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Music That Rocks: Santa’s Christmas Playlist

As a part of The Rock’s 25 Days of Christmas, we’d like to present Santa’s Christmas Playlist 2014. It’s full of Christmas classics that Santa jams to in his sleigh. Every great road trip deserves an even better playlist, and Kris Kringle enjoys these catchy jingles on his annual trip around the world.


“This Christmas” – Straight No Chaser

I’m a sucker for a cappella holiday cheer (Christian stole my number-one music choice for this week, thanks a lot) and no one does it quite like Straight No Chaser. This all-male vocal group turns one of my favorite Christmas jams into a suave, snappy carol perfect for just sitting on your couch in front of the fire, chatting with someone you love. It fades into the background when you need it to, but then gets stuck in your head all day. While you’re jiving to this one, pick up their entire holiday catalogue and really get in the spirit.” – Melissa Warten ‘16

“Mary’s Boy Child” – Boney M 

“Yeah, I know. This song is really obscure for Christmas. Boney M rose to limited popularity in the 80’s, but this song was all over my town’s Christmas station in like 2010. However, I haven’t heard it since then, except for on YouTube of course. Boney M combines traditional and electronic sounds, stemming from the band’s background in the Caribbean and their home country of Germany. Give it a listen. You’ll find yourself doing some stupid dance to yourself, while also getting the song stuck in your head for the rest of the afternoon.” – Edward Byrne ‘18

“Run Run Rudolph”- Chuck Berry 

“Christmas music, though however beautiful, can be a bit…slow. It’s great for playing by the fireplace and watching the snowfall, but Santa’s got a lot too take care of on Christmas Eve. This 50’s classic will get Santa’s blood pumping, will get the Reindeer flying, and will provide great montage background for Santa and his Christmas Eve antics. Chuck Berry’s electric guitar wails the sound of Christmas, and his vocals hammer it home. Santa needs this boost” – Mike McGee ‘18

“Christmas Lights” – Coldplay 

Yah, your ears don’t deceive you.  Coldplay has a Christmas song and it is magical.  Chris  Martin serenades your earlobes with his silky smooth voice as well as his mastery of the piano while a delightful mixture of guitar plays on in the background.  I am huge fan of Coldplay because of their mellow style, and their music always manages to put me in such a mellow mood.  This song is no different, a little somber if you actually listen to the lyrics but perfect if you’re at home cuddled up in a blanket and have a cup of hot chocolate.  I personally love blasting this when I’m driving up and down streets that are decorated from roof to foundation with christmas lights.  Nothing gets me more in the spirit, and hopefully you’ll get a little bit of Christmas cheer too. – Joey Dorion ‘17

“All I Want For Christmas is You” – Fifth Harmony

“Mariah’s original version reigns supreme as the best Christmas song ever written and recorded. This cover of the new classic is the best cover I’ve heard that still maintains the original quality of Mariah’s vocals, with a little bit of Fifth Harmony flair. Fifth Harmony ended with a 3rd place finish in the X Factor in 2012, and have since released an EP with an album slated for release in 2015. Nice job, ladies!” – Danielle Dybbro ‘15

“Troy and Abed’s Jehovah’s Witness Rap” – Danny Pudi & Donald Glover from Community

“Wait, you did say Childish Gambino has a Christmas rap? Yes, it may seem hard to believe but he does, sort of. Many people have forgotten in his swift rise to fame that Donald Glover, (A.K.A. Childish Gambino) was first an actor. One of his most famous roles is playing Troy Barnes in the NBC show Community. If you haven’t seen the show, go watch it now–it’s amazing. During the Season 3 Christmas episode, Donald Glover raps about being a Jehovah’s Witness, with his one of his co-stars Danny Pudi who plays Abed Nadir. Okay, it may not technically by Childish Gambino but you get the point.” – Sean Healy ‘18

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Darlene Love 

So even though most of my friends didn’t know this song by name, the second I started playing it everybody immediately knows it, for one simple reason: this song is an absolute classic.  The song’s producer felt the woman the song was written for couldn’t give it enough emotion, so Love was brought in to give the song the emotional punch it needed, and she delivered.  Besides the classic holiday sound and Love’s strong vocals, she gives this song just the right feelings of love and emotion.  You can look forward to hearing this holiday classic on The Late Show with David Letterman this year, as Love returns to the show to perform it every year; and it will never get old. – Chris Pinto ‘16

