Sick of playing ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ for your classes each December?
Boogie Woogie Christmas – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
These tunes will keep your feet tapping along to holiday favorites.
Standout Songs: “Sleigh Ride” and “Jingle Bells” are great up-tempo songs, “Winter Wonderland” is medium tempo, and the “Nutcracker Suite” would be great as a large production number!
Merry Mixmas – Classics Remixed
An eclectic mix of classic songs performed by classic singers (Ella Fitzgerald, manipulated to have a new beat!
Standout Songs: The latin-styled “Rudolph The Rednose Reindeer (Malibu Mix)”, Psapp’s updated quirky version of “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”, and the jingly classic “Sleigh Ride (Ralph Myerz Remix)”.
Now! That’s What I Call Music Christmas 4
Great for tweens and teens – but you will need to listen to they lyrics on a few of these tracks.
Standout Songs: Sheryl Crow’s “Merry Christmas Baby”, “What Child is This” by Carrie Underwood and Sean Kingston’s “Drummer Boy”
Joy To The World – Pink Martini
Many unique takes on the traditional favorites – this album is self-labeled as ‘globally minded’ and it deservingly so. Unique beats, it offers a lounge-feel without the yawns. Would be great for a modern class.
Standout Songs: “Schedryk” (their take on Carol of the Bells), “Little Drummer Boy”, the fun tango-feeling “Ocho Kandelikas” and the celebratory “Auld Lang Syne”.
Christmas With The Puppini Sisters
The Puppini Sisters with their three-part harmonies are this generation’s Andrews Sisters. A great idea for swing classes.
Standout Songs: “Mele Kalikimaha”, the swingy “Step Into Christmas” and “All I Want for Christmas”