Music for the People: Holiday Edition


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There are many different types of holiday music from around the world — not just the same Christmas songs replayed time and time again in your favorite coffee shop. Plenty of holidays are celebrated in the month of December: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more. To accommodate, this playlist contains a holiday brew of music to celebrate.

Holiday tunes are expressed through countless genres and styles of music. Included in the playlist is a drizzle of jazz, a sprinkle of pop, and a shake of rock.

Sophomore Karla Carmona likes to celebrate Christmas by listening to “the classics.”

“I like the jazzy classics, like ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside,’” said Carmona.

This song is performed and recorded by many artists, especially known for its feature in the film Elf . It’s perfect to listen to during the month of December while drinking hot coffee or cocoa. Other well-known styles of holiday songs include hip-hop, R&B, and soul.

“I like the old school kind of pop, and R&B,” said sophomore Mikaela Burns. “‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ by Mariah Carey is a good one.”

As the number one suggestion, the cheerful and upbeat tempo of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” will make you smile wide, and the catchy lyrics will have you singing out loud.

A more unique approach to holiday songs are remixes and electronic styles of the original songs. Namely, “Winter Wonderland / Here Comes Santa Claus” by Snoop Dogg and Anna Kendrick (from Pitch Perfect).

Junior Bobbie Collins celebrates Christmas by listening to Christmas trap music on SoundCloud and fun songs like “Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer.”

Songs like “Dominic the Donkey” and “Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer” are enjoyable and entertaining sing-a-longs. The holiday classics like “Santa Baby” and “The Christmas Song” are also great songs to listen to when you’re with family (or in your favorite cafe).

“I like Mariah Carey, like classic stuff like that,” said sophomore Sunii Owens. “It puts me in the Christmas spirit, you know?”