All I want for Christmas is a new Christmas album

Ever wondered what happened to the likes of Hanson or mid-2000s pop princess Gwen Stefani? Look no further than the slew of Christmas albums released over the past few weeks. 

Even the shy and introverted Sia is decking the halls with tinsel and mistletoe this year. The Adelaide export has recorded 10 original songs full of  festive cheer, and she's far from alone. 

Fellow Australian Sam Sparro has also dropped a yuletide special, while some old favourites have come out of the woodwork. While pop stars have always jumped on the Christmas bandwagon, it was arguably Mariah Carey's 1994 single All I Want for Christmas Is You that really got the songwriting elves working overtime.

After all, the song rockets towards the top of the music charts every time December rolls around - along with festive favourites (or nightmares, depending on your musical taste) from the likes of George Michael and Michael Buble. More importantly, it has reportedly earned the diva-in-chief more than $70 million in royalties. 

With that in mind, it's not surprising other artists want a slice of the Christmas pudding. 

Here's our pick of this year's festive offerings. 

1. Everyday Is Christmas

Sia's album is sure to delight her fans, with original odes to candy canes, puppies and sunshine - the latter a staple of sweltering Aussie Christmases. The songs are high energy, and backed by Sia's powerful voice. 

Music executives must think so too, because the album's been heavily promoted on television with ads galore. It was also spruiked during the pop star's recent Australian tour. 

(The one stumbling block is in the title. Other grammar pendants will have noticed it should be "every day is Christmas", not "everyday".) 

Sia's Christmas album features 10 original songs. Photo: AP

Sia's Christmas album features 10 original songs. Photo: AP

2. You Make it Feel Like Christmas

Gwen Stefani continues to offer gems to fans who've stuck with her since the height of her fame in the mid-2000s. Her most recent studio album, This is what the truth feels like, came out in early 2016.

This year, everyone's favourite Hollaback Girl is back with a Christmas-themed album. She isn't doing it by halves, either, with 12 tracks putting a new spin on old classics from Jingle Bells to Let It Snow.

But it's in the original songs that Stefani's powerful whiskey-tenor truly shines. My Gift Is You sends a powerful Christmas message, telling the world she "don't need no money ... [or] even a wedding ring". 

Gwen Stefani performs her Christmas album 'You Make it Feel Like Christmas' live on NBC. Photo: Paul Drinkwater / NBC

Gwen Stefani performs her Christmas album 'You Make it Feel Like Christmas' live on NBC. Photo: Paul Drinkwater / NBC

3. Finally, It's Christmas

Hanson might be all grown up, but the trio still love Christmas. 

Finally It's Christmas comes 20 years since pop group released their first Christmas album Snowed In. The new album's feel-good energy is well worth the weight and sure to appeal to those nostalgic for the 1990s. 

The pop band Hanson are back with some catchy Christmas tunes.

The pop band Hanson are back with some catchy Christmas tunes.

4. Warmer in the Winter

Violinist Lindsey Stirling has a sizeable following in Australia thanks to the legions of YouTube fans who helped catapult her onto the main stage.

This is her first ever Christmas album and it's a little left-of-centre, showcasing the violin with a few songtunes interspersed throughout. It also features guest appearances from artists such as Becky G, Alex Gaskarth and Sabrina Carpenter. 

This album is definitely a stocking filler for anyone who loves show tunes or classical music with a modern twist. 

Lindsey Stirling performing in Atlanta as part of her Warmer in Winter tour. Photo: Katie Darby / AP

Lindsey Stirling performing in Atlanta as part of her Warmer in Winter tour. Photo: Katie Darby / AP

5. Christmas In Blue

Aussie singer and music producer Sam Sparro is best known for his catchy pop track  Black and Gold. 

This year, he's done something a little bit different and recorded four covers that will definitely have traditionalists nodding in approval.  Even his cover of George Michael's Last Christmas is slow and smokey.

The short album is just enough to showcase Sparro's versatility while avoiding self-indulgence. The songs are a perfect match for a celebratory glass of eggnog late at night once all those presents have been wrapped.

Sam Sparro has released four smokey covers of everyone's favourite Christmas songs.

Sam Sparro has released four smokey covers of everyone's favourite Christmas songs.

This story Old is new: 2017's best Christmas albums first appeared on Canberra Times.