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The 27 Best Christmas Songs of 2016

From original Xmas tunes to seasonal classics, hear the songs Pentatonix, Kelsea Ballerini, Josh Groban, The Killers and more recorded this year. Are these destined to be new Christmas classics?

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Pentatonix, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"

Pentatonix gifted fans with not one, but two videos (so far) from their 2016 A Pentatonix Christmas album including this classic cover that boasts some of the band's most tech-y video to date.

2 / 27

Celine Dion, "Winter Song"

Celine gave a Christmas present with a cover of Sara Bareiles and Ingrid Michaelson's chilling duet. While Dion's gorgeous vocal performance may bring a tear to your eye, you'll undoubtedly be moved when you listen to the song's lyrics ("This is my winter song / December never felt so wrong / 'Cause you're not where you belong / Inside my arms") and consider this is the singer's first Christmas without husband René Angélil. 

3 / 27

Andra Day, "Carol of the Bells"

The soul siren says Merry Christmas on her impressive new EP, including this dazzling rendition of the classic.

4 / 27

She & Him, "Let It Snow"

Zooey Deschanel's old-timey crooning sounds absolutely lovely on this winter classic, the standout on the duo's new Christmas Party album.

5 / 27

Josh Groban, 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'

The opera-pop star brings a moving rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" as a special holiday gift for fans this year.

6 / 27

The Killers, "A Great Big Sled"

Killers fans know that the band typically put out something every Christmas and for 2016 the Las Vegas outfit dropped the full-length holiday album Don't Waste Your Time album, led by this bombastic cut.

7 / 27

Kelsea Ballerini & Joey Alexander, "My Favorite Things"

While it's not a traditional holiday tune, the rising country princess' jazzy take on The Sound of Musical standard will make you feel all kinds of warm and fuzzy on the inside and goes perfect at any Christmas party.

8 / 27

Nathan Sykes, 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'

The "Over and Over Again" singer brings his mature vocals to this piano ballad. Sure to warm you up during the coldest of days.

9 / 27

Jordan Smith, "O Holy Night"

The Voice champion proves why he's a worthy winner with this choir-led take on the moving standard. 

10 / 27

Major Lazer, "Christmas Tress" feat. Protoje

Mad Decent released their fourth compilation of Christmas tunes this year, and Major Lazer's cut includes a reggae-influence dance track featuring rapper Protoje.

11 / 27

Kylie Minogue, "At Christmas"

Innevitably, we all start thinking about lost loves who we wish we were snuggling up with during the winter seasons and Kylie nails that sentiment on this tune that is sure to lift you out of any holiday blues.

12 / 27

Cruz Beckham, 'If Everyday Was Christmas'

The son of Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham and David Beckham makes his musical debut with this adorable holiday jam. 

13 / 27

Sarah McLachlan, "Angels We Have Heard on High"

As expected, Sarah McLachlan's holiday-themed Wonderland album is a gorgeous, atmospheric experience. But there are surprising sonic surprises inside, including the clap-beat and slightly psychedelic production to put a fresh twist on this Christmas classic.

14 / 27

Rascal Flatts, "A Strange Way to Save the World"

The harmony-heavy track is a standout from the country superstars' first Christmas album is this religious-oriented tune that they've been performing on television throughout the holiday season.

15 / 27

Jennifer Nettles & Idina Menzel, "Little Drummer Boy"

The powerhouse divas bring their talents for an uplifting take on the Christmas classic to stunning results.

16 / 27

Leslie Odom Jr., 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'

The Hamilton star's new Christmas album opens with this tender take on the Xmas classic and it'll set the mood right for any holiday celebration. Be sure to stay listening til the beat changeup at the 2:15 mark.

17 / 27

Kacey Musgraves, "Christmas Makes Me Cry"

Hey, not every Christmas song needs to be full of joy and laughter. Kacey Musgraves has always stood out for her realistic and honest country-pop tunes, and "Christmas Makes Me Cry" is no different.

18 / 27

Simple Plan, "Christmas Every Day"

The pop-punk stars bring their signature, carefree sound for this new-age holiday tune.

19 / 27

Trey Songz, "Coming Home"

The R&B maestro embodies the excitement of "Coming Home" to your significant other this holiday season with this sexy tune.

20 / 27

Straight No Chaser, "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

Next to Pentatonix, Straight No Chaser is one of the world's favorite a cappella groups and they're making us swoon with this impressive take of Mariah Carey's classic.

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Pentatonix, "Hallelujah"

No, the Leonard Cohen classic isn't technically a Christmas song, but "Hallelujah" has become a new seasonal classic and the famous a cappella group's haunting take on it will give you all the feels throughout the holidays.

22 / 27

Eric Bellinger, 'Sex for Christmas'

Not every Christmas song is family-friendly. The R&B heavyweight brings a spicy, sexual jam for the holidays with "Sex for Christmas."

23 / 27

Jordan Fisher, 'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)'

The Grease: Live star further proves why he's one to watch with this impressive cover.

24 / 27

R. Kelly, "Home for Christmas"

This tune will put a little groove in your holiday, as Kells tells a lover, "Baby, this Christmas, my gift to you is me."

25 / 27

Sofia Carson, "Silent Night"

The Adventures in Babysitting starlet offers a tender take on "Silent Night" for this year's Disney Channel Holiday Hits EP.

26 / 27

Laura Pausini, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"

The Italians singer-songwriter released her Laura Xmas album in both English and Spanish, with this track as the standout on the English version.

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Amy Grant, "Tennessee Christmas"

This tender tune is lovely no matter whether your'e a southerner or not.

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