From All Of Us To All Of You: Girls Are Awesome’s Ultimate Winter Playlist

It’s that time of year! Here’s what we’ll be listening to the next 24 days…

Celeste by Sophie Jones
Celeste by Sophie Jones

So what’s new in Christmas? Has 2020 turned everything around or is it still super cool to hate Christmas songs? Sure it is! but let us be uncool for a second, cause it’s December and we’re embracing a bunch of amazing winter hymns made by awesome women throughout the times.

Have you ever dreamed of having Ella Fitzgerald, The Supremes, Joni Mitchell, Destiny’s Child and Fiona Apple shining on the same playlist? And have you considered what awesome new artists have contributed with proposals of new modern classics the past couple of years?

Below you’ll find about two hours of hand-picked winter goodies from all of us to all of you. And before you leave us to fill your ears with music, please take a moment to check out the following 15 picks from young artists nailing the art of carols in very different ways!

Celeste – “A Little Love”

“A Little Love” leaves us breathless…
The British rising soul artist Celeste wrote this song for the 2020 version of the John Lewis & Waitrose annual Christmas advert but it sounds like it could have been another classic from back when the biggest jazz and soul artists defined the genre. We wouldn’t complain if Celeste wrote a full album of tracks sounding like “A Little Love”.

girl in red – “two queens in a king size bed”

There’s something truly magical about “two queens in a king size bed” by one of Norway’s biggest new artists girl in red. Giving warmth in cold times and fueling us the last way through a year that has been nothing but easy, the song reflects Marie Ulven’s memories of lying in bed one Christmas, glued to the body of a person she loves.

Phoebe Bridgers – “Christmas Song”

The word “stunning” doesn’t seem sufficient to describe Phoebe Bridgers‘ 2020 interpretation of McCarthy Trenching’s “Christmas Song”. In a statement, the American singer and songwriter explained that she rarely hears Christmas songs that doesn’t make her want to quit music. Gosh, we’re glad she didn’t quit, cause with this amazing cover she’s sparking new life into a genre (carols) that really needs it!

Billie Eilish – “come out and play”

Speaking of redefining genres, that’s exactly what Billie Eilish seems to do with everything she touches, including last year’s Christmas lullaby “come out and play”. The song is as playful as it’s moving and Eilish once again shows that big emotions can be shared through minimalistic soundscapes.

The Big Moon – “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

Back in 2016, UK indie rockers The Big Moon did theirs to make December the most wonderful time of the year with an energetic and raw rock-interpretation of the 60’s classic, first recorded by Andy Williams. Bonus: In 2017 The Big Moon released their debut album Love In The 4th Dimension which features another festive-titled track, “Happy New Year” and that one is definitely also worth your precious time.

SKAAR – “It’s Christmas After All (From the Original Netflix Series “Home for Christmas”)

Written in 2019 for the Norwegian Netflix-series ‘Home for Christmas’, SKAAR‘s “It’s Christmas After All” is heartbreakingly beautiful. The haunting vocals send shivers down our spine just as the lyrics do with lines like “hurts to admit it, but no one will visit // Not even Santa will spare me a minute” and the proclamation that “red has become the loneliest color”. Christmas is not a jolly time for everyone, and SKAAR portraits that perfectly.

Mathilda Homer – “Do You Want to Hear a Secret”

London-newcomer Mathilda Homer has crafted a playful rendition of The Beatles’ hit “Do You Want to Hear a Secret”, selected as the official single for the 2020 Cadbury Christmas campaign. With Homer’s raspy vocal and her jazzy approach, the Beatles’ classic is in good hands with the 22-year-old singer and songwriter.

Stella Donnelly – “Season’s Greetings

One of our Aussie-favorites Stella Donnelly gifted us with a hilarious “audio book” as she calls it herself, when she released “Season’s Greetings” along with the rest of her 2019 debut album Beware of the Dogs. The guitar-driven track is Donnelly’s attempt to “exaggerate the sometimes-nuanced atmosphere of a blisteringly hot, Australian Christmas lunch”. Your gift to us this year would be to go away and check out the humorous accompanying music video.

Rebecca Lou & KAMMA – “This Time of Year (Wake Me Up When December Ends) feat. GRETA, girlcrush & Brimheim

You’re not alone! Feeling lonely in December is a recognizable feeling for a lot of people around the globe, and that’s exactly what Danish artists and label mates Rebecca Lou and KAMMA wanted to articulate with their track “This Time of Year (Wake Me Up When December Ends)” which also features vocals from fellow Danes girlcrush, Brimheim and GRETA. The collaboration has turned into a great synthpop-tune with big soundscapes matching the big emotions explored in the lyrics.

Emma Steinbakken – “Stay With Me” (From the Original Netflix Series “Home for Christmas”)

Written for the soundtrack of the series 2 of ‘Home for Christmas’, Norwegian pop artist Emma Steinbakken‘s beautiful voice is shining in the captivating piano ballad that is “Stay With Me”. The song is an English interpretation of “Bli Hos Meg” by Norwegian artist Fredrik Domaas.

Mabel – “Loneliest Time of Year”

The British-Swedish pop artist Mabel shared her version of a Christmas song last year with a reminder for everyone to look out for each other and be kind. The season is joyful for a lot of people but as we’re discovering in several songs on this playlist, it can be a tough time too. “Loneliest Time of Year” expresses just that.

Marika Hackman – “Driving Under Stars”

Featuring as the lead single from British indie artist Marika Hackman‘s 2016 Christmas EP Wonderland, “Driving Under Stars” is a festive guitar-led gem with sleigh bells and Hackman’s calming vocals giving you the warm hug you needed.

Alessia Cara – “Make It to Christmas”

Have you ever tried using Christmas time to try save a relationship? Well, if you have, you might wanna take a close listen to Canadian pop singer Alessia Cara‘s 2019 Christmas contribution “Make It to Christmas”. “Break my heart on boxing day, but please can we make it to Christmas,” Cara begs on the infectious pop anthem.

SAPPHIRE – “Driving Home for Christmas”

Born close to two decades after the release of Chris Rea’s evergreen “Driving Home for Christmas”, seventeen-year-old musician and YouTube star SAPPHIRE has put her touch on the old classic. With a stripped back, acoustic interpretation, the London-artist is singing her way into her own favorite time of the year.

Mabes – Alone on Christmas Eve

Finishing on a witty note, though this track is also rooted in feeling of loneliness on Christmas, British singer-songwriter Mabes has given us a season-keeper! “They say time is a healer, fuck them, I’ll drink this tequila ’cause I don’t wanna feel anymore…” she sings over the playful, country-spiced instrumentations. The quirky track is a gift for everyone preparing to drink and dance their sorrows away.

The playlist also features:

Fiona Apple – “Frosty the Snowman”
Alicia Keys – “The Christmas Song”
Joni Mitchell – “River”
Ella Fitzgerald – “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”
Destiny’s Child – “8 Days of Christmas”
Aretha Franklin – “Winter Wonderland”
She & Him – “The Christmas Waltz”
Carla Thomas – “Gee, Whiz, It’s Christmas”
Juice, S.O.A.P. & Christina – “Let Love Be Love”
The Emotions – “What Do They Lonely Do At Christmas?”
Sia – “Ho Ho Ho”
Eartha Kitt – “Santa Baby”
Cat Power – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
The Supremes – “Silver Bells”
Cocteau Twins – “Winter Wonderland”
Brenda Lee – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
Lucky Soul – “Lonely This Christmas”
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects”
Eleanor Friedberger – “Santa, Bring My Baby Back (To Me)”
The Waitresses – “Christmas Wrapping”

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