Cozy Little Christmas (Amazon Music)
Nothing says Christmas like a streaming exclusive, and that’s what K-Pez serves up here. As bells jingle and drums clap, she implores Santa to take the day off and get a massage. Fair enough.
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This Christmas (BMG)
What do you mean you didn’t know Gabrielle had never made a Christmas song? This version of Donny Hathaway’s smooth 1971 hit caps her comeback year.
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Wonderful Christmastime (Virgin EMI)
This synthy Paul McCartney cover isn’t the only gift the Stockport indie boys are giving: they’ve released a Christmas comic strip on Instagram. Cracking!
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Home Alone, Too (Atlantic)
The folky Watford trio get introspective on a seasonal ballad that delivers airy harmonies and realism: “I hate this time of year/It’s dark and it’s shit”.
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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer/Jingle Bells (Republic)
This amazing double-header is the standout track on Jessie J’s This Christmas Day album. A yuletide treat that has to be heard to be believed.
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Santa’s Comin’ Down The Chimney (Heavenly Recordings)
The Brisbane electro freaks promise to “pop Bublé’s bubble” with this, a Christmas song that’s far better suited to a 24-hour rave than a turkey dinner.
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Merry Christmas Everyone (Good Soldier)
Making a Shakin’ Stevens cover sound cool is no mean feat, and this is a timely reminder of Ridings’ vocal wizardry ahead of what will be a busy 2019.
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