I love this time of year. One of my favorite things is Christmas and everything that comes with this holiday. The family traditions, the trees (don’t judge my family goes all out) and the baking. Most of all I love the music. Like everyone else I enjoy the classic standards but every so often a new song comes along and grabs my heart. These songs didn’t hit it big like Mariah Carey’s song, “All I Want for Christmas is You” but they still find their way into my heart every December (November and July).
So, without further ado, here are my top four favorite newer Christmas songs.
Cold December Night by Michael Buble
This song was written by Michael Buble, Alan Chang, and Bob Rock and shows up on his 2011 Christmas album. Mixed in among the standards and reimagining of standards is this little unassuming song.
Why do I like it so much? I like to compare the song to the end of an exquisite romantic comedy. It is sweet, heartwarming and the melody and lyrics make you want to listen to the song more than once. It is a song asking for what brought them joy as kids (family traditions, food, and presents) but they also want love (aww…how sappy). It is quite sweet and hard for me to describe. Every time this song comes up at random, it is like I just sat by the fire with some hot chocolate.
So please just fall in love with me, this Christmas
There’s nothing else that I will need, this Christmas
Won’t be wrapped under a tree, I want something that lasts forever, so kiss me on this cold December night
Winter Dreams (Brandon’s Song) by Kelly Clarkson
This song was written by Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Arrison and Aben Eubanks for her 2013 Wrapped in Red Christmas album. This song was written for her fiancée (now husband) Brandon. It describes their first Christmas together and what it meant to her. Kelly Clarkson describes the song as, “…a lighter fare, referring to it as her holiday life after meeting him.”
The first time I heard this song I felt like I was intruding on a moment I wasn’t supposed to hear or even feel. You can feel the emotion behind this song and picture these two sharing these moments she writes about. The 50-piece chamber orchestra (conducted by Joseph Trapanese) gives it a rich feel, almost like it’s a musical number in a Broadway show. It feels like a classic Christmas song that you can listen to for years to come.
This Christmas Eve
I became We
Don’t wake me please
From this winter dream
Same Old Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg
Ok. I’m cheating with this one. This hasn’t come out recently. In fact, it was released in 1981 on the album The Innocent Age. This song written and sung by Dan Fogelberg is about two former flames that happen to meet up in a store on Christmas Eve. The song only made it to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts but is now played frequently during the Christmas season.
Ok, the first time I heard this song I was driving up to Madison to take my marketing communications final, five years ago. The dreary day matched this song perfectly, and I became obsessed. I swear I have never heard this song before that moment. Since I’m a sucker for story songs, I got caught up in the story of two former lovers awkwardly reconnecting for a few hours on Christmas Eve, never to meet up again. It is bittersweet and melodic. You can’t help but wonder why they didn’t decide to stay in touch after meeting back up especially when the woman relieved she wasn’t in love with her husband. It is the perfect chaser after the two super sweet songs I described before. Listening to this song is like reading your favorite bittersweet book. You get caught up in the story and hope beyond hope that the ending will change, but it never does. Still, you listen again and again.
We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to now
We tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how
Those are my new favorite Christmas songs. Have any new Christmas songs grabbed your attention recently or do you stick to the classics? Tell me below.
For your enjoyment, I created a Spotify playlist of the three songs above and other songs I’m obsessed with this year. Please enjoy!
Until next time.