Get Into the Holiday Spirit with These 2020 Christmas Originals

Tomás Mier
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Getty Images; Courtesy; Jamie Nelson Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor and Gwen Stefani

Tired of the overplayed Christmas classics? These stars got you covered.

This year, multiple artists across genres released Christmas tracks of their own — and we're not just talking about covers!

From One Direction's Liam Payne to newly engaged Gwen Stefani, check out this list of original Holiday songs dropped by some of the top artists.

Sabrina Claudio - "Warm December"

She's heating things off this Christmas!

Sabrina Claudio released her sultry holiday single "Warm December" — and its sexy music video — the weekend before Thanksgiving.

"As we cuddle up next to the fireplace, mm / We'll be burnin up our own flames, oh, oh," she sings. "Hangin' like a thousand mistletoes, ah / So I can kiss you everywhere you go."

This is Claudio's first Christmas song — and it's sure one to remember.

"Get into this XMAS FANTASY ✨✨✨✨," she captioned a clip about the song. So happy you love. whats your fav look?"

Meghan Trainor ft. Earth, Wind & Fire - "Holidays"

Turn it up a lil bit!

Meghan Trainor joined none other than Earth, Wind & Fire for the upbeat and trumpet-filled song "Holidays" off of her Christmas album A Very Trainor Christmas.

"Lemme hear you say, 'I’m rеady for the holiday' / Call the family up, tell em we’re on our way," sings the iconic group.

"Tryna party ‘cause we goin crazy / You can feel it, you can feel it," sings Trainor.

Although it's yet to be released, Trainor told Kelly Clarkson on her NBC talk show that she'll be filming a music video with the group.

"Baby's first official music video is with @earthwindandfire coming soooooon😭🎁 HE'S ALREADY SO COOL!," Trainor wrote on Instagram, referring to the baby she's carrying. (She and Daryl Sabara are expecting a baby boy early next year.)

Lil Nas X - "Holiday"

He's got the reindeer in the back!

Lil Nas X released his first-ever Christmas single "Holiday" on Nov. 13 — and it features a cinematic music video and storyline set in 2220.

"I'm talking about the past year or whatever and all this s--- that's ... a couple of s--- that's been happening," he told Zane Lowe about the new track. "Just establishing where I'm going, where I'm moving — how I'm good no matter what."

"Man, I snuck into the game, came in on a horse / I pulled a gimmick, I admit it, I got no remorse / Nobody tried to let me in, nobody opened doors," he sings on the track. "I kicked them motherf—ers down, they didn't have a choice"

The star teased "Holiday" with help from Michael J. Fox in an ad that aired during an NFL broadcast.

Dan + Shay - "Take Me Home For Christmas"

Show them 'round your town!

Dan + Shay shared their sweet, original holiday track "Take Me Home For Christmas" on Nov. 6 — and it has all the ingredients of the perfect love story.

"Baby, won't you take me home for Christmas / Show me 'round your town / Take me where you used to watch the snow come down," the duo sings. "Honor your traditions, I wanna know 'em all / You'll check every box off of my list / If you take me home for Christmas."

While this is Dan + Shay's first original Christmas song, they previously released a rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in 2014.

"We had a blast writing and recording it," Dan Smyers said in a press release of the new song. "It was cool to get in the holiday spirit a little early this year, because I think we could all use some extra positivity and cheer."

"Our fans have asked for Christmas music every year, so I hope you all have as much fun listening to it as we did making it," he added.

Liam Payne & Dixie D'Amelio - "Naughty List"

Looks like these two are getting coal for Christmas!

For "Naughty List," Liam Payne enlisted (get it?) TikTok star Dixie D'Amelio for the flirtatious holiday-themed track.

"Underneath the mistletoe / We were s'posed to take it slow / Baby, you're my favorite gift / Now we're on the naughty list," Payne sings in the chorus.

This isn't the singer's first Christmas-themed track, he also dropped the melancholic ballad "All I Want (For Christmas)" last year. D'Amelio, on the other hand, is a music newcomer, having dropped her debut song "Be Happy" earlier this year.

"It feels good to share new music with you after so long, especially something so fun after the crazy year we’ve all had!" Payne wrote on Instagram after the song's release.

Mandy Moore - "How Could This Be Christmas"

Put on the fuzzy socks, sit by the fireplace — and take a deep sigh.

Mandy Moore released her Christmas ballad "How Could This Be Christmas" on Nov. 12 with some sweet, nostalgic lyrics perfect for this year's quarantined holiday season.

"At the top of my wishlist / How could this be Christmas / Without you?" she sings.

"The holidays are certainly going to feel verifiably different this year and in this vein, I challenged myself to write a song that hinted at the acknowledgment of something missing without being too specific," the "Only Hope" star said in a press release.

"Because if we've learned anything in this season of change, it's the recognition that those we love and cherish are what's most important and worth celebrating. And that felt like a message to get behind during this special time of year.”

Along with this holiday original, she dropped a sweet rendition of the classic "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

Ava Max - "Christmas Without You"

She's missing her lover this holiday.

Ava Max released her sweet, original holiday track "Christmas Without You" in mid-October, well ahead of the holiday season.

"Christmas came early 🎁," she captioned her post about the track.

"Wherever you are, you brighten the moon / I hope that you'll make it back home soon / 'Cause it won't feel like Christmas without you," she sings.

Max — who dropped her debut album Heaven & Hell in September — last shared a beautiful cover of Mariah Carey's "O Holy Night" in 2018 and Carey's "All I Want for Christmas" the year before.

Kelly Clarkson & Brett Eldredge - "Under The Mistletoe"

It's fair to call Kelly Clarkson the Christmas Queen runner-up after Mariah Carey.

The Voice coach — who has dropped several Christmas singles since her 2014 holiday album Wrapped In Red — paired with country star Brett Eldredge for "Under the Mistletoe" this year.

"It's here!! My brand new Christmas duet #UnderTheMistletoe with @bretteldredge is available everywhere now. 🎅🎄," she wrote on Instagram when the duet dropped. "I know it's a little early, but I just couldn't wait to release this one! Hope y'all love it!"

This isn't Clarkson's first Christmas collab either. She last appeared on John Legend's A Legendary Christmas for a modern rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" last year.

Ally Brooke - "Baby, I'm Coming Home"

Hey, Mrs. Claus!

Ally Brooke has always loved Christmas, and now she has a holiday song to call her own: "Baby, I'm Coming Home."

"This has so much meaning, especially during this time," she wrote on Instagram after its release. "I hope this song can bring you that Christmas spirit and joy, I know we all could use some of that❤️."

"Don't worry this holiday, 'cause / Your present is on the way and / This year you're not alone / Oh, baby, I'm coming home," the Dancing with the Stars alum sings on the electro-pop track.

The former Fifth Harmony member last dropped a modern rendition of Wham!'s "Last Christmas," which she performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade that same year. She also hit the stage at Disney's Holiday Celebration last year to perform "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."

As part of Fifth Harmony, she also recorded a cover of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" in 2014 and holiday original "Can You See" from the movie The Star in 2017.

Tori Kelly - "25th"

A holiday special!

Tori Kelly dropped her Christmas album A Tori Kelly Christmas on Oct. 30 — and while it featured several covers of traditional holiday tracks, it also featured some songs penned by Kelly herself, including "25th."

"Don't you know that Christmas would be incomplete / If you're not here with me / Sugar plums ain't half as sweet as you / Someone go tell Santa I don't need no gifts / Got nothing on my list," she sings. "Don't you know my only wish is to hold you on the 25th?"

Kelly — who dropped her EP Solitude in August — teased her holiday album for weeks.

"This is something I’ve been wanting to do for SO long & now i get to finally share these songs with you (some classics, & maybe a few originals🥰)!!" she captioned her album announcement in early October on Instagram.

Ingrid Andress - "Christmas Always Finds Me"

Somehow, Christmas always finds her.

Rising country star Ingrid Andress dropped her melancholic holiday ballad "Christmas Always Finds Me" on Oct. 30 — along with a sweet lyric video.

"Through the years I've moved a lot / Different doors with different locks / But somehow Christmas always finds me / It's been a while since I wished / For all the blades and pixie sticks / But somehow Christmas always finds me," she sings on the track.

Andress, who released her debut album Lady Like earlier this year, opened up about penning the song herself on Instagram.

"i wrote this while thinking about how weird/different the holidays will be this year for everyone," she wrote. "but at the end of the day, there's always room for enjoying the holidays. especially Xmas. or whatever u celebrate."

Jonas Brothers - "I Need You Christmas"

Lean back and relax while the bros serenade you.

The Jonas Brothers dropped the sweet, violin-backed ballad "I Need You Christmas" just in time for the Thanksgiving season.

"With having such a crazy year, we all really need something to look forward to ... the holidays is a time that brings us together and is something that brings us joy in the darkest of times," the trio captioned their post about their new song — and they also shared some adorable family photos.

"If you're young, if you're old / We all wait to be told / Just a simple phrase / "Have a Merry Christmas" / Ooh, ooh / Christmas, ooh, ooh, ooh," Nick, Joe and Kevin harmonize.

"I Need You Christmas" isn't the band's first holiday song. Last year, they released "Like It's Christmas." During the Jonas Brothers' time on Disney Channel, they also released seasonal songs "Joyful Kings" and "Girl of My Dreams."

Carly Rae Jepson - "It's Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries"

I mean, she's not wrong?

Carly Rae Jepson dropped her festive track "It's Not Christmas Till Someone Cries" the night before Halloween — and the uptempo bop doesn't shy away from talking tears during the holiday season.

"Everybody made it home for Christmas Eve/Tried to keep it cool around the Christmas tree," sings Jepsen, before listing why she can't actually "keep it cool" this year: an uncle talking politics, a vegan boyfriend being served fish and grandpa eating some gummies not intended for him.

This isn't the Canadian singer's first festive track. Back in 2015, she released a cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas." She also wrote and recorded the wintery song "Mittens" in 2010.

"I love the old fashioned movies and the family traditions and the excitement of gifting presents and decorating the tree and and and... my list is endless," said Jepsen in a statement. "But each year the pressure to have the perfect Christmas always ends in tears. I call it Christmas versus expectation."

Grouplove - "A Grouplove Christmas"

"I just want to spend Christmas with you!"

Grouplove — the alt-rock group comprising Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi, Andrew Wessen, Daniel Gleason and Benjamin Homola — dropped their first-ever holiday track "A Grouplove Christmas" featuring relatable lyrics about longing with your lover during the holiday season.

"Let's just forget about the presents / And the things we need to do / Let's just snuggle by the fire / We can drink up all the booze /'Cause baby, I wanna spend Christmas with you," the group sings in the track's chorus.

The new holiday song comes months after the group released their fourth album Healer back in March.

Gwen Stefani - "Here This Christmas"

Gwen Stefani is gearing up for her first holiday as an engaged woman — and she has a new Christmas song too!

The No Doubt alum released original "Here This Christmas" last month as part of Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas. The track — written by Stefani, Ryan Tedder and Brent Kultze — was added to the reissue of her You Make It Feel Like Christmas album.

"My new holiday song #HereThisChristmas is out now on the special #YouMakeItFeelLikeChristmas Deluxe edition & will be the theme to @hallmarkchannel’s #CountdowntoChristmas!!🥰," she wrote on social media. "Grateful to have worked w @RyanTedder on this one. Link in bio! 🎄🎁🎄 gx."

In 2018, she dropped the deluxe edition of her Christmas album with five tracks, including covers for "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," "Winter Wonderland" and "Feliz Navidad," which features Chilean star Mon Laferte.

“Don’t need presents under the tree/Don’t need snow and caroling/I don’t need a lot of wishes/I just need you here this Christmas," she sings on the track.

Pentatonix - "Thank You"

Thank you, Pentatonix.

As part of their Nov. 13 Christmas album We Need A Little Christmas, the quintet — comprising Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee — dropped "Thank You" an original holiday song with hints of "Jingle Bells."

"We know it's been quite a year, but we hope our new album of Christmas songs will bring some comfort to you and your family during the holiday season!" the group wrote on Instagram.

The group is no stranger to releasing holiday tracks. Their first came in 2012 with PITXmas followed my That's Christmas To Me in 2015 and A Pentatonix Christmas in 2017. They also released Christmas Is Here! in 2018 and The Best of Pentatonix Christmas last year.