“When Christmas Comes” – Mariah Carey feat. John Legend 

“Whether you are listening to the radio after Thanksgiving or at a holiday, it is undeniable that Mariah Carey’s classic holiday hit ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ will surround you with soaring vocals and bouncy optimism filled with desire for love. However, I almost prefer this duet between Mariah Carey and John Legend because of how well it captures nostalgia, as well as how their voices perfectly complement each other. It really is surprising that they have not done more duets together, as an album just of them doing duets, perhaps covers, would be a huge hit. ‘When Christmas Comes’ is an R&B/soul song that was on Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas II You album (2010), and was released as a digital download in November 2011. If you really want to experience this gem of a holiday duet, watch the music video. I generally hear John Legend’s piano skills better, as well as the background brass instruments, and there is a rich array of scenes that illustrate the loving mood of the song. One can see Mariah and John by the piano, an authentic holiday party with everyone crowded in the kitchen, and Mariah and her friends running outside in the snow to meet a life-sized Snoopy. Do yourself a favor, and put it on repeat. It will remind you what is really great about Christmas.” – Kyle Donohue ‘17

“Blue Christmas” – Michael Bublé 

“Ever wondered exactly what those visions of sugar plums were dancing to? Well wonder no more. It’s this song right here; Always has been, always will be. Despite dropping his album only four years ago, Michael Bublé has already earned himself a spot atop the Mount Olympus of Christmas carols, right alongside Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Vince Guaraldi. And while all his songs are good, Blue Christmas has always been his ace in the hole. It’s perfect for making Christmas cookies, it’s perfect for trimming the tree, it’s perfect for everything. Go listen to it now and if it doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit, you’re either a liar or the Grinch. Happy holidays.” – Alex Ricciardelli ‘18

“Mary, Did You Know?” – Pentatonix

“A cover of the widely know religiously themed song, the Pentatonix version truly exceeds the quality of most modern Christmas music on the radio today. Pentatonix rose to fame by winning the third season of The Sing-Off competition of a cappella groups. They previously released a few Christmas songs in the past two years but this year they released a full Christmas album titled That’s Christmas To Me. This is my favorite song on the track though others are pretty catchy and charged with holiday spirit. They added something to this song that gives it a totally new vibe. Even people who aren’t fans of ‘churchy’ music will enjoy it.” – Christian Petro ‘15

“Christmastime is Here (Instrumental)” – Vince Guaraldi Trio

“I’ve already expressed how much I love The Charlie Brown Christmas, but let me take a minute to talk about the music. The entire soundtrack of the special, performed by the swingin’ Vince Guaraldi Trio, is on point: whether it’s the jazzy, danceable ‘Linus and Lucy’, the whimsical ‘Skating’ or even the children’s choir singing ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’. I find this particular track to be excellent for finals studying, with its easy piano melody and lack of distracting vocals–so grab yourself a peppermint mocha, put this tune on repeat, and get ‘er done–only 11 more sleeps ‘til Christmas!” – Kate Lewis ‘15

“Deck da Club” – Ying Yang Twins

“I would be lying if I said that this isn’t one of the most profound pieces of Christmas magic to have ever graced my ears. The Ying Yang Twins, most famous for their 2002 Lil Jon collaboration ‘Get Low,’ created an exceptionally joyful Christmas album in 2008. Cleverly named The Ying and The Yang of the Holidays, the album contains hip-hop and rap spin offs of classic Christmas songs such as ‘Sleigh Ride’ and ‘Carol of the Bells.’ ‘Deck da Club’ is perhaps the most festive track, with lyrics such as ‘deck da club with boughs of money’ and ‘she make you thank that she your honey.’ The intellectual genius behind these lyrics really brings me to tears. How better to capture to majesty and wonder of the season than to bump with the Ying Yang twins in the club? In the words of the Ying Yang twins, ‘Drink, Drank, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Ho Ho Ho, take off your clothes!'” – Alexa Kilroy ‘18

Can’t get enough of our staff’s favorites? Check out last year’s Christmas Music That Rocks, and subscribe to our playlist on Spotify to hear all of our picks!

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