From Manuel Turizo to Cher, the best new Christmas carols of 2023

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If there is any queen of Christmas par excellence, it is without a doubt Mariah Carey. As soon as the first bars of All I Want For Christmas Is You We all get into our most Christmassy vein and, before you realize it, you are already imbued with the feeling of the most beautiful time of the year.

However, it’s not all that song. Every year, when December approaches, even if it were Mariah would be playing 365 days a year, many artists surprise us with their most festive compositions. And from WECBnow that we have entered the last month of the year, and there are less than fifteen days left until the best day of the year, we recommend ten new Christmas carols.

1. ‘I come from the mountain’, Niña Pastori

Pastori Girl She is one of the most recognized Spanish singers in our country. The one from San Fernando has launched I come from the mountain With Amazon Music, a version of the classic flamenco carol. The song is accompanied by a video clip, which can now be seen on the YouTube channel of Pastori Girlin which the Andalusian appears sitting on white stairs, dressed in an elegant black suit and accompanied by six musicians, with candles in the background, which add Christmas warmth to the video.

“’I come from the mountain’ is a Christmas carol that my mother sang when I was little and I have been listening to it in my house all my life. For me it is very special to have rescued and updated the carol and I hope that my fans enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed throughout the entire creation process,” the singer commented on her version of the carol.

2. ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’, Manuel Turizo

Originally Posted by Meredith Wilson, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas It has been covered by a large number of artists over the years. But this 2023, Manuel Turizo He wanted to give it a twist and take it towards his terrain, with urban overtones.

The Colombian singer, who has already presented his version of the carol live at the Christmas tree lighting rehearsals at the Rockefeller Center in New York, has decided to mix English and Spanish, with his Latin rhythms, achieving a version that is totally his own and novel

“Christmas is always a very happy time and I wanted to be a part of it by performing a very iconic song of this time for Amazon Music Original,” he expressed. Manuel Turizo.

3. ‘Toxic Christmas’, Abraham Mateo

In a year full of samples and using old songs, Abraham Mateo He did not want to be left behind. If in the month of June the OST of the film by Flashdance in Manic, now the man from Cadiz has covered one of the most played Christmas carols every Christmas. In 1984, Wham! threw Last Christmas and, to celebrate the 2023 Holidays, Abraham has released its own version in Toxic Christmaswhere he tells what it’s like to miss a person you love on such an important date.

“A year ago we were putting the tree together.” Buying wine to drink and forget about the world. And now I don’t even know if he would recognize me. After 365 days, same scene but I’m missing your seat at dinner. Waiting for a congratulations this Christmas Eve. I do not feel like doing anything. Do not you worry about anything. I will toast with my girl when they see the bells,” sings the Andalusian in the first verse of the song.

4. ‘A Lonely Christmas’, Sam Smith

From what you see, Sam Smith He is in love with Christmas. And the British singer has not only composed a Christmas carol, but he has prepared an entire Christmas EP. Under the title A Lonely Christmas, Sam has brought together four songs that we had already been able to hear previously to set the scene for the 2023 Festivities.

The Lighthouse Keeper, Have Yourself a Little Merry Christmas, Palace and Night Before Christmas These are the four songs that make up this EP, which has been available since last November 20. The British performer sings about the love and happiness of these important dates.

5. ‘It’s not always Christmas’, Myriam Hernández

The Chilean singer-songwriter has released It’s not always Christmas, a song that works as a preview of the second part of a unique Christmas-themed album that, predictably, will be released this December. This album, in addition to new and own compositions, will also feature covers of classic songs such as Silent Night either Jingle Bell Rock.

Myriam Hernandez performs this carol, which has been composed by Jacobo CalderonNext to the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra. “And something sounds. In my head. And he makes me shipwreck. And the certainties are clouded. And the candles are extinguished. When I think that, it’s not always Christmas,” the Chilean intones in the chorus of her new song.

6. ‘DJ Play A Christmas Song’, Cher

Like Sam Smith, Cher has surprised this year with an entire album, full of Christmas songs and DJ Play A Christmas Song It is the single that opens it. This single, which has been produced by Mark Taylor, who has also been in charge of the production of his super hit Believeopts for autotune, as is usual in the Californian singer’s songs.

In the program Good Morning Britain, Cher made the first statements about her carol: “I am very very excited because there are millions of people in it and I have never had duets in my career. “I’ve never had people on any of my albums.” Michael Buble, Stevie wonder, Tyga, Cyndi Lauper and Darlene Love are the names that accompany Cher in his Christmas album.

7. ‘Last Christmas’, Dan Millward

There are countless covers that have been made since 1984, the year the song was released, of the most legendary song of Wham!, Last Christmasbut this Christmas Dan Millwardan independent New Zealand artist, gives us his own version: an indie Christmas carol with very pop overtones.

Since last November 17, the song is now available on digital platforms, where it has already accumulated more than 300,000 views.

“Last Christmas, I gave you my heart. But the very next day, you gave it away. This year, to save me from tears. I’ll give it to someone special. Once bitten and twice shy. I keep my distance, but you still catch my eye. Tell me, baby, do you recognize me? Well, it’s been a year, it doesn’t surprise me. Happy Christmas. I wrapped it up and felt it. With a note saying: I love you, I meant it. Now I know what a fool I’ve been. But if you kissed me now. “I know you’d fool me again,” they sing. Dan Millward and Wham! in the first stanzas.

8. ‘Christmas, Why You Gotta Do Me Like This’, Eels

American rock band EELS She is already a veteran when it comes to Christmas songs. But this year they bring us Christmas Why You Gotta Do Me Like Thisa very festive song in which, far from admiring the happiness that usually reigns in Christmas carols, they complain about the bad luck that Christmas brings to Mark Oliver Everettcomposer, Jeff Lyster, Kelly Logsdon, Mike Sawitzke, Derek Brown and Allen Hunter.

This single will be included in EELS So Good: Essential EELS, Vol.2a compilation album that will be released on December 15.

9. ‘Christmas Isn’t Christmas’, Bon Jovi

Like one of the classic ballads of Bon Jovithe legendary hard rock group from New Jersey, brings us this Christmas carol, Christmas Isn’t Christmasin which they sing to the purest Christmas feeling, to the memories of each holiday and, above all, to the family.

Jon Bon Jovi, leader of the American band, has commented that “Christmas Isn’t Christmas is a song I wrote about family. The feeling that Christmas really isn’t Christmas without you can bring back a lot of memories for people. I also liked turning it around and knowing that thanks to you, Christmas is Christmas.”

A lyric video is now available on the band’s YouTube channel, with a beautiful typical Christmas background and which already has more than 300,000 views.

10. ‘Festa’, Andrea Bocelli

Produced and written by The Feste Antonacci and performed by the great Italian tenor Andrea Bocellicomes this song specifically created for the United Kingdom warehouse advertisement, John Lewis.

In the letter, Bocelli exudes the value of Christmas and states that he is “delighted to participate in this wonderful and unique tradition of Christmas storytelling. It is very special to me given the great support this will bring to the John Lewis and Andrea Bocelli foundations. Joy to all your worlds this Christmas!”

Besides, Festival has been created as a charity song intended to provide a portion of its profits to aid organizations Building Happier Futuresdedicated to helping and caring for families in need.

And you, what Christmas carol is the one that cannot be missing from your Christmas playlist?


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