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.

2. Coldplay – Christmas Lights

“I’m still waiting for the snow to fall/ It doesn’t really feel like Christmas at all,” sings Chris Martin. Well, were you expecting something joyful from melancholic masters Coldplay? It doesn’t matter, this melodic Christmas tune is still a winner.

3. Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me

The pint-sized diva is cute and flirty performing this R&B-inspired song.  We’re getting sexy Santa Baby vibes from it, for sure.

4. Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the Tree

This big, bold tune showcases the American Idol winner’s powerful pipes perfectly, and sounds big and cheery. It’s impossible not to get excited over Christmas when this is playing!

5. Sam Smith – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

If you’re tired of hearing Michael Buble, how about a little Sam Smith? The expert crooner channels old school class perfectly on this Christmas classic.

6. Pentatonix – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Another Pentatonix song? Trust us, it’s worth it. This song won a Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella in 2014, and you’ll see why when you give it a listen.


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

Bubblegum pop meets Christmas with this upbeat number.

8. Little Mix – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

This generation’s Spice Girls put a fun spin on this Christmas number. The all-girl choir sound like they’re having an absolute blast.

9. Justin Bieber – Mistletoe

You don’t have to be a Belieber to enjoy this one. This catchy Christmas ditty has a reggae vibe, so you’ll find yourself bobbing to the music.

10. Christina Aguilera – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Christina’s vocal gymnastics on this one are out of this world. This is one carol you’d be hard-pressed to imitate yourself, but it’s so good.

Listen to all these Christmas hits at our YouTube playlist, and have a holly, jolly Christmas!


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