Top Ten Remade Christmas Tunes!

December 10, 2012

With the holiday season already here, it’s time to put up the decorations, set up the baked goods, and blast some holiday music to get into the spirit! For years on end, Christmas carols have been written, recorded, and recovered by various artists. Although there was an infinite amount of songs to choose from, I have selected the top ten refined Christmas songs by today’s hottest artists. Pay in mind this is all opinionated and not in any specific order!

1. Jingle Bell Rock covered by Rascal Flatts

    • First released by Bobby Helms in 1957, this classic Christmas song integrated a bit of rock and roll into it. Rascal Flatts did justice to the song by not only keeping the same upbeat rhythm, but also incorporating their own hint of country-rock. It’s a tune that you wouldn’t mind having on repeat while dancing (embarrassingly) along to in your living room.

2. Sleigh Ride covered by Fun.

    • Originally composed by Leroy Anderson, “Sleigh Ride” is known as a popular light orchestral piece. I have enjoyed many versions of this song, but Fun. was able to make the song more pleasurable to listen to. As the song starts out, you think it’s going to be like the classic version, but then this catchy, pop tune catches you by surprise. Nate Ruess’ voice, the lead singer, has a special tune in the song that just makes you all giddy for the holiday season.

3. Wonderful Christmastime covered by Demi Lovato

    • Paul McCartney sang this very popular Christmas tune in 1979. Demi Lovato added her own flare of upbeat Pop-Rock to her cover, making it so likeable. Let’s not forget her vocals, which seem to never disappoint. No doubt listening to this version will make sure that you simply have a wonderful Christmastime! (See what I did there?)

4. Joy To The World covered by Train

    • “Joy To The World”, a popular Christmas carol, was written by Isaac Watts and published in 1719. The opening line of this version got me instantly hooked. The uniqueness of the vocals was another strong suit of Train’s “Joy To The World”. Train always releases enjoyable music, so I am not surprised they made my top ten!

Joy To The World

5. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas covered by Michael Buble

    • Meredith Wilson introduced this classic back in 1951. Off of his Christmas album in 2011, Buble delivered an impressive rendition of this song. Without drastically altering the tune of the song, Buble was still able to make it his own, and his soothing voice was just a bonus.

6. Do You Hear What I Hear? covered by Carrie Underwood

    • “Do You Hear What I Hear?” was written in October 1962 with lyrics by Noel Regney and music composed by Gloria Shayne. Carrie Underwood’s version is honestly astonishing. The consoling melody to her voice makes it something you fall asleep to –in a good way, though. The long notes Underwood holds out perfects her rendition even more than it already is. This would hands down be one of my favorite slow Christmas carols.

7. Last Christmas covered by Taylor Swift

    • British pop duo Wham! released this song in 1984. The song explains of one’s heartbreak during last Christmas, so I find it perfectly fit of Swift to make her own version. Nonetheless, she delivered, adding her girly-country vibe to this classic Christmas song that people, including me, seem to love.

8. Drummer Boy covered by Justin Bieber ft. Busta Rhymes

    • Katherine Kennicott Davis wrote “The Little Drummer Boy” in 1941. If you have not heard this version, I suggest you do before you listen to Bieber’s rendition, so you can see the complete transition. “Drummer Boy” integrated rap into this classic Christmas carol. Busta Rhymes spits out his undeniably fast and superb verse, causing many to fail to keep up. The lively drums in the background keeps you interested, as opposed to the choir in the original version. This is undoubtedly one of my favorite up-tempo Christmas tunes.

9. The Christmas Song covered by Gavin Degraw

    • “The Christmas Song” was written by Mel Torme and Bob Wells in 1944. Gavin Degraw kept his version soft and easing, a type of song you would want to snuggle up next to the open-fire with a cup of hot chocolate. Such slow tunes are not usually my go-to songs, but Degraw made an exception out of this one.

10. Silent Night covered by Sugarland

    • This list wouldn’t have been complete without the famous carol “Silent Night” composed in 1818 in Austria. I love how Sugarland did not keep the song too slow-paced. The strumming guitar in the background and the calming vocals is what placed this rendition into the top ten refined Christmas songs by today’s hottest artists!

Take a listen to the clips attached below of each rendition. Did you enjoy them as much as I did, or did you feel there was a better cover out there? The holiday season is here, so I suggest you start getting the Christmas track list ready!

-Aisha R.



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