5 NEW TAKES ON HOLIDAY FAVORITES TO ADD TO YOUR PLAYLIST

5 NEW TAKES ON HOLIDAY FAVORITES TO ADD TO YOUR PLAYLIST

Leigh MichaelThursday,19 December 2013

The Snap:

Christmas tends to be built around traditions. Families create customs that are repeated year after year.

So if you’ve been pulling out the same albums year after year, and not-so-secretly feel like you might pull your hair out if you hear “Jingle Bells” one more time, then here are a few refreshing favorites to add to the mix.

The Download:

I love traditional Christmas tunes. They have a time capsule sort of quality, don’t you think? But no matter how much I love Elvis’s “White Christmas” or Julie Andrews’ “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (and who could forget Mariah Carey’s most popular song of her whole career, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”), I need a little bit of variety. Keeps me on my toes. Without further ago:

1. Norah Jones — “Baby It’s Cold Outside

Slow-moving, funny, and mildly creepy (“say, what’s in this drink?!”) — this modern take on a classic favorite has a place in any holiday playlist. Plus, these two greats working together is basically the biggest delight to listen to ever.

2. CeeLo Green Feat. The Muppets — “All I Need Is Love

Yes, CeeLo and the Muppets made a Christmas song. But beyond that awesome miracle, it also happens to be a good one.

3. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl — “Fairytale of New York

Soldier on past the slightly depressing first minute and a half of the song, and then sit back and enjoy as it transforms into one of the merriest tunes of the season. (By the way Florence + the Machine and Billy Bragg also did a great take on this one, which you can listen to here.)

4. Lady Gaga – “White Christmas

Although the wild sound effects and grandiose visuals are nowhere to be found with this song, it does a beautiful job of illustrating what a talented musician Lady Gaga is. It’s also just a little bit strange — and wouldn’t it be disappointing if it wasn’t?

5. She & Him – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

There’s something about Deschanel’s voice that seems to be tailored to classic Christmas favorites. This one is no exception, and might be one of my favorite holiday songs ever.

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