Kelly Clarkson has released a Christmas album titled "Wrapped in Red."
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USA TODAY - Christmas is, perhaps, the last bastion of the '60s girl-group sound. With the Phil Spector-inspired Underneath the Tree (from her Wrapped In Red album), Kelly Clarkson makes a proud contribution to the canon.
It's radio's most-played new holiday song in 2013. Expect to hear it for years to come.
10 intriguing holiday tracks found in the week's listening:
One More Sleep, Leona Lewis. More girl-group grooves with chiming bells and rumbling saxes, this time from the British singer's Christmas, With Love.
Snow In California, Ariana Grande. The delightfully promising Grande caps off a breakout year by injecting a little doo-wop romance into the season.
Light of Christmas, Owl City (featuring tobyMac). Adam Young's shimmering synth-pop and worldview of wide-eyed wonder perfectly suits the season's spirit.
Something About December, Christina Perri. Perri laces her Christmas memories with melancholy and Richard Carpenter's piano chords.
Sending You a Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis and Jim Brickman. Need a little Christmas? Right this very minute? Mathis and Brickman provide it, with childlike simplicity.
Under the Mistletoe, Never Shout Never (featuring Dia Frampton). Baby It's Cold Outside for the young hopeless romantics of the indie-rock set.
Just a Girl, Brandon Heath. Christian singer Heath looks at the story of Mary with fresh eyes on his Christmas Is Here album.
Seasons, Jonny Lang. Lang watches children "carrying on without a care" around a decorated house and tree while dwelling on his own shortcomings.
God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen 2013, Boston. Fans of Tom Scholz's '70s-defining guitar won't want to miss this reinterpretation, featuring vocalist Kimberley Dahme.
Twas the Night Before Christmas, Charlie Daniels. The great Southern rocker, who has grown to resemble the right jolly old elf, recites Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem.
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