With the festive season comes the inevitable blasting of Christmas tunes in seemingly every mall, sidewalk, and restaurant. Christmas is here, they seem to say. You haven’t bought your gifts or finished planning your meals and parties yet, but the season is upon us!
Which is a completely different message from what the original Christmas carols were supposed to do: Promote the spirit of wonder, joy and reverence at Christmastime. We’re supposed to be thinking of baby Jesus in the manger; not baby Jessica (your cousin’s kid, whom you still haven’t shopped for).
If you’re sick of being inundated with the usual Christmas tunes and your ears need a break, we have an idea: Find some modern Christmas music to get you in the holiday spirit again.
You may not have heard of most of these, and that’s great. ‘Tis the season for new things.
Here are 12 contemporary Christmas tunes we love, and hope you will too. To listen to our full playlist on YouTube, click here.
1. Pentatonix – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The wildly successful a capella group never disappoints, and their lush layered vocals are exactly what you need this season. This is fresh off their latest album, A Pentatonix Christmas.