December Sounds: Holiday Edition


Like most of us, you’re probably tired of hearing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” everywhere you go during the holiday season (even if it is a timeless classic). Instead of reviewing albums, we decided to bring you holiday songs equally as catchy as Carey’s hit.

Allaina’s picks:

“Oi to the World” – No Doubt

Originally by California punk band, The Vandals, No Doubt’s “Oi to the World” was released in 1997. I like it so much that I listen to it outside the holiday season. My father once mentioned that he couldn’t escape this song upon its release when he worked at a record store, and I can definitely see why! The cover is upbeat, catchy, and can get anyone up on their feet and dancing. Plus, the cover’s ska tone sets it apart from other traditional Christmas songs. 

“Snow” – New Found Glory

Rather a somber pick, I find “Snow” to be just nice and comforting. It is not about Santa or opening presents, but about self growth during the holidays. It’s simple and mellow, good to listen to as you wind down from all the Christmas festivities. This song is also special to me as I discovered it during a rough patch on Christmas one year; it somehow made things a little better for me. 


Natalia’s picks:

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Dean Martin

This is a classic song that makes you feel as if you are in the middle of a winter movie in the midst of falling in love. This song has been covered by multiple artists throughout the years, but nothing beats the original. Dean Martin’s and Marilyn Maxwell’s voices fit perfectly as they tell the story of two people slowly falling for each other and they do not want their night to end although they both have to part ways. 

“Winter Wonderland” – Perry ComoWinter Wonderland by Perry Como on Amazon Music -

This catchy winter song is the perfect tune to sing while you’re walking along the snowy roads in your hometown. The classical 1946 version is hard to get out of your head. The well known melody and familiar lyrics will have you feeling like a little kid once again. 


Here are some other Christmas songs recommended by students and teachers: 

Eileen Tejada: “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” – Thurl Ravenscoff

Ana Radojevic: “Mistletoe” – Justin Bieber

Joary Contreras: ‘It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” – Bing Crosby

German Castro: “Mr. Heatmiser” – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Tianny Tlachi: “Last Christmas” – Wham!

Jean Paul Gaviria – “Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lenon

Taylor Hoshafi: “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” – *NSYNC

Jalal Alsurakhi : “Jinglebell Rock” – Bobby Helms 

Ciara Castro: “Christmas Blues” – Sabrina Claudio

Kevin Delgado: “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” – Nat King Cole

Mr. Deverman: “Run Run Rudolph” – Chuck Berry

Ms. Zuniga: “Wonderful Christmastime” – Paul McCartney

Ms. Mazzola: “Jingle Bells (ft. The Puppini Sisters)” – Michael Buble

Ms. Curcio: “Mele Kalilimaka” – Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters

Mrs. Panarese: “This Christmas” – Donny Hathaway