Bells will be Ringing: It’s Spotify Christmas Singles Time

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Bells will be Ringing: It’s Spotify Christmas Singles Time

 

It’s holiday season – don’t fight it! – and we’re once again unwrapping a playlist of festive covers. Spotify Singles: Christmas Collection features 15 new tracks recorded by an eclectic mix of artists in our studios in Nashville, London and New York City.   

 

Included in the mix is John Legend, singing the Jackson 5 song “Give Love On Christmas Day.” Nina Nesbitt croons “Oh Holy Night,” while the classic “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” gets a jazz spin from Tony Bennett and Diana Krall. Meghan Trainor performs “White Christmas,” a song she says takes her back in time.

 

“‘White Christmas’ has always held a special place in my heart because I sang it with my high school jazz band back in Cape Cod,” says Trainor. “It was nerve-wracking to perform for my peers, but when everyone reacted so loudly I realised I would remember that moment for the rest of my life. I will also always remember seeing this little green light in the audience and it was actually my mom recording the whole thing. She’s the best.”

 

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts deliver a punk rock version of “Drummer Boy,” which Jett says was inspired by The Who’s Keith Moon. “Hopefully we captured the rock and roll flavour of Keith’s amazing style, while still maintaining the poignant nature of the great lyric and the song,” Jett says.

 

The playlist also features two Spanish-language songs, “Feliz Navidad” performed by Why Don’t We, and “El Burrito Sabanero,” performed by Aloe Blacc.

 

“Living in a cosmopolitan city like Los Angeles, I experience a lot of different cultures,” Blacc told Spotify. “I discovered ‘El Burrito Sabanero’ through my daughter who was learning Christmas carols from Dr. Martha Gonzales, lead vocalist of the Grammy-winning band Quetzal. It has become a favourite in our family and I am excited to share it with yours.”

 

Meanwhile, country singer Devin Dawson drew inspiration from his go-to movie at Christmas. “When everybody else was watching ‘A Christmas Story’ & ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ I was growing up watching ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’” he says. “So I’ve always wanted to do my own interpretation of ‘Christmas Time Is Here.’ It’s a song that’s in my bones, and from a music geek perspective it’s got some pretty ambitious chord changes.”

 

For those still hooked on our holiday singles from 2017 (hello DMX singing “Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer”), they’re all still available in the updated playlist.

 

Here’s the complete track listing for Spotify Singles: Christmas Collection (the top 15 tracks are new for 2018):  

 

  1. Feliz Navidad – Why Don’t We
  2. Oh Holy Night – Nina Nesbitt
  3. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town – Tony Bennett and Diana Krall
  4. White Christmas – Meghan Trainor
  5. Christmas Time Is Here – Devin Dawson
  6. Give Love On Christmas Day – John Legend
  7. Linus and Lucy (A Charlie Brown Christmas) – Anderson.Paak
  8. Christmas Must Be Tonight – Amy Helm & The Wood Brothers
  9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Jon Batiste & Danielle Brooks
  10. In the Bleak Midwinter – Fenne Lily
  11. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Paloma Faith
  12. Little Drummer Boy – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  13. El Burrito Sabanero – Aloe Blacc
  14. Oh My Christmas Tree – Jim James
  15. Last Christmas – Pale Waves
  16. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Demi Lovato
  17. Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer – DMX
  18. Can You See – Fifth Harmony
  19. White Christmas – George Ezra
  20. In The Morning – Jack Johnson
  21. Silent Night – Janelle Kroll
  22. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – Josh Groban
  23. Christmas Eve – Kelly Clarkson
  24. This Christmas – Lalah Hathaway
  25. Sleigh Ride – MIley Cyrus
  26. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – MIley Cyrus
  27. It’s Not Christmas ‘Til You Come Home – Norah Jones
  28. Fairytale of New York – Rostam
  29. River – Sam Smith
  30. Santa Baby – Wolf Alice
  31. The Christmas Song – Wyclef Jean
  32. Jingle Bells – Wynton Marsalis
  33. Wonderful Christmastime – Xavier Omär and Sango
  34. Last Christmas – Yoke Lore

 

Listen to the Spotify Singles: Christmas Collection here.

 

 

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