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Why are there no new Christmas songs?

Most of the year, we love musical variety. But at Christmas, we come back to the same hits time and time again. Is it just tradition? Or is there something more?

By Chris Lochery  

The old songs are the best? Photo: Prospect composite

Cast your mind back over the last quarter-century of pop music and you’ll see that it spans quite a range. In those 25 years rave and new jack swing have given way to Eurodance and Britpop, UK garage and tropical house, hip-hop, trip-hop, grime, R’n’B, emo, nu-metal—and that’s without touching on any of the standard studio pop of boy bands, girl bands and balladeers.

Yet, despite all of the changes we’ve seen, the staples of our Christmas party playlists…

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