Hello people of the Internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday we are going to talk about an incredible new artist that you will all have on repeat this fall. If you haven’t heard of Tay Watts then plug your headphone in and prepare for to have your mind blown. Tay will definitely make a mark on the music industry very soon, so keep reading so you can say that you discovered his awesomeness first. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
The first video that we’re going to talk about is Tay’s cover of ‘Take Your Time’ by Sam Hunt, which was uploaded on February 17th, 2015 (you can check out this video below). I chose this one because I really love how we not only get a great introduction to Tay’s vocal skills, but also his talents as a guitarist and rapper. He also shows us that he has the charisma and natural stage presence to grab his audience’s attention and keep it from the first note to the last. The next video that we’re going to talk about is Tay’s rendition of ‘The Reason’ by Hoobastank, which was uploaded on April 3rd, 2015. What I love most about this cover, is that we are able to see how well Tay is able to perform with other artists. In this cover, Tay is able to perfectly blend his voice with fellow YouTubers Jake Coco & Corey Gray (who we’ve spoken about in a previous blog post here: YouTube Wednesday: Corey Gray…the singer/songwriter whose music is the best Christmas present you’ll get this year). The ability to perform with multiple other artists is an invaluable skill to have, that proves that Tay is a true professional.
Next up we have Tay’s cover of ‘House Party’ by Sam Hunt, which was uploaded on July 22nd, 2015. The reason why I chose this video is because this cover shows us that not only can Tay handle the difficulty of portraying the emotions behind a ballad, but he can also rock out. It’s very important for a musician to be able to control the mood of an audience, because this shows that you are not only a vocalist, but a true artist. Tay proves through this cover that he has the artist depth to make us feel any emotion he chooses. The final cover that we’re going to talk about is Tay’s rendition of ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ by Michael Jackson, which was uploaded on September 17th, 2015 (you can check out this video below). Now this is an EXTREMELY difficult artist to cover because of the intense vocal and artistic that Michael Jackson was able to engrave in each of his songs. Tay does an amazing job of truly showing off his musical chops in this performance by not only paying tribute to Michael Jackson’s original vision of the song, but by also adding in his own personal touches that shows us who he is as an artist. This cover will give you all the feels.
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Hello people of the Internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’, we are going to talk about director/music producer Kurt Hugo Schneider! Kurt is one of the AMAZING YouTube producers that has worked with so many of our fav musicians (both YouTubers and mainstream musicians). I guarantee that you’re VERY familiar with Kurt already, but just in case you’re new to his awesomeness, Ready? Ok let’s go!
Kurt began his online career in 2008, when he and his friend Sam Tsui released a cover of ‘Can I Have This Dance’ from the movie ‘High School Musical 3’ (this is the first video that is on their YouTube channel as of 3/31/2015). In this video, Kurt accompanies Sam on the piano, and also added cool effects on the video that make it look like multiple copies of Sam are singing at the same time. Kurt continued to post videos with Sam, with other people, and also solo, before he posted a cover that would begin to change his channel. On July 24th, 2009 Kurt uploaded a new cover with Sam Tsui, which was an a cappella Michael Jackson Medley, which features Kurt beatboxing (I included the video below so y’all can check it out). This video got a lot of media attention for Kurt & Sam, and is still one of their most popular videos with over 33 million total views. In 2009 & 2010, Kurt’s channel started growing so much that he & Sam were featured on: The Bonnie Hunt Show, Oprah, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since then Kurt’s channel has definitely not slowed down, & he has worked with INCREDIBLE artists such as: Jason Derulo, Victoria Justice, Max Schneider (who we have already talked about, click here to read about him: ‘YouTube Wednesday’: Max Schneider, Hollywood’s longest kept secret | celindareyesblog), Alyson Stoner, Keke Palmer, Hunter Hayes, Jason Mraz, and so many more. Now that we know how Kurt built such an awesome channel, let’s move on to some of the bigger projects he has released.
