Out with the old, in with the new: We need Christmas classics for our generation


Erica Blockinger

Christmas music battle, old v new.

by Erica Blockinger, Reporter

We all know the classic Christmas songs sung by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Mariah Carey, but I think it’s time for new artists to carry on the Christmas torch. I want to hear new Christmas songs as good as the classics. I’ve heard enough of “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “Winter Wonderland.” I want to know who is going to step up to the plate and make the cheery Christmas songs we listen to when we are adults. 

Why people don’t want to hear new Christmas songs

Before we look into who can bring the newest holiday hits, we need to figure out why people aren’t as interested in the newer songs, and what artists can do that will help people enjoy their new songs this Christmas season. 

It’s no secret the majority of the population love the classic Christmas songs like “Silver Bells,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and “It’s the most Wonderful Time of the Year;” but why do people not want to hear the new original songs? 

In my opinion it’s because people want to hear the songs they grew up listening to when they were kids. Nothing was better than waking up on Christmas morning and opening up presents with your family all gathered around the perfect tree they spent hours looking for. People want to feel the magic they had when they were a kid during Christmas, so listening to the classic Christmas songs makes them nostalgic and have the magical feeling they once had when they were a child. 

Another reason is because most of the new Christmas songs are just bad. John Legend and Kelly Clarkson’s new version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is an example of newer Christmas songs or versions that can’t be enjoyed. This song is probably the one I dislike the most this year. It totally disses on the old version of the song, and Kelly Clarkson sounds like she’s being forced to sing. The new lyrics also make it sound like the guy is forcing her to leave, not letting her have a choice which is what the new message was supposed to be about. “ I ought to say, “No, no, no, sir” (then you really ought to go, go, go).” So it’s no wonder why people like the older songs. 

With that, personally I haven’t heard any new Christmas songs that include anything about Christianity, the real reason for the Christmas season. The real classic Christmas songs include Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, and main stream artists aren’t producing anything with that. Songs like “Silent Night, “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and “Oh Holy Night” contribute to the magical feeling of Christmas.

Newer Christmas songs that will become our generation’s classics 

Ariana Grande has two Christmas albums with original songs for the Christmas season. Christmas Kisses (2013), and Christmas and Chill (2015) are her two albums that bring you all the Christmas feels. My favorite song from Winter Things, is “Winter Things.” This song is her most Christmas feeling song on the album, but still brings a modern twist to it. 

Sia also bring new Christmas songs that give you the holiday feel. Like “Candy Cane Lane,” and “Snowman.” These songs that she has produced are fresh and new which makes them enjoyable, but they are also listenable, meaning they aren’t super cringy or seem like they are trying too hard to make these Christmas songs.

“Take a trip down Candy Cane Lane with me It’s so magical, let’s go there in your dreams, It’s the best, so get dressed, I’ll impress you with the lights in all their windows.” Sia is encouraging someone to get up and come see how magical the Christmas decorations are with all the colors and lights. 

With the return of the Jonas Brothers, they produced a Christmas single, “Like it’s Christmas” and the song is another great tune to listen to this year. The songs lyrics bring in the Christmas spirit by talking about fires and Christmas lights and snow on the ground, everything we associate with winter and Christmas.