Article by: Richa S.
Edited by: Sacha B.
Visual by: Elena D.
With the sight of colorful parols on the street and an updated stream of festive quizzes on BuzzFeed, we know that Christmas is just around the corner. It is almost as if the Philippines receives a head start each year on all the Christmas traditions, including one significant aspect: Christmas music. In fact, ever since the beginning of September, Christmas music is all that we have been hearing on the radio or in cafés. So, in order to help you build your very own Christmas playlist, we have compiled a list of 10 Christmas songs that are not only iconic but are also some of our Bearcats’ top picks. (Songs are randomly numbered.)
1. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Brenda Lee
Whether it be the Mean Girls rendition or the different versions you hear on the radio, “Jingle Bell Rock” is a classic Christmas song that gets everyone in the Christmas spirit. In fact, senior Erin C. believes that “it’s super festive and hypes me up for Christmas every time I listen to it!” If you enjoy listening to slow yet uplifting songs, then you should definitely add “Jingle Bell Rock” to your playlist.
2. “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber
Alongside pop music, Bieber has worked on a full-length Christmas album entitled Under the Mistletoe. “Mistletoe” is the second track on the album, and is arguably one of the most popular songs out of the 15. Senior Sally L. says that “because it is such a cheerful song, you can listen to it all year round.” Be sure to check out “Mistletoe” and the rest of Bieber’s album for more Christmas songs!
3. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is another one of Brenda Lee’s classic Christmas songs. Because it has been redone by various artists over the years, be sure to listen to some of the different versions before picking the best one for your playlist!
4. “Santa Baby” by Ariana Grande featuring Liz Gillies
This festive duet, along with three other songs, is from Grande’s first Christmas-themed EP entitled Christmas Kisses. If you haven’t already heard it, senior Kim H. strongly recommends you add it to your Christmas playlist. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the rest of the EP for more variety!
5. “Winter Things” by Ariana Grande
After the success of her first Christmas EP, Grande released yet another holiday-themed EP in 2015: Christmas and Chill. Winter Things is a song about the singer’s wish to celebrate a white Christmas in a tropical city, so if you’re staying in the Philippines over the break, this is the perfect song for you to jam out to.
6. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
Because what is Christmas without this iconic hit? Senior Jerico B. says that “this song is very catchy, and it’s such a mood booster!” If you’re looking for cheerful sing-alongs, this Mariah Carey hit is the perfect song for your playlist!
7. “Carol of the Bells” by Mykola Leontovych
Originally composed by Leontovych in 1914, “Carol of the Bells” is a popular Christmas song that has been revamped over the years. Junior Ishani S. says that she enjoys listening to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra version. “I found it very interesting when I first heard it, and it took me 3 years to find out it was a Christmas carol. Also, it sounds cool!”
8. “Jingle Bells”
“Jingle Bells” is another Christmas carol that has several different versions. It is widely recognized, and at least one rendition of this song makes it to top Christmas playlists globally. Senior Minsoo K. particularly enjoys listening to this song during the holiday season. “I grew up listening to this song so it brings back memories every time I listen to it.”
9. “Blue Christmas” by Michael Bublé
“Blue Christmas” is the eleventh track on Bublé’s holiday-themed album called Christmas. Senior Tanvi A. believes that this song is “very soothing to listen to, and it sets the perfect mood for the holiday season.” The album consists of classics and original tracks recorded by the singer-songwriter, so don’t forget to add his songs to your Christmas playlist!
10. “Winter Wonderland” by Bing Crosby
Last but not least, “Winter Wonderland” is one of the most memorable Christmas carols. Once again, it has been redone over time, so it will not be hard to find your favorite version. It truly is the perfect addition to your playlist!
And there you have it! Now that we have provided you with some of our Bearcats’ favorite Christmas carols, we hope your Christmas playlist is complete! We wish you a relaxed December break, and we hope you have a wonderful start to a new chapter that is 2019. Happy holidays, Bearcats!