Now let’s talk about some of the other amazing projects Kurt has been a part of (and remember guys that I’m just giving you a quick little highlight reel because honestly we could be here for days talking about why Kurt is so awesome). Kurt (along with Max Schneider) co-wrote the song ‘Standing In China’, which is on pop singer Cody Simpson’s album ‘Paradise’ (which was released in 2012). Another really awesome collaboration that Kurt did was a ‘Holiday Medley’ with Victoria Justice & Max Schneider which was uploaded on December 14th, 2012. This cool mash-up of popular Christmas songs features multiple videos that were played on multiple Sprint phones, that give the illusion that the vocalists in the videos are jumping from one phone to another phone (sorta hard to explain, but check out the video below to check out the greatness! In 2013, Kurt teamed up with Coca-Cola to create music videos (along with some really talented vocalists) where Kurt covered ‘Feel So Close’ by Calvin Harris & ‘Little Talks’ by Of Monsters and Men (this is the only cover that feature an instrument because the other artist in the video is a cellist) for their ‘The Sounds of AHH’ campaign. In the covers, Kurt is shown making the track playing only Coca-Cola bottles, glasses and cans. Like I said, this is only a small sample of the cool videos you’ll find on Kurt’s channel, so definitely add him to your “must watch” list!
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Website: Kurt Hugo Schneider
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Hello people of the Internet!!! Last Thursday (January 16th, 2014), I had the pleasure of interviewing the amazing band Rivers Monroe (cue the clapping….ok let’s continue!). I already knew that these guys were phenomenally gifted musicians, but my experience interviewing them led me to find out that they are also really funny, cool guys. The band was very enthusiastic to share details about their music, memories of past tours, and future dreams with all of their fans. So, if you’ve just joined the “Rivers Monroe Family” (a term the guys use to describe their unwavering supportive fans), or if you’ve known about these guys for years, please allow me to help you become better acquainted with Mat, Mike, Doc, Kirby, and Dan, the masterminds behind music’s newest sensation. Also, remember to pick up their album, which drops digitally on February 18th, 2014.
Celinda: I noticed that you guys are signed to a label now, so that’s exciting right!? How did that happen?
Rivers Monroe: A girl named Jenny that was a big fan of our band,worked at a jewelry store in Philadelphia, and Pat (O’Connor, Rivers Monroe’s manager) walked into the store to buy his wife a necklace for their anniversary, and he mentioned something about working in the music industry. So Jenny said “you gotta check out this band Rivers Monroe, they’re really awesome”. So when he came back into the store to pick up the necklace, she reiterated the fact, and I guess after that he did check us out. So Jenny gave us Pat’s number, and we reached out to him at that point, and that’s how everything got started. That’s the story of how we got our manager, but as far as how we got a deal, it’s really been a lot of hard work over the past few years. We’ve just been able to gain enough traction to release the album through the label. We’ve really just tried to hit the social media as much as possible, and we try to reach out to a lot of people who we think might be interested in checking out our music.
Celinda: Yeah they say that it takes 10 years to be an overnight sensation, so I think that you guys are a little ahead of the curve.
Rivers Monroe: Yeah, that’s pretty accurate. We’ve heard before that if you were locked in a jail cell, and you had a very dull spoon, and you basically dug your way out through the wall with the spoon, that’s basically what it’s like. There’s no quick way from point A to point B, you just gotta chip away little pieces at a time, and if you’re patient enough then you’ll get there.
Celinda: Now I know that your new album is going to be released on February 18th through The Phosphorylative Entertainment Group, Inc. (with digital distribution through Universal Music Group), but is that just a digital release or will it be in stores as well?
Rivers Monroe: I think we’re really going to try to push the digital, because everything is digital. I mean we might do some physical copies that we can sell at the shows, and we may get some in stores.
Celinda: What’s the theme of the album?
