MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Hope you’re all having a fantastic Christmas day! As a special Christmas treat, I thought today I would run you through some of the Christmas songs released in 2015; hopefully identifying any potential future classics.
Katy Perry – Everyday Is a Holiday
Apparently Katy Perry was commissioned to write this song for the new H&M advert… I really have to wonder if they actually expected to increase sales with this. Definitely not off to a good start for Christmas songs in 2015.
Ariana Grande – Winter Things
Ariane Grande’s Winter Things is up next. And, maybe it’s the eggnog going to my brain, but this is actually not bad. I never really got on board with Ariana Grande, but this track is just really chilled out, well assembled festive fun. It’s low key production allows it to go all out with festive lyrics without sounding overly cheesy.
Carly Rae Jepson – Last Christmas
Carly Rae Jepson has released a cover of Wham!’s Last Christmas. If you have a Christmas classic, there should be an unwritten rule that you don’t cover it. Even Mariah Carey’s cover of her own song ended up on my list of the Top 10 Worst Christmas songs. However, this isn’t as terrible as I though it would be…initially. The chilled out start makes me think she might have managed a bearable version of this song; the saxophone is an interesting addition, and the synths create a less in your face cheesiness. There’s no saving that chorus though…
Kylie Minogue – Christmas Isn’t Christmas ‘Til You Get Here
Kylie decided to release a Christmas album this year: Kylie Christmas. It’s ok and there are some decent covers on it. I could have put any of them on this list, but she’s written a couple of new ones for this CD, so I opted to look at this one.
Christmas Isn’t Christmas ‘Til You Get Here is quite fun, really good full instrumentation, nice upbeat tempo, and somehow has a sense of togetherness to it. It’s got a strong Christmas theme, unlike some of her others. Other than that; it’s not overly offensive, it’s quite 80s, but I don’t think I’d choose to listen to next year, so it gets a 5/10.
Jessie J – Man With The Bag
So here is another song done specifically for an advert. Jessie J’s cover of Kay Starr‘s Man With The Bag, is actually pretty delightful to be honest. I don’t think I’d ever heard the song before it appeared on Boots‘ Christmas advert, and it’s true-to-the-original style makes it a joy to listen to as you can barely tell it’s Jessie J singing on it. Definitely would listen to it more next Christmas.
The Killers – Dirt Sledding ft. Ryan Pardey, Richard Dreyfuss
I’m not really sure why The Killers wanted to create a Christmas song. Dirt Sledding is definitely different to other Christmas songs… it’s also different to their other songs, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I struggled to listen to it once, and mostly that was just to see what would be the next weird and random thing to happen. The Chorus kinda grows on you, and it’s entertaining, but I wouldn’t say it was good, or really that Christmassy…
Band Of Merry Makers – Snow, Snow, Snow
Snow, Snow, Snow is this year’s big pop artist collaboration. It features a bunch of people I’ve never heard of, and the song itself is shallow and childish. I genuinely think children might enjoy this, in the same way that Mr. Blobby was enjoyable when I was 4.
Train – Christmas Island
Train jumped on board the Christmas album bandwagon by releasing one of their Christmas Island (I’m sure there’s some sort of better pun in there, but I’m very tired). They’ve done some fantastic songs in the past, and even some great Christmas songs, and I was pretty excited by the thought of this album. Unfortunately they’re really not a covers bands and at best most of the covers are passable. However, as an original, Christmas Island is upbeat, catchy and enjoyable; the lyrics are pretty clever. I doubt it would do well in the charts, but I think it’s one of the best Christmas Songs Of 2015.
Sabrina Carpenter – Christmas the Whole Year Round
Gosh this one is cheesy. Sabrina Carpenter release her song, Christmas the Whole Year Round. It definitely fits in with some of the classic ’90s Christmas songs. However, the chorus lacks punch. And it’s overly repetitiveness and general cheery-poppy-ness feels like you’re being beaten over the head by giant pink candy cane. I wouldn’t say it was even remotely good; but better than some.
All Time Low – Fool’s Holiday
Fearless Records continued their tradition of putting out a Christmas album, and this years is probably the most interesting Christmas album of the year.The covers are creative and the originals are interesting and different. All Time Low’s Fools Holiday stood out as one of the most individual, but I urge you all to listen to other tracks off the album.
This track sounds really Christmassy: the lyrics are incredibly well-themed; and the music manages to incorporate enough of the usual Christmas give-aways. Thankfully, it’s not too far in the Christmas direction; it’s got an underlying moral, it’s definitely got that Rock element, and contains a large amount of ATL’s trademark sound.
So this concludes a run-down of a variety of Christmas songs released this year. To be honest I thought I would struggle to find 10, but the more I looked, the more I found. There must be about 100 Christmas songs from this year alone!
Hopefully I’ve given you some great new Christmas songs to grow to love and add to your already massive collection of Christmas faves! And you now know what songs to avoid this year!