Christmas playlist 101

by Katy St. John

(Photo courtesy of Paige Munshell).

Most people agree that Christmas music is one of the most exciting parts of the holiday season experience. Of course, considering this is my second article on the topic itself, you may be able to pinpoint where I stand on the topic. The controversy we will be discussing today is what kind of Christmas music is the best, and what music I would suggest for you this holiday season. First off, it is vital that we have a diverse repertoire of music so we can navigate all the unique tensions of family Christmas. When Uncle Jack brings up the election or Aunt Kristie ask you when you are going to get married, you can stand up and say, “Music anyone?” and proceed to play a playlist inspired by yours truly. 

To start it all off, we are going to need some of the classics. Here we must call upon Christmas greats such as Mariah Carey, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Bublé. They give us the ambiance we need as we walk through a mall or Target and let all the ads and fancy displays tell us what we need this season. You hear one of their songs and you know right away that you are listening to Christmas music. With this comes the classics such as Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” renditions of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song,” and so many more. Of course, we need thos,e but what about some that we do not hear every Christmas?

Two artists I would suggest you add to your playlist are PJ Morton and Chance the Rapper himself. In PJ Morton’s new album, “Christmas with PJ Morton,” he provides a new take on some of the classics and does it all with flair. “Winter Wonderland” is one I want you to add right now. Seriously, go and do it. Now we absolutely must talk about Chance and how he even has a Christmas album. I have yet to find it on Spotify, but it is on YouTube and Soundcloud. “Jeremih & Chance the Rapper Merry Christmas” is a high quality, joy-filled, smooth album that would brighten up any Christmas season and throw off your extended family just enough. To top it all off, I would suggest adding to the mix Miss Dolly Parton herself. Not only is she a loved and beautiful human, but it is reflected in her impeccable Christmas music with songs like “Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas.” Sprinkle in “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber and you will have yourself a very merry Christmas. 

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