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30 Modern Christmas Songs For Your 2023 Holiday Playlist

30 modern carols for your holiday season.

Every fall, country stars, Americana singer-songwriters, pop singers and bluegrass pickers vie for a spot on your holiday playlist. So far in 2023, we've gotten an album's worth of festive material from Jon Pardi, an extension of Maddie & Tae's holiday catalog, a '90s country dream duet and an unlikely collaboration from Kane Brown.

Those tracks expand the canon of memorable Christmas songs released across popular genres. Since 1980, Mariah Carey, Wham! and Alabama have been among the acts to freshen up the constant stream of holiday music that starts long before Thanksgiving dinner. If those modern selections hit the spot better than something by Gene Autry or Brenda Lee, there's plenty more worth a listen, from a Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani duet to original material by Kelly Clarkson, Sia and dozens of others.

Read on for Wide Open Country's picks for your modern Christmas music playlist, which includes several songs released in 2023. The list is in chronological order and favors popular genres over classical, jazz, blues and world music.

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