What You Should Fa-La-La-La-La to This Holiday

Have you had holiday music stuck in your head for a while now? Well I’m about to minimize your repertoire with this playlist of holiday-themed songs you should definitely be listening to, in case you don’t have time for them all.

  1. 1. “Do You Want to Build A Snowman?” - Katie Lopez, Agatha Lee Monn, and Kristen Bell, Frozen

    After Frozen came out, I was constantly singing this song to my friends. I’ve rarely ever tried to make a snowman, but if it’s a snowy day and you’re looking for a way to have fun without having to travel in this weather, why not throw it back to childhood and make snowmen with your family and/or friends? Plus, is there a more entertaining way to ask than by singing?

  2. 2. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” - Mariah Carey, Merry Christmas II You  

    As the holidays approached, I’d start singing this song to myself, probably because that’s how many times I’ve heard it in stores during the season over the years. It’s certainly a catchy song, and who doesn’t want to sing about their special someone when Christmas is coming? If you’re in a relationship, you know you want to stay close to your partner. On the other hand, if your single, this song may make you wish that you soon find your bae so you can dedicate this song to them.

  3. 3. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”    

    Since we’re university students and not children, you may wonder why I’d recommend this for a playlist. After all, by now we’re aware of Santa’s true identity. However, even if Santa isn’t real, that doesn’t change that this is a fun song to jam out to. Hey, maybe Santa doesn’t exist, but we still need to ensure we are kind and thoughtful and don’t harm anyone. Regardless of whether your actions are observed, that should always be a principle we strive for.

  4. 4. “Jingle Bell Rock”

    Who recalls the iconic talent show scene from Mean Girls? Then who then remembers watching Ariana Grande’s re-creation of it in “Thank U, Next”? The lyrics and rhythm of the song make you wish to sing along and perform to it with loved ones. Just make sure one of you remembers all the lyrics in case a mishap occurs with the music!

  5. 5. “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah”

    If I were to trace a specific memory I have where I learned there were other special days celebrated during the holiday season apart from Christmas, I’d say it was when I watched “Arthur’s Perfect Christmas,” where Francine commemorated Hanukkah, and the Brain celebrated Kwanzaa. I first heard this song because I decided to write this article, and from the comments section it’s clear how enjoyable the song is, not only for me, but for others as well.

  6. 6. “A Kwanzaa Song” - Lovely Hoffman

    This is another song I discovered through coming up with this playlist. I was engrossed by the joyful vibes it surrounds you with, and how the lyrics request people to come together and not only rejoice but also reflect.

     

  7. 7. “Stories” - Paige O’Hara, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

    I’m not sure if many of you would have seen the sequel, but this song has always been one of my favourites from it. While storytelling’s charm is timeless, during the holiday season, sharing tales bonds people together. You find a sense of community in the happiness you receive from telling and/or hearing about people’s experiences. Now the lyrics don’t mention anything specifically related to the holidays, but Belle’s song reflects on the joy her gift - a book - will bring the Beast. This is also something to consider during the holidays: what impact your gift will have on whoever you plan to present it to. 

I’m hoping that at least one of these songs is a new edition to your playlist. Even if it will now play on repeat in your mind, at least you know it’s a song you can always thrive on.