Rivers Monroe: Lots of colors! I don’t know if there’s a general theme, we would say we’ve just kinda been writing about what we’ve been going through the last couple of years, you know relationships, being on the road, struggling, the good and bad of life.
Celinda: Awesome, so what’s your favorite track on the album?
Rivers Monroe: Moments is a good one. We love playing ‘Moments’ live. But honestly when you choose, it’s kinda like saying which one of your children you love the most. It’s like you don’t wanna choose, because you know one of them is a brat, and one’s an honor role student, and you know one of them is just definitely going to make enough money for you to retire on them.
Rivers Monroe: Celinda I have a question for you, what’s your favorite song?
Celinda: I’m glad you asked that, no body mentioned my favorite song.My favorite is ‘Chasing Sunsets’. I was hoping somebody would say that one. I guess that’s just the child left alone in the dark, that you’re like “oh yeah you’re here too!”
Rivers Monroe: That’s a good one. We love that song, the intro is really cool. You know we spent like a month writing the music for that song, and we went back and forth hating each other every night, but to actually write the lyrics, it only took like under an hour. Yeah, but we still hate each other! We wrote that song when we had just gotten off tour, so we had a lot to write. That song is definitely all about the first east coast tour that we did, which was a very cool experience.
Celinda: I saw on your Facebook page that there are a lot of really cool rock bands that you guys look up to. Are there any bands or artists that influence you that may be surprising to your fans?
Rivers Monroe: I would say Prince for Mat Rivers. I think people would be surprised at this, but a big influence for Mike is Barbara Streisand. Kirby what do you got man? Well what I’m listening to right now, is Parachute, Coldplay, The Script, anything with the world “the” in front of it could possibly be on my iPod right now. But I’m definitely listening to a lot of slower songs, getting ideas for the next album. I’ll then pitch all of the ideas to the band, they’ll say that they all suck except for one, and we’ll proceed from there, and I’ll be great. Michael Jackson is another surprising influence on our music. Outside of the rock genre I would probably say Eminem.
Celinda: How have you evolved musically throughout this whole process?
Rivers Monroe: Well we’ve definitely become better musicians than when we first started. We practice a lot more, and we’re a lot more focused. Focus is huge because when you’re not out on the road all of the time doing shows, sometimes when you’re at home, you can lose focus because there’s so much other stuff going on in your life. If you can stay focused every day, and keep practicing as a band, then you get better. Now that we’re signed and we don’t have day job, all we have to worry about is making music, and going on tour. I think we’ve really learned a lot from each other as far as songwriting, and writing as a unit. We know who has strengths where, and we know each other so well that we’ve become a family of brothers.
Celinda: You guys have opened on tour for a lot of bands such as Paramore, Fun, All Time Low, Relient K, etc., are there any bands or artists that you’d love to go on a dream tour with?
Rivers Monroe: I think Jimmy Eat World would be awesome and maybe 30 Seconds to Mars. I would also say Anberlin; I’m a huge fan of them.
Rivers Monroe: Let me ask you this though, if we were gonna go on tour with any band, what band would you match us up to go with? Counter Question!
Celinda: Let’s see, well I know that you’ve already opened for them, but selfishly I would love for you to go on tour with Paramore, just because I love them. This is a really obvious answer but Fall Out Boy would be cool. I do have one that may not be so obvious; I would really like you to go on tour with Switchfoot.
Rivers Monroe: Yeah, I will tell you one thing though, if we could go on tour for any band we’ve played for, it would be All Time Low. We got to play a really cool show with them a couple of months ago, and they were awesome. They were literally the nicest, coolest guys.
Celinda: Is there anybody that’s already dead, that if they were alive, you guys would like to tour with?
Rivers Monroe: The Beatles and I would say Michael Jackson as well.
Celinda: Personally I see a lot of the same characteristics in you as successful bands such as; Fall Out Boy, 30 Seconds to Mars, and We The Kings, musically is that the direction you would like to go in eventually?
