• Ava Toebe, reporter

2020 Christmas Tunes

With 2020 feeling like it is never ending, many cannot wait to get into the holiday season. There is no better way to start off the month of December than with Christmas music while you are looking at lights around town or just staying in with your family.

There are endless playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to tune into some classics but this year a few talented artists have brought us some new Christmas songs to finish off the year with. The following are ten fresh and trending holiday songs for 2020 to update your personal playlist with this month.

For all the country music lovers, the popular duo, Dan and Shay released their first romantic Christmas single “Take Me Home For Christmas” last month. After performing a Christmas music special for the Country Music Awards in 2018 they mentioned that they would be interested in making a holiday album in the future.

Former actress and R&B inspired artist, JoJo, released a 13 track holiday collection of soulful music. Out of all the tracks, her single “December Baby” is the fan favorite for this Christmas. Another release was from 25 year old sensation, Giveon, with his version of “O Christmas Tree” after he received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B album.

And for those who like to stick to the classics, the Christmas music connoisseurs, Dolly Parton and Michael Buble, came together for a comforting duet with the song “Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas”.

Even the Jonas Brothers joined the Christmas music train this year with their soothing song called “I Need You Christmas” with beautiful instrumentals to match the trio’s unique sound. The lyric video even features old holiday memories that capture Christmas with the Jonas family.

If you are searching for powerful voices, Carrie Underwood created a collection of traditional Christmas songs called “My Gift” with performances featuring Isiah Fisher and John Legend. They collaborated over Zoom to create the album. Gwen Stefani also released her pop single “Here This Christmas” for Hallmark’s theme to “Countdown to Christmas”.

Kelly Clarkson came back yet again with festive music singing “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, not by Mariah Carrey, but Vince Vance & the Valiants, from 1989. Clarkson added her own retro touch to the song like always.

Mandy Moore brought us her Disney princess voice back for the holidays when she co wrote a beautiful and melancholy song called “How Could This Be Christmas” with her husband. She wanted to embody how the holidays will feel different this year.

To finish your Christmas listening binge, check out Pentatonix’s cover of “Amazing Grace” from everyone’s go-to acapella group that never disappoints with their holiday performances with only the use of their voices.

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