A Musical Christmas

Kaylee Wallace

This year, many artists such as Pentatonix, Backstreet Boys, and Lizzo are releasing new holiday music and covers including songs like “Kid On Christmas” by Pentatonix featuring Meghan Trainor and covers like “Last Christmas” by Wham!, “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby, “Someday At Christmas” by Stevie Wonder and so many more. 

The new Pentatonix Christmas album, “Christmas Around the World,” is definitely my favorite album this Christmas, though I might be biased considering I have always been a fan of their Christmas covers. Almost every two years, the a capella group releases a new Christmas album full of mostly Christmas classics, which has become what they are most known for. Scott Hoying of Pentatonix announced that the goal for this year was to “bridge the gap between cultures and genres in a way we never have before” which gave this album such a unique sound.

On this album, Pentatonix has a mix of covers and original songs featuring artists Meghan Trainor, Hiba Tawaji, Lang Lang, Shreya Ghoshal, HIKAKIN & SEIKIN, Le Santa Cecilia, The King’s Singers, and Lea Salonga. There is “Hark! The Harolds Angels Sing,” “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year” and “Jingle Bells” just to name a few of the covers. 

One of the most iconic boy bands, the Backstreet Boys, have come back once again after three years to release a cover album full of wonderful classics including “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Last Christmas,” and many more. Many people online who are into the boy band craze were delighted by this new release. As for me, I was hoping for them to release original songs instead of just covers, so I will admit, I was slightly disappointed. Nevertheless, I did still enjoy this album. I do enjoy the Backstreet Boys, so to see them releasing new music again was great, even if I was slightly let down.

Blogger Aimes on bsbfangirls.com says, “Their harmonies are so beautiful and the way they lend themselves to these Christmas songs just gives me chills and brings me Christmas Joy! Although I love Christmas music, the older classics have less of a place in our home. But with the Backstreet spin, they sound fresh, yet classic. I don’t know how they manage to do that, but I appreciate that so much!”

Pop star and rapper Lizzo also came out with a cover of the Christmas classic “Someday At Christmas” by Stevie Wonder. This song was released exclusively on Amazon Music, but it still reached on the Billboard Hot 100 at 96. Fans speculate that if she would’ve released it on more streaming platforms, it would’ve reached more audience and gotten even more popular.

“Lizzo probably would’ve hit number 1 if it was on all platforms, plus she didn’t even promote it,” Twitter user Jason says.