We all have the friend that says they dread Christmas season because of the music you hear in retail
shops from about October until min-January. But I realized the other day that there have been so many Christmas classic remakes by talented artists in the past year or two, that surely I could convert
Christmas music haters over to the light-hearted side. So, I put together a list of five Christmas songs
you need to buy and why. Let me know what you think and if you have any other suggestions. Happy Holidays and Cheers from London!
1. Andrew Belle | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
It’s no secret I am a major Andrew Belle fan. And when I first heard this rendition I pretty much hoped an entire Christmas CD was hitting iTunes soon.Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. All we have this year is this nugget of Christmas greatness. You should be listening to it because it’s a mellowed-out version of a normally peppy song. It’s perfect for background music during the holiday break.
2. The Royal Sons feat. Mariah McManus | Baby, It’s Cold Outside
I literally just started listening to this group this week (shout-out to Alyssa for the link) but man, this is the best version of this song I have heard in awhile. The Christmas classic seems to have gained popularity in recent years. (I will chalk that up to Elf and Zooey Deschanel.) However, you should be listening to this version. To me, it rivals the She & Him version.
3. Michael Bublé | Cold December Night
That’s right: I put a Bublé song on this list. I sort of can’t believe it because I am not normally a huge fan. His Christmas CD, however, is really good. This song is a great one to add to your Christmas playlist, too. It’s not a classic per say, and I think that makes it even better.
4. Coldplay | Christmas Lights
Alright, this song has been out for awhile. (Maybe even a year.) But it is the prime example of a great new Christmas song. You should be listening to this for two reasons: 1. It’s Coldplay and 2. The music video is worth the time, too. I know everyone isn’t a huge Coldplay fan, but they should at least make it onto your Christmas playlist to add in the modern day Christmas with the classics.
5. Ben Rector | Jingle Bells
You need to buy Ben Rector’s ENTIRE Christmas CD right now. On the album, Jingle Bells is the most fun. I really haven’t heard a better, more energetic record. It just always puts me in a good mood. Also he gets kudos for taking one of the most generic, repetitive Christmas classics and remaking it into a great track full of rambunctious energy.