Jump to FM.tv


25 Best Holiday Songs of 2015: Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Fetty Wap, PTX & More

From original winter tunes to a soulful ode to Hanukkah, hear the songs John Legend, Carly Rae Jepsen, R. Kelly, Sabrina Carpenter and more recorded this year. Are these destined to be new Christmas classics?

1 / 25

Katy Perry, "Every Day Is a Holiday"

Katy Perry jumps into holiday music with this gospel-inspired dance tune that's being used in H&M ads throughout the season. The catchy jingle was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Duke Dumont.

2 / 25

Fetty Wap feat. Monty, "Merry Xmas"

Mr. 1738 punctuates a stellar 2015 with a gooey sing-along in which he warbles, "All I want for Christmas... is you." He's no Mariah Carey, but Fetty Wap knows how to treat his trap queen right come holiday time.

3 / 25

Pentatonix, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

Just in time for the 2015 holiday season, Pentatonix released a new, deluxe version of their 2014 Xmas LP That's Christmas to Me with five new tracks. The one people seem to be responding to most is their cover of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and just a listen to the charming a cappella group will tell you why.

4 / 25

Ariana Grande, "Winter Things"

A happy-go-lucky tune in the vain of Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," this cute, ukulele-led track is a standout on Ariana's surprise Christmas & Chill EP that details how Ari is gonna do some "winter things" with bae.

5 / 25

Carly Rae Jepsen, "Last Christmas"

Fans know Carly Rae Jepsen's latest album Emotion is full of dreamy synths, a soundscape she continues to explore on this cover of Wham!'s Xmas classic. Listen up for that oh-so-sweet saxophone too reminiscent of her standout single "Run Away With Me."

6 / 25

John Legend, "Under the Stars"

A collaborative holiday single created for Stella Artois' "Give Beautifully" campaign, the R&B mastermind creates a warm winter ballad with soft drums and his signature, powerful piano chords. Legend spoke about the collaboration saying: "For the holiday season, Stella Artois and I came together to give a gift, a song that’s inspired by the stars. In this song, we’re hearing the noises that stars make."

7 / 25

Kylie Minogue, "Every Day's Like Christmas"

No shocker here: Kylie makes a holiday song sound like a lush, synth-pop gem that could have easily fit in any of her albums.

8 / 25

Phoenix, "Alone on Christmas Day"

Leave it to France's indie darlings to cover what might be one of the most obscure holiday songs ever. "Alone on Christmas Day" is a long-lost Xmas tune recorded by the Beach Boys in 1979 and was never formally released.

Listen up for cameos from Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Letterman musical director Paul Shaffer, and New York Dolls' David Johansen. This appears in Netflix's new holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas.

9 / 25

Jessie J, "The Man With the Bag"

The British chanteuse's dramatic delivery is perfect for this Christmas-time tune. Originally released in 1950, "The Man With the Bag" is probably nostalgic for you after it had a mini-mainstream comeback when it was sung in an episode of Ally McBeal.

Listen to the full version below:

10 / 25

Melanie Martinez, "Gingerbread Man"

The Cry Baby singer brings her atypical pop sound for an offbeat Xmas tune (ominous groans, anyone?) that also kicks ass for its creepy-yet-empowering lyrics ("I need a gingerbread man, the one I'll feed / The gingerbread man, the one I'll eat / One who's always crazy, never calls me baby"). 

Hate Christmas music? You won't hate this one then.

11 / 25

Steve Grand, "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

Viral country singer Steve Grand turned Mariah Carey's modern-day classic into a heartfelt, piano ballad. Don't miss the accompanying video that wholly encapsulates #relationshipgoals for the Xmas season.

12 / 25

Tori Kelly, "Silent Night"

The Best New Artist GRAMMY nominee went a cappella for this smoky performance atop of Capitol Records HQ in California.

13 / 25

Band of Merrymakers, "Snow Snow Snow"

Going under the name Band of Merrymakers, this super-group features just about every one of your favorite pop-rock acts including Neon Trees, Christina Perri, Fitz and The Tantrums, Natasha Bedingfieldi, The Mowglis, Mark McGrath, Kevin Griffin (of Better Than Ezra), Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), Nick Hexum (311) and others. The more the merrier, right?

14 / 25

The Killers, "Dirt Sledding"

The Killers reunited for this tune that feels like the perfect of the band's drama-infused rock with feel-good holiday cheer.

15 / 25

Train, "Merry Christmas Everybody"

The "Hey Soul Sister" outfit has a rocking new Xmas tune, which serves as the lead single from its Christmas in Tahoe album that includes a mix of originals and classics.

16 / 25

R.Kelly, "Christmas Party"

R.Kelly gets into the holiday holiday spirit with this remix to his single "Backyard Party" with, the appropriately titled, "Christmas Party."

17 / 25

August Burns Red, "Home Alone Theme"

No doubt Home Alone has become a classic go-to movie for the holidays and the metalcore outfit give its classic theme a hardcore rework that breathes some invigorating new life into it.

18 / 25

The Braxtons, "Mary, Did You Know?"

The standout cut from the sisters' Braxton Family Christmas album has a warm, comforting feel. Listen up for Toni's signature low timbre, Tamar's big belts and the Braxton Family Values stars' dreamy harmonies.

19 / 25

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, "8 Days of Hannukah"

Hey, don't forget about Hannukah! The soul-stirring band gives a rousing and funky performance that celebrates all the great things of this holiday.

20 / 25

Sabrina Carpenter, "Christmas the Whole Year Round"

The Girl Meets World star releases an original new holiday tune with this cheery performance. Good luck getting it out of your head after one listen.

21 / 25

Girls' Generation-TTS, "Dear Santa"

The splinter trio of Girls' Generation dropped a new Xmas tune in English as a treat for their international fans. It opens as a gorgeous ballad about heartache before turning into a jingle bell-heavy pop jam when the girls perk up and know Santa will heal their hearts this holiday.

22 / 25

LeAnn Rimes & Gavin DeGraw, "Celebrate Me Home"

Country Christmas, anyone? The veteran country-pop star teams up with Gavin DeGraw for a twangy, gospel-inspired take on Kenny Loggins' 1977 single.

23 / 25

Elliphant, "North Star (Bloody Christmas)"

Of course, not all holiday music has to be cheery. The rising Swedish singer gives a sparser take on how Christmas forces us to remember the past and unravel our regrets.

24 / 25

Kylie Minogue & James Corden, "Only You"

The Aussie pop queen teams up with The Late Late Show host for a surprisingly sentimental duet of Minogue's Kylie Christmas album. No joke: James Corden has a lovely voice!

25 / 25

Jessie James Decker, "This Christmas"

The Eric & Jessie: Game On star offers a belt-heavy new holiday track to add to your collection.

User Comments


Photo of the day

Apr 2: Basket-Bros

Currently on his 'The Man of the Woods' tourJustin Timberlake brought out a special guest for his Cleveland show. LeBron James surprised concertgoers by showing up alongside Timberlake and taking a shot on stage. On Friday, the singer was also seen cheering on LeBron during the Pelicans and Cavaliers game. James gave a shout out on Instagram, "My brother @justintimberlake showed up and showed out last night at the Q! One of the greatest to ever do it in my lifetime and still going strong."