The 5 Best Holiday Songs For Your Playlist 2022
Wonderful choir songs for all the festive occasions in December
This is a special time for everyone. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Yule, or any other holidays, it seems we all get in the festive spirit. The weather and colorful lights remind us how wonderful it is to be together with loved ones. And nothing gets that feeling going stronger than Christmas music — and songs for all the many occasions in December!
If you are looking for great holiday songs to add to your ultimate yuletide playlist, you came to the right place! We’ve assembled a list for you complete with choir performances — because when it comes to choral music, INTERKULTUR is your number one resource.
So, without further ado, here are the best songs to add to your playlist. Listen to it while you wait for Santa!
1. Carol of the Bells
If you are wondering to yourself, “What is the Christmas song with a choir?” — this is the one that always comes to mind. It is dramatic, stirring, and rich with intricate choral music that inspires a magical feeling in the listener. Unlike most music this time of year, it doesn’t rely on nostalgia. Instead, it creates moving moments through its distinct chanting.
It was written by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych and Peter J. Wilhousky, based on a folk song about the new year. This has become a gift to the entire world, with translations available in virtually all languages.
For those celebrating Chanukah, there are plenty of beautiful songs to ring in the festivities. And among these, “Moaz Tzur” is perhaps the most popular. It is perfect for choir singing, able to expand for all kinds of set-ups. Plus, there are plenty of high-quality translations for choristers in any part of the world.
“Maoz Tzur” is based on a Jewish liturgical poem of the same name, which declares that God is the rock of ages. For many people during the holidays, this is a favorite to sing with their family, and plenty of people have warm memories associated with this song.
Auld Lang Syne
What song is played at midnight on New Year’s Eve? The answer is always the same: “Auld Lang Syne.” As soon as the first first notes rise from a choir, any audience knows we are saying goodbye to the previous year and welcoming in whatever the next year has in store for us.
The music comes from a traditional Scottish folk tune, and the lyrics are borrowed from a poem by Robert Burns — originally written in Scots and later translated to English. It’s popularity and relatively simple vocal line make it a must for any sing-alongs!
Few Christmas songs are as moving as “Silent Night,” a song that reminds us of the sweet and tender scene of a child being born in a manger. For choirs with a strong upper range, this can also be a great way to show off everything you’ve got!
“Silent Night” was originally written in Austria by composer Franz Xaver Gruber and lyricist Joseph Mohr in 1818. Since then, it has been translated into many different languages, and it has become one of the most treasured Christmas carols of all time. No holiday program is complete without it.
Not all songs this time of year need to be Christmas carols or celebrate Chanukah. This secular song instead focuses on the winter landscape and all that it can bring up in the human heart. It is much more modern than other selections on this list, but it will no doubt become a classic in time.
Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelso wrote this piece as a folk pop song, but it has since been turned into stunning choral music that moves audiences around the world. This is a great way to add an update to your holiday playlist without the song feeling out of place.
The Perfect Music for Your Holiday Season 2022
This time of year is all about coming together. Nothing does that like singing in a choir, and that might be why there is so much powerful choral music specially written for this time of year.
No matter how you celebrate the holidays, or if you just love watching the first snow, you can enjoy choral music that makes the moment special.
INTERKULTUR is looking forward to this holiday season, and we look forward to an exciting schedule in 2023!