Words With Wong: A Season of Songs

Emily Wong, A&E Editor

We know Christmas is near when malls begin to bust out their Christmas decorations everywhere, commercializing this holiday once more. Though these decorations may get buyers into the holiday spirit (or Christmas shopping spirit), it is Christmas jingles that really get me into the festive mood. Playing a never-ending stream of holiday music, the radio station KOST (103.5) becomes my best friend as soon as Thanksgiving is over. In spite of California’s enduring heat, these Christmas songs always put me in the holiday spirit.

As the most iconic contemporary Christmas classic, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” by Mariah Carey tops my list of favorite holiday music. Once this song begins to play on the radio, you know Christmas has commenced. There is something about the beat and lyrics that makes me wish I lived in a colder environment so I can run outside my house and dance in the snow. With an upbeat tempo and fun lyrics, it is nearly impossible to not want to sing along to Mariah Carey’s voice.

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is a romantic deviation from the typical festive jingle. The entire song is like a conversation between a man and a woman in a catchy melody. There have been many renditions of this song, but my favorite cover is by Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer; however, Michael Buble’s recent version comes in a close second.There is something harmonious in the pair’s voices, as if they truly are a bickering couple, that other covers seem to lack.

As I said in my last corner, I am a huge fan of Nat King Cole. So it is no surprise that “The Christmas Song” is one of my favorite holiday tunes. Like all of his other songs, Cole’s velvety voice just melts me. Hearing this slower song takes me back to the 1940s and makes me want to snuggle near a fireplace with a hot chocolate in hand—and of course, chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Originally recorded by Wham!, “Last Christmas” is one of those songs you would karaoke with your family on Christmas Eve. The singer is reminiscing about a past love that left them last Christmas. The lyrics don’t move me in any way but the catchy tune always makes me want to sing along. Although I do enjoy Taylor Swift’s rendition of “Last Christmas,” my favorite version is still the original. After listening to this song, you definitely won’t be able to get “Last Christmas, I gave you my heart and the very next day you gave it away” out of your head for a long time.

“Santa Baby” appears as a sweetly innocent song from a woman asking Santa for lavish gifts, such as Tiffany’s decorations. The original singer, EarthaKitt, manages to sing the cute and playful lyrics while exudinga rather seductive tone. I love listening to this Christmas song mainly because it is just so easy to sing along to.Notable renditions include Michael Buble’s and Taylor Swift’s, which has a slight country twang.