of your Playlist, next to the artwork, are three buttons - Play All (self explanatory), Share, and Playlist Settings. Inside the latter you'll see menus for Privacy. If your Playlist is set to Private then it will still appear in searches but people won't be able to access it. Conversely Public means anyone can use it. If don't want it to appear in YouTube search results at all then choose the Unlisted option. If you're happy for people to share your list by putting it on their blogs or websites then you'll need to tick the allow embedding option.
To share your creation with the world, or just a few close friends, go back to the Playlist page and click the Share button (Note that if you've set your list as Private the Share option will no longer appear). In the Share settings are the three tabs - Share, Embed, and Email. The first gives you a short URL that you can copy and paste, or just click one of the icons to post the link directly on the corresponding social media site. Embed gives you a HTML code which creates a player for pasting into a blog or website, and email allows you to send the list directly to friends and family. So select your method of munificence and that's it, you're all done. Now fire up the mince pie machine, knock the top off the sherry, and bask in the sonic splendour of your Christmas playlist.