The Christmas season is here and that means that you’ve probably been listening to Christmas music for a month already. But if you listen to the radio, you probably hear the same 20 classic songs on repeat. There are so many original Christmas songs out there that our favorite artists have created that you might not even know exist. Not covers of original songs like “Silent Night” or “Jingle Bell Rock,” but the original concepts and songs that wouldn’t be played on the radio.
We could go on and on with this list, but here are the top 5 original Christmas songs you should add to your playlist, so you don’t play “All I Want for Christmas is You” on over and over again.
Original Christmas Songs – Why Couldn’t It Be Christmas Everyday? – Bianca Ryan
The first ever winner of America’s Got Talent, Bianca Ryan, released this holiday tune on her debut self-titled album. Although 13 years old, the song is loved by many today. It reached number one in numerous countries and was played on many radio stations after its release. “Why Couldn’t It Be Christmas Everyday?” may be Ryan’s biggest hit today. It has been included on many Christmas compilation albums.
Original Christmas Songs – Greatest Time of Year – Aly and AJ
This song takes us back to our middle school years. “Greatest Time of Year” was released by the sister duo as a promotional single for “Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.” It is their only single released from their album, Acoustic Hearts of Winter. The single debuted at number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It is also included on the albums, Disney Channel Holiday and All Wrapped Up.
Original Christmas Songs – Cozy Little Christmas – Katy Perry
It was released exclusively on Amazon Music in 2018 but is now available on all streaming services. The song is about Perry’s time spent with her family in Copenhagen and how love is more important than gifts. “Cozy Little Christmas” charted at number 53 in the US and reached number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It is her second Christmas song by the “Swish, Swish” singer and we would love a full Christmas album from her. The song is one of her favorite songs she’s ever written.
Last Christmas – Wham!
You may not think of this as an original Christmas song because it is so popular and covered by many artists, but it is. The song was first released by Wham! and written by the band’s frontman, the late George Michael. It reached the top of many charts and is one of the most popular Christmas songs today. “Last Christmas” is so iconic that a movie was released with the same name centered around the song and features many Wham! / George Michael songs.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – *NSYNC
90’s babies are reminiscing right now. The only single from their holiday album, Home for Christmas. The music video featured the late actor Gary Coleman. “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” reached number 37 on the Top 40 mainstream chart. The song was featured on the end credits of the movie I’ll Be Home for Christmas. Fun fact: That movie starred Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake’s wife.
Honorable mentions include “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber”, “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson, and “Christmases When You Were Mine” by Taylor Swift.
There are so many original Christmas songs out there so make sure you do your research before listening to the same songs on the radio.