Christmas season is here, and with that comes our favorite Christmas songs. Christmas songs are a cultural phenomena and have been covered by a huge variety of different artists. Here are some of the best covers of Christmas songs that you may, or may not, have heard.
Santa Baby-Taylor Swift
Everyone seems to love Taylor Swift! In one of the most magnificent Christmas song covers, Taylor Swift takes Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby” and truly makes it her own. Straying away from the slow, sultry feel of the original, Taylor Swift made the song a lot more upbeat and country.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town-Bruce Springsteen
Santa Claus is Coming to Town was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in 1934. However, most people know this song from Bruce Springsteen’s rock n’ roll cover of the song. This version went on to become arguably the most popular version of the beloved Christmas classic.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas-Johnny Mathis
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas has been covered by many artists, including Bing Crosby. However, Johnny Mathis made one of the best versions in 1986. However, his version didn’t immediately gain popularity or radio play. It wasn’t until his cover was featured in the Christmas classic, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, that people began to associate this song with Mathis. Ever since then, his version has become the most popular and widely played.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree/Jingle Bell Rock Medley-
Michael Buble and Carly Rae Jepsen
We can’t talk about Christmas covers without having at least one Michael Buble song on the list. On Michael Buble’s Home for the Holidays special, he invited fellow Canadian, Carly Rae Jepsen, to do a duet with him. Jepsen is known for the hit pop song, Call me Maybe, but this duet proves that she has some chops singing live too. The performance was charming and a nice take on two classic Christmas songs.
Blue Christmas-Elvis Presley
A lot of people tend to be shocked to hear that Elvis Presley isn’t the original singer of Blue Christmas. Doye O’Dell recorded the first version of the song in 1948. However, it was Elvis that cemented this song as a true Christmas classic. His version is so ingrained into our culture and psyche, that it has to be included on the list.
All I Want For Christmas is You-Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” is probably the most recent song to have the honor of being classified as a bona fide Christmas classic. She’s also probably the only one who can get away with being in a cover of her own song. Regardless, Justin Bieber adds a lot to the song and it’s never been better. The updated version has a lot of charm and energy, as both Bieber and Carey playfully try to one-up each other. Covering the greatest Christmas song of our generation had to be tough, luckily it proved to be a great idea.
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