Happy Holidays! Here at Communique, we are always playing music in the office. To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, we’ve compiled a holiday playlist of our favorite holiday tunes to share with all of you. So as you’re wrapping presents or drinking your third glass of Byrne Dairy eggnog, feel free to hook up your best speakers, open Spotify or YouTube, and listen along with us.
Want to find out which songs were chosen by which Communique team member? Keep reading and discover why these carols are so special to us…
Laurie Linn – President
I love Mannheim Steamroller! The band’s name came from Mannheim Germany where Mozart lived. The name is known for an 18th century musical technique called crescendo. The music reminds me of my mother who would fill the house with this unique and special holiday music at Christmas time. Listening to it always puts a smile on my face and makes me think of my mom!
- Mannheim Steamroller, We Three Kings, Trans Siberian Orchestra
- Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix
- All I want for Christmas – Fifth Harmony
- I am Dreaming of a White Christmas – Bing Crosby
- The Christmas Song – Ray Charles
Tim Youngs – Creative Director
I like Holly and Ivy, it’s a really old carol so I look always for the best version of it. Christmas Time is Here is because Charlie Brown was a big deal when I was a kid, and it always puts me in a Christmas mood. Ring Out Solstice Bells is a good one, I got Jethro Tull on Vinyl one year, it came on Christmas and it had a Christmas song it, so I enjoyed that. I actually saw Bowie on the Bing Crosby Special in 1977 and I thought it was weird that he would be singing this old song but he did pretty good and I found it years later online.
- The Holly and the Ivy – Jon Anderson
- Christmas Time is Here – Vince Gauraldi, Trio
- Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
- Do You Hear What I Hear? – The Polyphonic Spree
- Ring Out, Solstice Bells – Jethro Tull
Ryan McCune – Business Development Manager
Christmas in my family has always meant two things, the Canadian brass orchestra and Charlie Brown’s Christmas. I guess for that reason, over the years I’ve developed a slightly less traditional taste in Christmas music (credit to my pseudo-rebellious side). Here’s a few of my favorites, I hope they power you through a holly-jolly funky soul filled holiday season.
- Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC
- Santa Claus go straight to the Ghetto – James Brown
- Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding
- The Christmas Waltz – Frank Sinatra
- Christmas in LA – Vulfpeck
Katie Shaw – Digital and Social Media Manager
Every year, my family and friends go “canaroling,” where we all pile into a canoe that is hooked up to a tractor and go from door to door singing Christmas Carols. One year it was snowing on Christmas Eve and I remember “Let it Snow” being super fun to sing as the snowflakes fell all around us while we tried to stabilize the canoe so that it wouldn’t tip over when we went around a corner. After we all got too cold, we would usually move inside and sit around the fireplace in my living room, singing Christmas Carols while myself and the other family musicians accompany everybody with instruments. My favorite song to play is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – The lyrics, “Here we are as in olden days. Happy golden days of yore. Faithful friends who are dear to us, gather near to us once more,” gives me a feeling of nostalgia and warmth.
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Katie Melua
- Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon
- Let it Snow – Dean Martin
- Winter Wonderland – Micheal Buble
- Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix
Cassi Norgaisse – Account and Project Manager
What DON’T I love about the holidays?? Christmas is my absolutely most favorite time of the year. The decorations, the songs, the lights, the carols, the movies, the singing, the gorgeous wrapping paper…did I mention the Christmas music? To say that I have a severe obsession with all Christmas music would be putting it mildly. One of my 11 personally curated Christmas playlists is 24 hours long. And still growing. But as Buddy the Elf so poignantly stated, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” So I try to live by this philosophy during each day of the year it is socially acceptable to blast holiday music. These songs comprise the merest sliver of my absolutely most favorite Christmas tunes that I love to sing along to, whether it’s on stage at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops, in the car with my embarrassed (but secretly jealous) sisters, at the mall with my embarrassed (but secretly jealous) fiance, or in the office with my adoring fans, I mean coworkers. My wish for you this holiday season is that these songs bring you the same unending, unbridled, and unfettered joy that they give me.
- Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season – Andy Williams
- The First Noel – Josh Groban ft. Faith Hill
- Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas (from Home Alone) – John Williams
- Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
- Christmas Eve/Sarajevo – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Madelene Ulrich – Public Relations Intern
Growing up in a large family meant that everyone was always pretty busy throughout the year. However, during the holidays all of us managed to get together to watch Christmas films and that’s why I’ve selected songs featured in several of the movies we used to watch. Now that my siblings and I are grown up and living on our own, whenever I watch these movies, it reminds me of special times with my family.
- Believe- Josh Groban
- Where are you Christmas?- Faith Hill
- Home- Blake Shelton and Michael Buble
- My Favorite Things – Kelly Clarkson
- Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
Brenna O’Donnell – Marketing Writing Intern
The songs that I chose are all rooted somewhere in my childhood, where memories of Christmas included hearing classics like Frank Sinatra and Elvis fill my house, or singing “Last Christmas” in the car with my friends. The Polar Express was definitely my favorite Christmas movie growing up so naturally that was the first song that popped into my head when we came up with our idea of a carol playlist. Overall these songs carry a cozy nostalgia that leaves me excitedly awaiting December 25th.
- The Polar Express Theme – Tom Hanks
- White Christmas – Frank Sinatra
- Last Christmas – Wham!
- The Nutcracker Theme
- Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley