Underneath the Tree (Kelly Clarkson)
There’s a heavy dose of Motown in this 2013 tune, the lead single from Clarkson’s Wrapped in Red Christmas album. Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You is what the Christmas singles by most female artists get compared to and perhaps the highest praise this song received was that many critics thought it had the potential to become just as pervasive as that modern classic. The rich “Wall of Sound” production would swamp some other singers but Clarkson’s joyful, bombastic vocals are always in command. She co-wrote it with Greg Kurstin, who she had previously worked with on her Stronger and Greatest Hits albums. Kurstin is also the song’s producer.
Fun fact: Kelly doesn’t just sing lead on the studio version of this song, she does all the background vocals as well.
The theme for Bestest Song Club December 2015 is: Bestest Modern Christmas Songs.
Criteria: Song must have been recorded no earlier than 1980.