Rivers Monroe: Yeah, definitely! All of those bands that you mentioned are bands that we listen to, and it’s not like we try to write music that sounds exactly like them, but that’s the kind of music that we listen to, so naturally we write music that sounds like that.
Celinda: Ok, here’s a fun question. What’s your favorite memory of past tours you’ve been on?
Rivers Monroe: I think the first stop we had on the first tour was like one of those things were you’re out of your element, and you’ve slept on a bus all night long, and you wake up in a funk, and you’re like “Oh my god where are we?”. It’s hard to explain it, but it’s like a good and unfamiliar feeling. We’ve had a lot of really great experiences, I mean every place that we went was cool and unique in its’ own way, because we were in so many different towns, and the culture in those towns is very different. We had a really good time in Nashville, and I think one of the reasons for that was because we actually stayed there a little bit longer than some of the other places, so we were able to kind of get out and explore the town a little bit. Here in the northeast when you go out they have cover bands that will play Top 40 music, but down there, it’s all country, and they all had on their cowboy hats and boots so that was cool. That was definitely one of the more fun experiences on tour. Everywhere we went into, everyone was so nice. Even the bad stuff that happens when you’re on tour is good stuff, because you can look back and laugh. One time we ran out of gas, and we were like “did we seriously just run out of gas?”, but looking back on it now, it’s pretty funny.
Celinda: If you had a crystal ball, where would you see Rivers Monroe in 10 years?
Rivers Monroe: Wow 10 years, that’s a long time. I would like to say that we’re playing on Top 40 radio stations, we’re doing national tours, and we’re playing with some of the bands that we previously spoke about. Maybe we could have one or two “Best Of” albums. We hope for that, but at the same time we see that happening, because we know how hard all of us have worked to be successful, and we know that we’re gonna do it. I think a lot of bands don’t see the bigger picture, and we want to be very successful, to just write and record, and just reach out with our music to as many people as we can.
Rivers Monroe: Let me ask you a question, where do you see Rivers Monroe in 10 years?
Celinda: I see you guys as a really huge band being played all over the radio, with shelves and shelves of Grammys and all of those awards. I see a lot of supermodels in your future. I just see a lot of success for you guys, and I’m excited. Honestly I don’t see a reason why in 10 years, you guys aren’t a household name. When I first heard your music, I downloaded it, and have had it constantly on repeat. I actually played your songs for my dad who was a DJ in the 80s and he played with MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, and a lot of other acts that were popular in the 80s, and when he heard your music, he said that if he was still on the radio your music would definitely be the kind of stuff he would put on rotation.
Rivers Monroe: That really means a lot! It’s really cool to get respect from an older crowd that might be into other genres. I think we definitely are influenced by a lot of classic rock, even though you may not hear it in our music.
Celinda: I can definitely hear in your music how dedicated and meticulous you are with your work. I think when you listen to different artists; you can tell how dedicated and involved they are in the process, just by the sounds that they come up with, how each track differs, and how they grow over time. Especially with a band like you guys, where each member is playing an instrument or lending vocals, you can predict the ones who are going to make it, and the ones who are just around for now.
Rivers Monroe: We agree. There’s a lot more to it when it comes to songwriting, than just getting together in a room and playing a lot of loud music for an hour a week. I mean we do that a lot, but there’s also a lot of different songwriting, producing, and recording that we do on our own. The way that we put different tones together, I don’t think we’ve ever written two songs the same way. You definitely have to be able to write in different ways in order to be a successful band.
Celinda: I think that this mentality is something that sets you guys apart from other established bands, and some bands that are up and coming. You can hear differences between each of the tracks on your album, and I think that when someone can buy a band’s full album and listen to it from start to finish without feeling like they’re listening to the same track over and over, then that’s what gives you staying power.
