|‘Tis the season to be jolly! As 2019 reaches its end and we are so close to the holidays, Christmas songs can be heard playing all around us / Photo by: Editor5807 via Wikimedia Commons|
‘Tis the season to be jolly! As 2019 reaches its end and we are so close to the holidays, Christmas songs can be heard playing all around us. Mariah Carey is always top pick, of course, with “All I Want for Christmas is You” being one of the most recognizable Christmas songs in the world.
After that, there haven’t really been many Christmas songs that have made that much of an impact. In an article by NPR, a source for breaking national and world news, the challenge connected with writing Christmas songs is how one can make it stand the test of time.
In the words of Aloe Blacc, a singer-songwriter from southern California:
“It is intimidating to think about trying to write something that will stand the test of time. My goal was to do songs that felt sentimental from a direction that it’s not usually presented form.”
That being said, some artists still wanted to try their hand at their own festive songs for the holidays. In this article, we will be looking at some Christmas songs in 2019.
“Christmas Tree Farm” by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has had quite the tumultuous year but still, for her Christmas offering, she’s keeping things “bright and poppy.” For GQ Magazine, one of the top picks for some of the best Christmas songs is “Christmas Tree Farm,” which is dipped in nostalgia that it’s become easily beloved by Swift’s fans and those who may not be. Taylor’s own compilation of home videos adds to the adorable factor of the song.
Videos of young Taylor playing around in the snow throughout the years is sure to make anyone feel festive this year. New Musical Express, a British journalism website, writes that the song’s warmth and country leanings (which is admittedly where Taylor began) elevate the song beautifully.
|Taylor Swift has had quite the tumultuous year but still, for her Christmas offering, she’s keeping things “bright and poppy” / Photo by: Jana Beamer via Flickr|
“Loneliest Time of Year” by Mabel
Of course for every holiday, there is always at least one person not having the time of their lives. For that, Mabel’s got you covered in her different take on a holiday song. Christmas is great, but for some of us, just like Mabel says, it’s the time of year we are confronted with the fact that there are things we can’t have. The song has the same undercurrent of festive cheer associated with Christmas but none of the love and romance that’s often intertwined with the season. Instead, we get a “soulful ballad” that will “keep all those who feel left out during the festive period company,” writes GQ.
Mabel’s sultry and smooth vocals go well with the melancholic feel of the song.
“One I’ve Been Missing” by Little Mix
Channeling their inner Mariah Carey, “One I’ve Been Missing” is also a festive holiday song with the same themes of longing as “All I Want for Christmas is You” and it’s honestly quite the banger. It’s a little sneaky, though; the song has gotten barely anyone talking, except for maybe the devoted stans. But GQ feels as though “One I’ve Been Missing” has the right ingredients to make it as a Christmas song in the coming years.
“Love You More at Christmas Time” by Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland has surprisingly made it her mission to make us feel fuzzy and warm inside, with “Love You More at Christmas Time,” a soft and festive song dedicated to our loved ones this Christmas. The “silky r&b” feel of the song is just the right chill vibe for the holidays. The good thing about this song is that it sounds so versatile that you can play it even if you’re not a fan of Christmas yourself.
|Kelly Rowland has surprisingly made it her mission to make us feel fuzzy and warm inside, with “Love You More at Christmas Time,” a soft and festive song dedicated to our loved ones this Christmas / Photo by: Eva Rinaldi via Flickr|
“Litmas” by DRAM
Mixing the popular jargon in the last few years into a genuinely happy Christmas song seems to have been DRAM’s mission in his own Christmas song, “Litmas.” The lyrics would have felt overused if it weren’t for the genuine feelings DRAM incorporated in the song. According to New Musical Express, this “slinky Christmas” jingle is so fuzzy and none-ironic that it sounds like it might even make the Grinch smile.
Because it sounds so free and smooth, “Litmas” sounds like the perfect song to play in the background as you lean back and relax with a mug of hot cocoa as you watch your relatives wind down after the festivities.
“Make It to Christmas” by Alessia Cara
Just like the festive cheer is abundant during Christmas, so is the bleaker side of it all. This Christmas, Alessia Cara’s contribution sounds a little bleaker than most. Why is it bleak? Well, it’s the same theme of longing this time mixed with desperation, and it’s making even Alessia feel a little torn inside. However, with lyrics like “Please, can we make it to Christmas?” lain over a deceptively warm track, the song may pass as slightly positive.
If a good cry is what’s on the menu this time of year then “Make It to Christmas” is the perfect seasonal soundtrack.