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Day 11 of 12 Days of Articles: Your Holiday Playlist

The holiday season is finally upon us. People are out shopping for gifts or planning festivities for the month of December. Students are looking forward to a nice break before having to start thinking about midterms. I, however, am looking forward to good food and catching up on all the sleep I’ve lost since the school year started.

I am not the biggest fan of Christmas music, especially since I didn’t grow up in the traditional American household. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just not my preferred choice of music; however, I always find it hard to not sing (more like scream) along to with my friends to classics.

There is actually a very wide variety of songs in the Holiday genre ranging from pop hits to slow ballads mostly relating to the same overall theme of the season: Christmas.

I interviewed several students during a school day at Woodland on what their favorite Christmas/Holiday songs are and have created this playlist from what seem to be the most popular.

 

All I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!) Duet with Mariah Carey by Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey

This is just like the famous Christmas tune you hear every year but a little more festive.

https://youtu.be/ODxCG6e5pBs

 

Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano

A cultural classic to add a Spanish twist to holiday music.

https://youtu.be/jj-oTtHTwVY

 

Baby It’s Cold Outside by Idina Menzel and Michael Buble

This classic duet features two famous singers and a new sound.

https://youtu.be/6bbuBubZ1yE

 

Santa Baby by Kylie Minogue

Although this song may sound a little seductive, students still seem to enjoy it a lot.

https://youtu.be/3WY5dwSEcZo

 

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Michael Buble

A classic by Buble wishing us the best during our holiday season.

https://youtu.be/l3l83C-we-k

 

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Mariah Carey

Carey’s classic Christmas anthem that is bound to bring joy.

https://youtu.be/ah-U9ECRZog

 

You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft

Some people just aren’t that into the holidays which is totally fine.

https://youtu.be/UOaNcv5c56M

 

Run Run Rudolph by Kelly Clarkson

This upbeat tune with hints of rock is one of Clarkson’s classics.

https://youtu.be/yYiJkwSdYzA

 

Jingle Bells by Michael Buble

A Buble twist on a classic holiday song.

https://youtu.be/Z6-q38MvgAc

 

Santa Tell Me by Ariana Grande

This famous holiday pop tune by Grande has been a favorite for years

https://youtu.be/-WEUsr5R_jI

 

Mistletoe by Justin Bieber

This pop song is still a hit even years after little JB grew up.

https://youtu.be/4xZVAwd19xQ

 

Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer by Elmo & Patsy

This is another one of those classic songs that I really don’t understand.

https://youtu.be/7UuDU66E_vw

 

Underneath the Christmas Tree by Kelly Clarkson

A classic pop hit by Clarkson getting us excited to open presents.

https://youtu.be/YfF10ow4YEo

 

Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys

A rock tune for all those people out there who are into that genre of music.

https://youtu.be/1NkDrs4T6as

 

Turn Up Ye Merry Gentlemen by Gents & Jawns

This is an interesting modern twist on a classic song that’s worth the listen.

https://youtu.be/-j15Y0dnxVM

 

Dominick the Donkey by Lou Monte

Yet another song I don’t understand but students expressed extreme love (and hate) for.

https://youtu.be/Ca5wXojemRM

 

While all these classics are great, I have included the names of some new holiday albums that were released this year that, according to iTunes and Billboard.com, will most likely be added to many people’s playlists this holiday season:

 

Pentatonix- Christmas Is Here!

 

John Legend- A Legendary Christmas

 

Jessie J- This Christmas Day

 

Lauren Daigle- Behold

 

Lindsey Stirling- Warmer in the Winter

 

Even though some people claim that Christmas music is acceptable year round or not, the holiday season is unarguably the most acceptable time to blast these cheerful tunes. Hopefully you consider these song suggestions from your fellow peers and me to brighten your mood throughout the holidays.

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