Hitting the Marq: Marquee Holiday Playlist

It may only be Dec. 2, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to the radio or walking through a shopping mall. Carols, hymns and every other conceivable breed of holiday music have permeated our musical landscape, all in preparation for the Christmas season.

Here at Marquee, we know when to pick our battles. As they always say, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

That’s why the five of us here on staff have come together to pick our favorite Christmas songs for this Hitting the Marq Playlist. From traditional carols to modern favorites, we’re offering up a holiday smorgasbord for you to enjoy.

Just don’t play them after New Year’s. There is such a thing as too much Christmas music.

Matthew: “It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas,” by Pet Shop Boys

It’s not as much a Christmas song as a song about Christmas, but that doesn’t make the song any less appealing — quite the opposite. And how many other Christmas songs can you think of off the top of your head that have a killer techno beat?

Sarah: “Christmas Time is Here,” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

I like it because it reminds me of all of the Christmas season TV specials I would watch as a kid. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is one of my favorites, and the song just puts me in a good mood.

Jennie: “Sleigh Ride,” traditional

Everything about this song reminds me of being a little kid, going out sledding, coming back inside with rosy cheeks, and then cuddling up in my blankets by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. It’s the perfect song to associate with such a cheerful season.

Jenny: “All I Want for Christmas is You,” by Mariah Carey

This is my favorite Christmas song because it is synonymous with my childhood memories of eating Hershey’s peppermint Kisses and decorating the tree with my sister.

George: “Little Saint Nick,” by The Beach Boys

I like it because it has a very upbeat tempo, and knowing it’s The Beach Boys singing gives you a taste of summer in these cold winter months.