By Kate Ebeling, Staff Writer
For many people out there, Christmas music is a year-round genre. They listen to it in July and really pull out the stops come early November. As a self-proclaimed Christmas purist, I believe that the only time you can begin to start celebrating the most wonderful time of the year is after Thanksgiving. Growing up in a household that strictly abided by this rule, I can tell you that Christmas music is a sacred thing that you revere and listen to nonstop until December 26th.
With that being said, here is a list of the 10 greatest Christmas songs ever. Ever.
10. “Christmas Roses” – Frankie Lane and Jo Stafford
Christmas Roses is not as relatively known as some other songs that made this list, but it’s a classic because of how sweet it is – not to mention the idea of roses on Christmas. Bonus points for the fact that Lane and Stafford sound perfect together.
9. “White Christmas” – The Drifters
You might recognize this tune but be unable to place it – this version of “White Christmas” was featured on the Home Alone Soundtrack, the greatest Christmas movie of all time by the way.
8. “Winter Wonderland” – Bing Crosby
A perennial holiday favorite, Christmas season isn’t complete without Bing Crosby’s croon and a listening (or two, or three) of this classic Xmas song.
7. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” – Burl Ives
There isn’t a jauntier, catchier, feel-good song than “A Holly Jolly Christmas.” It is always the first and last Christmas tune I listen to. There’s something so infectious about Ives’ tone and the overall message of good cheer and high spirits.
6. “Santa Baby” – Eartha Kitt
Now, Christmas is a time of innocence and good cheer but Eartha Kitt brings something to the table that makes her rendition of “Santa Baby” a little more risque but still sounding of good cheer. “Santa Baby” does not exactly fit the mold of the Christmas carol, but it has stood the test of time and managed to maintain a sense of holiday spirit while being a little different than all the others.
5. “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” – Brenda Lee
As one of the first holiday songs I ever heard as a child, I was always attached to this song and it’s rock and roll sound that was so easy to listen to.
4. “Linus and Lucy“ – Vince Guaraldi Trio
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a classic. So is the soundtrack and especially this song.
3. “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree“ – King’s College Choir, Cambridge
While I am not particularly secular in any aspect, this song manages to bring goose bumps every time I listen to it. There is something so pure and innocent about the sound of the King’s Choir singing in harmony with joy over the holiday season.
2. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
No words for this song. None needed.
1. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” – Nat King Cole
The quintessential Christmas song, sung by the one and only Nat King Cole. This song evokes images of fireplaces, garland and wreaths. Images of staying up late for Santa and trying not to nod off. Just the overall feel of being with your family and all the ones you love, a really good meal and that great feeling of being full, but not too full. Also, a light snowfall on Christmas Eve; the smell of pine and must from the old box of ornaments, a warmth inside of your stomach. Just because it’s Christmastime and why not?
By Steph Solis, Staff
On nearly every freshman’s checklist is his or her first visit to FitRec. My freshman-year roommate and I crossed that off our list on the first week of school, but instead of working out, we just took the tour and left. We went back in for a minute, realizing we hadn’t ordered the smoothies we wanted.
I went back to FitRec Monday morning after two-and-a-half years.
Why didn’t I take advantage of this extravagant resource that probably cost our alumni (and many of us) a chunk of tuition? Well, unlike many athletes and BU biddies, I don’t live near West, nor did I desire to move there to be closer to the gym. I admire their discipline, but I’d rather have a shorter walk to classes and avoid the crowds in West for the BUS on snowy mornings.
Having a more easy-going schedule this semester, and having noticed that my jeans are much tighter than they were when school started, I decided to attempt working out regularly.
In the process, I have begun to compile my very own workout playlist. Just to warn you, there is no trace of Katy Perry on my playlist. Nor is there any One Direction, Justin Bieber or Britney Spears. Instead, I bring to you a compilation of Classic Rock and Punk with a sprinkle of Hip Hop and Lady Gaga (who, in my world, stands as her own category).
So if you like spunky workout music that you probably won’t find at the clubs, or if you’re new to FitRec-ing like me, give these a chance.
Here are a few highlights.
“Are You Experienced?” Patti Smith Cover
The Pattie Smith cover is much more mellow than Jimi Hendrix’s original, but it’s perfect for stretching.
