Every holiday season brings a new crop of originals and covers of holiday classics and this year is no different. From country artist Kacey Musgraves, to Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., to folk singers The Lumineers to Posh Spice’s youngest son, the 2016 holiday season has arrived with lots of new music to play while trimming the tree and drinking allllll the egg nog. There’s no such thing as too much egg nog.
“Present Without a Bow,” Kacey Musgraves feat. Leon Bridges
Country musician Kacey Musgraves released her first Christmas album this year and included a number of guest vocalists, including Willie Nelson, The Quebe Sisters and fellow Texan Leon Bridges. Musgrave counts the duet with Bridges as one of her A Very Kacey Christmas favourites and a song that came to her in a dream. Possibly a dream of a white Christmas?
“Comin Home,” Trey Songz
Christmas is a time of family, friendship, charity, gifts, snow, baked goods, and a lot of sexy stuff. Well, at least that’s how Trey Songz celebrates.
“We’re Going To Hell,” Jimmy Kimmel and Friends
Late night host Jimmy Kimmel helped raise money for the RED foundation and their fight against AIDs by writing his own holiday classic to sing alongside Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Halsey, Neil Patrick Harris, Julia Roberts, DJ Khaled, Brandon Flowers and Bono.
“Blue Christmas,” The Lumineers
If you’re looking to have a folksy, bluesy blue Christmas, then The Lumineers are here to make sure you have a song to sway along with as you top off your egg nog with something that is not egg nog. Alcohol. We’re talking about alcohol.
“Winter Song” – Celine Dion
We’re big fans of Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson’s duet “Winter Song” and so is Celine Dion. The international pop star lent her famous vocals to a cover of the song, with enough emotion and beauty to have us crying into our hot chocolate.
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – Leslie Odom Jr.
Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. uses his Broadway vocals for the holidays, releasing his first Christmas album and covering classics like “First Noel” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
“Christmas Everyday,” Simple Plan
If you’re looking to celebrate a pop-punk Christmas that highlights PJs, no school and binge-watching movies during school break, Simple Plan’s high energy ode to snow days is your jam.
“Coldest Winter,” Pentatonix
Admittedly, we’ve done zero research into this, but we’re pretty confident saying that Pentatonix just released the most dramatic break-up ever put on film between two snow people. The a capella group cover Kanye West on their second Christmas album in two years, turning Yeezy’s depressing 2008 sing into a depressing 2016 Christmas single.
“Trumps Nuts Roasting On An Open Fire,” Fiona Apple
They say you shouldn’t talk about money, religion or politics at the dinner table and that’s even moreso the case during the holidays. That’s why it’s so great that Fiona Apple has released a song that includes everything you want to say, or sing, about future US President Donald Trump. Listen to this, Aunt Shirley!
“If Everyday Was Christmas,” Cruz Beckham
Cruz Beckham is the personification of being genetically blessed. The 11 year-old cutie and son of Victoria and David Beckham has inherited his mom’s singing and performing talent. The young singer has booked Scooter Braun as his manager, because let’s be real – if you’re going to have a pop career before puberty, Braun is your guy. The youngest Beckham boy already filmed a music video for his poppy holiday bop, so be ready to hear more of those high notes in the future.
“Favourite Things,” Joey Alexander and Kelsea Ballerini
Country singer Kelsea Ballerini and piano prodigy player Joey Alexander teamed up for a beautiful, jazzy rendition of The Sound of Music’s honourary Christmas track, “My Favourite Things.”
“Baby Please Come Home,” Olly Murs
Olly Murs is no stranger to throwing on an ugly Christmas sweater and belting out some holiday tunes. The British singer released his Christmas album Unwrapped in December 2014 and got into the holiday spirit during a recent visit to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, where he performed “Baby Please Come Home” and “Lonely This Christmas.”
“Mele Kalikimaka,” She and Him
From the duo that brought us A Very She And Him Christmas in 2011 comes Christmas Party. Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are back with some mistletoe and brought a few friends this time, with Jenny Lewis, the Chapin Sisters and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley all appearing on the album.
“A Great Big Sled,” The Killers
The Killers have a Christmas tradition of releasing new holiday-themed songs every, year with proceeds from song sales going to charity. This year, the Las Vegas band uploaded ten of their favourite holiday songs to their website, including their new cover of Bing Crosby’s “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” Josh Groban
Josh Groban previously released a full-length Christmas album in 2007, but this year decided just one cover of a holiday classic would be enough to appease moms everywhere.
“Angels We Have Heard On High,” Sarah McLachlan
Josh Groban’s tourmate Sarah McLachlan picked up his holiday slack this year, releasing her own Christmas album Wonderland. Ugh, it’s just so pretty!