The holidays are upon us, and whether you’re feeling festive or not, musicians are climbing aboard the tinsel bandwagon with new songs for the season. We offer to you a week’s worth of them, nestled in one place, like gifts under a tree. 

VARIOUS ARTISTS - IT'S HARD TO DANCE WHEN IT'S COLD AND THERE'S NO MUSIC: KILL ROCK STARS WINTER HOLIDAY ALBUM VOLUME 2

Back in 2006, indie label Kill Rock Stars released Kill Rock Stars Winter Holiday Album and they've now made a sequel, featuring festive songs by Bitch & John Cameron Mitchell, Caleb Nichols, Melissa Ferrick, Your Heart Breaks and more. You can also listen to the original, which features Thao, Excepter, Beth Ditto and more below.

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BORIS - "PARDON?" (REMIX) & "LAST CHRISTMAS" (WHAM! COVER)

There are probably enough covers of Wham!'s "Last Christmas" in the world, but we'll take one more if it's from Boris. “This is a Christmas present for everyone who lives with the various restrictions stemming from COVID-19," say Boris. "Here in Japan, it is customary to give gifts at Christmas. We hope this Christmas will be the ‘Last Christmas’ of COVID-19.” This holiday EP also features a remix of their 2011 track, "Pardon?"

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SHAME - "BALDUR'S GATE"

Despite the Dungeons & Dragons-y title, Shame's new track is a holiday song of sorts, but apart from a hint of sleigh bells in the opening moments and a mention of Christmas, you wouldn't really know it. "Baldur's Gate" is definitely a Shame song, though, with sinewy guitars and a dark romantic vibe: "If I could rip off all my skin," Charlie Steen sings in the opening lines, "And parcel it inside a tin, I’d write your name in biro, on the ribbons, like decorations."

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SURFBORT - "GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER" (ELMO & PATSY COVER)

NYC's Surfbort have covered Elmo & Patsy's 1979 novelty hit "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" which comes with an appropriately wacky animated video.

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JIMMY FALLON ft. ARIANA GRANDE & MEGAN THEE STALLION - "IT WAS A...(MASKED CHRISTMAS)"

Move over "Hot Girl Fall," Jimmy Fallon and Megan Thee Stallion have made another seasonal anthem, this time for Christmas during a pandemic and with help from Ariana Grande.

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Looking for even more new songs? Browse the ‘New Songs’ archive and our “Holiday Music” category.

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