Baby, it’s cold outside: Your 2014 guide to Holiday Music that’s anything but lame



By Meghan Henoumont

There’s an entire section of Holiday decorations at Walgreens and, oh yes, the fall semester is coming to a close. It’s holiday time. If you want to get into the spirit or throw on an ugly Christmas sweater party, but would rather stick a pair of scissors through your ears than listen to the same holiday songs over and over, this is for you. Have a merry music-obsessive Holiday season.

Indie: because you’re too cool for the classics, but not for Christmas.

  • Ravonettes – The Christmas Song: This track is moody and spaced out, complete with shoe-gazer guitar riffs and a mellow edge. Perfect for anyone who’d rather light some incense instead of holiday spice-scented candles.
  • She & Him  – The Christmas Waltz: She & Him is the musical side project of popular actress Zoey Deschanel and beloved indie artist M. Ward. This number showcases gender harmonized vocals set against a rustic folky backdrop.
  • The Shins – Wonderful Christmastime: Beach Boys-inspired vocals melt with sun-drenched surf rock arrangements on this track. Perfect to beat those cold weather blues.

Electronica: Calling all DJs, spin yourself a merry holiday.

  • Gent & Jawns – Turn up ye merry gentlemen: This song is an awesome remix that gets trip-hoppy. Great party starter. Red and green glow sticks optional.
  • Diplo-Frost Bounce: Beloved producer and DJ, Diplo, has conquered the holiday music genre. Take his advice straight from this track, “Have a merry Christmas, now work that back.”
  • Astronomar-Back to the Beat (Jingle bells version): The classic holiday song is remixed and gets all kinds of trappy and bass heavy.

Hip-Hop: ‘Cause you’re sipping on spiked eggnog instead of Gin and juice.

  • Killer Mike – Christmas Grind: This song has an amazing beat and hyper cool self-produced vibe, proving that gangstas love Christmas too.
  • Ying Yang Twins-Deck Da Club: The legendary Atlanta duo “Get low” once again, but this time for the holidays. Throw this on before braving the cold to go clubbing.
  • Xtrareal-High Fo Christmas: Super-relaxed sound, and really the title says exactly what you can expect. Play this before Grandma visits, and try not to eat all the pumpkin pie.

Metal: Have yourself a very dark Christmas.

  • Various Artists – We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year (2008): If you’re looking for a heavy holiday vibe, worthy of a metalocalypse appearance, this album is for you. Featuring hard rock heavyweights such as Alice Cooper, Ronnie James Dio and Steve Morse, be prepared to deck the halls with horned skulls instead of the standard holly.

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