are almost in the Christmas season, so it is officially time to get out
all of our favorite songs from the big pop girl bands.
People love to hear the same songs every year at this time, but most of them are actually bad. Are you tired of hearing "Fairytale of New York” everywhere you go? Are you fed up of listening to Frank Sinatra and Wizzard at every opportunity?
You are, of course, and so it is time to share our top picks for Christmas songs from our favorite big pop girls.
What are you waiting to do? Grab your Santa Clause costume and a glass of wine. We are going to be looking back at the best Christmassy moments of big pop girls.
1. ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ - Mariah Carey
Sometimes, a song is just right. Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You", her magnum opus, is one such song.
Mariah was the one who created the template for the popular Christmas song for girls when she released this classic track in 1994. You can't get much better than this. From the opening notes to Mariah’s really outrageous riffing, "All That Christmas Is You” is the definition of camp.
It is an iconic song that has remained popular year after year. It's basically the gay version of Fairytale of New York. While straight people enjoy a little bit of misery, queer people choose to experience explosive joy every time.
2. ‘Santa Tell Me’ - Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande blessed the world in 2014 with "Santa Tell Me", her Christmas song. This was nearly two decades after Mariah's classic. "Santa Tell Me", a song that has been a pop classic since then, is a timeless example of a big pop girl serving up festive joy when we most need it.
3. ‘My Only Wish (This Year)’ - Britney Spears
Britney truly was all of us when "My Only Wish (This Year)," was released in 2000.
Britney sings "My Only Wish (This year)"
She portrayed the frustration of being single at Christmas, and having to plead with Santa for a boyfriend.
"My Only Wish (This Year)," a homophobic act, was released in 2000 to mixed reviews. It first appeared on the compilation album Platinum Christmas. It has been rightly regarded as the most iconic Christmas song in the past years.
4. ‘Underneath the Tree’ - Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson, like many others, took the vocal baton of Mariah Carey. The world is better for it.
Kelly could have easily faded to the background after winning American Idol. Kelly has had great success and her vocal prowess are almost unmatched.
Her 2013 Christmas song, "Underneath the Tree", proved her point. It is exactly what queer people want from a festive song - upbeat, dramatic, and with lots of vocal acrobatics.
It won't win any awards for originality any time soon, but that's what we want from Christmas songs.
5. ‘Christmas Isn’t Christmas ‘Til You Get Here’ - Kylie Minogue
After mastering pop music, Kylie decided to try Christmas music in 2015. We are so grateful she did. Her
Christmas album is absolutely stunning. She even briefly resurrected
Frank Sinatra from the grave to sing her version of "Santa Claus is
Coming To Town". This really shows Kylie's power: not only are they our favourite pop girls but she is also a necromancer king.
Perhaps her most memorable track is "Christmas Isn’t Christmas ’Til You Get Here", a sparkling, expertly composed festive pop song about Kylie getting ready to welcome her lover for the holiday season.
The song ends with Kylie's love finally arriving to celebrate the holiday season. It's a great story.
6. ‘At Christmas’ - Kylie Minogue
all know that Kylie's Christmas album tells a story from beginning to
end. This is a lie. However, we encourage you to listen to it anyway as a
concept record. The concept of "At Christmas" gives the impression that Kylie was creating a framework for her Christmas album. "At
Christmas" is set about a year after "Christmas Isn’t Christmas ’Til
You Get Here". Kylie was once in love but, now that Christmas is
approaching, she misses her ex-love after a bad breakup.
This Christmas breakup song is very Wham! It brings us much-needed holiday heartbreak. Kylie sings of building a snowman all by herself, and she admits that she wishes her ex-love would be her Christmas present.
Even more tragic is the fact that Kylie and her ex-boyfriend don't get back together in the end. This was Kylie's way to make us feel loved at the most beautiful time of year.
7. ‘Cozy Little Christmas’ - Katy Perry
you remember back in the day, when Katy Perry was all over everyone and
you could not move without hearing "Roar", "Firework", or any other
Katy Perry song?
These days are gone, but Katy continues to make bops, even though the public has moved on.
Katy showed that she is still committed to the art and craft of a good pop song with "Cozy Little Christmas", her 2018 album. It's very campy, especially the part where Katy breaks character to give a spoken word explanation on why she doesn’t need Cartier jewels at Christmas.
8. ‘One More Sleep’ - Leona Lewis
Lewis is not a stranger to vocal acrobatics. This is precisely what
makes "One More Sleep," such a captivating Christmas tune. It's a simple song with a simple structure. Leona counts down the days to Christmas and hopes to see her love again. This is a common theme in Christmas pop songs, and you might have noticed it. We're fine with that.
The song's title is incredibly misleading. Leona Lewis fans will have noticed that she doesn't have any more sleep until she meets her lover. Christmas Eve is days away and she is excited for Christmas Eve, as she will have one more night of sleep.
Although it is not often that one of the biggest pop stars disrupts the definition of time, we are 100% here for it.
9. ‘8 Days of Christmas’ - Destiny’s Child
me offer a thought: Have you ever considered that Destiny's Child's
Christmas classic "8 Days of Christmas" could actually be set in the
same universe as Carol 2015?
Carol opens her Christmas present in a department shop at Christmas time, where Cate Blanchett meets her new love as she purchases a train-set to her daughter. It just so happens that it is coincidental (or not so coincidence! The music video for "8 Days of Christmas” opens at Christmas with the trio in a department shop.
Destiny Child's Christmas song is a great example of how to make arbitrary connections. They are pop icons and they knew that the original 12 Days of Christmas was too long. They also recognized the harsh realities of capitalism, which meant holidays were never 12 days long, especially if you work retail. Therefore they reduced the holiday to four days.
It's a socialist Christmas song for all ages and one that we return to every year at this time.
10. ‘Ribbons And Bows’ - Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves is a country singer who has become a pop star. "Ribbons and Bows" however, is the most popular.
While most big pop girls wait until their careers are established before recording Christmas albums, Kacey was not interested in these bland restrictions. In 2016, Kacey released A Very Kacey Christmas, two years after her breakthrough in mainstream music Golden Hour. She was nominated for a Grammy.
"Ribbons and Bows", like many other Christmas songs, sees Kacey sing about how she doesn’t need Christmas gifts – she only needs love. It's all we could ever want and need in a festive classic.