Skip navigation! Story from Entertainment. Whether your rockin' around the Christmas tree , spinning like a dreidel, dancing through the winter solstice , raising your voice for Kwanzaa, or any other holiday season celebration , you are going to need a solid playlist to set the party off. Luckily, there are some great new seasonal songs out for that you can add to your mix of holiday faves and freshen it up. Lea Michele and Ne-Yo make their holiday season debuts with their first seasonal albums ever. Then there's the new one from Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer that brings some comedy to the season, along with a crew of special guests. Turn your lights to twinkle and set the volume on 10, it's time to get into the holiday swing! All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team.
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There is no strict formula for great holiday music — some is about family bonding and good cheer, and some captures regret and emptiness. Traditionalists and heretics both get a fair hearing this season on an array of new holiday albums. The fourth holiday collection from the long-running, soft-saunter, soul-pop outfit Chicago never exults in the holiday spirit; rather, it sidles up to it casually, gives it a nod and a nudge. The vocalist Martina DaSilva and the bassist Dan Chmielinski are two somethings with flexible chops, a gut-level creative connection and an expansive view of the Christmas songbook. But the coercive tension in the tune, such as it was, had as much to do with the prickly, playful give-and-take as the specifics of the language. Which means that even though this version, with Kelly Clarkson, has new lyrics that emphasize her agency and consent, the melody and vocal tones are familiar. The words may have changed, but the push-and-pull is as charged as ever.
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Holiday music, when done incorrectly, can be unbearably cheesy. Schmaltzy tunes about mistletoe, red noses, and strolling mit-covered hand-in-hand through the snow release by the sled-load every single year. This makes it hard to willfully seek out new holiday releases, but, believe it or not, there are a number of albums from recent years that deserve a spin. Feliz Navidad!
For any grinches who insisted that holiday music wait until after their Thanksgiving feasts, your time is up. The Christmas countdown is officially on, and the most wonderful music of the year is here to soundtrack the festivities. But if you want to spice up those yuletide playlists with some fresh picks, we've rounded up all the best new, original holiday songs released this year. Happy listening!