As fans of The Kelly Clarkson Show are well aware, there is not a song that Kelly Clarkson can not perform. The coach of season 23 of The voice and beloved talk show host is a genre-defying marvel, with countless jaw-dropping Kellyoke performances under his belt. As one of the most successful pop music artists of this century, it’s no surprise that Clarkson doesn’t have one but of them holiday scrapbooks. With a masterful mix of original tracks and timeless covers, whenever the holiday season rolls around, Clarkson is the perfect choice for a listen.
Prepare your vacation to take it to the next level. Here are 12 of Clarkson’s all-time best holiday songs that will get you in the holiday spirit in no time.
“Santa, can’t you hear me?” (with Ariana Grande)
Clarkson teamed up with his former colleague Voice Coach Ariana Grande for a breathtaking performance of “Santa, Can’t You Hear Me?” for The voice holiday show. As some of the most impressive vocalists around, Grande and Clarkson blend effortlessly for this track.
“Run, Run Rudolph”
Proving that Clarkson can tackle any rock n’ roll track that comes her way, “Run Run Rudolph” is a listening blast from her holiday debut album, wrapped in red. Clarkson takes the holiday classic and puts its own spin on it, and the resulting song is downright cheerful.
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
It’s no surprise that Clarkson nails Brenda Lee’s 1958 rock-tastic holiday classic, giving it a unique modern twist around the tree.
“Silent Night” (with Reba and Trisha Yearwood)
You had us at “Kelly Clarkson sings with country music superstars Reba and Trisha Yearwood”. While “Silent Night” is always a holiday staple, the holy trinity of Yearwood/Reba/Clarkson performing it is even better.
“Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You)”
Clarkson gave her fans seven original songs about her When Christmas comes… album, with the jazzy hit “Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You)” being one of the most bop-worthy tracks.
“Jingle Bell Tears”
Calling all mean girls fans who know and love the timeless Bobby Helms track: Clarkson has his own interpretation, and it’s just as amazing. You’ll be dancing with your friends to this cover in no time.
“Merry Christmas (To the One I Knew)”
“Merry Christmas (To the One I Used to Know)” is another original track from Clarkson’s second holiday album that will have you in tears.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (with Ronnie Dunn)
Clarkson is a country music star and demonstrates it with the holiday classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” alongside country star Ronnie Dunn.
“Glow” (with Chris Stapleton)
It’s hard not to shake their heads at Clarkson and Stapleton’s original holiday hit, “Glow,” which gives “Jingle Bells” a run for its money. Get ready for visions of hot chocolate while cuddled up by the fire to dance in your head.
“White Christmas” is a cherished classic, and Clarkson’s rendition will make your holiday season joyful and bright.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You”
It takes a little Major talent to cover Mariah Carey’s single “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, but if anyone was up for the challenge, it was Clarkson.
“Under the tree”
We dare you to walk down Macy’s this holiday season without hearing Clarkson’s 2013 track “Underneath the Tree” play over the speakers, and honestly, who’s complaining? Like the many timeless classics that came before it, “Underneath the Tree” is destined to be played over the holidays for many seasons to come.
Love those holiday hits and want to see more Clarkson performances? Check your local listings for The Kelly Clarkson Show.
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