By Chad Bullock
Christmas music is tough. All the traditional carols are played out before Thanksgiving, but not everybody can get behind Metal Christmas. But there are solutions, which is why we put together this list of eight excellent Christmas tunes by some of today’s hottest artists. Crank these tunes up for optimum holiday cheer.
Lady Gaga, “Christmas Tree”
Chart-topper Lady Gaga teamed up with Space Cowboy for this non-traditional and vaguely sexual holiday song. But it’s okay, because the lyric “Light me up with me on top” doesn’t have to sound dirty (but can be if that’s how you roll at Christmas).
Justin Bieber, “Someday at Christmas”
Usher’s 15 year-old protégé tackles this cover of Stevie Wonder‘s holiday classic like a total pro. He most recently wowed the president with a performance of the tune on the “Christmas in Washington” special.
Rihanna, “I Just Don’t Feel Like Christmas Without You”
This melancholy cut from 2006’s That’s What I Call Christmas 3 makes for a great listen if you’re feeling a little blue this holiday (though judging by her GQ cover photos, she’ll never have to worry about being alone).
Nick Jonas, “Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)”
Before becoming a piece pop-rock powerhouse known as the Jonas Brothers, a 10 year-old Nick Jonas and his father wrote “Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer).” His pre-pubescent voice makes for an especially angelic delivery.
Colbie Caillat, “Mistletoe”
This spectacularly laid-back tune care of the California folk rocker Caillat is the perfect soundtrack to a laid back Christmas.
Steph Jones, “Little Drummer Boy”
Jones currently has a lot of buzz thanks to his well-received mixtape Gravity. He describes his take on this holiday classic as “like Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ getting jumped by me and then traveling to Africa and back.” We don’t know what that means, but it’s a great little tune.
Trey Songz, “Keep Me Warm (On Christmas)”
Songz may claim that he invented sex, but he still needs a little love on Christmas — and since he posted this tune to his YouTube account, plenty of ladies have offered up their Yuletide services.
Owl City, “The Christmas Song”
Adam Young (the man behind Owl City) released a holiday song called “The Christmas Song” back in ’08, well before releasing his album or topping the chart with “Fireflies.” This past year has given him plenty to celebrate.