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Unique seasonal playlists can help keep your music exciting over winter break

By Claire Krieger
On December 3, 2012

The holiday season is in full swing. All of our food is somehow infused with peppermint, the only colors anywhere to be found are red and green, and people are super excited to slap decorations up around their family rooms. Another inevitable aspect of the season is the music. Every other store you enter and radio station you flip to will be playing a constant loop of the same 50 songs redone by no less than 78 other artists.

Some people love the traditional holiday music, and who can blame them? These are the songs that we have all grown up with and come to associate with the warmth and happiness that only the holidays can bring. This playlist is for the holiday purists. You could call it your mom's playlist, but we will just refer to it as classic.

1. The Christmas Song Nat King Cole

2. I'll Be Home For Christmas Frank Sinatra

3. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Brenda Lee

4. White Christmas Bing Crosby

5. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John Lennon

6. Last Christmas Wham!

7. Let It Snow Harry Connick, Jr.

8. Little Saint Nick The Beach Boys

9. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Bruce Springsteen

10. This Christmas Donny Hathaway

11. Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney

12. Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid

While the classics are great, they can get a bit tired for some people. That's where these songs come into play. Some of them are remakes of those classics and others are originals. The main thing they have in common that they are done by contemporary, popular artists. So even though the song may be old, this version should give you a whole new perspective on it.

1. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow Michael Bublé

2. All I Want for Christmas Is You Mariah Carey

3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Coldplay

4. Santa Baby Taylor Swift

5. Merry Christmas Darling Glee Cast

6. Sleigh Ride Fun.

7. Won't Be Home For Christmas Blink-182

8. Mistletoe Colbie Collait

9. What Christmas Means to Me Hanson

10. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Death Cab for Cutie

11. The Chanukah Song Adam Sandler

12. Christmas Is All Around (from "Love Actually") Billy Mack

For those of you wanting to really expand your holiday music collection this year, look no further. This list includes many original songs about the season and many variations on those that aren't originals, all done by some lesser-known artists. Give these songs a try to keep you in the holiday spirit, but give you a taste of something new and different.

1. I Wish It Was Christmas Today Julian Casablancas

2. Joy To The World Sufjan Stevens

3. Father Christmas The Kinks

4. Please Come Home for Christmas Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

5. 12 Days of Christmas Taking Back Sunday

6. Winter Wonderland Phantom Planet

7. Maybe This Christmas Ron Sexsmith

8. Baby It's Cold Outside She & Him

9. It's Christmas So We'll Stop Frightened Rabbit

10. The Christmas Song Weezer

11. Holly Jolly Christmas The Format

12. It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas Fruit Bats

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