It’s December 1st, y’all.
‘Tis the season…
It’s December 1st and if you’re anything like us at BreatheHeavy, the end of 2015 rapidly approaching will send you into a tail spin of existential anxiety about the passing of time. So stop, take a deep breath, pour yourself a mug of mulled wine, shove some Christmas cookies in the oven and listen to our favorite 7 Christmas pop songs.
7. Britney Spears – “My Only Wish (This Year)”
One of the most cruelly underrated Christmas tracks has to be Britney Spears’ lament for a lost love, “My Only Wish (This Year)”. Featuring classic early-’00s Brit runs and riffs, plenty of sleigh bells and some superfluous titular parenthesis, “My Only Wish” is everything a Britney Christmas song should be.
6. Ariana Grande – “Santa Tell Me”
Christmas with a touch of R&B and sass, Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me” is a cute and catchy feel-good tune and features an inexplicably brilliant gospel-lite ending.
5. Leona Lewis – “One More Sleep”
Leona Lewis may not be instantly synonymous with the holidays but her sole attempt at usurping Mimi as the Queen of Christmas resulted in “One More Sleep” – a song so good irrespective of season, that it makes “Bleeding Love” sound like the selfie song.
4. Pentatonix – “That’s Christmas To Me”
Acapella group Pentatonix may be best known for their covers, but the sole original track on their Christmas album is the record’s standout. Wonderfully nostalgic, beautifully melodic and (depending on how much eggnog you’ve gone through) a potential tear jerk-er, “That’s Christmas To Me” sounds like an instant Christmas classic.
3. Kelly Clarkson – “Underneath the Tree”
The lead single from Kelly Clarkson’s critical and commercial smash ‘Wrapped in Red’, “Underneath the Tree” was a festive triumph for Clarkson and is a worthy addition to any holiday season playlist. The jazzy, big-band style pop will have you dancing around your Christmas tree in no time.
2. Wham! – “Last Christmas”
The oldest entry in our countdown by a decade, Wham!’s depressing Christmas ditty is a must-have addition to your office Christmas party.
1. Mariah Carey – “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
You knew it was coming. Undoubtedly the best Christmas pop song for generations, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has not only broken records, set standards and inspired thousands of covers, it’s captured the hearts of many a generation and rightfully claimed a place among the Christmas classics.