Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey’s popular “All I Want for Christmas is You” is an iconic Christmas tune that many students feel is the best version of the song.

The holidays are approaching, which means Christmas music is on the radio once again.

A debate usually starts between people on whether they start listening to Christmas music in November or after Thanksgiving, but what songs are they listening to?

According to various lists, including Billboard, “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey is the most popular choice. 

Other top Christmas songs in polls include “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee, “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano and “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helm.

As they get into the spirit of the holidays, students at IUP gave their own preferences, many of which are not included in the most popular or even in the most traditional.

Patrick Roy (senior, music) said he enjoys many of the classic songs, but his favorite is one with a lot of humor.

“I really like ‘I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas’ because it’s actually pretty funny,” he said. 

Another person who enjoys the more humorous Christmas songs is Dan Taylor (junior, business). His favorite Christmas song is a parody of a classic.

“My choice would have to be ‘You’re a Mean One, Yanderechan,’” he said. “It’s a parody of the Grinch song for people who like anime. It’s definitely an inside joke for us.”

Patrick Cone (senior, communications media/mathematics) is a part of the population that listens to Christmas music at the start of November. His favorite Christmas song is one he can sing to perfectly at that time.

“For me, I like ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,’” he said, citing the Michael Bublé version as his personal choice. “I can sing to it during the first snowfall after Halloween.”

Some choices by students were traditional pieces. This was the case with Pauline Spielman (freshman, history). Her favorite is “Carol of the Bells,” a song many students seemed to be in agreement about.

“‘Carol of the Bells’ is a beautiful piece,” she said. “During Christmas, you seldom hear traditional folk-instrumental music much anymore, so it’s always nice to hear these pieces like ‘Carol of the Bells’ and ‘Hall of the Mountain King.’” 

Her sister Rachel (sophomore, biology) agreed with her, but had other favorites, as well.

“‘Carol of the Bells’ is definitely a favorite of mine as well,” she said. “I’d play it outside of Christmas because it is just that amazing. 

“As for any other Christmas song, ‘We Three Kings’ and ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’ are mine. Something about how they both sound in both the notes and tone gets me every time.”

“I also enjoy ‘Carol of the Bells,’” Tristan West (junior, communications media) said. “But I really enjoy ‘Underneath the Tree’ by Kelly Clarkson. Not really sure, but it makes me happy.”

Noah Saylor (senior, communications media) was one of the few who agreed that the Mariah Carey song was his favorite. His reason was one that many others might agree with.

“It’s just impossible not to sing along to,” he said. 

No matter when they listen to them or what Christmas song choice they have, the students at IUP seem to be in agreement that Christmas songs hold a special place in their hearts, and they are willing to belt out their favorites at any time.

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