By Kristin Pagels
We know the holidays are a busy time of year. Between work and/or school, holiday shopping and everything in between, it’s easy for things to sneak up on you. Here at Wharton Center, we’d like to help. That’s why we’ve created your perfect holiday music playlist…so you don’t have to.
Check it out below or on Spotify: (Wharton Intern’s Holiday Playlist)
We’ll start with the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir. Sure to warm your heart, their pure talent makes even the most tricky of musical numbers seem easy!
Vienna Boys Choir – Sleigh Ride
One of my personal favorites, Canadian Michael Bublé has been thought of as a modern-day Frank Sinatra. His rich baritone voice will keep you warm this winter season. He has a variety of Christmas songs to choose from, so you’ll never run out of holiday spirit!
Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
In recent years, Pentatonix has taken the world by storm! An a cappella group that creates their music using only their voices, this Texan ensemble will continue to rise to the top with their cover music, original songs and holiday albums!
Pentatonix – Mary Did You Know?
Diana Krall, multi-Grammy winner and the recipient of three platinum albums, is a jazz singer and pianist known for her unique contralto vocals. Her velvety, bluesy Christmas arrangements are the perfect soundtrack for lounging by the fireplace or baking cookies.
Diana Krall – Jingle Bells ft. The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
You may have seen them at Wharton Center last year — this popular brass quintet from Canada has wowed audiences all over the world with their impeccable musicianship, as well as their entertaining showmanship. Their one-of-a-kind arrangements will definitely spice up your holiday season!
Canadian Brass – Bach’s Bells
This next star has shone brightly for years! In fact, she is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She uses her five-octave vocal range to show off and wow audiences time and time again.
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
The next selection has been a holiday standard for almost 60 years! Did you know that Brenda Lee began singing at the age of six? She ultimately earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Her Christmas music provides a great soundtrack for decorating the tree!
Brenda Lee – Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
No holiday season would be complete without a visit from our favorite foam friends…don’t forget to take a moment to watch “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and rejoice in holiday cheer with Kermit, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the Muppet family.
The Muppets – Scrooge from The Muppet Christmas Carol
A long-time holiday favorite, this high-energy group will be sure to get you in the spirit. Their rock-inspired classic holiday songs, mixed with their original holiday compositions, will liven up any holiday gathering!
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Canon Rock
As one of the most influential artists of all time, ‘Frank Sinatra’ has become a household name. Although he never could read music — he learned only by ear — his unique vocal style made Frank Sinatra a huge success!
Frank Sinatra – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Key Tov Orchestra is one of the premier Jewish wedding bands in the midwest. Mixing traditional Jewish music with contemporary pop music, their Hanukkah Song Mashup has been viewed over 1.3 million times on youtube!
Eliot Dvorin & Key Tov Orchestra – Hanukkah Song Mashup
One of Frank Sinatra’s idols, Bing Crosby has been synonymous with holiday music for decades. Another famous baritone, he is the best-selling artist of the 20th century, his biggest hit by far being “White Christmas.”
Bing Crosby – White Christmas
American singer, trumpeter and composer, Louis Armstrong was an accomplished jazz musician. In his life he appeared in more than a dozen films and became one of the most well-known jazz musicians of all time. His unmistakable voice can be heard here in a holiday classic.
Louis Armstrong & Friends – What A Wonderful Christmas
A nostalgic film for any generation, the “Charlie Brown Christmas” TV special is sure to warm you up! Who doesn’t love that sad, little Christmas tree? Also, the soundtrack is fantastic!
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Christmas Time Is Here (performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio)
Not a fan of the winter weather, but can’t get away this season? Let the Beach Boys Christmas music make you feel as if you’re toasty warm, lounging on the beach!
The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
Referred to as the First Lady of Song, she has appeared in movies, on TV and has collaborated with notable artists such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of an old favorite will make you feel as if you’re in your own wintry wonderland!
Ella Fitzgerald – Sleigh Ride
Need more tunes to start your holiday season? Make sure to get your tickets for Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas In Vienna, at Wharton Center on November 28 at 7:30. Enchanting audiences for over 500 years, the choir’s performance will feature holiday classics and songs from around the world.
For more information visit www.whartoncenter.com. Click here for tickets, or call 1-800-WHARTON. MSU student tickets are only $19 with your APID! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter for more updates about upcoming shows and what’s on at Wharton.
Kristin is a marketing and communications intern at Wharton Center, who previously taught band and choir in Macomb County and is currently pursuing her master’s in Arts & Cultural Management at Michigan State University. She enjoys playing her clarinet and bass clarinet with local bands and orchestras and is also involved in Lansing community theatre.