Ah, Christmas music! The warm tunes that remind so many of us of huddling around a fire surrounded by family. The sounds that remind of pine scents, mistletoe, and holiday cheer. There's so much good feeling attached to Christmas music that it's nice to dip into the holiday playlists early and get excited about what's to come. My friend Nick—an even-keeled man by almost any measure who loves his share of carols—passionately believes Christmas music should start playing at the end of November and no earlier. You see reactions like his pretty commonly on social media. It's not just about being forced to hear holiday tunes; a lot of people seem offended by the idea of anyone listening to them until the designated season.
Is it just us, or does Christmas music seem to seep into our lives earlier and earlier with every year? Everyone loves a good holiday song, but now that Thanksgiving is behind us, snow has fallen, and December has officially begun it seems like just right time to start playing holiday tunes. Those great classics aren't going anywhere, but if you're looking for something new, we've rounded up this year's new holiday offerings -- from Pentatonix to Motown and even "Downton Abbey. The producers of the hit TV series teamed with Warner Bros. Records for "Christmas at Downton Abbey," a collection of festive hymns and classic carols. This track double CD, out now, includes seven exclusive recordings by members of the cast. McGovern said in a statement, "It was so exciting for me to have been given the opportunity to sing two songs in a totally different context to that which I'm accustomed. Without my guitar, without my band! And I didn't write them! Mann is celebrating with a holiday variety show featuring special guests include Susannah Hoffs, Paul F.
Because he's the new Regis. And she's the only artist on this list we'd pre-order a holiday album from, no questions asked. But mostly because it' a Ted reunion. Because this Willie Nelson classic about holiday consumerism done right might just make you rethink your next holiday shopping experience. And because Ellis—one of the finest pure singers anywhere right now—plays it straight and straight-up gorgeous. Because this line: "I'm too old to be so excited. Because it's equal parts "Boogie Wonderland" and "Winter Wonderland. Because for our money, Kozelek covering this still-underrated Pretenders classic cancels out Coldplay's version. Because we'll stand on Bing Crosby's coffee table and say James Brown's Funky Christmas is the greatest holiday album of all time. And because it benefits the mental health non-profit organization Bring Change 2 Mind.
Compiling the perfect playlist for your holiday party is almost as challenging as hosting the event itself. Sure, on the day of the festivities you've got to cook the meal , decorate the table , and entertain your guests, but putting together the right mix of songs requires a similar level of expertise. For every playlist, you need a balanced assortment of old and new, cheery and chill. These modern Christmas songs run the gamut from cool rock covers to party pop anthems — and we know there's something on our list for everyone's musical taste. And to make sure your playlist has a bit of everything, you can also include the best classic Christmas songs of all time.