Rivers Monroe: We definitely appreciate you saying that! That was actually one of the things that I thought was really cool when I read your original write-up, the fact that you said that you could listen to the album from start to finish. I think that it really shows how much effort we put into the production and songwriting. As far as the production and stuff goes, Mat Rivers has really gotten good at producing and recording at home. Because of this, when we write songs we don’t just go and practice them, we get the guys together, record some stuff, and Mat will add a lot to make the music different, and this extra effort really sets us apart.
Celinda: Is there anything else you’d like to add for your fans, or for people who are just discovering your music?
Rivers Monroe: We would encourage fans to reach out to us, because we love to take time for fans and people who want to be a part of what we’re doing. First and foremost, we appreciate everyone who supports our music, because the fans and family are the basis of any band. Anyone who knows us knows that we’re positive guys, and you have to surround yourself with positive people, because there are so many negative people out there who are jealous of what you’re doing, or are just haters. The crazy thing about some bands is that some of them aren’t super social, and we’ve different, we’re all really outgoing and we just love talking to people. It’s all about being able to interact with your fans, and we take a lot of pride in reaching out to people and making them feel like they’re a part of our breaking out, because they are a part of it.
Celinda: Yeah, just speaking to you guys for a little while now, I can tell that you’re all really nice guys. I really appreciate that you took an interest in the write-up I posted about you, and I think that this shows that you are really nice guys who care about their fans. I definitely see you guys becoming a huge, widely known band, and I’m just excited that I was able to talk to you just when everything is about to change for your band. I’m really excited for you guys!
Rivers Monroe: Yeah we’re really excited too, because we feel that this is finally our time to really shine. This is just the start of everything, so we’re really excited to drop the album, and get it out to as many people as possible.
Celinda: I think that this is all of the questions that I have for you guys, but thank you for taking the time to talk to me. I’m really excited that I had the opportunity to meet you guys. Are there any last minute things you guys want to add?
Rivers Monroe: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us! We don’t have anything else to add, we just hope that everyone loves the album, and continues to support our future projects.
Here are the links to stay in touch with Rivers Monroe, and PLEASE remember that their album drops digitally on February 18th, 2014:
Website: Rivers Monroe
Facebook: Rivers Monroe | Facebook
YouTube: RIVERS MONROE – YouTube
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Hello people of the internet, since Christmas is rapidly approaching us, I thought that it would be cool to make a list of 25 of my favorite Christmas songs. I feel that this list is very diverse, but if there are any awesome songs that I missed, please let me know in the comments below. Ok, let’s get started!!!!
25) ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ by Johnny Mathis
I thought this was the perfect song for the “beginning” of our list (you may now laugh…ok that’s enough, shall we continue? Great!!!). Once December hits, this is always the first Christmas song that I like to hear. It just puts you in the holiday spirit, and it is the perfect soundtrack to all of your Christmas shopping.
24) ‘Feliz Navidada’ by Jose Feliciano
I really love how different this song is from all of the others on the list. Besides the obvious fact that it has English and Spanish components, the track is also very upbeat and fun. This is a good song to add to your Christmas party playlist, and will certainly get the fun started!
23) ‘Santa Clause Lane’ by Hilary Duff
Now this song is a bit of a throwback, that you may or may not be familiar with. Anyone who watched Disney Channel in the early 2000s will know actually why this song is awesome. I mean who doesn’t love Hilary Duff? Oh c’mon, you know you memorized the entire ‘Lizzie McGuire Movie’ soundtrack…yes you did…that’s what I thought! Since Hilary Duff has recently revealed that she’s working on new music (you may now squeal and jump up and down), I thought that it was only appropriate that we celebrate this announcement by walking down memory lane (or Santa Clause Lane in this case).
22) ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ cover by Jack Johnson & The Roots
Ok who doesn’t constantly get this song stuck in their head throughout the year? Many don’t realize that this isn’t just a song about a reindeer. This is a track about rising up from adversary, and showing bullies or naysayers how awesome you are! Ok, it’s a song about a reindeer, but he has a glowing red nose! You have to admit that that’s pretty awesome. Jack Johnson’s signature smooth tone and the great musicianship of The Roots (comedian/late night talk show host Jimmy Fallons’ in house band), adds a new jazzy feel to this track, which makes an old classic feel brand new.
