Kelly Clarkson Premieres New Christmas Classic “Underneath The Tree”: Listen

While Kelly Clarkson‘s “White Christmas” cover from her forthcoming Wrapped In Red Xmas LP is pretty much flawless, we were still eager to hear a holiday original from the singer. And now our premature letter to Santa has been answered with “Underneath The Tree,” and we are so, so satisfied. This one is strong enough that it could enter the pantheon of modern Christmas staples like Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and *NSYNC‘s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.”

“Underneath The Tree” sounds instantly familiar — sleigh bells, laments about a lonely Christmas day, a sax solo — but with a tightly coiled hook and Clarkson’s transcendent voice, the whole thing is kind of invigorating. Singing “You’re all that I need, underneath the tree,” Kelly’s vocals soar all the way up to Santa’s sleigh by the end.

Wrapped In Red is out on October 29 (the perfect gift for trick-or-treaters!). Hear the Yuletide anthem below.