This Time Next Year (Toni Braxton)
Toni Braxton’s festive album Snowflakes is her fourth studio effort and first Christmas record (she subsequently released a second, as part of family group The Braxtons, in 2015). The majority of songs on Snowflakes are original compositions, all co-written by Braxton herself – the singles from the record were two of those originals, Snowflakes of Love and Christmas In Jamaica. While neither is a “bad” song, equally neither is anywhere near as sublime as non-single This Time Next Year, a dreamy Braxton post-break-up ballad that would have been at home on any one of her non-Xmas albums. Actually, that may be what excluded it from single release – while it starts with bells and the lyrics mention “holidays”, “presents” and “Christmas morning” it probably wasn’t “festive enough”.
Fun fact: The other co-writers are frequent Braxton collaborator Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and composer David Foster.
The theme for Bestest Song Club December 2015 is: Bestest Modern Christmas Songs.
Criteria: Song must have been recorded no earlier than 1980.