MANILA, Philippines – In the Philippines, Christmas songs start playing in September. This year, many of today’s most popular artists have released holiday-themed songs for their fans. Let’s take a look:
Charice Pempengco covers “O Holy Night”
Charice’s pure talent comes through in this version of the Christmas classic.
One Direction with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
The British boyband made a stop at Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show to do this little Christmas tune with classroom instruments.
Mariah Carey, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
Immortalized in an iconic scene from holiday favorite Love Actually, the song is most definitely a holiday classic, and perfrormed again by Mariah a few times this year.
Sam Smith, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Count on Sam Smith to deliver a heartbreaking version of one of the holiday’s saddest songs, right up there with “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
Ariana Grande, “Santa Tell Me”
One of the year’s biggest breakout stars gives us this fun pop tune.
Michael Buble and Idina Menzel, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
The flirty, lighthearted song is a perfect fit for smooth crooner Michael Buble and the unstoppable Adele Dazeem…we mean Idina Menzel!
And apparently a go-to song for Christmas duets, here’s a version of the same song from Sara Bareilles and Seth MacFarlane (yes, that Seth, of Family Guy and Ted fame).
All the Christmas music by Pentatonix
No instruments, just the sheer vocal firepower from Avi, Kevin, Mitch, Scott, and Kristin.
Sam Tsui, featuring Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi, “O Holy Night”
YouTube star Sam Tsui, who made his way to the Philippines this year with friend and frequent collaborator Kurt Hugo Schneider, has this version of “O Holy Night.”
Various stars, “Do They Know It’s Christmas”
A sobering reminder of this year’s global trials, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was organized by music mogul Bob Geldof, with the participation of artists like One Direction, Chris Martin, Bono, and others.
Let’s not forget the Christmas throwbacks! Here are just a few of many Christmas songs from past years:
98 Degrees, “This Gift”
Gary Valenciano, “Pasko Na, Sinta Ko”
Christmas isn’t always happy – it can be melancholy, lonely, and painful. Gary’s version captures longing and sadness perfectly.
Boyz II Men, “Silent Night”
Christina Aguilera, “The Christmas Song”
Justin Bieber, “Mistletoe”
Even the Biebs released a Christmas song.
Britney Spears, “My Only Wish This Year”
U2, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
Coldplay, “Christmas Lights”
Billy Mack (played by Bill Nighy in Love Actually), “Christmas Is All Around”
Jewel, “O Holy Night”
‘N Sync, “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”
Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
This lovely version of the Christmas classic appeared on the soundtrack of the holiday movie Elf.
Jose Mari Chan, “Christmas In Our Hearts”
You know it’s Christmas when this plays at the malls!
And last year, Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt came up with their own cover:
And here’s another one from Glee – this pretty version from Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson, played by Chris Colfer and Darren Criss:
And finally, as you look forward to next year, here’s a sweet tune from Zooey and Joe!
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