12/9/16

Guest Post: Five Songs for Friday Holiday Edition



Today I bring you a special edition of Five Songs for Friday for two reasons: for one, its the holiday edition, and secondly, its a guest post from my sister Melissa, who happens to be a radio DJ at SUNY Fredonia. She's a huge fan of Christmas, and obviously an audiophile so I figured who better to put together a holiday play list than her?! You can find her and her show here on Facebook, and on Twitter. You can listen to some past shows here on SoundCloud. Give her some love!

Thanksgiving is over which means it’s officially go-time for listening to Christmas music. I’ve been delving into the Christmas music vault in preparation for my holiday radio show this year. With such a difficult and stressful fall this year, everyone could use a dose of some relaxing and joyful Christmas music! For myself as both an audiophile and self-proclaimed music addict, I have found Christmas music absolutely soothing while working on my final projects. Although it’s always difficult for me to pick just a small sampling of my favorites, here are five songs to get you hyped about all things Christmassy
 

Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song" 

You’ve got your cocoa and some adorably-decorated sugar cookies besides a gleaming fireplace, but until this song comes on - it simply isn’t fully Christmastime to me. This song from one of my favorite crooners Nat King Cole is a beloved classic that makes me want to bundle up with a good book, a heaping cup of cocoa, and a nice blanket. His other Christmas songs are definitely worth checking into if you love this song as much as I do.


Stevie Wonder's "Someday at Christmas" 

Given this rough autumn, this classic Christmas song from Stevie Wonder is the perfect music to soothe our post-election souls just a little bit. With such uneasiness in the world, this song provides hope of better peaceful times - even if it’s just during Christmastime. This song also makes me more appreciative of the time I have had with my family and friends.


Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" 

You could be having the absolute worst day or even week, but one listen to this song and chances are you’ll be out of your chair and lip synching for your life along to this beloved Christmas tune from Mariah Carey. Simply put, there’s a reason Mariah Carey sings this song each Holiday season - it’s just so infectiously happy. I would even boldly argue that this song is of similar popularity as Darlene Love’s now-retired Christmas classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”.


Gayle Peevey's "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" 

This was already my favorite Christmas song, but with a recent adorable USPS ad I found a newfound love for the song. It’s one of the cutest songs of the season while lyrically ridiculous, but as a kid who loved hippos, I would smile from ear-to-ear after hearing this song (Although I still end up beaming listening to it). 


The Lumineers' cover of "Blue Christmas" 

The band recently released this gem and it’s honestly my new favorite version of this song. I already love The Lumineers and haven’t been able to stop listening to songs like “Ophelia” and “Cleopatra”, but this is just icing on the sugar cookie.

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