It's beginning to look a lot like… are we ready for the C-word yet? This year sees a new crop of holiday hopefuls who are after some space on your speakers this Christmas. If you're going to get to grips with Christmas classics, you need a decent set of pipes to hit the back of the cathedral. Jessie J should have no problem there, and her first festive set This Christmas Day features some big tunes and some equally big names to sing along with her.
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Christmas albums can be hit and miss; here's a round-up of this year's new festive records.
Is the eggnog spiked, or have an exorbitant glut of Christmas albums come out in the last few weeks? Well, all the better given the doozy of a year has been. We surely could use all the glad tidings and yuletide cheer the music industry wants to shine down upon our Twitter-torn and Facebook-frayed nerves this holiday season. While we may be losing the historically awful "Baby It's Cold Outside" from the Christmas playlist rotation, perhaps the next seasonal fave of the new generation will turn up in the latest crop of jovial blessings celebrating the birth of Sweet Baby Jesus from across the sonic spectrum. He had last appeared on the Hot dated Aug.
Why listen to something from when we could just loop Mariah Carey for two months straight? But with artists like Tyler the Creator, John Legend, and even RuPaul coming in to offer something fresh, it might be time to update those Christmas playlists with some of our best and brightest picks below. Calling on Tyler for the Dr. And while Sufjan is king of a good sad song, the track does ever so slightly lean into the cheery side of the holidays as he croons of pretending his seasonal sadness is gone just for Christmas Day. This is the track to play at the holiday party to get people moving after the post-Christmas-ham slump, or maybe to simply startle your more conservative side of the family. A Legendary Christmas opens not with a cover, but more like a remix, to a holiday classic. Ingrid Michaelson takes one of the most delicate songs of the holiday season, and absolutely nails it.
Update : Since publishing our list of 40 new Christmas albums the holiday music machine churned out a few more notables for a new total of 50 albums. Enjoy these new, last-minute recommendations for your holiday playlist. The yearly jingle bell-bottleneck is a modern pop music phenomenon. Whether artists are propelled by morality, money or Mariah Carey, we just want to know: is anything in the slush pile worthy of the Christmas canon?