Posted by Shamir Lee on 12/05 at 05:18 PM
December isn’t only reserved for holiday tunes and festive melodies. You can listen to all types of music during this time. And quite frankly, I get tired of hearing all of the Christmas songs all over the radio. So instead of a typical holiday playlist, here’s a list of some songs I can’t get off my mind. A few of them fall under the holiday category, but overall they are in the pop realm. Here are 12 songs for the 12th month of the year.
I like traditional holiday songs, but some of the best Christmas-inspired songs have come from my favorite video games.
1) NiGHTS into Dreams OST - Take the Snow Train (1996)
Pretty much the whole soundtrack could be a Christmas album, well, maybe not the music in the Mystic Forest level…or Gillwing’s theme…or Puffy’s theme. Whatever, “Take the Snow Train” is still one of the best holiday songs ever.
2) Banjo Kazooie OST - Freezeezy Peak (1998)
I love the music to this level, but what I love more is the music within the music. What I mean by that is “Twinklies’ Journey,” the ultimate holiday song.
3) Diddy Kong Racing OST - Frosty Village (1997)
I heard this was inspired by “Winter Wonderland,” which makes perfect sense once you hear it. I don’t even mind coming in last just to hear this music.
We can’t have a playlist without some 80s. What kind of playlist would that be?
4) Wham! - Last Christmas (1984)
Before I move on from Christmas tunes, here’s a classic holiday song that everyone knows. It plays on the radio every year and has been covered by countless artists, who do no justice to the original. I listen to this even during the summer, that’s how good it is.
5) Kate Bush - The Sensual World (1989)
I feel like I already shared this gem with the public in past blogs, but maybe I haven’t. Either way, it’s a great song and should be mentioned in every song list ever created. Kate Bush’s ethereal voice fits perfectly with the holiday season.
6) Paula Abdul - Knocked Out (1988)
Paula Abdul is the best choreographer to come out of the 80s. She deserves more credit than she’s given. Sure, her voice isn’t that great, but she was a great performer back in her day. Watch the 1990 AMAs for confirmation of that. “Knocked Out” is one of my favorite songs of hers.
7) Phil Collins - Easy Lover (1984)
Does Phil Collins ever make a bad song? I wouldn’t know because I’ve only heard, at most, ten of his songs. But of those ten, none of them have failed me. None. “Easy Lover” is one of my favorites.
After a rocky year or so in my relationship with KPop, we’re finally back on stable ground. These new songs are what did the trick.
8) Trouble Maker - Now (2013)
I was surprised by how good this was. Hyuna’s rapping skills actually fit this song perfectly, unlike some of her past work. She and Hyunseung make a good team, especially during live performances. But what really makes this song is the composition of the music. Shinsadong Tiger is the person to go to if you want a hit in South Korea.
9) Tasty - Day ‘n Night (2013)
This is a new group from Wooliment, the growing South Korean music company that debuted popular boy band Infinite in 2010. Based on Infinite’s success, I think Tasty won’t have a hard time rising to the top. Their infectious 90s sound, reminiscent of the New Jack Swing era, are very catchy in an electro-dominated music world. The challenge is differentiating themselves from the rest.
11) Henry ft. Taemin & Kyuhyun - Trap (2013)
Henry’s piano skills are very refreshing in the KPop industry. But I have to admit, the reason I like this song so much is because of Taemin.
12) Hyorin - One Way Love (2013)
Hands down, my favorite song at the moment. Hyorin’s voice is like an angel. Her live performances prove just how great of a singer she is. Who choreographed this video? It’s some of the best choreography I’ve seen this year, and she’s definitely getting a good thigh and glutes workout. Check it out below:
Author: Shamir Lee
Bio: Shamir Lee is a senior majoring in Advertising. She’s a writer for Penn State’s CRITIQUE, a student-run business magazine. Additionally, she has created ads and flyers for One Heart, an organization fighting against child sexual abuse. She’s interested in looking at cats, doing ballet, exercising, and ending animal cruelty. In her free time, she enjoys watching horror movies, some of her favorites being Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue and the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ("sorry, I just really like the cinematography"). Music is a big part of her life, as she plays piano, a little bit of guitar, and used to play saxophone. Some of her favorite musicians are Jason Becker, BUCK-TICK, Megadeth, Aivi Tran, Missing Persons, Nina Hagen, Prince, and Koji Kondo.
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