It’s that time of year when we’re all getting into the festive spirit by preparing for Christmas and New Year. Amongst the food and presents, music often forms a big part of the holiday period.
Luckily for us, a plethora of Eurovision stars have taken time this year to release some new festive tunes that we can add to our Christmas playlists. So many in fact, we’ve split the songs up into a trilogy of posts.
As you gather around the tree and finish your final preparations, here’s a selection of the new Christmas songs from Eurovision artists that will help you celebrate the yuletide.
New music from Eurovision artists: Christmas 2022 | Part 1
Sam Ryder – “Jingle Bells”
It’s bad news for those of us not subscribed to Amazon Music Unlimited, as that’s where Sam Ryder’s Christmas song is exclusively available. The song features on the new Amazon movie Your Christmas or Mine?. From the short preview snippet, the UK’s Eurovision 2022 star delivers a fun rendition of the classic hit that matches his spirited personality.
Edurne – “Dime Navidad”
Another Eurovision star who has an Amazon Original Christmas song this year is Edurne. However, there’s a music video on YouTube for all of us to enjoy. Spain’s Eurovision 2015 act has released “Dime Navidad” (“Tell Me Christmas”). It’s a cheery number with plenty of festive spice. Things aren’t initially quite as cheery at the Christmas party Edurne hosts in the music video — burnt turkey, arguments and faulty electrics don’t quite help create the festive mood. But in the end, the group are able to share the most important thing — each other’s company.
Francesco Gabbani – “Natale tanto vale”
Francesco Gabbani is giving us an atypical Christmas song. The sleigh bells are minimal and instead the Italian star produces a more melancholic atmosphere. He does this in order to put the focus on those who will be hurting this Christmas: “Pretend it doesn’t hurt / Climb those stairs / And want to escape […] And it’s worth as much as it’s worth / Anyway Merry Christmas”. The Eurovision 2017 alum went into more detail on social media:
“Behind the ideal magic of Christmas you can sometimes hide the suffering of those who live the holiday season with melancholy or sadness. I dedicate this song to these people, with the hope that they manage to find some serenity and joy to live in harmony during a period that should be happy for everyone.”
Cliff Richard – Christmas With Cliff
Sir Cliff Richard’s “Mistletoe and Wine” remains one of the all-time Christmas hits. The British singer is now spreading Christmas joy once again with his brand new album Christmas with Cliff. There are 13 tracks on the LP, including a mixture of new original songs from the two-time Eurovision star and covers of other classic Christmas tracks. In addition to the album, we’ve also been gifted music videos for “Sleigh Ride”, “Heart Of Christmas” and “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”.
THE ROOP – “Kalėdų Atvirukas”
THE ROOP are sending all their fans a musical “Kalėdų Atvirukas” (“Christmas Card”) through their new single. Lithuania’s Eurovision 2021 trio deliver a more earnest festive song, which uses some vocoder effects over Vaidotas’s vocals. In the lyrics, the lead singer looks at how the true meaning of Christmas is about caring for one another, even those who aren’t present at the dinner table: “Do you know what Christmas means? / When there are so many people at home / There is still some space left here / For those who are not, but they are together”. THE ROOP discussed the song’s meaning on Instagram:
“Christmas is essentially not about the presents, the rush, the commerce or the feast table. Christmas is about meeting your relatives, connecting with people, showing attention to everyone, and, of course, remembering those who are not around.”
Intars Busulis & Aija Andrejeva – “Viss, Ko Es Šodien Vēlos”
Have you ever spent Christmas in the jungle? You can get a glimpse of what it’s like through the new Latvian film Ziemassvētki Džungļos. When watching, you’ll be able to hear the voices of Intars Busulis (Eurovision 2009) and Aija Andrejeva (Eurovision 2010), who have recorded a new song for the film. “Viss, Ko Es Šodien Vēlos” (“All I Want Today”) isn’t your traditional Christmas song but it still has a scattering of sleigh bells in the background and a joyful demeanour. The Latvian duo also make sure to don their Christmas jumpers for the music video.
