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When it comes to holiday music, there are usually two types of people: those who crank up the classics the second Halloween is out of the way, and those who listen to anything but for the duration of the season.

If you’re looking to spice up your festive listening, or want to go beyond the usual holiday suspects, our Music Supervisors are spotlighting their favourite Christmas songs from around the world that you might not have heard before.

Tunde Ednut – Jingle Bell feat. Davido, Tiwa Savage & Seun Kuti

Tunde Ednut’s Jingle Bell is a modern Nigerian afropop song with a Christmas twist and features international stars Davido, Tiwa Savage and Fela Kuti’s son Seun.

Maria Mena – Home for Christmas

A beautiful addition to your festive playlists, Maria Mena’s Home for Christmas is an extremely popular Christmas song in her native Norway.

Paul Ngozi – Happy Christmas

A delightfully uplifting track released by Zambian guitarist, singer/songwriter, Paul Ngozi in the 70s.

Erasure – She Won’t Be Home (Redux)

If Christmas went synth-pop, it would surely sound like this.

AFTERSCHOOL – Love Love Love

Christmas is all about catchy jingles and AFTERSCHOOL’s Kpop offering certainly ticks all the boxes!

Crazy Emma – Christmas Song (Special Effects by Scottie Dog)

This flip side to the ‘Let’s Get It Together For Christmas’ vinyl from 1972 is a Christmas funk/soul masterpiece.

Julia Jacklin – Baby Jesus Is Nobody’s Baby Now

Julia Jacklin uses words like paint in this melancholic folk-pop depiction of a suburban Australian Christmas. The production sits tender and timeless beneath her unmistakable vocal. Since its release in 2021, the track has very quickly become a staple for the Australian Christmas listening experience.

Chieri Ito – Merry Christmas

Switch up your playlist this season with this classic ‘84 City-Pop holiday track from Japanese singer and actress Chieri Ito.

The Sha La Das – Sha La Da La La (Christmas Time)

The harmonies from this song, sung by vocal quartet The Sha La Das, incorporate elements of psychedelic pop, rock & roll, and 60’s soul.