Shuffle Music Staff’s Top Christmas Tunes

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With Christmas less than two weeks away, have you got all your holiday shopping out of the way? Whether you’re heading home for the holidays, wrapping presents or downing obscene amounts of eggnog at a holiday party, let the staff at Shuffle put you in the spirit with our favorite holiday songs.

Sara’s pick: “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey.

There are so many reasons to like this song. First of all, Mariah Carey hits every note flawlessly. I adore Carey’s voice and she does a great job at covering this classic song. This song has been around for a while and since I first heard it while in middle school, it never gets old. I always hear this song being played during the holidays, and it always hypes me up when I hear it!

John’s Pick: “Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

My favorite Christmas song has to be “Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Ever since I was young, my mom would listen to a mix of different Christmas songs on the radio. I felt this particular song embodied the Christmas season. It always got me pumped up to decorate the house, or help make sweet, warm pastries with my family. To this day I still get excited to hear this song and it always throws me back to when I was young and restless.

Josh’s Pick: “Snow in California” by Ariana Grande.

Most people favor traditional Christmas songs such as, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” “Jingle Bells,” or maybe even “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” and although those are all great songs to get you into the Christmas spirit, my favorite Christmas song would have to be “Snow In California,” by Ariana Grande. This song was a part of her 2013 Christmas EP, “Christmas Kisses,” and one of her original Christmas songs. It starts off with the sounds of sleigh bells, and her reading a letter to ask Santa to make it snow in California, because a boy she adores is only in town for the holidays and she wants to spend more time with him. As a huge Ariana Grande fan I really adore her voice and style of singing, especially in this song. With the slow beat, melody, and sleigh bells, it will definitely get you into the holiday spirit.

Lauren’s Pick: “Twisted Chipmunk Song” by Bob Rivers.

If you haven’t heard of Bob Rivers before, you should check him out on YouTube. He’s like the Weird Al of holiday music. In this parody version of “Christmas Don’t Be Late,” originally sung by Alvin and the Chipmunks, ‘Melvin’ is testing Dave’s patience for the last the time (resulting in “Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire.”) I chose this song because I grew up with a family with a dark (read: awesome) sense of humor. Ever since I was a kid, we would play this album on Christmas Eve nights while opening presents. Everyone would end up singing along, or swaying to the tunes. The other reason I love this song is, in all honesty, I really don’t care for Christmas (all the commercialization and theatrics just don’t do it for me). So being able to sing “hurry Christmas, pass real fast” gives me a giggle during this stressful time of the year.

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