Whether you feel like this will be your best Christmas yet or you feel the need to take a break from all the holiday cheer, you can instantly take your pick from these tunes that can turn your season around. Here's a rundown of the best Christmas originals and remakes that are definitely worth remembering even after the yuletide season is over.
"Christmas Lights" by Coldplay
This one could easily sound like a track off of Coldplay's new album Ghost Stories with its precious piano melody and melancholic lyrics. The song ends with a hopeful note, reminding us to light up our inner Christmas lights and keep on glowing especially during those cold, Christmas nights.
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon.
Christmas can't completely erase all the troubles and sorrows that the world is currently faced with, but this song reminds us that Christmas is not only a joyous occasion that comes once a year. It is a state of mind that celebrates happiness and love for humanity, that will hopefully motivate us to make the world a better place for everyone to live and love in.
"Do They Know It’s Christmas" by Band Aid
This classic all-star anthem is a testament to the power of music when people come together to fulfill the true meaning of Christmas–reaching out to our less-fortunate brothers and sisters. Do They Know It’s Christmas has helped raise funds since 1984 for cases of famine and now it aims to continue raising funds for the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa with Band Aid 30, the 2014 version. It features One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, and more artists. Check it out here.
"Winter Song" by Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles
We can only imagine what it’s like to be heartbroken at what's supposedly the happiest time of the year. Poignant, heartbreaking, yet beautiful, Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles's duet on this original captures the longing for warmth and love that we all rightfully deserve.
"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" by NSYNC
Before the era of One Direction and 5SOS, there was the golden age of boy bands, and NSYNC dominated the airwaves and music channels with this cheery, festive treat. I mean, who doesn’t love cheesy pop Christmas songs? This is definitely the perfect time to bring out your inner '90s boy band fangirl!
"Noel" by Josh Groban featuring Faith Hill
Josh Groban and Faith Hill's collaboration in this Christmas classic is an enchanting, goosebump-inducing rendition that will remind you of angels, twinkling Christmas lights, and the beauty of the yuletide season. Throw in a choir and the song feels just like heaven.
"Little Drummer Boy" by Future of Forestry
Future of Forestry’s cooler, sleeker version of this song serves as a rock Christmas anthem. Every aspect of the song works—from the drumline to the vocals.
"Sleigh Ride" by Fun
They definitely made sleigh rides (and "Sleigh Ride") way more fun!
"It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" by Norah Jones
A classic by a classic—Norah Jones's soothing, gentle voice adds to the occasional jazzy feel of the arrangement reminiscent of warm family dinners and peppermint chocolate.
"Jingle Bells" by Sugar & The Hi Lows
If modern vintage were a Christmas song, this would be it. The '50s diner feel of Sugar & The Hi Lows' cover will make you wanna get up on your feet and jive with your friends and family on Christmas day!
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