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The season to be jolly is almost here and the Jose Mari Chan memes are popping up in our feeds again. (The “To All The Boys and Girls Selling Lanterns on the Streets” is the funniest so far. Keep ‘em coming.) The singer-songwriter undoubtedly owns this time of the year, thanks to his top-selling 1990 Christmas album that pretty much encapsulates the holidays in the country.

We know you love singing your way into the season of parol and walang katapusang handaan so here’s a playlist for you, minus the songs of the OG king of Pinoy Christmas. We don’t want “Christmas in Our Hearts” to sound like a broken record, do we?

Christmas Lights by Coldplay

Nothing fits the holidays more than Coldplay frontman Chris Martin’s cool vocals. Christmas Lights is a mid-tempo number from 2010, reminiscent of “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” both in sound and sentiment. All the chimes can fool you into believing that it’s not a sad song about missing someone, but it is.

Trip to Jerusalem by Eraserheads

Remember that unmissable parlor game? Well, part of this song is about it and part of it is not. Written in as-per-usual clever Eheads style, it touches on the strained musical chairs symbolism. While this song is not decorated “Ang Huling El Bimbo” levels, it’s still an awesome record from the band’s only concept album called Fruitcake.

All My Bells Are Ringing by Lenka

Just imagine Lenka’s vocals in her hit “The Show” singing a Holiday song with lyrics similar to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas.” It’s longing for someone who is absent during this cold and often lonely season for anyone who’s single. Parang sa EDSA lang, ’di ba?

Paskong Paalala by December Avenue

When a band is named December Avenue, putting out a Christmas song is inevitable. Not only is Paskong Paalala a feel-good song of anticipation for the holidays, it also delivers an important reminder: the true spirit of Christmas is in our hearts and in the presence of our loved ones. Awww!  

One More Sleep by Leona Lewis

This bright and upbeat track is a complete 360 for Leona Lewis, but it still showcases her incredible vocal abilities. It expresses sheer excitement for the 25th of December and for all the get-togethers with family, friends, and that special someone. Ayiee, hindi na crippled by the vein ‘yung puso niya.

Namamasko Po by Parokya ni Edgar

Listening to this track from the band’s 1998 Christmas album Jingle Balls, Silent Night, Holy Cow will bring back memories of putting on a vocal spectacle around your neighborhood (read: whole barangay) with your childhood beshies. Kahit pa sablay ang harmony at wala pang December 16, push pa rin for the holiday vacation walwal.

Christmas Must Be Tonight by Bahamas

This may be a cover version of The Band’s original, but Bahamas knows how to deliver glistening vocals and instrumentals. “Christmas Must Be Tonight” is a retelling of the story that started this tradition of celebration: the birth of Jesus Christ. Whether you believe or not (you do you, bes), we think this one’s worth listening to. Press play na, mumsh!

Parol by Silent Sanctuary

What’s Filipino Christmas without parol, right? And what’s good music without Silent Sanctuary? (See what we did there?) This track from their 2007 album, Fuschiang Pag-Ibig, capitalizes on the use of the North Star and its local version, the parol, as a symbol for someone who’s only present during the holidays. Expect a pleasant mix of guitar, violin, and classic Raymund Sarangay vocal goodness.

Love is Christmas by Sara Bareilles

Hearing a Christmas song done in amazing Sara Bareilles fashion is enough to make us feel all the feels. This 2011 track is a musical artwork of beautiful vocals and the piano, and serves as a reminder that love knows no season. Love itself, more than any gift, is what completes Christmas.

In The Morning by Jack Johnson

This record released in 2011 depicts the joy and excitement on Christmas day morning. After all the festivities and the lamon the previous night, we wake up to a quiet and peaceful day filled with laughter and love. And while we all received lovely gifts, it’s the memories from all the merry-making during the holiday that we can all cherish. Deep but trulalu!

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