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Top 10 New Christmas Songs for 2011

The Best New Holiday Recordings

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Each year pop musicians release great new Christmas recordings. These are the top 10 new holiday songs for 2011. Find your new favorites below.

1. Michael Buble - "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

Michael Buble - Christmas
Courtesy Reprise

It is a very difficult thing to take a holiday song as iconic as Mariah Carey's perennial hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and make it truly your own. However, this year Michael Buble has done just that. He slows it down a bit, abandons the Motown flourishes, and truly makes a pop holiday classic. Michael Buble's album Christmas is the top selling new holiday album of the year. This new version of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is one key reason why.

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2. The Killers - "The Cowboy's Christmas Ball"

The Killers - "The Cowboys' Christmas Ball"
Courtesy Island Records

For the sixth consecutive year the Killers have released new Christmas music. This year they shift a bit in a country swing direction, but "The Cowboy's Christmas Ball" is essentially pure Killers pop-rock. A fun video completes the picture. This song is a breezy joy and will light up any Christmas party playlist.

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3. OneRepublic - "Christmas Without You"

OneRepublic - "Christmas Without You"
Courtesy Interscope

For their first venture into holiday music, OneRepublic have put together a new classic of Christmas contrition. Ryan Tedder and company know how to generate emotion in the listener. If you are missing loved ones at the holidays, add this new song to your playlist for some comfort.

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4. Justin Bieber - "Drummer Boy" featuring Busta Rhymes

Justin Bieber - Under the Mistletoe
Courtesy Island Records

The song "Mistletoe" is the one that is a top 10 hit for Justin Bieber this holiday season. However, "Drummer Boy" is the true highlight of the hit album Under the Mistletoe. Master rapper Busta Rhymes takes over from Justin Bieber's raps to turn up the fun and make an instant holiday classic.

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5. Kelly Clarkson - "I'll Be Home For Christmas"

Kelly Clarkson - "I'll Be Home For Christmas"
Courtesy RCA

Kelly Clarkson proves once again here that she has one of the most beautiful voices in all of pop music. The melancholy classic is a perfect fit for her vocal skills.

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6. Lady Gaga - "White Christmas"

Lady Gaga - "White Christmas"
Courtesy Interscope

Lady Gaga's Thanksgiving TV special looks like it may become a perennial holiday classic. Her version of the bestselling Christmas song of all time was one of the highlights. It won't make you forget Bing Crosby's version, but it is outstanding to hear Lady Gaga deliver the song in live, stripped down form engaging the audience directly. There is an extra verse added to the song here that works perfectly with the iconic lyrics.

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7. Cyndi Lauper - "Home For the Holidays" featuring Norah Jones

Cyndi Lauper and Norah Jones - "Home For the Holidays"
Courtesy MRI

It sounds like Cyndi Lauper and Norah Jones had a wonderful time recording this song, and that sense of joy will warm any heart at Christmas time. "Home For the Holidays" was first recorded and released by Perry Como as a single in 1954. His version hit the pop top 10 and became an instant classic. This recording adds a few contemporary twists, but the spirit is traditional holiday fun.

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8. Glee Cast - "River"

Glee - The Christmas Album Volume 2
Courtesy Columbia

Although the song "River," originally written and recorded by Joni Mitchell, is only set in the Christmas season and isn't technically about the holiday, it has become a Christmas classic. It is melancholy and touching. The new Glee version of the song is a gorgeous recording that will tug at your heartstrings.

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9. Sara Bareilles - "Love Is Christmas"

Sara Bareilles - "Love Is Christmas"
Courtesy Epic

Sara Bareilles delivers a powerful statement on love at the holidays for her Christmas release. In her holiday world, everything pales by comparison with the connections between people. It is a moving song that could become a Christmas classic.

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10. Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams - Baby It's Cold Outside

Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams - "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Courtesy Interscope

Two of the favorite contestants on this year's American Idol join forces for one of the most delightful new Christmas recordings of 2011. Humor lurks everywhere in the song, and you will find yourself happily sing the song's classic words by the end. A cheerful video adds to the fun.

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