13 christmas songs that are perfect for your holiday playlist
Ah, Christmas music. You love it, you hate it, you embrace it as the season comes around because resistance is futile — it’s everywhere. Maybe you listen to it only on Christmas Day or maybe you listen to it year-round. Perhaps you’re exclusively the Michael Bublé type. Perhaps you have a thing for Justin Bieber’s Under the Mistletoe. Understandably.
No matter where you fall on the Christmas music appreciation spectrum, there’s probably something that was released this very month that’ll get you in the cheery holiday spirit. So grab your eggnog and anise and let’s flip through the collection, shall we?
The Vamps — Meet the Vamps (Christmas Edition)
Brad, Tristan, James and Connor are re-releasing their debut album Meet the Vamps, but this time with eight Christmas songs attached, including “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Hallelujah.” (And as an added holiday bonus, they’ll even help your best friend break up with their bae!
Ariana Grande — “Santa Tell Me”
Ari wants to know if she can trust a guy in this Christmas track, singing to Santa, “Santa tell me/ If he really cares/ ‘Cause I can’t give it all away if he won’t be here/ Next year.”
Pentatonix — That’s Christmas To Me
The a cappella quintet that got its start on YouTube has released their very own Christmas LP, including a song with Tori Kelly.
Sam Smith — “Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas”
The British singer and Grammy nominee‘s version of this classic is stripped-down and sentimental.
Fifth Harmony — “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
The girls of 5H remade Mariah Carey’s Christmas staple, recorded an adorable video for it and got to perform it at the White House! The song’s featured on the I’ll Be Home For Christmascompilation album, along with “Noche de Paz.”
Meghan Trainor — “I’ll Be Home”
The “Lips Are Moving” singer shakes off her signature sass and shows off her sweet vocals for this song, also off the I’ll Be Home For Christmas compilation album.
A Great Big World — “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”
Also appearing on I’ll Be Home For Christmas is the piano/vocal duo A Great Big World, who covered little Gayla Peevey’s 1953 track.
Band Aid 30 — “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Everyone from Bono to Ellie Goulding to One Direction got together to re-record this charitable hit, which celebrates 30 years since Bob Geldof and Midge Ure wrote it. The proceeds from the sale of the song go to Ebola aid in West Africa.
Idina Menzel – Holiday Wishes
Pharrell — “Please Come Home For Christmas”
Skateboard P performed at “A Very Grammy Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 5, dishing out this tune after being nominated for a slew of projects like Beyonce’s album and his own LP, Girl. Watch the performance here.
New Found Glory — “Snow”
The pop-punk band is still churning out hits, including this one about icy precipitation.
Sara Evans — At Christmas
Nikki Lane — “FaLaLaLaLove Ya”
Nikki Lane provides with a love song complete with a catchy chorus and caroling backup vocals — all topped off with a twang.