John Legend, Pentatonix, Tyler the Creator, Sufjan Stevens & More Christmas Must-Hear Music

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Following our Best of 2018 Must-Hear Music podcast, we're signing off for 2018 with a have a look at one of the best new Christmas songs of the yr.

First up is John Legend's A Legendary Christmas, a yuletide Ok.O. that includes lush originals comparable to "No Place Like Home" and beautiful takes on classics like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Legend's duet with Esperanza Spalding.

Another contemporary vacation unique involves us Tyler the Creator's "Hot Chocolate" ft. Jerry Paper, a gently funky ode to one of many season's best treats. That observe comes from Tyler's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas-inspired EP, which leads us to a different Christmas movie-related tune: "Making Christmas" from The Nightmare Before Christmas. This yr, Christmas music juggernauts Pentatonix lend their golden pipes to the ugly story of rats changed into hats.

On an album impressed by the worst Christmas present, Socks, JD McPherson presents up a rockabilly plea to Santa to achieve some weight earlier than holidays (echoing Ms. Claus within the iconic cease movement Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) with "Hey Skinny Santa." Plus: David Archuleta delivers the cute "Christmas Every Day," indie Xmas GOAT Sufjan Stevens shares his achingly beautiful "Lonely Man of Winter," and Aloe Blacc presents up a "Funky Ass Christmas."

Listen to the podcast under and subscribe right here. This week's crew is Joe Lynch, Denise Warner and Taylor Weatherby.