play it: 2011 holiday albums

Hello, everyone! I am sorry for my absence last week/early this week. This past weekend was the first meet for the high school swim team that I coach, so I was super busy with preparations and then catching up on the rest of my to-do list. Now that things have slowed down (slighty), I’m diving right into holiday-related posts. First up – my favorite 2011 Christmas albums!

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1. Christmas, Michael Bublé
Since I love Michael Bublé and his classic, big-band style, it’s probably no surprise that his holiday album is my favorite new addition to my Christmas music arsenal. My favorite songs: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Jingle Bells (featuring the Puppini Sisters),” “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” “Blue Christmas”





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2. A Very She & Him Christmas, She & Him
I adore everything Zooey Deschanel does, including her indie pop duo She & Him. If you’ve never heard them before, their holiday album is a great introduction. My favorite songs: “Christmas Day,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Silver Bells,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”




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3. Under the Mistletoe, Justin Bieber
I am not the biggest Bieber fan, but I must admit I do enjoy his music whenever I hear it playing. That being said, I decided to try out his holiday album. It is pure pop fun, perfect for dancing along to while decorating or baking Christmas cookies. My favorite songs: “Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas,” “Mistletoe,” “Drummer Boy,” “Someday at Christmas”





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4. The Christmas Album Volume 2, Glee the Music
Regardless of storylines, I always love the Glee soundtrack. I adored their Christmas album last year, and wasn’t disappointed with this winter’s second installment. Similar to Justin Bieber’s album, it puts a new spin on Christmas classics in totally upbeat, fun way. My favorite songs: “Santa Baby,” “Christmas Eve with You,” “Let It Snow,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”



What 2011 Christmas albums/songs are you enjoying this year? Also, you can check out other awesome Christmas albums here.




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play it: jason mraz

This past weekend I came across this long, but beautiful and goofy live version of Jason Mraz’s hit, “I’m Yours.” I love it! Mr. Mraz has definitely been added to my “artists/bands I want to see in concert” list : )

play it: the band perry

Okay, so I am pretty sure am a bit behind the times with this song, but I recently just heard it on the radio for the first time, and now I am obsessed. Sad but so beautiful. After I heard this song, I looked up all of The Band Perry’s other official videos on YouTube and really enjoyed them. I’ve decided I’m buying myself their album when week one of Get Fit Get Strong is complete : )

play it: pump it up

Listening to this song over and over has been pumping me up and keeping my spirits up during the completion of my final projects. I don’t know, just something about it re-energizes me and keeps my perspective in check.

Do you have a fun song that gives you the kick you need to reboot?

play it: christmas music I can’t get enough of

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Straight No Chaser, Holiday Spirits & Christmas Cheers
Favorite songs: “Carol of the Bells,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “12 Days of Christmas (Live),” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” & “Who Spiked the Eggnog?”
Glee the Music, The Christmas Album
Favorite songs: “O Christmas Tree,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” & “O Holy Night”
Various Artisis, Number 1’s: Christmas
Favorite songs: “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby, “Please Come Home For Christmas” by Charles Brown, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee, & “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” by the Chipmunks
Michael Buble, Let It Snow EP
Favorite song: “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”
Josh Groban, Noel
Favorite songs: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Silent Night,” & “Ave Maria”
Other holiday favorites (not pictured): Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Kenny G’s “Auld Lang Syne (Millennium Mix),” & anything by Trans Siberian Orchestra
All music available at Amazon.
What are some of your favorite holiday albums/songs?