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Nü Sound gets festive: a playlist of the best holiday tracks

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No need to say it, this year’s been one long cascading failure. Whether you’ve managed to keep your spirits high or are just praying to make it through the end of the month, these holiday songs are guaranteed to make you reminisce and maybe even find some joy.

Check out Nü Sound’s must-haves for every holiday playlist:

“Jingle Bell Rock” – Bobby Helms

I somehow manage to forget about this song every year, unlike the occasional holiday song that will obnoxiously pop into my head mid-July. But since I only associate it with the holidays, I can always just jam out to it! It is ‘rockin’ after all.

 Andrew Checchia, Contributor

“Last Christmas” – Wham!

It’s synth-y, dramatic, and an absolute classic.

Katherine Andrews, Contributor

My favorite holiday song is “Last Christmas” because it is a song about overcoming heartbreak at a usually happy time of the year. The whole song is a work of irony.

Hannah Carlotti, Contributor

“Linus & Lucy” – Anderson .Paak

A funky take on a classic. This song was released as a Spotify single in 2018 and is not really a cover of “Linus & Lucy” as much as it is a chill Christmas medley.

Nathaniel Hendricks, Contributor

“White Christmas” – The Drifters

It’s the dramatic silliness of the background singers, for me. From the “doop doo doop”s to the brazen melody takeovers sung in falsetto, this song is the pinnacle of Christmas cheer. Listening to it also triggers a mental image of Kevin McCallister screaming because of too much aftershave. Iconic.

Irene Baghdasaryan, Contributor

“Christmas Tree Farm” – Taylor Swift

 

My favorite holiday song is “Christmas Tree Farm” by Taylor Swift. The track is dedicated to her childhood hometown and gives all the nostalgic feels. Some holiday music is overplayed and somewhat redundant despite being classics, but this song incorporates that quintessential Christmas sound with a modern take on holiday music.

Jordan Edelman, Contributor

“Auld Lang Syne”

I know I’m “that guy” for actually liking this song, but nothing sounds quite like a chorus of drunk New Years revelers belting this with their best friends. It puts me in a beautiful place, full of great memories, so I can’t not love the ups and downs of this simple, timeless anthem. Maybe one day I’ll actually learn what it means too.

 Andrew Checchia, Contributor

“Merry Something to You” – DEVO

A short and fun untraditional holiday song that is guaranteed to please. The main takeaway from the song? “Believe what you want to. Nothing’s really true.”

Nathaniel Hendricks, Contributor

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

“Wonderful Christmastime” – Paul McCartney

 

John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” and Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” are contemporary Christmas song classics that keep Beatlemania alive throughout all seasons. The individual post-Beatle projects somehow, someway redefine the niche genre of holiday music with “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” declaring a message of peace, and “Wonderful Christmastime,” expressing the simple message of happiness. While this may be a risk to say, there’s a chance you can get away with listening to these songs outside the holiday season without getting judged. I mean, come on, it’s Paul McCartney and John Lennon, icons who make iconic music, of course, their holiday tracks will be multi-seasonal classics.

Mackenzie Oravec, Contributor

“Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass” – All Time Low

“Every well-rounded holiday playlist needs a petty, shit-talking pop-punk track, and All Time Low know just how to fit the bill.”

Natalie DaRe, Assistant Editor

“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” – Bing Crosby

It’s December 1st. You’re digging out your Christmas decor and things feel a little lighter than the day before. Oh, and Bing Crosby’s Christmas classic is playing in the background. 40s jazz musicians swing their voices sweetly. Holiday magic is in the air.

Irene Baghdasaryan, Contributor

“Mr. Winter” – The Maine

Cait McMahon, Editor-in-Chief

 

“Fairytale of New York” – The Pogues

“Fairytale of New York” is a lot like the film It’s a Wonderful Life. The Pogues breath some honesty into the tired tinsel-strung genre of Christmas music. It’s a song about a couple fighting. Shane MacGowan complains: “I could have been someone.” Kristy MacColl snaps back: “Well, so could anyone.” In It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey is brought to the edge of suicide. It’s not all hot coco. But George Bailey doesn’t kill himself. The couple in the song stops fighting. MacGowan explains to MacColl that he built his dreams around her. The song is a reminder that the people we love are everything. Also, every time you play this song a little punk gets his wings.

Nathaniel Hendricks, Contributor

“What Christmas Should Be” – Hilary Duff

No one does Christmas better than the queen herself. Spotify finally adding this to its catalogue is the true Christmas miracle we all needed.

Natalie DaRe, Assistant Editor

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