Looking for something to boogie to during this festive season?
Not sure which festive music to stick on the player this year?
Well, if you're looking to get everyone up and dancing this
Christmas but you fancy a change from the usual poppy Christmas
songs, why not try some dance or electronic Christmas music? Still
festive, but utterly modern - try one or all of the songs on our
list below to slot into your Christmas playlist this year. Some of
them are remixes of classic Christmas songs, whilst others are new
dance Christmas songs. Our personal fave is Hark the Herald Angels
Sing by Hot Toddy - what's yours?
1) Hot Toddy - Hark the Herald Angels Sing
This song by Hot Toddy, taken from the Holiday Remixed album, is
one of a number of songs on the album that are not exactly what
you'd consider to be traditional Christmas music - instead, the
album and this song in particular are designed to invoke memories,
so listen to this if you fancy sitting back and reminiscing about
2) D1 Music - Silent Night
Ever wondered what your favourite Christmas songs would sound
like redone by euro-pop artists? Well, neither had we until we came
across D1 Music. They've covered some of the most traditional
Christmas songs you could ever think of, transforming them into
modern, European dance hits. Silent Night is our favourite from
their Classic Christmas album - you'll recognise the melody but
everything else about the song is completely different.
3) Lady Gaga - Christmas Tree
World famous popstar Lady Gaga is third on our list with this
naughty Christmas single, released in 2008. A definite dance floor
filler but with slightly cheeky lyrics, such as 'Light me up, put
me on top, the only place you'll want to be is underneath my
Christmas tree' makes this a song for the adults but possibly not
4) Rihanna - A Child is Born
This is a little more laidback than the rest of the songs on our
list but it definitely has a dance vibe to it - and a little bit of
a reggae vibe too! Worldwide pop sensation Rihanna has released a
Christmas song before, but that was much more traditional - this
new song, A Child is Born, is much more her usual style.
5) Kelly Rowland - Wonderful Christmastime
Dance diva Kelly Rowland, one member of former world-famous girl
group Destiny's Child, now known across the U.K. for her judging
role on British television programme The X Factor, is next on our
list with this dance cover of classic Christmas song Wonderful
Christmastime. It's still traditional, with a backing track of
sleigh bells, but it's brought bang up to date with Kelly's vocals
and a banging drum.
6) Sean Kingston - Drummer Boy
R&B pop sensation Sean Kingston, recently recovered from an
horrific ski accident that left him in a critical condition in
hospital is next with this dancey, reggae version of traditional
song Little Drummer Boy. Perfect for having a slow dance to.
7) Groovecatcher - O Come O Emmanuel
Groovecatcher are well known for their ambient House dance songs
and this version of classic carol O Come O Emmanuel is just one of
their genius covers. It blends a trance backing track together with
some choral vocals seamlessly - definitely worth a try. It's
instrumental, with the choral element being used purely as another
element to the song, so it may not be everyone's cup of tea - but
it's definitely ours!
8) The Puppini Sisters - Jingle Bells
Now, this isn't traditional dance music - this is 1940s style
boogie music! The Puppini sisters are a UK-based vocal trio that
specialise in 1940s style music. This cover of traditional
Christmas carol Jingle Bells is a real find and because it's so
different, we reckon you won't be able to stop yourself having a
boogie to this.
9) Cascada - Last Christmas
Cascada are well known for releasing brilliantly catchy dance
music and this cover of Wham! classic Last Christmas is no
exception - it's fast-paced, up-tempo and very typical of their
usual style. It also shows off Natalie's lovely vocals. We're glad
that it's now been released as a single in its own right, complete
with a video, as it started off as a B side of their smash hit What
Hurts the Most.
10) Jihad Muhammad - It's Holiday Time
This samba jam tune by Jihad Muhammad is taken from the
'Christmas in the House' album by King Street Sounds. This album
has just two well-known songs - Eric Cupper's version of Silent
Night and Jihad's It's Holiday Time, as well as a number of brand
new vocal songs that have been perfectly composed to really capture
the spirit of the holiday season. We love the samba dance feel of
It's Holiday Time, and we're absolutely sure you will too.
11) Kristine W - Hard Candy Christmas
Kristine W, also known as Kristine Weitz, is an American
singer-songwriter known for her upbeat, up-tempo, pop-dance tracks.
This cover of Hard Candy Christmas is just one track from an
excellent Christmas EP by Kristine, full of brilliant music that
just happens to be holiday music. If you're a fan of female vocals
and pop-dance, this is definitely one for you.
12) Evelyn DeMille - All I Want for Christmas is
You'd probably expect this Christmas offering from Evelyn
DeMille to be ultra-cheesy - after all, the original by Mariah
Carey is a rather corny but still loveable Christmas classic. This
version combines Evelyn's lovely vocals with a modern, bang up to
date dance backing track. Push any scepticism you may have aside
and give it a listen - it's really very good.
13) Liquid 360 - Change has Come (For Christmas)
If you're a fan of synthpop, prepare to listen to this -
probably the only synthpop Christmas song we can think of, this
brand new tune by Liquid 360, known for their covers of classic
songs such as Depeche Mode's Strangelove is undeniably festive with
vocals from children, sleigh bells and a rather lovely trumpet
accompaniment. This song has a real 80's feel, so this is perfect
for listening to if you're feeling nostalgic for your youth.
14) Britney Spears - My Only Wish (This Year)
Although Britney Spears' music isn't exactly house music nor is
it hardcore trance music, her music is played all over the world at
discos and clubs and this festive offering from her is becoming
more of a classic with each coming year. Brilliant for if you're a
90s child who's a big fan of Britney, stick this on if you want a
nostalgic disco dance.
15) Destiny's Child - 8 Days of Christmas
We know Destiny's Child are generally not classified as 'dance'
music in the truest sense - but this is definitely a song that you
can get your groove on to. This song from one of the biggest girl
groups of all time has also been included on our hip hop Christmas
songs list, and it's actually one of our favourite songs of the