Thursday, May 26, 2022




The voices of Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Mariah Carey, Burl Ives, Frank Sinatra and many others, mark the beginning of the holiday season. While some start celebrating as early as November 1st, others contain their holiday joy until after Thanksgiving. No matter when you start celebrating, you have to create a killer playlist to start celebrating. The classics will always be timeless, but they can often get repetitive. Many artist and DJs feel the same and have revamped well-known holiday classics. Whether its a cover or an actual remix, you’ll want to include these on your playlist.

The electronic dance community has definitely updated some classic holiday songs. These are perfect for any holiday parties during the season. One album that most of my personal favorites come from is Christmas Remixed – Holiday Classics Re-Grooved. The album is an accumulation of classics that have been remixed. Some of the songs include “Jingle Bells”, “Happy Holidays”, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. This album is definitely for those who want the originals with just a little revamping. Some other notable mentions that aren’t on the album are “Sleigh Bells (PhatCap! Trap Remix)” by Trap City and “You’re a Mean One (Mr. Grinch)” by Trillion Trap.

Many artist come out with holiday albums to celebrate the season. While some stick with the classic arrangement, others take the song and place it into a new genre. Justin Bieber’s “Drummer Boy” is an example of the later. He took the classic folk christian song, “The Little Drummer Boy”, and turned it into a entertaining pop/rap song. Another group, Pentatonix, is known for taking Christmas classics and performing them in an acapella arrangement. Two of my favorites include “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Winter Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy” featuring Tori Kelly. They have four whole Christmas cover albums, so be sure to go check them out. Many other well-known artist cover Christmas songs in their original arrangement. Some I found include, “First Noel” by Leslie Odom Jr., “Last Christmas” by Ariana Grande, “Santa Baby” by Ariana Grande ft. Liz Gillies, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Demi Lovato, “Ave Maria” by Beyonce, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Sam Smith, and “White Christmas” by George Ezra. The songs mentioned above are, for the most part, the same as the originals, but with a new voice.

As the snow begins to fall, hot chocolate becomes a staple, and Santa starts to appear in your local mall, make sure to check out some of the mentioned songs. Happy Holidays!