Is there hope for a new classic Christmas song?

Singer Mariah Carey performs during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington on December 6, 2013. Carey's 1994 hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You," is No. 1 on Billboard’s Holiday Digital Songs chart this week.

What is your favorite Christmas song? Okay, now what is your favorite recent Christmas song? Tougher question, isn't it?

Artists write Christmas songs and record holiday albums every year. This year alone there's releases from artists like Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, and Mary J. Blige covering the classics. But why do we always wind up hearing the same songs over and over again?

Chris Klimek wrote about that very topic in Slate and says while some people feel there are enough standards to fill the holiday season airwaves, it seems like Christmas music has a remake habit that rivals Hollywood.

Is there hope for a new Christmas classic?

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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