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Top ten bops of the season

Pentatonix is one popular acapella group that has recorded a variety of Christmas songs perfect for listening to on a drive to school. Photo by Sonora Slater.

Christmas is in full swing and now you’re listening to Christmas music without shame. To give you some help on your holiday playlist, here’s a list of the top ten Christmas songs.

Coming in at number ten, Please Come Home for Christmas, by the Eagles. 

This song is slow and smooth. It starts on a low note, using the words, “Bells will be ringing this sad sad news. Oh what a Christmas to have the blues.” But, by the end of the song, the vocalist is upbeat, singing about how, “There’ll be no more sorrow no grief and pain…and I’ll be happy Christmas once again.”

On the next rung up is Marshmallow World performed by Francesca Battistelli.

This song is cheery and peppy right from the start. It’s all about the how the snowy winter weather is like a giant snowball, a world of marshmallows. It talks about the anticipation of the holiday season and, when it does come, the occasion is all yours.

Here Comes Santa Claus, by Street Corner Symphony, is number eight.

Street Corner Symphony did a nice play on a classic in this song. It’s an acapella version of the song you’ve known since you were three, with a good and upbeat tune.

Gene Autry’s Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer takes seventh place on the list.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is debatably the most classic Christmas song ever. Written in 1939, it’s been around as long as anyone can remember. Autry’s Version of Johnny Marks song is calm, festive, and brings vintage holiday vibes.

A dynamic duo of Shania Twain and Michael Bublé are sixth on this list.

They do a version of White Christmas on Bublé’s Christmas album. Two unique voices combine for a fun version of this wintry song. Brass instruments give the song good variety without overcomplicating the piece.

All I Want For Christmas is You, performed by Mariah Carey, is the first song above the halfway point.

Carey wrote something original and peppy. This is a lighthearted song with great holiday spirit, good themes, and an entertaining and catchy tune.

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! sung by Pentatonix at number four.

The Pentatonix acapella group makes this song different yet familiar. It starts with a little beatboxing, then the beat drops. Over the background sounds come the words. It’s an interesting and exciting song overall.

Coming in third, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, presented by Bublé.

This song will make you feel like it’s Christmas in June. The holiday lyrics with Bublé’s classic voice combine to make a song bursting with the spirit of Christmas.

Runner-up, Joy to the World, done by Pentatonix.

The song, Joy to the World, on its own will fill you with happiness and holiday cheer. Combined with the talents and harmonization of Pentatonix, the song is a hit.

And the winner is… drum roll please… Twelve Days of Christmas, performed by Straight No Chaser. Straight No Chaser is an acapella group with a sense of humor. In this version of the song, the singers get quickly mixed up with different singers singing different things at different times. Throughout the song different voices interject with random Christmas songs including but not limited to Santa Claus is Coming to Town and I Have a Little Dreidel. Just before the end of the song, the tune of the song switches to that of Africa by Toto. The song is a fun mish-mash of Christmas spirit.

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