We’re pretty certain that by this stage, you can recite all the words to Band Aid’s ‘Feed The World (Do They Know It’s Christmas?) and perhaps you even know Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ by heart as well.
And while these songs – and other popular ones like them – certainly get us into the festive spirit, we believe that there is always room for a new Christmas number to listen to for a bit of variety.
1. Walking in the Air – Nightwish
This is a beautiful cover of the Aled Jones song we all know and love by Nightwish, one of Finland’s most-loved metal bands.
The female lead singer’s soft operatic voice and harmonies perfectly compliments the mellow synth keyboards and accompanying orchestra.
For the most part the piece remains subdued and wonderfully atmospheric, but a short guitar solo towards the end adds a unique flavour to the track.
2. Christmas Day – Dido
If the name Dido rings a bell with you, it is because the British beauty is the singer behind the hit tunes, ‘White Flag’, ‘Life For Rent’ and ‘Here with Me’.
And while the gently-sung ‘Christmas Day’ is much lesser-known number, it is definitely worth a listen over a hot choccy.
It’s thought-provoking lyrics tell a somewhat sad story about a woman who waits each year for her love to return to her on Christmas Day just like he promised – but he never does.
3. What Child Is This? – Lindsey Stirling
Lindsey Stirling puts her unique spin on the famous Christmas carol classic, ‘What Child Is This’ while capturing its soul.
Alongside a gentle piano accompaniment, Lindsey plays the melody on her beloved violin, adding in delicate notes of ornamentation along the way. The song begins in a gentle fashion, and gradually builds up towards the end.
4. Silent Night – Pentatonix
Over the years, Pentatonix have made a name for themselves by covering electronic dance songs and techno music.
However, the five-member band’s incredible version of Silent Night is sung completely in a cappella, with much emphasis being placed on enchanting harmonies ranging from soprano to bass, giving a new twist to the carol.
5. One Toy Soldier – Enya
Enya’s musical prowess needs no explanation, but while her famous songs ‘Only Time’ and ‘Orinoco Flow’ have gained endless hours of airtime, ‘One Toy Soldier’ seems to have slipped through the cracks.
And that is certainly a shame, as it includes all the elements of a fabulous Christmas song – it harbours Enya’s trademark gentle vocals and harmonies, as well as a good beat, and catchy chorus.
And what’s more, the song flaunts chiming church bells at the end as Enya sings, ‘Happy Christmas day to you’.
6. You Would Have Loved This – Tarja Turunen
Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things in the world, but missing them around Christmas time can also be particularly heart-wrenching.
Especially if wintertime was one of their favourite seasons – which is the theme of this emotional-filled song by operatic singer, Tarja Turunen.
The visual imagery in this track is also particularly striking, and it is definitely worth a listen if there is someone that you wish could spend just one more Christmas with you.