Holiday Mix Tape

It’s the holiday season and all through the land, festive classics are heard wherever you stand. In shops and on corners, in cars and at work, tiring of these tunes makes you seem like a real grinchy jerk! Classics may be timeless, but they can be a bore; when you’re feeling bah-humbug, find a song that’s perfect for:

A Family Sing-Along
“All I Want for Christmas is You” – Mariah Carey ft. Jimmy Fallon & The Roots (and some super cute kids)
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While the original has definitely earned its place among the holiday “classics”, we’re sure this up-beat re-mix will keep your toes tapping and your heart merry!


Catching Up with Old Friends
Run DMC Christmas in Hollis

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An oldie, but definitely a goodie! You probably won’t hear this on your local radio station, but make sure you add it to the playlist when all your childhood besties come to town.


Curling Up with a Cup of Tea
“Opera of the Bells” – Destiny's Child
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Okay, so this isn’t a new song either, but how can you not get goosebumps every time you hear it? When you’re looking to relax by the fire or simply pay homage to Queen Bey’s legacy, throw some peppermint sugar cubes into your Manhattan Black and let these ladies get you in the holiday spirit.


Mending a Broken Heart
“Winter Song” – Leslie Odom Jr.
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Ending a relationship is never fun, and all of the sappy holiday commercials just make it worse! Let this Hamilton hottie soothe your broken heart and put the “Holly Jolly” back in your spirit.


Dreaming of Warmer Weather
“Christmas in the Sand” – Colbie Caillat
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Snowed in this December? When you’re tired of your Winter (not-so-)Wonderland, let Caillat’s warm lyrics transport you to a tropical paradise complete with a sandy Santa and candy canes!


Easing Your Homesickness
“Something About December” – Christina Perri
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When you live away from your family, the holiday homesickness is all too real. Even when you can’t be “Home for Christmas,” this song reminds you to cherish the memories with those you miss most.


Faking it 'til You Make It
“Hallelujah” – Pentatonix
Pentatonix Christmas Hallelujah

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We aren’t sure how this cover of an old ballad qualifies as a holiday song, BUT this amazing a capella ensemble included it on their new “A Pentatonix Christmas” album, so it totally counts. Bump this when you’re over the holiday jams but don’t want to be a scrooge.

Do you prefer the classics, or do you like to mix it up? Share your favorite tunes for the holidays in the comments below!

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