You want your Christmas party to be a hit, and picking just the right music can help set the mood, whether your party is a subdued, formal event, a casual gathering of friends, or a raucous party. With the wide variety of Christmas music out there, there is no need to rely on the same old renditions of stodgy carols. No matter what the theme of your party or the tastes of your guests, there is a set of tunes that is perfect for the event. Consider some of the music below for your perfect Christmas party playlist.
Is your party a formal affair? There are few pieces that suggest the season with more taste, warmth and class than Handel’s Messiah.
You can also find string quartet or choral arrangements of Christmas hymns such as “O, Holy Night,” “What Child is This,” and others. Look for a CD like “Christmas Adagios,” which contains performances of pieces by Vivaldi, Franz Gruber, and Mozart, along with many other composers. One of the advantages of “Christmas Adagios” is its long playtime — over two hours — which can help cover a large segment of the evening, and simplify your music selections.
Another high class option is to choose jazz arrangements of popular and classic Christmas songs. “Louis Armstrong’s Christmas,” which contains performances by Eartha Kit, Duke Ellington, and other jazz and big band greats. Other recommendations to round out the music selections include: “Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas,” Ray Charles’ “The Spirit of Christmas” and the compilation: “Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas.” Brian Setzer’s “Christmas Comes Alive” is a relatively new album with that same old time jazz feel.
One unusual option is to seek out a World Music theme for your Christmas party playlist. Putumayo puts out a Christmas compilation each year with a range of artists from all over the world. Another great choice is Pink Martini’s “Joy to the World.”This CD is full of eclectic choices, featuring performances from such diverse musicians in languages including: Ukranian, Spanish, and Chinese.
There have also been plenty of rock music additions to the Christmas music canon. Fans of southern rock, punk, blues, and other rock and roll subgenres can find compilations to set the holiday mood. Several rock musicians have released entire Christmas and holiday themed albums, as well. Classic rock fans will enjoy Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Christmas Time Again.”You can’t go wrong with Steve Lukather’s “SantaMental”to please guitar god fans. The album is a lot of fun, with guests performances from musicians like: Slash, Steve Vai, and Edgar Winter.
One of the best Christmas party music strategies would be to mix up the tunes a bit so that everyone hears a bit of what they like. Play one or two jazzy pieces, followed by a traditional carol, then a bit of rock, for instance. Don’t forget to include music that does not strictly adhere to a Christmas theme, as well. By the time Christmas parties roll around, some people feel that they have already experienced an overload of Christmas music, and the everyday tunes will be a nice change of pace throughout the evening. No matter what sort of music you choose to set the festive holiday mood, guests will appreciate the special attention and the atmosphere created by your Christmas tunes.