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The Christmas invasion

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Photo via wikimedia under the Creative Commons license.

Photo via wikimedia under the Creative Commons license.

The day was Friday, November 27th, the day after Thanksgiving. You turned on your car radio, and it blasted out of your speakers. Everywhere you go, you are hearing it on an endless repeat. News anchors grimly talk of how it has swept the nation. The invasion has begun.

What is it? Christmas songs. The same holiday songs you have heard every December, with a few covers, remixes, and mash-ups added in for good measure. And of course: Michael Bublé.

With the endless and variable renditions of the classic Christmas songs available these days, I have put together a playlist of my favorite holiday songs reimagined with a few new, original songs. So grab your headphones and be ready to feel and hear the Christmas spirit. Click here for the full playlist on YouTube or on each of the song titles.

  1. White Winter Hymnal by Pentatonix

This song is less about Christmas and holidays and more about winter and playing in the snow as a child. It’s entrancing with simple lyrics, a strong beat, and sweet harmonies. Pentatonix is an acapella group (think a co-ed Barden Bellas, aka Pitch Perfect), and all of their songs are actual perfection. This will not be the only PTX song on my list.

  1. That’s Christmas to Me by Pentatonix

Look at that: another Pentatonix wonder! Like White Winter Hymnal, That’s Christmas to Me is a stripped down song, focused on the beautiful harmonies PTX creates rather than the sweet beats they can drop. The vocal bass in the group takes a rare turn singing lead for a verse, and you just have to listen to how awesome it is.

  1. Christmas in the Sand by Colbie Caillat

Who wouldn’t want to escape the frigid Minnesotan winter and spend Christmas on the beach? Well, Colbie Caillat clearly would, and her song about a tropical take on the snowy sand definitely makes my list of most unique and original Christmas songs.

  1. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) by Alvin & The Chipmunks

If Alvin and the Chipmunks don’t make you smile, clearly you do not possess a heart. There’s something about auto-tuned voices singing an adorable children’s song that never fails to spark Christmas cheer year after year.

  1. God Rest Ye Merry Cattlemen from the album It’s a Cow Christmas

It’s a Cow Christmas is an album from 1992 that takes classic Christmas songs and makes them all about cows. Trust me, you need this in your life. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs, and this cow-themed version is an eccentric improvement on the original.

  1. Christmas Canon Rock by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

If you have never heard of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, I sincerely apologize for this way in which your life has suffered. Three words to describe TSO: Christmas rock orchestra. All of their songs are amazing, and some are instrumental while others feature their own singers or local children’s choirs. Christmas Canon Rock is an excellent upbeat reimagining on a classic song.

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