Holiday Music: 2012

The holiday season always seems to bring about a variety of covers and original holiday songs from the year’s most popular artists. It’s an explosion of holiday music each year in November and December. Sufjan Stevens released another Christmas Box Set, Silver & Gold. Cee-Lo Green has a new Christmas album. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta are coming back together for a new album. So, obviously there is a lot to be excited for- and that’s only a few examples of what’s in store. So, with that in mind I thought why not give a look at some of the holiday music we are sure to hear on the radio side by side with our usual holiday favorites, like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” and Andre Bocelli’s version of “White Christmas.”

The compilation that I simply love this year is, Holiday Rules. A compilation of covers of classic holiday songs by some of the most popular bands of the year (Fun, The Shins, Paul McCartney, Andrew Bird, etc.); this compilation is absolutely incredible. Fun’s “Sleigh Ride” is a mix between classic holiday music and modern synth-pop sounds. Paul McCartney’s “The Christmas Song” is classic McCartney; aka awesome. However, the song that stood out to me was, “Baby Its Cold Outside” by Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten. Although, I may be bias; being a Wainwright enthusiast and it being my favorite Christmas song.

To hear samples or to buy the album click here.

Now I don’t know about you, but when it was announced that The Polyphonic Spree was releasing a new holiday album, I was kind of excited. The release of the album, Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Vol. One is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Polyphonic Spree’s Holiday Extravaganza tour. What could be better than a choral pop rock band performing holiday favorites? The album contains ten holiday standards, two original tracks, and a cover of John and Yoko’s “War is Over.”

It’s not from Holidaydream, but here’s a look at The Polyphonic Spree:

Here’s a list of some of this year’s new holiday music:

  • Holiday Rules – Various Artists
  • Silver & Gold – Sufjan Stevens
  • Holidaydream – The Polyphonic Spree
  • On This Winter’s Night – Lady Antebellum
  • Christmas in the Sand – Colbie Caillait
  • This Christmas – Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta
  • Magic Moment – Cee Lo Green
  • Cheers, It’s Christmas – Blake Shelton
  • Merry Christmas, Baby – Rod Stewart
  • A Very Special Christmas, Bringing Peace on Earth – Various Artists
  • A Very Special Christmas: 25th Anniversary, Bringing Joy to the World – Various Artists
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