Here’s the thing about Christmas music— it’s been around forever, some people like the old school versions, some people don’t. Then, there are the people that listen to it year-round. Then, there are the people that protest listening to it before certain days of the year. All of these things add up to some pretty terrible Christmas music.
However, there are a few talented artists out there who have managed to create a few new-ish Christmas tunes for our holiday pleasure. A rare feat indeed.
10 Original Christmas Songs That Aren’t Terrible:
1. “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” // Amy Grant
Released in 1992 off of Grant’s Home For Christmas, this tune tells the nativity story from Mary’s perspective. A thoughtful, eye-opening classic.
2. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” // Darlene Love
The simple lyrics were written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, with Love delivering the vocals backed by Spector’s classic wall of sound. You don’t even have to want somebody to come home to want to listen to this song.
3. “Let It Be Christmas” // Alan Jackson
Jackson’s 2002 original became an instant classic upon its release.
4. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” // Mariah Carey
Carey wrote and produced the best-selling holiday ringtone of all-time with GRAMMY-winner Walter Afanasieff. It’s not only one of the highest-selling holiday songs of all-time, it’s the 11th best-selling single of all-time.
5. “Present Without a Bow” // Kacey Musgraves
Musgraves wrote this one with frequent collaborator Luke Laird, Austin Jenkins and the insatiable Leon Bridges, who’s featured on the album version. Musgraves was able to capture the Christmas spirit in a new, fresh way and throwing in Bridges was a present with or without a bow.
6. “Last Christmas” // Wham!
Originally released in 1984, the George Michael written hit has charted in the UK 12 other times for multiple weeks. It’s such a weirdly wonderful song that will get stuck in your head for days on end.
7. “Run Rudolph Run” // Chuck Berry
It’s like Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” but about everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer.
8. “The Night Before Christmas” // Amy Grant
Grant released the Carly Simon written tune in 1992. While Grant shines on the track the American Boy Choir provides backing vocals that’ll make you believe in the magic of Christmas.
9. “Hard Candy Christmas” // Dolly Parton
Sure, it’s about leaving a brothel, but it’s Parton and it’s Christmas.