Below is our updated playlist with more staff holiday and seasonal song favorites, plus a favorite from our blog reader Peter. Please leave a comment and tell us your favorite holiday song and why, and we will be sure to add it to our holiday playlist and include your name and your song in next Friday’s final blog post and playlist update. Happy Holidays from all of us at Berklee City Music!
“Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire” – Nat King Cole
- Whenever this song came on the radio, everyone in the car would stop talking and my family would sing this altogether, completely out of key. – Joanne D.
“Mele Kalikimaka” – Bing Crosby
- I remember my parents playing the record every year when we put up our Christmas tree. (It’s also from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which is one of my favorite holiday movies!) – Jean C.
“The Little” – Kirk Whalum
- This is such a cool version of “The Little Drummer Boy” with just voices singing and beatboxing. I first heard it on a Jazziz holiday sampler and really dug the harmony and chords that are sung at the 2:25 minute mark and the offbeat entrance. It’s so hip and I still wait for that moment when I listen it today. – Arin C.
“Hallelujah” – George Frideric Handel
- Handel’s Messiah is synonymous with the winter holiday season, and its “Hallelujah” chorus has become an expression of pure joy and celebration. Even if you don’t know what “Hallelujah” means, Handel’s music tells us everything: it alternates between an insistent repeating phrase while modulating upwards. It’s catchy, and both literally as well as emotionally uplifting all at once. – Andrew S.
“Skating In Central Park” – Horace Silver
- Chosen by our blog reader Peter O. Unfortunately the Horace Silver version is not available on Spotify so as a substitute we have used the Bill Evans and Jim Hall version.