New Christmas Music Favorites!
Making a Christmas music is a very precarious undertaking The classics are so fondly regarded that new installations are not always well received. Who can top Bing Crosby’s version of White Christmas or Nat King Cole’s Christmas Song? These are the songs our parents played – the ones we associate with trimming the tree, family gatherings, and indeed, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Attempts to cover these musical representations of Christmas often fall short of the mark. Despite our love affair with the holiday music from our youth, there have been some gems that have been released in the new millennium. These artists offered new songs that are destined to be Christmas classics instead of remaking tied and true Christmas carols. Here are five of the best Christmas songs that have been released since the new millennium:
This a capella group from Indiana formed in 1996, but didn’t get widespread notoriety until 2006 when a You Tube video of a performance done nearly 10 years before went viral. The group is comprised of 10 former Indiana State students. Their rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas is a fusion of the original 12 Days of Christmas, I have a Little Dreidel, and Totos’s Africa. The combination is festive and fun.
This captivating group makes the list twice. The Christmas Can-Can, released in 2009, pokes fun at the commercialism of the holiday season in the most upbeat way. Their fresh spin on these classic Christmas songs breathe new life into some of our favorite holiday music.
Rob Thomas’ voice is distinctive as the lead for Matchbox Twenty. His non-traditional Christmas carol released in 2002 is reminiscent of the songs that asked for change in the world during the 80′s. “A New York Christmas” is a soul stirring Christmas song with a great message!
A pop-infused testament to the holiday season, Christmas Time is a fun addition to Christina Aguilera’s repertoire. This versatile singer lends her voice to this catchy 2000 Christmas tune that will make you move.
This award-winning crooner can sing the phone book and make it sound good. In 2011 he co-wrote this original Christmas song that is so catchy, it can’t help but become a classic.
Christmas carols are a matter of taste. We all know what we like and I, for one, can be pretty serious about my Christmas music. If you prefer the classics, cozy up with a warm blanket and enjoy. But don’t be afraid to try a new tune every now and then. You’ll be glad you did.