Eva Boto – “Za božič kot otrok”
Eva Boto has decided this is the year to release her first ever Christmas song. Titled “Za božič kot otrok” (“Christmas as a child”), it’s a mid-tempo track with a breathy backing vocal line underlying it. Slovenia’s Eurovision 2012 act sings about how this time of year brings out her inner child: “Still the fire in the fireplace laughs / It is love that warms me / Tears of happiness fill my life stream / Because at Christmas I’m like a kid again”.
Arvingarna – Klart det ska bli jul
Arvingarna have been active as a group since 1989. But it’s only now, after 33 years, that the Swedish quartet have achieved their very first number one album on the Swedish charts. They’ve done this with their new Christmas LP Klart det ska bli jul (Of course it will be Christmas). Featuring ten Christmas crackers, it’s the first three that are brand new — the original songs “Klart det ska bli jul” and “Dröm om december” (“Dream of December”), plus a Swedish-language cover of Shakin’ Stevens’ “Merry Christmas Everyone”, titled “Önska God Jul till varann”. The rest of the album includes the Eurovision 1993 band’s previously released festive songs and covers.
Fyr Og Flamme – “Her Hos Mig”
Christmas is a time for cheer and joy, but Fyr Og Flamme know it will never feel that way if you can’t spend the festive period with that special someone: “Cause Christmas is exactly like Christmas should be / No diets or energy saving bulbs / Almost too perfect to handle / Everything is meaningless when you’re not here with me”. The music video for “Her Hos Mig” (“Here With Me”) captures this sentiment, with vocalist Jesper Groth unable to get into the jovial spirit. Musically, Denmark’s Eurovision 2021 duo provide us with a retro Christmas track that’s underlined with synths just as we’d expect from the pair.
Anna Bergendahl – Merry Christmas Everyone
Eurovision 2010 star Anna Bergendahl has released a few Christmas singles over recent years. But for 2022, the Swedish singer is going bigger by releasing a full EP. Merry Christmas Everyone includes three brand new festive offerings — the steady title song, the bluesy “Come Spend Christmas With Me”, and the country-pop “Is Christmas Here Soon”. The second half of the EP brings together her previous Christmas songs.
Didrik Solli-Tangen – “I ditt hjerte”
For Christmas 2022, Didrik Solli-Tangen has released “I ditt hjerte” (“In your heart”). Norway’s Eurovision 2010 representative offers an atmospheric ballad that soars in the final chorus with the rich orchestral accompaniment.
Amber – “Mument Maġiku”
Amber is having “Mument Maġiku” (“A Magical Moment”) this Christmastime. And it’s all because she gets to spend time with her family and loved ones. Malta’s Eurovision 2015 star delivers a cheery single about how Christmas brings us happiness: “This is a very magical moment / That we feel whenever we are / Side by side me and you / I’ll hold your hand and stay by your side”.
Loulou LaMotte – “Jul med dig”
Before we see Loulou LaMotte take the stage at Melodifestivalen 2023, The Mama is sharing some festive cheer with “Jul med dig” (“Christmas with you”). Loulou sings about spending Christmas with her loved one, and how this is the best thing she could ask for: “How lucky I am / To celebrate Christmas with you / I saw a star fall / But with you by my side / I couldn’t wish for anything more”. It’s a sweet song that’s filled with the Eurovision 2020 entrant’s warmth and heart.
Regína Ósk – “Englar í snjó”
Ahead of her 2022 Christmas concert, Regína Ósk released a new song she could perform live at the event. “Englar í snjó” (“Angels in snow”) is a cheery number with plenty of festive cheer. We’d like to think Iceland’s Eurovision 2008 participant created a multitude of snow angels whilst finding inspiration for the song.
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Which of these new Christmas songs is your favourite? Who are you hoping to see featured in our next festive music roundup? Let us know in the comments below.