Every year I make a Christmas playlist for you all to enjoy. This year is no different. I have tried to mix it up with some of my favourites, some new versions of the classics and some you may not have heard before. This year there are over 160 songs on my list (more than 9 hours), so I won’t list them all here but here are a few stand outs for me;
- Feeling Like Christmas – Jon McLaughlin
Man, the smooth tones make me melt. And it’s just a beautiful and heart-warming song.
- O Come All Ye Faithful – JOHNNYSWIM
This has recently come to the forefront as one of my favourite Christmas carols and this is such a stunning arrangement with lots of movement crescendoing and decrescendoing in the most perfect way.
- Here to Stay – Hannah Kerr and Cochren & Co.
I’ve been having lots of conversations lately about choosing to find the hope and love in your life. Life hasn’t been easy this year, Christmas isn’t always easy but the hope that Christmas and its message brings me keeps me going.
- Who Would Imagine a King? – Taranda Green
This is one of my favourite songs at Christmas, obviously I LOVE the Whitney original, but this version is pretty special too.
- Last Christmas – Cole Norton
You obviously cant resist rocking our to the original and up-tempo covers of WHAMs classic but it’s actually a super moving song and this version is haunting but still brings that nostalgic smile to your face as you sing along.
- Face of God – Phil Wickham
This is an original song in itself but also a charming reimagining of some of the lines in the classic Angel’s We Have Heard on High (interestingly Phil’s version of Angel’s We Have Heard on High is also on this list because its gorgeous) and I’m just really moved by it.
- Little Drummer Boy – Leslie Odom Jr
I almost jumped up and down when I first heard this and definitely turned it up. The magnificent Mzansi Youth Choir really make this something else.
- Christmas Don’t Be Late- The Goo Goo Dolls
I didn’t even know the Goo Goo Dolls were still a band until their Christmas album came out. This is a fun version of the Chipmunks classic, which I love but this is a little more grown up.
- Like It’s Christmas – Jonas Brothers
I missed this last year, I don’t know how? I heard it on a movie I think and needed to have it. This song just makes smile and get my groove on.
- O Come O Come Emmanuel- Lauren Daigle
This is one of those songs that as a kid is so boring! But as you get older appreciate the beauty in the melody. Lauren’s voice is perfect of this song.
- At This Table – Idina Menzel
This song reminds me of my Mum and the stories I hear about my Great Grand Mother. Their Christmas table was always open to anyone who needed a family at Christmas. I think this year we need a little more acceptance and ‘come as you are’ spirit.
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Broadways Carols for a Cure 2017 (Cast of Wicked)
Broadway sings is shiz out of Christmas!! I love all these albums so much!! God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen has always been one of my favourite Christmas carols (Check out the Barenaked Ladies version too).
- Love Is Christmas – Sara Bareilles
Just such a special song about the meaning of Christmas.
- Run Run Rudolf- Kelly Clarkson
Has anyone done this song better than Kelly?
- Christmas Card – Steven Curtis Chapman
I’m actually not sure if this version beats the Christine Anu version but this is a little more upbeat. Reminding us to reach out and give love to others so that no one is alone.
- Away in a Manger- Tyrone Wells
Another favourite carol of mine. I really loved stripped back versions, and this is brilliant.
- One Little Christmas Tree- Stevie Wonder
Another must have on any of my lists. I normally go with the John Farnham version but Stevie is also spectacular, so he got the gig this year.
- Deck the Halls, It’s Christmas/Come on Home – Broadways Carols for a Cure 2013 (Cast of Motown the Musical)
Such a great mash up. Makes you want to dance and takes you on a journey with what is a pretty mundane song.
- Put a Little Love in Your Heart – The Flash Cast
I saw another version of this song on a Christmas playlist and thought OMG YES!! I love it for Christmas! And seeing as Jeremy Jordan doesn’t have a Christmas album (yet I hope) this version got the spot. Also features Darren Criss, Carlos Valdes & John Barrowman – Not sure how they got so much musical talent on this show!
- Children Go Where I Send Thee – Ana Gasteyer
Honestly this isn’t a song I was super familiar with, but they sing it in one of my favourite Christmas movies Love the Coopers. I’ve also never heard of Ana Gasteyer before, but she sounds incredible on this track!
- A Holly Jolly Christmas – Mercy Me
I dare you not to bop along, I double dare you.
- Where are you Christmas – William Fitzsimmons
Such a lovely Christmas song about Christmas changing as we grow. This song was written for The Grinch film and I love this stripped back version.
- This Christmas – Francesca Battistelli
I adore this song and Francesca is one of the Christmas Queens!
- Driving Home for Christmas – SAPPHIRE
Love her voice! And it’s just a sweet song to chill out to.
- Note to God – Charice
This is the perfect song for 2020. Even though it has brought out some truly amazing and generous people it’s also brought out a lot of anxiety and fear which has presented itself as hate and selfishness. My prayer for the world is that love would reign, that we would have courage and hope for the hard times.
You can find my 2019 and 2018 lists here: