By Conner Tighe
The holidays have a way of uniting the world, even through all the things that divide us. The holiday season is here, and we’ve got the perfect upbeat holiday flair you’ll love. With previous to current generations, these holiday songs will bring our loved ones closer this month.
Glittery – Kacey Musgraves (feat. Troye Sivan)
Kacey Musgraves, who takes inspiration from “the greats” like Dolly Parton and Judy Garland, brought the Christmas spirit full circle when she sang “Glittery” with singer Troye Sivan. The song celebrates the joy, love, and h spirit while sprinkling in LGBTQ+ elements.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
Released in 1944, Meet Me in St. Louis featured the late Judy Garland, who sang a fantastic soundtrack including “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Garland was the first to sing this Christmas classic written by songwriters Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine. The song has since been covered by several artists like Sarah McLachlan, Kelly Clarkson, Lady A, and Bing Crosby.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Darren Criss and Chris Colfer
Sung in season two of the six-season show Glee, Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) and Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) introduced the classic Christmas song originally sung by a female-male duet.
Stuck with U – Ariana Grande (with Justin Bieber)
Released in 2020, “Stuck with U” was an interesting collaboration as it’s the first between Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. While the song was for those stuck inside during the pandemic breakout, the song can easily be relatable for those watching the snowfall this holiday season.
The Christmas Song – Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
Shawn Mendes dropped his most recent album Wonder approximately a year ago which featured “The Christmas Song” on a separate album purchase. The track features Mendes and his longtime love interest Camila Cabello. The two split in mid-November after two years of dating.
Lover – Taylor Swift (feat. Shawn Mendes)
“Lover” was released on Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album titled the same name. The track featured Swift alone until she later released the track again this time featuring Shawn Mendes.
Sources: Genius (Glittery), IMDB (Meet me in St. Louis), National Public Radio, Music Times, IMDB (Glee), Genius (Stuck with U), Elle, Genius (The Christmas Song), Insider, Hypable
Videos: YouTube (Glittery), YouTube (Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas), YouTube (Baby, It’s Cold Outside), YouTube (Stuck with U), YouTube (The Christmas Song), YouTube (Lover)
Featured Image: The New York Times