100 songs of the decade: Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson

 100 songs of the decade: Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson

Written by: Kelly Clarkson and Greg Kurstin
Produced by: Greg Kurstin
Album: Wrapped In Red
UK release: November 2013
UK chart peak: 30

And why CAN’T a Christmas song be one of the best of the decade, huh?! Kelly Clarkson‘s Wrapped In Red has become one of the Gay Standards at this time of year: of course it’ll never be as iconic as All I Want For Christmas Is You (will anything?!) but – along with Santa Tell Me and One More Sleep – it’s come pretty fucking close.

Giving you precisely four seconds of twinkly sweetness before erupting in an explosion of C!A!M!P!, Underneath The Tree is – and we can’t say this about Kelly Clarkson songs often – so fucking joyful. Everything is executed perfectly: the backing vocals, the huge chorus, the insane ad-libs towards the end, the SAX…!! Literally its only flaw is the fact it ends with a fade-out. No Christmas playlist is anywhere near complete without it.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
  • You can follow the rolling, daily-updated playlist below, or here.

Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.