Throughout the holiday season, there are many popular songs that make us ready for Christmas, but often there are songs that fall behind and never receive the same recognition. These hidden gems make you just as excited for the holidays, but they infuse some diversity into your Christmas playlist to supplement the typical “Last Christmas” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” The following songs are sure to put you in the festive spirit, and brighten up your December!
- “That’s Christmas To Me” by Pentatonix
In this warm, calming Christmas song, the acapella group, Pentatonix, shares the most significant parts of the holiday season. Whether that is displayed through childhood memories, such as listening for the reindeer’s hooves landing on the roof, or through describing the joy that consumes us during this season, this song is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s day. The beautiful harmonies and feelings of serenity that this song brings just make you want to lie down with warm a cup of hot chocolate, absorbing all the festivities that this time of the year brings.
- “Christmas Vacation” by Mavis Staples
Despite being featured in an extremely popular Christmas movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, this song has found itself in the motion picture’s shadow, and has not yet become a prominent Christmas classic. If you enjoy more classic holiday songs, such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” or “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” this is the song for you! With its upbeat rhythm and optimistic tone, it will even make the Grinch excited for the holidays.
- “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson
At the time of this song’s release, it was quickly gaining popularity, but, as time has gone by, the song has lost nearly all of its attention. Kelly Clarkson delivers an upbeat performance with the clear potential to become a holiday staple, similar to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Clarkson’s powerful vocals are prominent throughout the entirety of this pop song make it easy to just want to get up and dance to, similar to the other pop songs that we often hear during this time of the year.
- “Shake Up Christmas”- Train
“Shake Up Christmas” will definitely put you in the holiday spirit in time for the festivities that come in December! Through the lyrics, Train lists some exciting things that take place during the holidays, including children getting psyched to recieve their presents and adults wishing for love to enter their at tims lonely lives. The universal message of hope is crystal clear in this melodic masterpiece — it inspires all of its listeners to feel optimistic about their holiday wishes coming true.
Author: Sophia Susino