Are you sick and tired of hearing “All I Want for Christmas” or “Santa Baby” everywhere this coming holidays? Sure, Mariah Carey will always be the queen of Christmas songs, but these fresh voices and brand new holiday albums also deserve to be put on repeat. You’ll even find some familiar faces on this list that’s guaranteed to make you feel nostalgic:
“You Make it Feel Like Christmas” by Gwen Stefani
Iconic rockstar and lead of the band No Doubt Gwen Stefani is back with new music, but this time it seems like her country music singer boyfriend Blake Shelton had a bit of influence in changing the tone of her usual songs. Featuring a brighter, more cheery vibe, Gwen’s album called “You Make it Feel Like Christmas,” is a 12-song collection filled with classic covers and six original songs, including the lead single/title track, which features Shelton. It seems like Gwen has found her happy place!
“Let it Snow” by 98 Degrees
This is not a drill, 90’s kids. The hunky boy band that made everyone swoon is back with a new Christmas album and tour to make you feel warm this winter. The new album is a follow-up to their 1999 platinum holiday record “This Christmas.” It will feature 12 new Christmas songs, including the title track, “What Christmas Means To Me,” “Little Saint Nick” and “Run Rudolph Run.”
“Everyday is Christmas” by Sia
Sia is known for her melancholic, often heart-wrenching songs that complement her amazing voice. But this coming holidays, the Australian singer-songwriter is lightening up for a new Christmas album that promises to bring in cheers. “Everyday is Christmas,” will be released on Nov. 17 and it includes 10 original songs such as “Snowman,” “Underneath the Christmas Lights,” “Candy Cane Lane” and “Puppies are Forever.” The main song will be “Santa’s Coming for Us.” Interestingly, the album cover features Sia’s favorite collaborator Maddie Siegler, sporting a half-red, half-green wig with a giant bow which is a Christmas version of Sia’s signature two-toned wig and big bow look.
“Finally it’s Christmas” by Hanson
Prepare to do more squealing, because the 90’s nostalgia train is still not over with Hanson making a festive comeback with a new Christmas album that might rival that of 98 Degrees.’ In contrast with the sentimentality of many Christmas releases, the brothers will bring an organic rock ‘n’ roll energy to the album, featuring iconic favorites like Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas”, Stevie Wonder’s “Someday At Christmas” and Aretha Franklin’s “Winter Wonderland”, along with a re-imagined arrangement of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time” and lively renditions of modern classics like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas.” It will feature four original tracks, but it seems like you still won’t be escaping Mariah’s iconic song, although now it will have a more edgier vibe.
“Noel” by Josh Groban
If you’re feeling a bit more wistful this Christmas, Josh Groban’s classical, soulful voice is here to warm your heart. The collection of holiday songs on ‘Noel’ includes such classics as “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” with Josh on acoustic piano, “Silent Night,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “The Christmas Song,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and “Ava Maria.” Big name stars also feature in the album, such as Faith Hill on “The First Noel, and Brian McKnight adds his vocals on “Angels We Have Heard On High.” It’s the perfect gift for someone who likes gospel songs.
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