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Here are 22 of the best modern Christmas pop songs released post-Mariah Carey

Here are some new ideas to break up the Christmas rut of listening to the same old songs

Here are 22 of the best modern Christmas pop songs released post-Mariah Carey
Get Christmassy with these modern pop songs set around the holidays

You’d think if you were listening to the radio that around December time, you’d think it was 1994 again considering the most modern song stations play is often Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You.

And while it’s nice to be nostalgic, and Mariah is an undeniable classic, don’t get stuck in a rut with the same old tunes.

As one legendary queen one said, gay should stand for ‘generations ahead of yesterday’. There are far too many great songs to ignore in the 22 years since 1994.

So we’ve made a list.

There are a few rules:

  • Must be released after Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You – as in 1 November 1994.
  • No covers, they have to be original
  • Music video OR lyrics must be sufficiently Christmas-y
  • There isn’t a ranking – it’s just a list

And that’s it, let’s go:

1. Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree

Created to sound like a Christmas classic, this could be playing in every shop ever throughout the whole of December and you wouldn’t get bored.

2. Leona Lewis – One More Sleep

It’s catchy, it gives you the sitting around the fire feeling, and it’s Leona Lewis’ voice.

3. Dragonette – Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)

The problem with most holiday songs is they’re a fantasy. This one is as real as it gets.

4. Hurts – All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day

Some Christmas songs are happy, some are not. And this is a beautiful mournful song with an amazing chorus.

5. *NSYNC – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

So, so much cheesy goodness.

6. Britney Spears – My Only Wish (This Year)

How is Britney’s take on a holiday song not the classic it should be?

7. Pet Shop Boys – It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas

This song is made for 3am on 23 December, you’re drunk and you’ve already ugly cried, and then it’s time to dance.

8. Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue – 100 Degrees

Take a trip down under with the Minogue sisters doing disco.

9. Saint Etienne – I Was Born On Christmas Day

There’s nothing better than being paid just before 25 December. And there’s sometimes also nothing better than listening to something maudlin during the holiday period.

10. Tim Minchin – White Wine In The Sun

This dedication to Tim Minchin’s daughter is beautiful, funny, and a bit of a tearjerker.

11. Sara Bareilles – Love Is Christmas

If you want something quiet and sweet, this one’s for you.

12. Cee Lo Green ft The Muppets – All You Need Is Love

And what if you want something loud and in your face (with bonus Muppets), this one’s for you.

13. Destiny’s Child – 8 Days of Christmas

What would 12 Days of Christmas sound like, if it was, you know, amazing?

14. Pentatonix – That’s Christmas To Me

While Pentatonix might be known for their covers, this original is sugary sweet and suitable for the whole family. Also nice to have a couple of LGBTI members (Mitch and Scott) mixed in with your holiday soundtrack.

15. Kate Winslet – What If

Yes, Kate Winslet did a song. Originally released for an animated version of A Christmas Carol (so we’re counting it), it’s far better than you’d might think and it suits the right bittersweet tone for a decent song for the holidays.

16. Liz Phair – Ho Ho Ho

There’s something that sounds familiar to The Waitresses’ Christmas Wrapping in Ho Ho Ho, but it gets a lot dirtier.

17. Alyssa Reid – Santa Why’d You Do It?

It’s weird, and surreal, and kind of perfect for the holidays.

18. Alphabeat – Xmas (Let’s Do It Again)

If you don’t know Alphabeat, you probably remember Fascination. They can always be trusted to add a little gay spirit to your holiday cheer.

19. Straight No Chaser ft Kristen Bell – Text Me Merry Christmas

If you’re going to have to deal with younger ones who won’t stop watching Frozen, placate them by telling them Princess Anna made a Christmas song – and it’s not bad at all.

20 – Straight Up – Xxxmas At The Disco

Looking for the straight up gay Xmas song that might as well be playing up and down every LGBTI bar in the world? This is it.

21. Faith Hill – Where Are You, Christmas?

Faith Hill will make your heart break with this song with its slightly ludicrous lyrics.

22. Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me

Watch out Mariah, Ariana is out to get your Christmas crown.


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