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Don't Sleep On These Brand-New Holiday Songs From RuPaul, Lil Jon & More
Every year, shortly after Thanksgiving ends, the debate around which holiday song is the best returns, with Mariah Carey an ever-present fixture of the discussion. By the time the holidays creep around, though, chances are those tracks are feeling a little played out. And you know what that means: It’s time for a new playlist.
Thanks to the generous spirit of artists including John Legend, Tyler, The Creator, Lil Jon, Ozuna, Aloe Blacc and RuPaul (of "RuPaul's Drag Race"), there are now a handful of cheerful new holiday tracks you can jam out to. You can listen to our selection below, all of which are original songs released this year (no remakes of "Jingle Bells" or "Santa Baby" here).
"Bring Me Love" – John Legend
Multi-hyphenate GRAMMY winner John Legend has been pretty busy. Remember when he became the first black man—and youngest person ever—to earn an EGOT (an Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winner) on Sept. 9? Perhaps his schedule had something to do with why the R&B crooner waited to release a proper holiday album, A Legendary Christmas (geddit?) until 2018. It was worth the wait: A Legendary Christmas offers Legend’s take on eight holiday classics, along with six original tracks, including "Bring Me Love."
"I Am The Grinch" – Tyler, The Creator
Everyone's favorite holiday hater, the Grinch, got a makeover this year with a new feature film, complete with a score written by GRAMMY-winning composer Danny Elfman and GRAMMY-nominated rapper Tyler, The Creator. The soundtrack features two tracks by Tyler, including an original song, "I Am The Grinch."
"All I Really Want For Christmas" – Lil Jon
If you haven't watched the music video for GRAMMY-nominated rapper/hype-man Lil Jon's "All I Really Want For Christmas" since it was released on Dec. 17, you've been missing out. Spoiler alert: The Kool-Aid Man is still breaking through walls, and all Lil Jon wants "is everything on my list, baby!"
"Llego La Navidad" – Ozuna
Reggaeton star Ozuna offers a joyful Spanish-language song, whose title translates to "Christmas Is Here," and is dedicated to his native Puerto Rico, with support from fellow Puerto Rican artists: Christian Nieves and children's music group Generación Escogida.
"Hey Sis, It's Christmas" – RuPaul feat. Markaholic
Queen bee drag queen RuPaul has gifted us with a third holiday album this year, titled Christmas Party, which follows 2015's Slay Belles and 1997's Ho Ho Ho. The album features several new, original songs, including the all-around fabulous "Hey Sis, It's Christmas" featuring Markaholic, with amazing lyrics like "all of Santa's elves be giving me life." RuPaul, you give us life.
"I Got Your Christmas Right Here" – Aloe Blacc
The soulful GRAMMY nominee also blessed listeners with a holiday album this year, Christmas Funk, which he said is "Christmas music you can listen to year round." One of the original songs, "I Got Your Christmas Right Here," is a cheerful track—and music video—celebrating love and family.