5 (Recent!) Christmas Albums

a list of 5 by Shenelva Abigail Booij

1. Sia, Everyday is Christmas

Sia has been topping the music charts a lot lately and with this new album she’s probably not leaving anytime soon. It’s not that common for Christmas albums to be written AND performed by the same person, as most of the time the songs are covers. However Sia is not like any other mainstream artist. All songs on this album are (co-)written by Sia herself, in her typical style and - obviously - with a few touches of jingle here and there. 

Songs to add to your playlist:

  • Snowman
  • Santa’s Coming For Us
  • Underneath The Mistletoe
  • Underneath The Christmas Lights

 

2. Lauren Daigle, Behold

With her raspy voice and jazzy instruments in the background, Lauren Daigle delivers traditional Christmas songs, with a jazzy twist. This album will take you straight to New Orleans: the saxes, trombones and tubas… They will leave you craving that Louisiana Gumbo! And not only that; her slow jam ballads will make you melt a little on the inside, thanks to Lauren’s magical voice.

Songs to add to your playlist:

  • Light Of The World
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Jingle Bells

 

3. Pentatonix, That’s Christmas to me

The name already gives it away but this group of five vocalists  (Penta means ‘five’ in Greek) never fail to amaze the public with their skills and creativity. Most of their songs are covers entirely performed without instruments. This makes their their Christmas album particularly intimate and special. You can see this album as a little trip down memory lane with covers like of the classic “Mary Did You know?”, the usuals like “Joy to the world”, but also some more recent songs like Frozen’s “Let it go”. Even though you might already know these songs, Pentatonix gives them a completely different vibe. Pentatonix is known for entirely changing and remixing songs into new and fresh sounds. 

Pentatonix has quite a history of releasing Christmas albums. Next to this one, they have previously released two other christmas albums: A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe and PTXmas (both highly recommend).

Songs to add to your playlist:

  • Winter Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy - Pentatonix ft. Tori Kelly
  • Mary, Did You Know? 
  • How Great Thou Art - Pentatonix ft. Jennifer Hudson
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • This Christmas

 

4. Ariana Grande - Christmas and Chill  

Ready to add some new pop songs to your Christmas playlist? With her angelic voice, some Mariah Carey whistle tones and R&B influences these songs will definitely add a little oomph to your holidays. The album is not that diverse or long but still worth your time as Ariana’s vocals are really something else. 

Songs to add to your playlist:

  • December
  • Winter Things
  • Wit It This Christmas

 

5. Gwen Stefani - You make it feel like Christmas

Gwen Stefani - the girl from classics like ‘Don’t Speak’ and ‘Holla Back Girl' and now mostly known as a coach in 'The Voice'- is back like she never left with a Christmas album. Gwen covered a lot of traditional christmas songs on this album and also added a few originals. One of these originals is a song with her current boyfriend - and The Voice collegeau - Blake Shelton!

Songs to add to your playlist:

  • You Make It Feel Like Christmas - Gwen Stefani ft. Blake Shelton
  • My Gift Is You
  • White Christmas