Skip navigation! Story from Music. Just because this year has been, well, what it's been doesn't mean that the holidays are canceled. Sure, you'll probably have to give up your annual fix of seeing The Nutcracker Ballet live or cancel your fireball-fueled Hanukkah party, but no matter what, winter will come, and that means that the holidays are still on. And don't forget that there's another end-of-year tradition that's still in full force: new music. Despite everything, artists have continued to put out great music that has gotten us through what has felt like the worst of times, and now they're getting us through the holiday season. Ahead are 's new holiday releases. We'll be updating regularly as the season goes on, so check back in to see all the new presents that musicians have left under the tree. If you're going to be cooped up in your house anyway, you might as well be getting your holiday swing on.
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Putting together the perfect Christmas playlist is one of the most important tasks of the holiday season. Sure, you've got to shop for gifts , decorate the house , and maybe host a holiday get-together — but the only way to make those activities as festive as possible is by playing a fabulous Christmas soundtrack in the background. For every playlist, you need an assortment of old and new, cheerful and chill. These modern Christmas songs include upbeat hits that'll get everyone dancing to chill ballads you'll want to listen to with a cup of cocoa by the fire. We know there's something for everyone's musical taste, whether you prefer a classic cover or love to listen to new holiday hits. Just sit back, relax preferable with some Christmas candies , and let these tunes put you in the holiday spirit. Is it possible for a song to be an instant classic?
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But the fact is, something needs to fill that void, because the holidays without music is like the Fourth Of July without terrible decision-making on the part of people with fireworks. Possibly for pandemic-related reasons, there is an absolute glut of new Christmas and other seasonally appropriate music being released this year—some of it fantastic, some not so much. So The A. He may not be able to deliver his traditional run of Gezelligheid concerts this year in person, anyway—the livestream is next week , but Andrew Bird still has holiday cheer for us in the form of this full-length expansion of his EP. Is there anyone who could deny the endearing appeal of a Dolly Parton Christmas album? The L. Unsurprisingly, the retro indie-pop sound of The Bird And The Bee turns out to be the perfect medium for channeling holiday vibes, with the duo of Greg Kurstin and Inara George delivering a spritely album of classics and originals. Musician and spiritual leader of the wood nymphs Tori Amos is back with this four-song EP of originals in honor of the holidays.
Deck the halls and crank up the speakers! Office holiday parties may be taking place over Zoom this year, but that doesn't mean you can scrimp on the festive playlist. With Mariah Carey officially giving us the go-ahead to start blasting "All I Want for Christmas," 'tis the season to round out your collection of holiday tunes with a few new additions. This year as always , stars are gifting us Yuletide bops that'll have you doing a merry little jig or gently weeping into your eggnog — who are we to tell you how to celebrate? The rockers' holiday helping includes two original songs that'll never be as good as "Iris," but still offer the Goo-ey Christmas cheese we deserve. Trainor's flirty, festive floor-fillers will have you bopping at this year's virtual sigh holiday parties — with or without eggnog. The country powerhouse covers Christian classics like "O Holy Night," hitting the high note on "Noel" with enough force to shatter any tree ornament. Howdy, holidays! Syrupy vocals and sugary lyrics make Kelly's collection as sweetly familiar as one too many candy canes — a lot to stomach, but worth the high.