So, You’re Throwing the Holiday Party? These are the Songs You Need.
Planning Holiday party is stressful, and the playlist is one of the most crucial parts. A bad playlist without any bangers can make for a lot of awkward standing around. A playlist with only bangers could lead to things getting…. weird. So here are some of our favorite songs that should make everyone’s playlist:
Mariah Carey – “All I want for Christmas is You”
I don’t need to justify this. This is common sense. Just do it.
Jackson 5 – Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
What is Christmas without baby Michael Jackson harmonizing about Santa? Nothing.
Gucci Mane – “St. Brick Intro”
There’s no better way to be the cool aunt or uncle than by teaching your nieces and nephews how to trap. Give grandma some heat while you’re at it, she’ll be running the retirement home in no time.
Run D.M.C. – “Christmas in Hollis”
This also serves as a fun drinking game: every time someone uses the phrase “real hip hop” start this song from the beginning and take a shot. This way when you’re uncle who only wears tank tops, AND1 shorts from 2004, and slides goes on a rant about “hip hop today,” everyone can make it through.
Chance the Rapper x Jeremih – “I Shoulda Left You”
Pass around the bottles of Hennessy before this one starts so everyone can drink away the pain of their lost loves. There isn’t any better type of lit than sad-lit. It’s a weirdly good time.
Chance the Rapper x Jeremih – “Ms. Parker”
That hot single parent that’s lives down the street? This is the time to shoot your shot Steph.
Clarence Carter – “Back Door Santa”
Play this one for your Grandma. She’s going to love this one, but I hope you can keep up with her dancing.
Otis Redding – “White Christmas”
Otis Redding has always been regarded as one of the smoothest vocalist of all time, and his version of “White Christmas” is no exception. If they ain’t feeling Otis, then they aren’t the person for you.
DMX – “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
Since his 2012 radio appearance where he performed this lunch room style, this has been the MOST underrated Christmas song. The original version bangs, but this year Spotify teamed up with X to turn this into a whole single. This is the pièce de résistance of your playlist. This is the most important song to have – trust me.
With a background in studying pop culture, philosophy and literature; Nate takes an almost academic approach in thinking about the things he loves whether its punk, hip hop, the NBA or art.