The biggest new Christmas songs: How do they compare to the classics?

We look at some of the biggest Christmas songs released this decade - but do they hold a candle to the likes of Mariah, The Pogues and Shakin' Stevens?

Mariah. Wham. The Pogues. Shakin' Stevens. So ingrained are the Christmas classics into popular culture that they're as much a staple of the festive season as mince pies, pigs in blankets and the Queen's speech. 

Thanks to the introduction of downloads in 2005 and streaming in 2014, their annual resurgence is marked on the charts; this week will see a string of vintage yuletide favourites surge up the Top 40, some which first charted over 40 years ago. 

When it comes to Christmas songs, the old adage goes that they don't make 'em like they used to. This ends now. Below are a selection of festive tunes released this decade that are not only essential additions to your Christmas playlist, but are sizing up a spot the hall of fame.  

Take a look below:

Leona Lewis – One More Sleep (2013)

Peak: 3
Combined sales: 250,000
Streams: 7.1m

One More Sleep's Motown-with-sleigh-bells sound made it feel like an instant classic when it was released in December 2013. It's one of the highest charting 'modern' Christmas songs, topping out at Number 3, while the track itself perfectly captures the excitement of the build up to the big day. 

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Coldplay – Christmas Lights (2010)

Peak: 13
Combined sales: 257,000
Streams: 10.3m

It lacks the jauntiness of the usual festive favourites, but then this is Coldplay. Christmas Lights encapsulates the bittersweetness of the season ("I took my feet To Oxford Street/ Trying to right a wrong"), particularly around the two minute mark when it switches up from a po-faced piano ballad to stadium-sized singalong. 

Sia - Santa's Coming For Us (2017)

Peak: 65

This year has seen Sia toss her Christmas-themed wig into the festive music circuit with her first Christmas album, Every Day Is Christmas. Lead single Santa's Coming For Us is ridiculously catchy number with a timeless video to boot that is just shy of one million streams in the UK already.

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Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me (2014)

Peak: 29
Sales: 137,000
Streams: 10m

Ariana's attempt at a seasonal staple is a three-and-a-half minute festive romp that's part '60s girl group pastiche, part the sort of thing you'd expect to accompany a dazzling display atop a Disneyland Christmas parade float. Full marks for pep and charm.

Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (2011)

Peak: 18
Sales: 252,000
Streams: 18.2m

The popular choice from his extremely popular Christmas album, Michael Buble's rendition of the 1950s standard, released in 2011, is now up there with Perry Como and Bing Crosby's versions. 

Justin Bieber – Mistletoe (2011)

Peak: 21
Sales: 218,000
Streams: 9m

Christmas albums are particularly popular with US artists and Justin Bieber wasted no time in getting his out, releasing it as the follow-up to his debut album, My World, in 2011. Lead single Mistletoe is a curious mix of reggae, R&B and pop with lashing of sleigh bells slathered over the top, but it's holding up over time, having been streamed nine million times in the UK since records began in 2014.

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Kylie Minogue - Every Day's Like Christmas (2015)

Taken from her 2015 album Kylie Christmas, Every Day's Like Christmas was originally recorded as a winter-warming ballad but found new life after undergoing a remix by Stock Aitken Waterman. Unsurprisingly, it could easily sit amongst her '80s hits and seems to be the preferred version with fans, now approaching one million streams.

Sam Smith – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (2014)

Peak: 65
Sales: 74,000
Streams: 5.6m

First recorded by Judy Garland in 1944, Sam's take on the festive standard holds the accolade of being the first version of the song to chart in America, reaching Number 90. In the UK, that distinction goes to Judy's collaboration with daughter Lorna Luft in 1995, but it's Sam's version that the public seem to be revisiting, notching up 5.6 million streams to date. 

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Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree (2013)

Peak: 30
Sales: 118,000
Streams: 6.3m

The lead single from Kelly's Wrapped In Red album is the equivalent of a double shot of Bailey's, taking precisely six seconds to kick in before sweeping you up into a four-minute burst of festive hysteria. 

Hurts – All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day (2010)

Peak: N/A 
Sales: 20,000
Streams: 1.4m

Hurts's Christmas offering strikes a near-perfect balance between happy and sad. "Everybody waits for Christmas, for me it's New Year's Day," singer Theo sings over plodding church bells, rejecting the big C but remaining hopeful next year will be different.

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