“The Distance” by Cake
This is probably best if you’re on a track field (because I would clearly know), but it’s one of those motivating songs that make you feel cool and stuff.
“Funk Soul Brother” by Fatboy Slim
Because it’s in every other movie and makes people want to dance (or, in Bruce Almighty’s case, makes him want to take his clothes off).
“Right Here, Right Now” by Fatboy Slim
This is one of those songs where you’re either in a really cool daydream as a spy running from the enemy or a really bad nightmare where you’re about to die first. Either way, it’s worth adding to your playlist.
“Knights of Cydonia” Muse
Listen to this while on the elliptical and imagine yourself running into an epic battle that will determine the fate of the world. Once you’re in a groove, this song can be the perfect energizer.
“Single Ladies” by Beyonce
If the song’s beats don’t give you incentive to work out, you can picture yourself as Beyonce while you workout. Sounds like enough incentive to me.
“Rabiosa” by Shakira
Don’t get distracted by Shakira’s sex appeal here. The song’s bachata-style beats add some necessary flavor to your workout, and might make you want to dance in the middle of FitRec (I wouldn’t recommend it, though).
“Bad Girls” by M.I.A.
One of the best songs to workout to. Not sure if it’s the sick beats or M.I.A.’s empowering message of women’s rights. When I listen to this song, I like to think I’m almost as bad ass as the Saudi Arabian women in the video who defy their male counterparts by driving and brandishing massive weapons. One way or another, I convince myself to keep running until the song ends and tone those thighs.
“BYOB” by System of a Down
It’s one of the heavier songs on this playlist, but it’ll get you to workout. That, or if you’re like some students I know, it’ll scare you into running faster.
“Apple Tree” by Wolfmother
Lyrics aside, it’s a fast-paced, rock song with a feel-good, don’t-give-a-f— tone. If you’re looking for fun, but not pop-heavy, I highly recommend.
By Lauren Dezenski, Online Editor
With all of this (legitimate) hype over the superstorm Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy, it’s high time we prepare in every way, shape and form possible. Translation: make a playlist.
You’re welcome, Eastern Seaboard.
Ke$ha’s “Blow” starts things on the right foot–who doesn’t love Ke$ha, or better yet, the visual of that glittery betch getting blown away by the 65+ MPH wind gusts expected in Boston on Monday. Which brings me to the next song…
“Manic Monday” by the Bangles. If classes aren’t cancelled, you bet your bottom dollar shit’s gonna get real manic, especially for those girls’ hairdos undoubtedly mussed by Sandy’s gusts. Monday’s forecast: rainy with a 95 percent chance of topknots. I see you, COM girls.
Not to be forgotten: “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” I personally believe this song’s potential would only be improved by listening to this on the 26th floor of StuVi II as it sways in the wind. BECAUSE APPARENTLY THAT HAPPENS.
Other goodies: “Sandy” by John Travolta (sorry, I had to), “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” by the Arcade Fire (I just can’t quit those catchy indie Canadians, plus I live in Allston so my power probably will go out), “Hurricane Drunk” by Florence and the Machine (for those Halloweenies still hung over from this weekend’s festivities–not that I would know, I stayed in and watched The Weather Channel. I’m so cool, right?).
Things end with “The New Jersey Song,” a lil’ gem I encountered by searching “New Jersey” on Spotify, and ode to the Garden State’s position as essentially Sandy’s target as it swings westward and makes landfall on Monday evening. Here’s to hoping this weather event calms hostilities between the Real Housewives of New Jersey … and their implants float.
A man on The Weather Channel told me to put bags full of water in my freezer and now I’m telling you to listen to this playlist. When this randomly shuts off in the middle of you blasting it from the speakers in your apartment, it’ll be an epic way to realize you’ve lost power.
If you’ve ever visited the sketchy Freep office, no doubt that I’ll be sitting in my torn up chair in the photo corner, under the tic-inducing flickering light. But today, I did a little more than my usual photo editing and crying myself to sleep due to hunger to present you all with a playlist I use to calm me down when everything else in the newsroom (hi news) is getting chaotic.
P.S. Justin Bieber 4ever.
-Abbie Lin, Photo Editor Fall 2012