It’s time to update your seasonal playlist, for new holiday songs are here – starting with a brand new track from the queen of Christmas Mariah Carey herself.
Her latest film, Fall in Love on Christmas, features Khalid and Kirk Franklin:
If Carey is the reigning Christmas queen of pop, then the king is almost certainly Michael Bublé… His latest seasonal work, “Christmas Sweater”, is complemented by a video from the point of view of the sweater:
One of the most unusual tracks of the season – “Come Some Christmas Eve (Or Halloween)” Tall poppy syndrome, a group that includes early Bee Gees guitarist Vince Meloni and Blondie drummer Clem Burke. The group also includes vocals guitarist Jonathan Lee, bassist Alec Palao and Paul Kopf.
“The song is a little-known number written by Vince’s ex-bandmate Robin Gibb and reinterpreted here in a zombie Odessey And Oracle style,” reads the description on the group’s YouTube page.
Painter Bryson Tiller told USA Today that he just wants to compose someone’s holiday playlist with his new EP A Different Christmas. It includes the track “Lonely Christmas” featuring Justin Bieber and Poo the Bear.
“It’s about the music, when you write a song, it becomes the soundtrack to someone’s life,” Tiller said.
Norah Jones released her first Christmas album, combining her instantly recognizable voice with holiday standards and original tracks, including the new tune “You’re Not Alone”.
“Last year, I found myself listening to James Brown’s ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Elvis’s Christmas Album’ on Sundays while in isolation to feel comfortable,” she said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “In January 2021, I started thinking about creating my own Christmas album. It gave me the opportunity to work on something that I am looking forward to. “
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Hawaiian punk rockers Sancho used Christmas to pay homage to Joey Ramone, with the aptly titled song “Merry Christmas Joey Ramone.”
The track was spotted on the Christmas A Go Go blog, a great source for original Christmas music. He also singled out this catchy new Ramones track “Cocktails and Candy Canes” from Jeff Palmer:
ABBAThe first album of new studio material in 40 years also features the iconic Swedish band’s very first Christmas tune:
British indie band Lathums released a dark version of the holiday called “Krampus” with upbeat music and some rather sinister lyrics:
Taylor swift has released the latest version of its 2019 holiday hit “Christmas Tree Farm.” New album “Christmas Tree Farm (Old Timey Version)” was recorded with orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London for Amazon Music.
“This new version is amazing because it feels like it’s something more, a kind of laid-back Christmas feeling when you shop and relax by the fire,” Swift said in a promo video. “You know, it’s definitely a little more of that old Christmas song.”
British singer Leona Lewis got some help from Ne-Yo for her new track “Kiss Me It’s Christmas”. It is one of two new songs from the reissue of her 2013 holiday album Christmas with Love, now titled Christmas with Love Always.
Christian rocker Zach WilliamsThe new album “I Don’t Want Christmas to End” is a compilation of reimagined holiday favorites along with a soulful original title track.
In a press release, Williams said he wanted to give the album a southern rock feel by recording it at the iconic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
“We went there and all the original equipment from the sixties is still there,” he said. “Original numbers, original console. The recording there really brought the songs to life even more than I thought. “
Goo Goo Dolls updated last year’s holiday album with two new tracks, including the original “One Last Song About Christmas”:
Kelly Clarkson the holiday season kicked off very early with the release of the anthem “Christmas is not canceled (only you)” in September.
The name was chosen “to give a sense of the reality that we are probably all emotionally in very different places” when Christmas is coming, “she said in a press release, according to Billboard.
The track comes off her new holiday album, “When Christmas Comes Around …” and isn’t the only seasonal tune to break up.
Amanda Shires – who is part of the Highway Women supergroup, as well as the 400th squad of husband Jason Isbell – has a poignant message in “Gone On Christmas” featuring the McCrary sisters. The song is included in her holiday album “For Christmas”.
Finally, Pistol Annies – also known as Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angalina Presley – used their perfect harmonies in the service of the season with their new album, Hell of a Holiday, including the title track: