Mariah Carey has been a staple for Christmas playlists. It’s never a complete Christmas without All I Want for Christmas is You – Carey’s ultimate holiday bop. But maybe you’re also a fan of Josh Groban’s 2007 Christmas classic, Noël, for powerful takes on the traditional holiday songs. Either way, you’ll find one on this list that you’ll probably listen to for the next few weeks.
Amp up the holiday playlist this year with these 10 Christmas albums you should definitely listen to this 2017:
1. Nick Jonas – Say All You Want For Christmas
Nick Jonas’ voice brings us back to the old days, that’s for sure. How can you listen to this without thinking of Camp Rock or at least The Jonas Brothers’ albums from the early 2000’s?
2. Leslie Odom Jr. – Simply Christmas (Deluxe Edition)
Leslie Odom Jr., the man who won a Tony Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in Hamilton, released a beautiful jazzy album called Simply Christmas last year and we have confirmed that this album is indeed capable of melting hearts. This year, the Broadway star released his Simply Christmas Deluxe Edition, a collection of jazz renditions and originals that will surely leave a mark.
3. Mariah Carey – The Star
Mariah Carey’s old Christmas songs will always have a special place in our hearts. But who’s to say that her new 2017 ones aren’t as good? Here’s her inspiring new Christmas-themed song, The Star, which captures the very essence of Christmas and waiting for the true reason for the season.
4. Gwen Stefani – You Make It Feel Like Christmas
Gwen Stefani just released a 2017 Christmas album with Blake Shelton and it’s really everything Christmas is supposed to be – fun, festive, and joyful.
5. Sia – Everyday Is Christmas
Sia’s hopping on the Christmas train with Everyday Is Christmas. Let’s just say this song is very Sia. VERY Sia.
6. Pentatonix – Away in the Manger
Pentatonix will always be one of those artists you’ll look forward to during the holiday season. In a White Winter Hymnal type video and arrangement, Away in the Manger is simple and easy, perfect for listening to 50 times a day.
7. Bamboo – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Bamboo’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is an easy-listening type of track that’s almost like it’s part of a movie soundtrack! This version of the Christmas classic features beautifully arranged percussion, and trombone!
8. Demi Lovato – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Nothing but respect for the queen Demi Lovato. Far from her belting pop and rock renditions, I’ll Be Home for Christmas is jazzy, sweet, and subtle.
9. Sam Smith – River
For the people in the SMP or Samahan ng Malamig ang Pasko, or anyone who recently experienced a certain kind of loss, Sam Smith’s River will break your heart into a million pieces. And then you can eat the Christmas ham alone and in tears.
10. Kelly Clarkson – Christmas Eve
It’s been years since Kelly Clarkson’s big break and we still don’t know how she starts her songs with high notes. We agree with one thing in this song though – that we’ve surely waited all year for Christmas.