With the holidays upon us, we thought it would be fun to create a list of 10 holiday songs for your enjoyment.
When it comes to Christmas music, there are a slew of classics. From Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” to Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph Run,” holiday hits can be heard on radios everywhere during the month of December.
But what about the modern day? As the world embraces new technology and the Internet, the radio isn’t always the first place we turn to hear what’s popular or new in music. You may have noticed that traditional radio stations have begun playing holiday songs earlier and earlier each year (this year WMZQ started playing Christmas music on November 9th!). But with all this talk of classic holiday songs and radio taking over our airwaves, let’s not forget about the new Christmas music that has been making waves in recent years.
So if you’re looking for something different this holiday season, try one of these 10 great tunes. And if you’re still not convinced, give them a listen before you write them off!
You’re not really in the mood to listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, right? I mean, it’s a holiday that’s all about food and football. Why would you want to add music into that mix?
Well, everybody has his own opinion about what the best Christmas albums are. What I’m giving you here is a list of what I think are the 10 essential Christmas albums. You may have some albums that you think are better than these. That’s fine. But I am willing to bet that if you have any of these 10 albums in your collection, then you’ll be satisfied with the music during your holiday party.
Here’s my list for this year:
1) Winter Wonderland (1961) – Ray Charles
2) A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) – Vince Guaraldi Trio
3) Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957) – Elvis Presley
4) The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (1964) – Beach Boys
5) The Christmas Song (1986) – Nat King Cole
6) That Christmas Feeling (1966) – Peggy Lee
7) Merry Christmas (1945) – Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
8) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (1996)- Diana Krall
There seems to be an unwritten rule that all Christmas music has to sound like it was written and performed by mentally handicapped children. There are exceptions, but they’re rare.
Unless you’re a real masochist, don’t listen to more than one of these in a row.
In the interest of saving you from the horror that is most Christmas music, here are 10 holiday tracks that are actually worth listening to.
I’ve included a link to Amazon where available so you can hear a sample before buying (though I hate to contribute to their monopoly). You can also find out more about each song by going to AllMusic and searching for the song title plus “holiday” as your search term.
Forgive me if this list is heavily biased toward my own tastes: classic rock and some indie stuff. (I’m not including any classical pieces because let’s face it, there are too many good ones.)
Christmas music is great. It’s so fun to listen to while you’re decorating the tree, wrapping presents, and drinking hot chocolate. The problem with Christmas music is that it gets old after a while. You can’t listen to the same 10 songs over and over again for an entire month without getting tired of them. But, don’t give up hope!
I am here to help you find new holiday music that will get you excited about Christmas all over again. These are songs that you may not have heard before, but are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. So if you’re tired of playing the same old Christmas songs on repeat over and over again, check out this list of my top 10 favorite holiday songs.
Christmas is one of the most important holidays in the world. People like to celebrate it with their family, friends and neighbors. It’s a season of giving and forgiving. The spirit of Christmas cannot be bought in stores or found online.
Christmas music is a common feature of the holiday season. We are sharing our best picks for holiday songs to spread the message of love and hope to all mankind. Check out our list below!
From a technical perspective, however, the most interesting aspect of Christmas music is its use of electronic instruments. Many popular songs are now created with computer software and digital synthesizers. These devices can take most samples and reproduce them in a clear, digital sound. This has led to increased sales of many modern Christmas recordings.
For example, one of the songs on our list uses a synthesizer to create the sound of sleigh bells. Rather than having to record this effect with a real bell, the artist used a synthesizer to create the sound electronically. The result is an incredibly clear and crisp bell shimmer.
Another song on our list uses digital sampling technology. This allows the artist to take recordings of actual instruments (e.g., oboes) and transpose them into other keys using his or her computer software. The resulting sound may have a more “electronic” feel than that produced by traditional instrumental methods; however, this technique is still considered “authentic” by most listeners today.