Jessica T
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Our Top 10 Favourite Karaoke Christmas Songs Of All Time

November 23, 2017

If you haven't noticed, that is actually the title of a featured playlist on Popsical for this holiday season. Yeah that's right, we're almost at the time of the year where the city is over decorated with fairy lights and massive Christmas trees with little plastic ornaments on them while shoppers empty their pockets in malls for the perfect gifts for their loved ones.

Whether you’re getting your presents wrapped, getting ready for that fancy dress party or just spending quality time with family and friends, you’ll definitely need the perfect set of karaoke playlist to get pumped up for that holiday spirit. We know that Christmas songs are so overplayed everywhere at this time of the year that makes you want to stab yourself with a candy cane, but many of these festive ear-worms are actually some of the best songs ever written out there in our century.

Let's take a look at our top 10 favourite Xmas classics we've featured in Tis The Season Playlist on Popsical!

1) All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey

Come on, is it even Christmas if you don't hear Mariah Carey at least once during this festive season?

All I want for Christmas is filled with a flirty attitude, belt-able verses, and various harmonies that's perfect for you and your family and friends to jam and dance along to. It's joyous, uplifting and ridiculously catchy. It's the perfect song to pre-empt you into the Christmas mood even if you are not a fan of this overly commercialized season. Haha!

As cheesy as it is, it's no doubt one of the most successful Christmas classics that has ever been made out there.

2) Last Christmas - Cascada

How can a heartbreak song sound so happy and yet appropriate for this festive season? The answer is two times Grammy award winning George Michael. He was best known for his works in the 1980s and 1990s, including other hit singles such as Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and albums such as Faith and Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.

Unfortunately, this season of love isn't always snowflakes, romantic candles and plenty of kisses. This is a song to remind us that, just like any other time of the year, people get their hearts broken too and that is okay. We just have to embrace the mistakes made in the past and move on. Someone special will always come along next. ;)

I really like this version of Last Christmas by Cascada. It's different from the ones that we're used to listening to on the radios and in shopping malls. The kick drums in this rendition really spices the tune up and it really gets the groove going in a Karaoke session.

3) Santa Claus is Coming To Town - Justin Bieber

Canadian sweetheart Justin Bieber did a cover of a children's Christmas favourite, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town back in 2011 for his Under the Mistletoe holiday album. Bieber did a pretty sweet job covering the song by adding that Broadway musical/modern pop vibe to it. It's definitely a refreshing touch to this timeless jingle that was first released in 1934. That's even before our grandparents were born! Have YOU been good this Christmas?

4) White Christmas Connie Talbot

White Christmas is a song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting that was originally sung by Bing Crosby in 1942. Over here we have a cover of White Christmas by 2007 Britain's Got Talent's first runner-up, Connie Talbot.

There is just something so enchanting about a child singing and Talbot has undoubtedly one of the most alluring voice we've ever heard. Talbot is now a full grown teenager at age 17 as she continues to pursue her career as a pop singer. Fortunately for us, these records Talbot recorded prior in her BGT days are made available for us to revisit that angelic voice of hers, anytime. Can you believe it's been 10 years since we saw that jaws-dropping audition of hers in Britain's Got Talent? Jeeez.. time really flies.

5) Merry Christmas Baby - Bruce Springsteen

Merry Christmas Baby is a song originally released by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers in 1947. It has since been covered by many recording artists including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Cobie Caillat and Brad Paisley. This Christmas blues/rock single promised us a Christmas with all things good. From good music, heaps of presents including a diamond ring and of course, a kiss under the mistletoe. Duh!

6) Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney

If I were to pick a favourite member of The Beatles, it would be Paul McCartney without a doubt. Wonderful Christmas Time is an upbeat trifle about having fun around the holidays that showcases McCartney's silly side. Sleigh bells, repetitive melodies and of course McCartney's mellifluous voice, that spells for nothing but a chart topping holiday single. The fact that the album art is just a picture of McCartney wearing a Santa hat just shows how cool a bloke McCartney must be. It must really fun to hang out with McCartney for Christmas. :)

7) O Holy Night - Mariah Carey

Once again, Mariah Carey's voice has stolen all our hearts with this lovely Christmas carol. Her rendition of O Holy Night is another beautifully executed, gospel-tinged twist on a traditional carol, featuring mind-blowing high notes (as usual). Karaoke with a bar that high in front of all your family and friends on Christmas night? Challenge accepted!

8) Santa Baby - Madonna

Madonna isn't known as the queen of pop for no reason. She was in full-on "Who's That Girl" mode for this cover of Eartha Kitt's fireside seduction, all hiccuping flirtation and winking vamps. Amidst all the warm fuzzy feeling we get from most Christmas songs, Madonna's Santa Baby ensures that things do get a little spiced up during the holiday season too. This Christmas novelty song is about a sexy singer (presumably a female) having a ridiculously long and exorbitant Christmas list for Santa. The song is an ironic reference of a Christmas list addressed to their significant others by women who wants extravagant gifts such as sables, diamond rings, yachts, sparkling gems and decorations from Tiffany's. Madonna's fun and playful performance in this song puts listeners in a tease for the holiday season.

Okay we've got to turn the thermo up a little right now. It's getting a little hot in here!

9) Little Drummer Boy - Pentatonix

Do you know that before it was known as the Little Drummer Boy, the song was originally titled Carol of the Drums. Why? Because of the repeating line "pa rum pum pum pum," which imitates the sound of a drum.

Here at Popsical, we're featuring a cover version of this timeless classic by Pentatonix, one of America's top selling 5-piece acapella group. This version of Little Drummer Boy charted in several Billboard categories including peaking at number two on the Streaming Songs chart and number one on the Holiday 100 chart, receiving a number of Billboard awards.

Pentatonix's rendition of Little Drummer Boy is refreshing to the ears as it's not often that we get some serious beat-boxing going in a Christmas carol. Their eccentric pop-style arrangements with various vocal harmonies, bass lines, riffing, percussion and beat-boxing have caught our attention and extended some serious invitation for a beat-boxing karaoke session here at Popsical. Gather a bunch of your mates and family members to sing this acapella together and we promise you nothing short of a smashing good time with your loved ones!

10) Happy Xmas - Celine Dion

Finally, we're wrapping things up with a rendition of Happy Xmas by hit-singer, Celion Dion. Happy Xmas, or also known as War is Over is a Christmas song touching on the themes of social unity and peaceful change enacted through personal accountability and empowerment by John Leno and his spouse then, Yoko Ono. In the song, Lennon tries to convey optimism while avoiding the sentimentality that he felt often characterised by music we listen to in the holiday season.

Before it became a household Christmas tune, Lennon originally penned this as a protest song about the Vietnam War. The idea that "we're just as responsible as the man who pushes the button. As long as people imagine that somebody's doing it to them and that they have no control, then they have no control.".

The Christmas message of Peace and Hope is strong in this one. While we have the luxury and privilege of celebrating Christmas all safe and warm in our homes with our loved ones, let's not forget that Christmas is also a time for giving and receiving, a time to remember others that are less fortunate than ourselves.

Over here at Popsical, we would like to wish everyone of you a very Merry Christmas for those celebrating, and warmest season greetings to the rest! May your days be filled with fun loving Karaoke sessions and everlasting memories made with your loved ones! ;)

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