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19 Best Christmas Songs of 2014

From an Xmas texting tune to an "All I Want for Christmas Is You" update, hear the songs Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Pentatonix and more recorded this year

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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, "Winter Wonderland"

Psst! 2014 is over! Check out the best Christmas songs of 2015 (so far) right here featuring Katy Perry, Pentatonix, John Legend, Ariana Grande and more!

Pop's brilliant odd couple bring their jazzy styling to the Xmas classic. Gaga sounds particularly great here, jumping from her high head voice to chesty belts.

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Sam Smith, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

Sam Smith's brilliant In the Lonely Hour album stirred listeners souls from beginning to end. Turns out his covers of Christmas classics whip up similar sentiments.

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Ariana Grande, "Santa Tell Me"

Ariana Grande's "Santa Tell Me" has all the aspects of a feel-good holiday tune with jingle bells, lively piano and a backing choir that all get topped off with a slew of belts from the tiny diva.

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Pentatonix, "Mary, Did You Know?"

The famous a cappella group has delivered a haunting version of the religious tune, and it already looks set to be a hit this holiday season. Following the song's music video reveal on November 11, the track has moved into the Top 10 on iTunes' Top Songs chart. 

Last holiday season, Pentatonix's cover of "Little Drummer Boy" hit No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Can they chart even higher this year?

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Meghan Trainor, "I'll Be Home"

The "All About That Bass" star changes up her funky style for a heartfelt winter ballad about promising to be home for Christmas. You can hear a little ukulele in the track too, likely played by Meghan herself—did you know she could play?

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Idina Menzel & Michael Bublé - "Baby, It's Cold Outside"

The Frozen diva and the crooning troubadour team up for a slick rendition of the festive duet while making a few adorable changes to the lyrics. The original (and slightly questionable) line, "But maybe just a half a drink more" becomes, "But maybe just a soda pop more?" 

Meanwhile, any creepiness lingering from the original is also erased in the awesome accompanying video starring kid dancers.

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Fifth Harmony, "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

Fifth Harmony ambitiously tackle Mariah Carey's Christmas classic as a part of a holiday compilation I'll Be Home for Christmas. Listen to how the girl group handles Mimi's famous whistle note at the end. 

Nice work, ladies.

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Band Aid 30, "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

An all-star cast of British singers including One DirectionSam SmithEllie GouldingEd Sheeran and many more join forces as a superstar choir for this charity single to fight Ebola. Despite the focus on UK musicians, the song already hit the Top 10 on the U.S. iTunes Top Songs chart.

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Owl City, "Kiss Me Babe, It's Christmas Time"

The "Fireflies" singer abandons the synths for an original, feel-good carol. The acoustic-leaning track includes peppy guitar, saxophone and adorable lyrics to boot ("Well, it's Christmas time and I'm warm inside / Despite the bitter cold / And it's crystal clear that this Christmas cheer / Is healthy for the soul").

10 / 19

Little Mix, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"

In what might be the cutest Christmas cover of the season, the U.K. girl group bring their sweet harmonies for a delightful rendition that comes with an awesomely silly music video. From Jade's raspy belts to Perrie's fluttering high notes, Little Mix has never sounded better.

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Straight No Chaser & Kristen Bell, "Text Me Merry Christmas"

Famous male a cappella group Straight No Chaser teams up with actress Kristen Bell for a modern tune about texting a loved one who isn't home on Christmas. The lyrics range from heartfelt ("You don't have to add much to it / One smiley face will do / Baby, text me 'Merry Christmas' / 'Cause I'm missing kissing you") to a little silly ("Choose just the right emoji / One that makes me LOL / And if you text me something naughty / I promise I won't tell"). 

With nearly two million YouTube views racked up in three days, the track sounds destined to become a new classic.

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Trey Songz, "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

The Fifth Harmony ladies aren't the only ones taking on Mimi's classic this year. Trey adds his soulful croons to the festive tune, at times taking creative liberty with the melody and ad-libs. 

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Bonnie McKee, "California Winter"

She was one of the songwriters on Katy Perry's "California Gurls," but now the "American Girl" singer has her own pop-tastic, seasonal track that likens a lover's embrace to a sweltering Cali winter.

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Pentatonix & Tori Kelly, "Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy"

The cheery yuletide classic gets even more cheerful when mashed with Bobby McFerrin's a cappella hit from 1988. Tori Kelly sounds right at home alongside Pentatonix, and it's nice to hear another female voice with the quintet...especially on the scat section.

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Jessie James Decker, "Baby! It's Christmas"

The country singer/E! reality star brings a feel-good Xmas tune with a heavy blues inspiration. Girl can hold her own against the gospel choir she's belting alongside on the chorus.

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The Saturdays, "Christmas Wrapping"

U.K. girl group The Saturdays give a glossy rework to the sassy, underrated holiday tune originally by post-punk band The Waitresses.

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John Lindahl & Boyz II Men, "This Christmas"

Former X Factor contestant John Lindahl teams up with Boyz II Men for this cheery, R&B-flavored Christmas tune. The 18-year-old impeccably blends with the veteran quartet for one of the year's smoothest holiday tracks.

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Alaska, Courtney Act & Willam, "Dear Santa, Bring Me a Man"

These badass RuPaul's Drag Race stars craft a disco-themed holiday tune that sees them belting like the best of the divas. The accompanying music is a little NSFW so be careful if you're putting together a YouTube playlist at your family holiday party. 

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The Flaming Lips & Yoko Ono, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"

The Flaming Lips already prepped a Beatles tribute album, With a Little Help From My Fwends, but the psych-rock band took their love a step further this year. Teaming up with John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, the Lips recorded a new version of the late Beatles' holiday song 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over).' It's a rather trippy rendition, but it'll get people talking when they're rockin' around the Christmas tree.

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