Music to get you in the mood! Here are our top playlist picks for this festive season

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Check out our top playlist picks for 2020 (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Check out our top playlist picks for 2020 (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

The holidays are here so it’s time to let your hair down and relax with the help of some good tunes. Check out our top playlist picks for 2020.

A Holly Dolly Christmas

Dolly Parton

The biggest gift the country star gave the world this year was her hefty cash donation towards the promising Moderna Covid-19 vaccination, and she spoilt us by following it with another prezzie: this album.  

Her first holiday album in 30 years, it includes duets with such famous pals as Michael Buble, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson and Miley Cyrus. 

Merry Christmas 

Mariah Carey 

The diva is re-releasing her iconic Christmas album, now with a new version of Oh Santa! featuring Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson. 

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Now That’s What I Call Christmas 


This 70-track album has everyone from Carrie Underwood to the Jonas Brothers to Celtic Woman, Ariana Grande and Gwen Stefani. 

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A Very Trainor Christmas 

Meghan Trainor 

The US songbird’s album is all about family and features her dad and three cousins! It also contains collabs with Earth, Wind & Fire and Seth MacFarlane, as well as Meghan’s remakes of Wham!’s Last Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  

Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor

The Christmas Album 

Leslie Odom Jr 

Hear the Grammy and Tony-award winner croon out O Holy Night and Little Drummer Boy (featuring the Mzansi Youth Choir). 

Leslie Odom Jr
Leslie Odom Jr

A Tori Kelly Christmas  

Tori Kelly  

This is her first holiday album and it's produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Scooter Braun. "It's something I've always wanted to do. And this year just seemed like this would be the year to do it," she said about releasing a festive album during a "crazy year". 

Tori Kelly
Tori Kelly

Add to your collection

Something for the classical lover or old-school collector . . . 

Letter to You 

Bruce Springsteen 

A must for fans, it was recorded live at the rocker’s home studio during lockdown with his E Street Band. 

Bon Jovi: 2020  

Bon Jon Jovi  

Critics have called his 15th album “brilliant”. On it, Jon speaks of the pain, loss and fear brought about by the coronavirus and police killings in the US.  





Recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, it features 14 songs, including his mega-hit Sweet Caroline. 


Andrea Bocelli  

The Italian tenor’s brand-new album will bring goosebumps with its selection of poignant and personal songs.  

Paul McCartney III  

Paul McCartney  

The album, about “freedom and love” which he recorded alone in lockdown, is the third in a trilogy and follows McCartney II in 1980 and  

McCartney 1970. 


Josh Groban  

A collection of his “favourite songs in the universe” Groban’s covers include hits by icons such as Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Presley. 

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