Starting today, get into the holiday spirit with critically acclaimed, multi-platinum singer-songwriter and EGOT winner, John Legend’s rendition of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." Released as an Amazon Original, the new track is only available to stream and purchase on Amazon Music, globally. The song was originally released in 1971 by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir.

Legend’s cover was recorded at Blakeslee Studio in North Hollywood, CA and produced by Raphael Saadiq, featuring additional vocals by Chrissy Teigen and daughter Luna, and harmonies from the children’s choir of The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality performing arts instruction to at-risk youth and help them build self-esteem, develop civic responsibility, and achieve academic success.

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In addition to John Legend’s Amazon Original, Amazon Music has been releasing a collection of new holiday songs from across a wide variety of artists. Earlier this week, GRAMMY Award-Winning R&B singer H.E.R. and rising R&B group Next Town Down released two brand-new Amazon Originals for the holiday season. Available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music, both tracks are R&B versions of Christmas classics, with H.E.R. reimagining “Christmas Time Is Here” and Next Town Down recording a new version of “O Holy Night.” Indie rock icons Sharon Van Etten and Bleached also released new Amazon Original songs for the holiday season, with Van Etten performing a rendition of “Silent Night” and Bleached covering the holiday classic “Jingle Bells.” All tracks can be heard on the Best of Amazon Holiday Originals playlist.

Holiday music is quickly charting on Amazon Music, and 2019 voice requests for holiday music on Alexa are 70% higher than last year’s rate. We asked our holiday curator to pull together recommended albums for your playlist. Give them a listen through the links in the gallery or by asking Alexa to play them.

Holiday favorite albums