Rockin’ Around

Chronicle staff share their favorite holiday songs. Scan the code at the bottom of the page to listen to the Spotify playlist.


“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

By Barenaked Ladies

“This song is a modern, yet grounded approach to a timeless classic. It’s full of beautiful harmonies and vocal techniques. It has a wonderful folksy tune, and yet, it still does pretty straightforward justice to a song we all know and love.”

– Harry Tarses ’23


“All I Want for Christmas Is You”

By Mariah Carey

“This is the most classic song of the holiday season. The high notes ascend me to heaven.”

– Ava Fattahi ’22


“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

By Brenda Lee

“A Christmas song that brings back childhood memories you never had.”

– Mia Feizbakhsh ’22


“Oh, Hanukkah”

By Mordkhe Rivesman

“It reminds me of my Jewish heritage and my Israeli grandfather.”

– Justin Goldstein ’22



By Justin Bieber

“Best Justin Bieber song.”

– Mimi Landes ’22


“Mean Girls – Jingle Bell Rock”

By Geek Music

“My favorite holiday song is ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ covered by the Mean Girls because that movie was a trainwreck, and it shaped nearly every part of my being, except for the white part and the whole bullying thing. Yuck.”

– Fallon Dern ’23


“Santa, Can’t You Hear Me”

By Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande

“I don’t like Kelly or Ariana, but together? Love it.”

– Becca Berlin ’23


“Underneath the Tree”

By Kelly Clarkson

“I love it because it’s a fun, upbeat song that always gets me in a festive mood for the holidays.”

– Claire Conner ’23



By Joni Mitchell

“It’s a song that makes me feel cozy, and Joni Mitchell will always be known as the epitome of good music.”

– Alec Rosenthal ’22


“Succession (Main Title Theme)”

By Nicholas Britell

“It’s my favorite show, and the song slays literally.”

– Melody Tang ’22


“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

By Bing Crosby

“I’m a big Christmas guy and a big Bing Crosby guy, so this song always puts me in a great mood. My mom has always played the ‘White Christmas’ album, so my love for this song and the rest of the album is deeply engrained in my brain.”

– Leo Saperstein ’23


“Here Comes Santa Claus”

By Pentatonix

“Participating in school acapella, I enjoy listening to it, especially during the holidays.”

– Allegra Drago ’23


“Turkey Lurkey Time”

By Promises, Promises Cast

“Although ‘Glee’ portrayed it as a Thanksgiving song, it celebrates Christmas with hilarious fun. I especially love the personification of the turkey.”

– Lucas Cohen-d’Arbeloff ’23


“A Very She & Him Christmas”

By She & Him

“Every song from this album offers a decidedly understated, simple spin on classic Christmas songs. M. Ward softly underscores Zooey Deschanel’s rich tone for a beautifully matched pair.”

– Daphne Davies ’23


“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

By Andy Williams

“Isn’t that the song from ‘Home Alone’?”

– Vasilia Yordanova ’23



By Olivia Holt

“Obviously, this is better than the original. I listen to it every morning during December.”

– Keira Jameson ’22


“Santa Tell Me”

By Ariana Grande

“Even though I’m Jewish and I celebrate Hanukkah, I listen to that song every year.”

– Natalie Cosgrove ’23