It’s here – the holidays. Whether this means Christmas, or Hanukkah, New Year, or just winter break, it should definitely mean new music as well. Christmas songs come back in rotation or are newly released, and artists strive to bring in new content for 2018 before it’s over. In this article, we’re going to examine the top songs of this 2018 winter season.
- “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by (whatever version you prefer)
This song has been on the forefront of conversations as its lyrics have become controversial. It has been argued that at the time the song was written, most of the lyrics had less of a problematic meaning than they do today. However, following the #MeToo movement and the growth of anti-rape culture, it’s unclear whether or not the song is appropriate for the holidays.
- “Wow.” by Post Malone
A song that may have been missed with the jumble of the holidays is Post Malone’s newest song “Wow.”, released December 24th. A classic release by the artist reaffirms his presence coming into the new year of 2019.
- “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande
This song has made its presence on social media strong following Ariana Grande’s release of the music video before the beginning of December. It has yet to cycle out of the memes and viral thoughts on the media and is a signifier of this holiday season.
- “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
I mean – this song has broken the Spotify record for the most streams in a single day with over 10.8 million streams and has surpassed over 1 billion streams total. What else needs to be said?
- “Fire on Fire” by Sam Smith
This song may have flown under the radar, but is a wonderful new release by Sam Smith. Again, it captures his phenomenal vocal technique. It comes from Netflix’s newest released series “Watership Down”.
- “A lot” by 21 Savage
21 Savage released his newest album on December 24th. The top song from it so far is “A Lot” referencing his emotional pain to his brother. Definitely worth a listen and an update on the content from 21 Savage.
- “Christmas at Swae’s” by Swae Lee
Swae Lee made a Christmas Song. That should be reason enough to check it out.
- “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” by Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson
This song was release November 29th and is a wonderful reemergence of Miley Cyrus. A touching song about love and its hardships comes from the newly wed who seems to have grown into love and maturity over the years. I feel many can, at a minimum, connect to the ideas brought up in this song over the holiday season.
- Anything Michael Bublé Christmas
Michael Buble recently announced his retirement from music. This means it’s more important than ever to recognize his presence and importance in rejuvenating holiday jazz in a way that is pleasing and less-creepy that other songs before. His renditions provided new life in the holiday music genre welcome in most-if not all households.
- “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano
We can never ignore the only Spanish song that 80% of Americans know. I think, personally, that it represents the prominent Spanish culture that exists in the U.S., whether or not it’s popular – but, in this case it is.