No shade at Mariah Carey, but sometimes the Christmas classics can get a little…. overdone. Don’t get me wrong, I love “All I Want For Christmas Is You” just as much as the next guy, but I think it’s about time we mixed it up a little bit. Mariah isn’t the only pop star with awesome holiday music! And most of them can still sing…
Here are 16 Christmas songs from the last decade to keep your holiday playlists from feeling stale:
Kelly Clarkson – “Please Come Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)”
Kelly really just knocked this entire album out of the park. Stunning from start to finish.
2. Cee Lo Green ft. Straight No Chaser – “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
Cee Lo Green hits just the right amount of R&B and Pop in his upbeat Christmas album. It’s just really fun to listen to, and is usually my go-to at holiday family reunions.
3. Ariana Grande – “December”
Finally, a Holiday song you can twerk to. Ariana Grande released a spectactular six-track album for everyone who’s spending Christmas at the club.
4. Sam Smith – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Sam Smith was one of the biggest names of 2015, and he had to release one holiday track before he went into hibernation. He nails this Christmas classic with stunning beauty.
5. Anthony Hamilton ft. ZZ Ward – “Away In A Manger”
If you want some soul in your Christmas playlists, make sure you check out Anthony Hamilton. ZZ Ward makes a stunning addition to this track, and it makes me want to go home to my mama and get her to cook me some cornbread and collard greens.
6. David Archuleta – “Joy To The World”
Yep that’s right, you’re favorite baby-faced American Idol runner up released a Christmas album, and it’s kind of amazing.
7. Katy Perry – “Every Day Is A Holiday”
Katy Perry recorded this song for an H&M advertisement and never officially released the track to the public, but it’s absolutely incredible. I’m convinced this is a Mariah Carey hush hush conspiracy because she knew Katy was coming to snatch her from her Christmas throne. I have zero proof but I’m right.
8. Pentatonix – “Mary, Did You Know”
Pentaonix started off their careers as an acappella cover band and turned into a Christmas music powerhouse. They’ve had three #1 Christmas albums and every track is incredibly infectious.
9. Sufjan Stevens – “O Come O Come Emmanual”
Sufjan released this 5-disc album in 2006, barely making the cut for this list. His alternative Indie renditions of dozens of holiday classics are downright breathtaking.
10. Michael Buble – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
Arguably the Christmas King of our generation, Michael Buble has cemented his holiday icon status and has Mariah shaking in her boots. I’m pretty sure the Kohl’s by my house just plays this album on repeat the entire month of December.
11. Idina Menzel – “Let It Go”
LET IT GOOOOOO, LET IT GOOOOOOOOOO, CAN’T HOLD IT BACK ANYMOOOOOOORE. I scream this song in front of my relatives and they all hate me.
12. She & Him – “The Christmas Waltz”
Zooey Deschenal’s duo band has been an indie Christmas staple for years and just released a brand new album of Christmas jams. It’s cute and quriky, just like her!
13. Justin Bieber – “Mistletoe”
Justin Bieber is kind of a mess, but at least he has some incredible producers. Mistletoe is an easy listening jam that you can’t help but get stuck in your head for hours on end.
14. Snoop Dogg & Anna Kendrick – “Winter Wonderland/Here Comes Santa Claus”
I have no idea who thought putting Snoop Dogg on a Christmas track was a good idea but that person deserves a grammy.
15. Christina Perri – “something about december”
Christina Perri might be best known for her contribution to the Twillight Saga, but her Christmas album is hauntingly beautiful.
16. Penny and Sparrow – “We Wish You A Merry Christmas/Aude Lange Syne”
Penny and Sparrow is a rising Indie/Folk band who just released an absolutely gorgeous Christmas album. The hilarious monologue at 1:31 makes this track more than worth the listen.
Check out the full playlist here:
And I even added ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ at the end there because let’s be real, it’s iconic af.