This Year’s Christmas Pop Songs Are Trying Very Hard to Become Classics

Lindsay Lohan, Camila Cabello, and more are vying for yuletide chestnut status, but few have the chops.


Camila Cabello - “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

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This is a spritely update of a song that is too often too maudlin, with horns and an acoustic guitar giving it a Latin flair. Cabello’s voice is as bleary as a kid’s on Christmas morning and, intriguingly, she pronounces Christmas like “Cwismois” on some, but not all, references. In this economy, that counts as personality.

Classic chances: 4 to 1

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