21) ‘Away in a Manger’ cover by Martina McBride
I really love this song! It’s beautifully written, and the perfect Christmas ballad. This version is made even better, because of the lovely vocals that country icon Martina McBride adds. I would certainly suggest going over to ITunes and purchasing this track, I promise you won’t regret it!
20) ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree/Jingle Bell Rock’ cover by Michael Buble
If you love fun Christmas songs, then this is the mash-up for you. The only thing that would make this performance better, is if Carly asked Michael to call her maybe…or is that just crazy? I’m just kidding, I’m just kidding (cue the laughing…ok we’re good), humor aide this is an amazing mash-up, with a flawless vocals, buy then again what would you expect from Michael Buble!?
19) ‘This Christmas’ cover by The Summer Set
I only need to say three words to convince you that this song is amazing: The Summer Set! I You know these guys are awesome, because they won the 2013 Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star Contest. This contest is fan voted, so they are defiantly a band that you need to know. I love the cool rock twist that they put on this song, which gives it a fresh new perspective.
18) ‘Baby It’s cold outside’ cover by Lady Antebellum
I just love what country super group Lady Antebellum does with this classic duet. They were able to put their own spin on this track without losing the charm of the original. This song is the perfect Christmas love song, and requires the vocalists performing it, to convey a lot of emotion through the song. I feel that Lady Antebellum work on this song, is completely breathtaking.
17) ‘Let it Snow’ by Dean Martin
Even though I’m not a huge fan of snow, I do love this song. This is just the perfect song to play in the background as you drink a hot beverage, wrap yourself in your favorite blanket, sit in front of a fire, and read a ‘Harry Potter’ book. You know that sounds like a good time!
16) ‘Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays’ by ‘N Sync
Ok, let’s take a moment and bask in the awesomeness that is ‘N Sync. I mean this is the group that brought Justin Timberlake to the forefront of our minds!!! We will forever be in debt. One thing that I really like about this song is that it’s a song you can just get up and dance too. You can play it in your car, turn it on as you’re getting ready to leave your house, or even have an impromptu dance party. The possibilities are endless.
15) ‘Christmas is Creepy’ by Fred
If you are addicted to YouTube and/or Nickelodeon, then you know who Fred is. In 2009, Lucas Cruikshank (the then teenaged mastermind behind the’Fred’ franchise) brought us a different sort of Christmas song. This song is so hilarious, that you will have to add it to your Christmas playlist. Actually, this song is so funny, that I predict that you’ll be listening to it well into the spring.
14) ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ by Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney sings this song. That statement alone should convince you of how amazing this song is. He not only has a tremendous career as ¼ of the legendary group The Beatles, but also has had an awesome solo career. This infectious tune will keep you singing for months, and trust me you won’t mind having this song stuck in your head.
13) ‘Last Christmas’ cover by Glee
Even though this is a song about someone who broke your heart, it’s still amazingly catchy. What makes this version even better is the way Lea Michele and Cory Monteith vocals perfectly blend together. Even though Cory’s promising career was tragically cut short, we can still enjoy his talent through this song. You’ll enjoy this song so much, that you’ll forget it’s a cover, due to the great artistry that the Lea and Cory bring to the track.
12) ‘The Christmas Song (Don’t be Late)’ by Alvin and the Chipmunks
I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!! I honestly cannot fully express how much I love this song. It’s fun, quirky, and the Chipmunks are singing! What could be better? I think most of us have heard this song at one point or another, but if you haven’t, you need too. By the time you finish listening to this song, you will definitely want a hula hoop for Christmas…listen to the song and you’ll understand.
