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#NowPlaying: Christmas Edition

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The return of the holiday season is always marked by TV networks insisting upon reruns of A Christmas Story, Home Alone, and other cheesy, but inexplicably compelling titles. Likewise, book and game stores push pre-orders of their hottest December releases (will someone please buy me the Wii U so I can play Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on December 5?). Still, nothing beats the often too-early streaming of Christmas music in the malls, on your radio stations, and even on Pandora to get you in the holiday spirits. For this edition of #NowPlaying, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Christmas songs of all time. We hope you enjoy!

10. “Feliz Navidad” – Jose Feliciano
Who doesn’t love a corny classic now and then—especially one that has non-Spanish speakers sounding fluent? Muy bien, readers. Muy bien.

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer9. “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” – Elmo & Patsy
Grandma should really be more careful; am I right? Some songs are just so bad that they’re good. Case in point.

8. “Jingle Bell Rock” – Bobby Helms
Despite the many re-recordings of this chart-topper, nothing beats the original. There’s just something very charming about Helms’ voice in this classic little jingle.

7. “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” – Brenda LeeRockin Around The Christmas Tree
Can you believe Lee was only 13 when she recorded this song? Her lovely, mature voice and the song’s jolly and light pop-rock feel keep “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” playing year after year.

6. “Santa Baby” – Eartha Kitt
Oh, Ms. Kitt, you’re so darn coy! We love how you use your flirtatious feminine ways to get your ’54 convertible… light blue!

Do They Know Its Christmas5. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – Band Aid
Feed the world! While depressing, this song definitely makes us look at the holidays from a completely different perspective.

4. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Sorry to our dear readers for being so depressing. Still, no music list is complete without one or all of The Beatles. John Lennon’s voice is pure velvet as he sings this beautiful and meaningful melody.

3. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Dean MartinBaby Its Cold Outside
While Dean Martin may not have written this song, we can’t help but include his delightful version complete with an all-female chorus. Not only is this an incredible winter tune, it is easily one of the greatest duets of all time. ‘Tis the season for snuggling!

2. “Last Christmas” – Wham
While “Last Christmas” is a fantastic record and a close 2nd on our list, we insist that you hear the Glee version sung by Lea Michele and Cory Monteith (at least our Glee-obsessed Entertainment Director thinks so).

All I Want For Christmas is You1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
Do we really need to explain our choice? This diva is no stranger to the top of the billboards and it’s easy to see why. The record is catchy, romantic, and just plain fun to sing after a few glasses of eggnog! Plus it sold over 14 million copies to date. You go, Mariah.

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Christmas Playlist

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Christmas Playlist by Greg Trutner

 

With the Christmas season fast approaching, many of us at Cliché have different tastes in holiday music. Some of us like joyful, festive music, some like hard rock, while others might prefer dubstep. My choice fits outside the radar a bit. I have a very sensitive ear, and as such, I like peaceful and mellow Christmas music. These are some of my favorite songs and albums:

 

1) “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” – John Lennon

This is one of my favorites because it brings hope for the New Year. It is also a very peaceful and hopeful song, not to mention melodic. It is one of the few songs featuring Yoko Ono that I like.

 

2) Winter Carols – Blackmore’s Night

How can I leave out an entire album featuring Candice Night? Her voice is very soothing to me, and the music is incredibly peaceful.

 

3) A Midwinter Night’s Dream – Loreena McKennitt

Again, another soothing album complete with vocal harmonies that definitely helps me relax!

4) “Dickens’ Dublin” – Loreena McKennitt

This song stars a child reading from a Christmas story for the most part in the song with McKennitt singing her verses in-between the child’s reading. I find this song to be fascinating and complex for that reason.

 

5) “Wonderful Christmastime” – Paul McCartney

And, finally, the relaxing voice of Paul McCartney coupled with signing that is just cheerful and joyous and relaxing all at the same time!