Whether you’re trimming the tree, wrapping gifts or herding reindeer, listening to holiday tunes can get you into the spirit of the season faster than you can say “Rudolph”. Finding holiday tunes is easier than ever this year, once you know where to look. These tech tools can help you find holiday tunes whether you want to listen to the classics or discover some new favorites.
On Monday you saw holiday images on Pinterest to get you in a festive mood: Celebrate the Holidays with Pinterest!. Today you can listen to classic and contemporary holiday music to make your season jolly!
Spotify has lots of holiday playlists to help you rock your holiday tunes. Check out these contemporary and classic playlists on Spotify to enjoy holiday music:
Here’s a playlist you can listen to as you peruse this article:
Spotify also has a treat for you this holiday season. Spotify’s mobile apps have been updated so you can now listen to Spotify music on the go for free. With the updates apps you can listen to your playlists and playlists from people you follow. You can also listen to songs from a single artist instead of having to shuffle through songs from other artists.
Spotify apps are available free for:
Additionally, Spotify has expanded to 20 new markets, for a total of 55 markets worldwide. Spotify also announced earlier this month that the entire Led Zeppelin catalogue will be available exclusively on Spotify.
You can give a Spotify gift card that can be used towards a Premium membership at Spotify. Spotify Gift Card.
See, guest author Jens Berget’s article, The 10 Real Reasons Why I Love Spotify for a full review of Spotify.
If you have a computer, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can listen to holiday music in your iTunes Library or using iTunes Radio.
Use Siri to play holiday songs from your iTunes library. Raise your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your mouth and say, “Play holiday music.” Siri will find songs in those categories on your device and play them shuffled.
Tap “Show Now Playing” to see what tunes are playing. You can create a Genius Playlist, turn off Shuffle or turn Repeat on/off.
iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Open iTunes on your iDevice, click on “More” in the bottom menu => Genres => Holiday. iTunes will show you all of your music in the holiday genre.
Open iTunes => Click Music in the left column => Click Genre in the top menu. Scroll down to “Holiday” to see all of your music in your iTunes Library in the Holiday genre.
iTunes Radio has holiday songs for you to stream for free. You can listen to iTunes Radio on your iDevice from iTunes on your iDevice or on your computer.
iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Open iTunes on your iDevice and click Radio on the bottom menu or you can open iTunes Radio on your iDevice using Siri with the command “Open iTunes Radio.”
Tap the + icon titled “New Station” and search for “Holiday” or “Christmas” on the next screen.
Open iTunes => Click Music in the left column => Click Radio in the top menu. Click on the + icon next to “My Stations” and search for “Holiday” or “Christmas” in the pop-up window.
Or click on iTunes Store in the left column and click Holiday Radio on the iTunes Store home page to listen to holiday tunes.
You can choose from different genre stations, including:
- Children’s Christmas Holiday Sing-a-Long
- Holiday Hits
- Holiday Classics
- Latin Holiday
- Soulful Holiday
- Rockin’ Holiday
- The Sounds of Christmas
- Chill Out Holiday
Pandora Radio is another fertile source of free holiday music. Check out Pandora Holiday Music for a full list of holiday music stations on Pandora. Choose from stations such as:
- Michael Bublé Holiday
- Smooth Jazz Christmas
- Soulful Holidays
- Peaceful Holidays
- R&B and Pop Christmas
- Tropical Holidays
You can also get a Pandora gift card for the music lover on your list: Pandora gift card. Pandora premium ad-free subscriptions are $36/year.
See, Pandora: Music to Your Ears? for a full review.
Sirius/XM Satellite Radio
Sirius/XM Satellite Radio has launched commercial-free radio stations for its listeners that will play holiday music continuously:
Holiday Traditions channel 4 – traditional holiday music from the ’40s through the ’60s by artists such as Andy Williams, Ray Conniff, Bing Crosby and Nat “King” Cole. Available until December 31 at 3:00 am ET.
Holly channel 17 – contemporary holiday music as well as traditional favorites, including songs by Kelly Clarkson, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Colbie Caillat, Whitney Houston and the cast of Glee. Available until December 31 at 3:00 am ET
Holiday Pops channel 75 – classical Christmas carols and other holiday favorites by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Boston Pops, Luciano Pavarotti, The New York Philharmonic, King’s College Choir and Thomas Hampson. Available until December 26 at 3:00 am ET
Country Christmas channel 58 – country Christmas music from contemporary artists as well as classic country artists, including Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum. Available until December 26 at 3:00 am ET
Navidad channel 756 – contemporary Latin holiday music and with traditional classics, including Jose Feliciano, Willie Colon, Gloria Estefan, Marco Antonio Solis, El Gran Combo and Thalia. Available until January 7 at 3:00 am ET
Holiday Soul channel 49 – classic soul and Motown holiday music from the ’60s and ’70s as well as R&B from the ’80s and ’90s including Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Dionne Warwick, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The O’Jays, James Brown, The Temptations, Lou Rawls and Toni Braxton. Available until December 26 at 3:00 am ET
Do you enjoy listening to holiday music to make the season bright? How do you listen to holiday tunes? What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Music Notes image courtesy of Francesca Special K (edited)