11) ‘The First Noel’ cover by Carrie Underwood
This is another AMAZING Christmas ballad that you need to become familiar with. I love the beautiful the lyrics this song contains, and how the tone of the song will leave you feeling a pure kind of joy. When you add in Carrie’s amazing vocals to the song, the result is pure perfection.
10) I’ll be home for Christmas’ by Bing Crosby
This is another song that I constantly play once Christmas time arrives. This track is told from the perspective of a WWII solider, and will certainly have you feeling emotional once it ends. This is another Christmas classic that has been covered multiple times, by many amazing legends however, I think Bing Crosby does it best.
9) ‘Little Drummer Boy’ by Pentatonix
I have to say that I am currently addicted to this A Capella group’s ‘PTXmas’ album, which is musical perfection. You have to respect a band that can make such amazing music, every time Pentatonix releases something, I just stand in marvel. I would HIGHLY recommend this version of this song.
8) ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’ by Christina Aguilera
Honestly, you know if Christina Aguilera releases a song, then it’s instantly going to be awesome. She released this song on her 2000 album ‘My Kind of Christmas’ and it is still on of my favorite versions. Christina is able to use her flawless vocal abilities to perfectly convey the emotion in this song, and her execution is amazing (as usual)!
7) ‘Carol of the Bells’ by Trans Siberian Orchestra
I don’t hear many artists cover this song, which is a shame, because it’s a great song. I recently heard this version on the radio, and I was awe struck. I think the Trans Siberian Orchestra are phenomenal, and even if you’re not a fan of instrumental music, you will LOVE this song. This orchestra is able to make his song exciting and they give it a new life that instantly grabs your attention, and doesn’t let go.
6)’The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire)’ by Nat King Cole
Ok, you had to have known that this song was coming eventually; I mean it’s called ‘The Christmas Song’. This is another great song to play but he fireplace when you’re just relaxing and enjoying the holiday season. This is just one of those songs that is a Christmas staple, and you’re holiday would not be complete without it.
5) ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ by Mariah Carey
Now you had to know that this song was coming, seriously what Christmas playlist would be complete without it!? One thing that I love about this song is that it honestly never gets old. You can listen to it over and over again, and it is never played out, you have to love a song that can stand the test of time.
4) ‘Silent Night’ by Kelly Clarkson feat. Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood
What do you get when you put three phenomenal vocalist together? You get an amazing rendition of a Christmas classic. This is defiantly not an easy song to sing, not only is it full of emotion, but it is so well known, that it can be hard to perform a version that fans of the song approve of. I think Kelly Clarkson really brought a new dimension to the song by adding country superstars Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood. This is a song that you will have on repeat for years to come.
3) ‘My grown up Christmas list’ by Amy Grant
I remember I first heard this song about 8 years ago, and I have been addicted to it ever since. I really love how the message of the track perfectly defines the feeling of good will and peace on earth that we’re suppose to experience during this time of year. If you really listen to the lyrics of this song, they will inspire you, and leave you feeling that material gain really isn’t what this season is about. I really love songs that make you think!
2) ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ cover by Jackson 5
Honestly, how could you not like a song that Michael Jackson sings on? Even at such a young age, his vocals are perfect. This song makes you want to just get up and dance around as you decorate your Christmas tree. It is the perfect song to play at a holiday party, or to have an impromptu dance party with your family. This song is just flawless in every aspect; it would take another 3 blog posts to explain why this song is so amazing.
1) ‘Mary did you know’ cover by Rascal Flatts
Now we’ve reached the #1 song!!! Ok, hit that Drumroll!!!! I really love this song, because it contains all of the qualities of the other 24 songs on this list. This track is beautiful, well sung, and makes you think. I remember I have been in awe of this song for years, ever since I first heard it at church. I know that not everyone shares the same beliefs as me, but you can’t deny what a beautiful job country trio Rascal Flatts did on this track. I feel like this is the perfect song to end out list! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!