Our Music Designers listen to more holiday music than your average Christmas song lover. For them, the jingle bells start ringing in July in preparation for the busy holiday season. Because of our wide variety of clients, the holiday music our team programs ranges from familiar classics to new versions of old favorites to songs with just enough spirit to be included this time of year.
We gathered the team to find out their favorite holiday songs of 2015. Their picks include songs you’d expect, versions you may not have heard, and contemporary cuts. Did we miss your favorite?
“It May Be Winter Outside (But in my Heart it’s Spring)” – Love Unlimited
It was more of a realization that this 1974 track is essentially a “holiday” track. I’ve been listening to that record for years and never heard it that way until recently.
“Shake That Gift” – Sugar & the Hi-Lows
I’m not a huge fan of holiday music so this song has a holiday feel to it but it’s not overtly holiday sounding, which is nice and something different for me and for my clients as well.
“December” – Earth, Wind & Fire
What a fun re-working of their classic “September.” Clever!
“Please Come Home for Christmas” – The Eagles OR Willie Nelson OR Charles Brown or just about anyone…. I listen to it all the way through every time I come across it.
The entire Sharon Jones holiday record, It’s A Holiday Soul Party, is great stuff.
“Christmas Time is in the Air Again” – Mariah Carey
“Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” – *NSYNC
“Deck The Halls” – Mr. Bill
“Wonderful Christmastime” – Straight No Chaser feat. Paul McCartney
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
Juan Pablo Restrepo:
“White Christmas” – Bing Crosby
“Child’s Christmas In Wales” – John Cale
“Let It Snow” – Luscious Jackson
“Winter Wonderland” – Ray Charles
“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” – Martha Wainwright
“100 Degrees” – Kylie Minogue with Dannii Minogue
“Little Drummer Boy” – Pentatonix
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Darlene Love
– Submitted by Music Design