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Christmas songs new for 2012: The good and the bad

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They say that if you can write a Christmas song that sticks, you'll be made for life.

As such, all manner of acts year-on-year will try their hand at a festive tune in the hope that it will stand the test of time.

We've taken a look at some of this year's brand new offerings and rated them accordingly below:

Dragonette: 'Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)'
The Canadian electro-pop group have gone all modern with their new and first ever festive track, which they decided to write because "we love everything about Christmas time... except hearing the same ten songs over and over again".

Best lyric: "You're late by a day or two, so mine says thanks a lot and f**k you."
Christmas cheer factor: 5/10



Backstreet Boys: 'It's Christmas Time Again'
BSB are no stranger to holiday-themed releases, and they've flexed their yuletide muscles once more for 'It's Christmas Time Again' which, of course, features returning bandmate Kevin Richardson.

Best lyric: "And when the snow is falling down down down/ You'll know that Santa's back in town town town."
Christmas cheer factor: 8/10



Alphabeat: 'Xmas (Let's Do It Again)'
The Danish group have brought their relentlessly peppy attitude to 'Xmas (Let's Do It Again)' which, as you'd expect, features all the necessary bells and whistles as well as their distinctive neon-pop synths.

Best lyric: "Now that December is here, we'll make it great like every year."
Christmas cheer factor: 7/10



Christina Perri: 'Something About December'
The singer is celebrating Christmas this year by releasing the brilliantly-titled 'A Very Merry Perri Christmas'. Lead single 'Something About December' may lack the fun factor, but it's a solid effort nonetheless.

Best lyric: "Lights around the tree, Mama's whistling."
Christmas cheer factor: 4/10



John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John: 'I Think You Might Like It'
Despite our reservations, we couldn't help but listen to this song from the pair's new This Christmas album, which they've dubbed 'The One That I Want Part II'. Such a thing is obviously impossible, which makes this one of the most pitiful attempts of 2012.

Best lyric: [Olivia to John] "My mind is going a little crazy knowing you're coming home tonight."
Christmas cheer factor: 0/10



Rod Stewart: 'Red-Suited Super Man'
We like Rod's comparison of Santa to a superhero, and combined with the jazzy, big band production, it feels like a song that could easily resurface year after year.

Best lyric: "It might be crazy, it might take a miracle/ Santa bring some peace to us all."
Christmas cheer factor: 9/10



Stavros Flatley: 'Santa's Funky Groove'
We're surprised the Britain's Got Talent runner up (and his son) found someone willing to a.) record this in a studio and b.) shoot a music video, but we're glad they took the chance.

Best lyric: "Here comes Santa, forget those myths/ Ain't nothing wrong with Greeks bearing gifts."
Christmas cheer factor: 3/10



Of course, none of them are a patch on this:



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