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6 Creative Holiday Music Remixes To Play at Your Next Party

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It’s the holidays, and whether you like it or not, it’s time for holiday music. I’m personally one of those annoying people who listen to holiday music constantly from November to the end of December! Even as an intense holiday music lover, I get tired of some of the same, old tunes on repeat. And let’s be honest, a lot of the classics pretty much follow the same genre / types of sounds. So I am almost always keen when artists get creative with the classics and remix it – either through transforming the lyrics, the genre, or adding visuals! It creates the perfect mix of nostalgia and modern excitement. 

I’ve compiled six of some of the most creative holiday music remixes to delight the guests at your next office party, family gathering, or people who happen to be riding in your vehicle.

6 Creative Holiday Music Remixes To Play at Your Next Party

1. Lindsey Stirling – Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy

Lindsey Sterling arguably made classical instruments cool again. If you happen to not know, she’s a violinist, songwriter, and choreographer who has stacked BILLIONS of views on her innovative music videos. The music itself is incredible enough to stand on its own though. 

Her rendition of Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy, the bouncy little number made famous by The Nutcracker, is instantly recognizable but incredibly unique as she flies through it with her signature bold violin riffs and striking visuals. It’s a must hear (and see)!

2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, InnovatorsBox Studios

Imagine the classic “Have A Little Christmas,” meets soul, meets lofi, meets a fancy jazz bar. That’s what this InnovatorsBox Studios release makes me think of. The song has been redone by countless artists – Nat King Cole, Michael Buble, and of course the queen of Christmas herself, Mariah Carey. But this rendition, sung passionately by songwriter and singer Kelly Gravo, is especially interesting in that its unique mix of genres makes it sound so uniquely modern. In-fact – that’s the idea of the whole album, Pause to Wonder – to modernize holiday music and make it more inclusive.

If you’re like me and like to play those calming lofi videos while you work, study, or hang out, then put on The InnovatorsBox Studios Pause To Wonder album video. It doesn’t only include holiday remixes, but original songs like Calendar and Pause To Wonder.

3. Carol Of The Bells, Pentatonix

Carol of the Bells is my favorite holiday song. It’s wonderfully memorable and always reminds me of the beauty and intensity of the winter season. So naturally, it’s hard to impress me with the remixes of this song because it holds such a close place in my heart (and ears). But the Pentatonix, acapella version of this track almost makes it seem like a whole new song altogether! It absolutely dazzles me that the entire track is sung entirely by human voices, and as such, includes an amazing variety of vocal sounds and techniques. 

And since Carol of the Bells is such an iconic song, here’s some bonus remixes to check out:

InnovatorsBox Studios’ Carol Of The Bells – The trumpet solo by Ravi Lad is one of my favorite parts! (Yes, Ravi Lad led the whole production for this particular music!)

Destiny Child’s Carol of the Bells aka Opera of The Bells – A little 90s nostalgia, a little Beyonce, a lot of holiday joy !

4. You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch, Small Town Titans

I think “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” is one of my favorite songs just for the lyrics themselves — it tells a story and holds the essence of the quirky flair of Dr. Seuss himself. And if you know the Christmas-hating Grinch, then you know that a grungry-rock and roll tune would certainly fit his *vibe.* And that’s this power trio rock band from New York did with their rendition of the tune. I dare you not to bang your head, just a little, as when the singer screams “STINK, STANK STUNK,” I think Santa Claus can hear it all the way in the North Pole…and I like it! 

5. Winter Wonderland, Brooks & Dun

I’m from Texas, and that means that I’ve heard every holiday tune in a country version. But even if you’re not from the south (or are one of those country music haters, which is fair enough!), you are sure to do a little boot scootin boogie to this countrified version of Winter Wonderland. Brooks & Dun revingotate the song with fast-paced energy and even features a drum solo! I think part of the reason I like it so much is that it’s a bit ironic – the south is rarely a “Winter Wonderland,” – I wear shorts to Christmas dinner.

6.Let It Go – Frozen – Alex Boyé (Africanized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Children’s Choir

We still remember “Let It Go” right? If you had kids, you probably don’t want to remember. But this is truly the cover collab you didn’t know you needed. Alex Boyé, a British singer-songwriter born to Nigerian parents and the One Voice Children’s Choir partnered to create a culture-infused, beautifully choreographed version of the Disney Frozen single. It also features the angelic voice of Lexi Walker, who was 11 at the time of production. I never thought I would want to hear “Let It Go” another time, but this song really takes it to a different level. And nooowww it’s stuck in my head for the next year (but I don’t mind).

Happy Holidays and Happy Remixing Innovators!

About the Author

Sarah Bloodworth

Sarah Bloodworth

Sarah Bloodworth is a writer and sustainability & culture specialist located in Austin, Texas. She studied Journalism and Environmental Science At The University of Texas at Austin and partly at the University of Sheffield in the UK. She worked as a freelance writer for several years, eventually founding my own LLC where she helped mission-driven organisations understand and connect with their audiences through clear, impactful communications. She now works at Flex International, a global manufacturing partner dedicated to creating products that improve people’s lives and make the world a better place. Her specialties include writing/editing, research, customer relations, community-building, and data. The views Sarah expresses are her’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Flex.

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