Let’s set the scene.
Looking outside, the snow is falling, all around me, children playing, having fun. Inside it’s nice and warm with logs on the fire and gifts on the tree. We’ve got chestnuts roasting on the open fire. We’ve hung up a stocking on our wall, because it’s the time of year where Santa has a ball and he’s put a great big smile on somebody’s face! Looking back to last Christmas, I gave you my heart, but the very next day, you gave it away. This year, all I want for Christmas is You!
Classics one and all, I’m sure you will agree. Year in, year out, the same festive favourites take over the airwaves and the charts. However, every year, we get some new Christmas tracks hoping to join the elite. The Premier League. And 2021 is no different.
Here’s a small selection of the new Christmas tracks added to the KVH Studios services this year from our guide, our very own Santa, Head of Music, Saint Nick Bewes.
Without a doubt, the biggest new Christmas track of the year – not including latest sausage roll creation from Ladbaby, and going for a record fourth festive chart-topper, is the pairing of legend Elton John and the heir to his throne Ed Sheeran. They have teamed up for Merry Christmas. The video features recreations of some of the legendary Christmas music videos from years gone by.
While we’re talking about songs battling to be top of the festive chart, Sky have made a film about the battle to the number one spot in the Christmas charts, with new songs written by Guy Chambers. One of them is A Christmas Wish featuring one of the stars of the film, Iwan Rheon and Cerys Matthews.
Now for something that has a more traditional feel, with a cover of a song from 1950. Darren Criss and Adam Lambert have teamed up for a new version of the Man with a Bag. And it’s a belter.
Next up is the return of Kelly Clarkson to the world of Christmas music. She released Wrapped in Red in 2013 and now she’s back with her second collection of festive tunes which includes her partnership with Ariana Grande, who of course released an EP of Christmas tracks in 2014.
And finally, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Mr. Christmas Music himself, Michael Bublé. His Christmas album was released 10 years ago and has sold 14 million copies around the world. To celebrate its anniversary, he’s recorded some new tracks for a re-release. One of them being Christmas Jumper.
And there you have it for another Christmas. Will any of these become modern day Christmas anthems? Only time will tell.