The 12 best new Christmas songs of 2022

Tired of hearing “All I Want for Christmas” for the umpteenth time this season? We also.

Luckily there are plenty of fresh holiday tracks from top artists. Whether Lizzo is playing Stevie Wonder or Camila Cabello is hanging fresh tinsel on a seasonal standard, there’s plenty of new music to grace the halls this year. Here are a dozen songs to ring the bells and get your soul singing for the twelve days of Christmas.

Any excuse to listen to this Christmas gem — a soulful African American alternative to “Silent Night” popularized by Stevie Wonder — is a good one. And to hear Lizzo bring her “good as hell” vibes to this Amazon Music exclusive is nothing short of joyful.

The “Havana” singer manages to bring festive freshness to a Christmas classic that’s been tuned to death. It starts off with a more traditional take, but then she adds some Latin flair with some mariachi cheerfulness. Ole!

Santa, honey!  Alicia Keys brings her own soulful sultriness to a remake of Eartha Kitt's classic Christmas come-on.
Santa, honey! Alicia Keys brings her own soulful sultriness to a remake of Eartha Kitt’s classic Christmas come-on.
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Let’s get it straight: no one will ever top the 1984 Wham! Movie-inspiring classic, 2019’s Last Christmas. But the Backstreet Boys bring an irresistible harmonious lushness to the beloved old chestnut.

The 15-time Grammy winner brings a soulful sultry – both sung and spoken – to this remake of the Eartha Kitt classic. It warms you better than any chimney ever could.

The 63-year-old Grammy-winner and former Shalamar singer gives the Peanuts plenty of true love in this jazzy rendition of the classic ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’

Backstreet is back with a very good interpretation of the 1984 Wham!  classic, "last christmas"
Backstreet is back with a very good interpretation of the 1984 Wham! Classic “Last Christmas”.

American Idol alum Smith brings Amy Winehouse vibes to this original track. It’s an ode to the loneliness that the holidays can bring for those who aren’t booed. When she sings “I hate being single on the 25th,” it’s all too easy to follow.

The color of his last name may be “brown,” but this country sensation captures all kinds of blue on this Amazon Music exclusive. His rich baritone makes mourning sound sweet.

Country singer Kane Brown brings us the blues—the good kind—to take with us "Blue Christmas."
Country singer Kane Brown brings us closer to the blues – the good kind – with “Blue Christmas”.
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The “Chandelier” singer spices things up better than sugar in this original track from the reissue of her Everyday Is Christmas album.

If you’re escaping your family and need a little cry in your kid’s room, this beautiful, melancholy number from indie folk favorite Bridgers is the perfect soundtrack.

'80s pop idol Debbie Gibson is dueting with her chart mate from that era, NKOTB's Joey McIntyre "Holiday with heartbreak."
’80s pop idol Debbie Gibson duels her chart-topping pal from the era, NKOTB’s Joey McIntyre, in ‘Heartbreak Holiday.’

How sweet the sound! The R&B duo brings an extra layer of soul to the gospel classic. It’s not technically a Christmas carol, but it’s a welcome addition to any Christmas playlist.

This bubbly bop from the former Glee star’s Netflix Christmas movie — Falling for Christmas, starring Lindsay Lohan — will definitely have you reaching for that next pint of spiked eggnog.

Talk about a Christmas present. This duet between Gibson – whose hit debut ‘Out of the Blue’ turned 35 this year – and the New Kids on the Block heartthrob is almost too good to be true. The 12 best new Christmas songs of 2022

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Emma Bowman by emailing

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