Ella Henderson, Bnxn, TWICE's Jeongyeon, Lauren Spencer Smith and more announced for Apple Music's Carols Covered Christmas playlist

This year's collection sees Ella Henderson covering East 17, Lauren Spencer Smith taking on Leonard Cohen and more
BNXN Lauren Spencer Smith Ella Henderson

If you've been anywhere near social media over the past 24 hours, you'll be aware that Mariah Carey has officially ushered in the Christmas season.

And - as our attention turns to who'll be entering this year's Official Christmas Number 1 race - it looks like we might have some possible contenders very early doors.

Today, Apple Music announce their Carols Covered and Classical Carols Covered Christmas playlists, which see artists including Ella Henderson, TWICE's Jeongyeon and Lauren Spencer Smith putting their own spin on some festive favourites.

This year's collection Ella covering East 17's 1994 Christmas Number 1 Stay Another Day, Lauren taking on Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and Bnxn releasing his take on Joy to the World and more.

Apple Music Carols Covered

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See the full tracklist for Apple Music's Carols Covered playlist below:

Lauren Spencer Smith - Hallelujah
Coco Jones - 8 Days of Christmas
Armani White - Two Front Teeth
Elevation Worship - Here Come Heaven
Restless Road - Mary, Did You Know?
David Shaw feat. Keilana - Male Kalikimaka
Hemlocke Springs, Christmastime is Here
Gallant & Jensen McRae - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Ángela Aguilar - Te Deseo Muy Felices Fiestas
Jeongyeon of TWICE - O Christmas Tree
Bnxn - Joy To The World
Dikka - Eine Muh, Eine Mäh
Ella Henderson - Stay Another Day
G Flip - Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
Hakushi Hasegawa - Wonderful Christmastime

See the full tracklist for Apple Music's Classical Carols Covered playlist below:

Randall Goosby & Carlos Simon - The Christmas Song
Maria Duenas - El Chant Del Ocells
Xuefei Yang - Ave Maria
The Sixteen - Bethlehem Down
Olivia Belli - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

MORE: See every Official Christmas Number 1 song here

Chatting about her involvement, Ella Henderson told Apple Music: "I wanted to produce up [Stay Another Day] and do it very differently to the original, but still stick to the original structure. I wanted to add a few more gospel elements to it, really strip it right back to just myself and a piano. We've got an incredible string arrangement on there, and I think altogether, it just has this really beautiful, minimalistic element, but it also extends to this heightened emotional state."

On covering Hallelujah, Lauren Spencer Smith told Apple Music: "I’ve always loved singing [this song], and there’s so many different versions of it that so many different artists have created. I love singing this song around the holidays, but as a kid, I sang this song all the time at singing competitions and for my mom in the kitchen, so I thought it would be really cool to do a recorded version of this as I got older for Christmas."

Listen to Apple Music's Carols Covered playlist here.
Listen to Apple Music's Classical Carols Covered playlist here.

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