It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas music season! And yes, while we’ll definitely have iconic Christmas favorites like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me,” and George Michael’s “Last Christmas” in heavy rotation, every year also brings new songs from some of our favorite artists that deserve spots of their own on your holiday playlists — and there have been quite a few new gems in 2022.
This year delivered the Backstreet Boys’s very first Christmas album, featuring iconic covers and new songs alike. Alicia Keys also released a new project, and Pentatonix recorded even more holiday jams. “Abbott Elementary” star Sheryl Lee Ralph is releasing a holiday album, “Sleigh,” this December, and Camila Cabello put one of her Christmas covers on streaming as well. Additionally, Phoebe Bridgers dropped another Christmas single to raise money for charity, and the legendary band Stars released a Bandcamp-exclusive single called “Christmas Anyway.”
Meanwhile, Olivia Rodrigo gave listeners a small treat to hold them over until she releases her new album: the Christmas song “The Bels,” which she wrote when she was just 5 years old. The “Driver’s License” singer shared the song on her official website alongside a message for her fans. “Hi guys!!! Hope everyone is doing well! I miss you guys!” she wrote. “It’s been getting cold in LA & things are slowing down for the holidays. I put my little silver Christmas tree up in my living room & it makes me super happy. I’m so excited for the new year & everything that’s in store! I hope you guys have a holiday season filled with love & relaxation. Thinking of you always! All my love, Liv.”
If you’re looking for more holiday-themed projects, there’s also the full soundtrack to Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell’s “Spirited,” and “That Christmas Morning Feelin'” is perfect to blast while you decorate your home.
Read on for some of the best new Christmas songs and albums of 2022.