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