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Celebrate the Season With Rdio's New Holiday Music Mix


If you can’t bear another year of listening to the same old Christmas carols, Rdio’s New Holiday Music - 2012 Edition playlist has four dozen hand-picked audio treats to help you get into the spirit without putting “Jingle Bells” in your head in an incessant loop.

The holidays bring out the tender side of some, as on Paul McCartney’s breathlessly romantic version of “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).” It also can ignite hot-rockin’ passion, like James Durbin’s version of “Santa Claus Is Back in Town,” or push a person to the heights of their abilities — just listen to Kelly Clarkson’s diva-tastic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

A newly remastered version of Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “Great Pumpkin Waltz” and a duet of “This Christmas” by Grease co-stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta tug at nostalgic heartstrings, while contemporary acts like Victoria Justice, Far East Movement, Cee-Lo and Christina Aguilera keep the party grounded in the present tense.

The season sounds bold and bright on the New Holiday Music - 2012 Edition playlist.