12/5/12

Christmas Music: SONGZA Playlists Edition - Updated regularly until Christmas Day!




It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at the Hideaway thanks to MRS. HERC's Holiday Decorating prowess. Lights are up outside, Christmas themed piggy banks are gathering loose change and the tree is shimmering beautifully. The record high temperatures outside kind of throw the whole Christmas vibe off but HERC's wife has a secret weapon: Christmas Music.


In addition to playing HERC's own Holiday playlists, MRS. HERC has discovered Songza all over again after her initial experience with it on her Droid proved to be a dismal failure.  Armed with a shiny new snow white iPhone 4S and a pep talk/tutorial from HERC, it's all Songza, all the time.  When the TV isn't on.


Those music-loving, playlist-making elves over at Songza are celebrating Christmas by featuring a different Holiday playlist every day from the first of December until the Big Day!  It's like a musical Advent calendar!



Here's a small recap for those of you who have been hibernating and may find yourself in need of some Christmas Cheer as if the Mr. Bean Christmas episode wasn't enough!  Keep up to date with Songza's "Countdown To Christmas" with their Google+ feed HERE.  They probably have Twitter feeds and Facebook pages, too, if you're into that sort of thing.

Dec 01
From Phil Spector's sleigh-bell-ornamented Wall of Sound, to Motown and Stax Records' soulful and funky covers, this collection of Christmas oldies is the most fun way to celebrate the holiday season.

Dec 02
Listen to the most popular Christmas songs in America right now, as determined by Billboard's Hot Holiday Song Chart.



Dec 03
The haunting sound of the acoustic guitar is perfect for a quiet, intimate Christmas celebration. Incorporating classical, folk, jazz and pop styles, these Christmas songs set a gentle, reflective mood.


Dec 04
Sometimes playful and sometimes soothing, these pop artists aim for a more sophisticated and classic sound at Christmastime. Make some hot cocoa, put on your favorite Christmas sweater, and relax by the fire with today's most talented vocalists.


Dec 05
The timeless stories of the holiday season always inspire singer-songwriters. Whether performing old songs in new ways, or contributing new compositions to the Christmas canon, these thoughtful artists make the holidays a bit more intimate.

Dec 06
In honor of his Christmas album, Michael Bublé has assembled the perfect soundtrack of new and old holiday songs for exchanging gifts, decorating the Christmas tree, and being home for the holidays.

Dec 07
Rock & Roll Christmas
Just like Chuck Berry, all we want for Christmas is a rock & roll electric guitar. Let the eggnog flow and the good times roll with these rock covers of Christmas standards, plus original holiday compositions from your favorite classic rockers.

Dec 08
Blue Christmas and a Funky New Year
A roaring fireplace isn't the only way to keep warm during the holidays; get down with these sexy blues and soul songs from R&B legends like James Brown and contemporary soul-revivalists like Sharon Jones.
 
Dec 09

Kids' Christmas
Have a fun-filled holiday with these lively Yuletide tunes! Featuring both classic and contemporary songs, this Christmas collection is perfect for children celebrating the holiday season.       

Dec 10
Classical Christmas
A fine collection of holiday favorites and traditional pieces for the classical aficionado. From solo guitar to full orchestra, no vocals, just pure musical joy. Happy Holidays! 

Dec 11
Lauren Conrad's Holiday Soirée
Jingle all the way with this mix of new and old holiday favorites.

Dec 12
Natty & Nice: A Reggae Christmas
Everyone deserves an irie Christmas, so roll up some holiday cheer and celebrate with these reggae covers of Christmas standards. 

Day 13
Big voices, big hearts and big souls lend their talents to make some of the most beautiful Christmas music on the planet. Enjoy the warmth of season in the glow of the human voice.

Day 14
The Christmas spirit is alive and well with the newest generation of pop stars, as evidenced by these beautiful, soulful, and energetic covers of holiday classics by today's hottest recording artists.

Day 15
Revisit the finest holiday pop hits of the 1980s and '90s with this set of Yuletide tunes by the era's biggest chart-topping artists.

Day 16
Choral Christmas
Sing along with these renowned choirs performing all of your favorite holiday choral works, from "Carol of the Bells" to "The Messiah."

Day 17
Classic Country Christmas
When the calendar starts inching closer to December 25th and you're in search of a Christmas soundtrack, turn to these classic country sounds that celebrate the holiday with heart, spirituality, and fun in equal amounts.

Day 18
A Solo Piano Christmas
Nothing evokes the serene beauty of the holiday season like a graceful piano. From the most traditional carols to the most beloved pop standards, curl up with these heartfelt, warm performances.

Day 19
Feliz Navidad Salsa
The music you need to get your holiday party started, Latin style. From the sacred to the secular, the festive to the contemplative, here's the best of Latin America's Christmas traditions, con salsa.

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Feliz Navidad Suave
Slow things down with these ballads and boleros, featuring nostalgic riffs and smoothed out rhythms, all to the compás of Navidad. Tranquilo amigo. Keep the holiday suave.

Day 20
Jazz Christmas
When you've had enough choirs and carolers but still want to get in a festive holiday mood, slip into something more comfortable with these swinging instrumental jazz interpretations of Christmas favorites.

Day 21
Merry Indie Christmas!
When you need a break from all the usual renditions of the same old holiday songs, cozy up to these indie-minded Yuletide tunes.

Day 22
Orchestral Holiday Pops
No need to go to Symphony Hall to experience the magic of an orchestral holiday pops concert; celebrate the holidays with these arrangements of holiday favorites from "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" to "Sleigh Ride." 

Day 23
Bluegrass Christmas
Christmas is a time for honoring traditions. What better soundtrack could you have for ushering in the holidays than these time-tested seasonal tunes by some of the bluegrass world's brightest lights?

Day 24
Brass & Bells
The splendor of the Holidays should include a little extravagance. Ring in the season -- literally -- with the bright and shiny instruments of bands and bell choirs.

Day 25
Classic Christmas
The decorations are set and the toddies are spiced, but a Christmas party isn't complete without a classic, and classy, soundtrack. Listen to the lush arrangements and sonorous voices of the iconic post-war crooners who set the standard for holiday music.


Pssst!  
HERC has it on good authority that the playlists will probably come from this list.

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