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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Mixes from Influencers Rolling Stone, DeVotchKa, and More


Several of our Rdio Influencers have gotten into the holiday spirit and curated playlists of their favorite tunes to play at this time of year. Worrying about what to play at your next holiday party? Whether you favor traditional or unconventional spins on the classics, these amazingly diverse sets should do the trick:

  • Y La Bamba
    From the maker of “Senor Santa” comes this spicy way to say “Feliz Navidad!”

  • The Hush Sound
    The indie band puts down a fierce selection of spirit-movers from Nat “King” Cole to Wham!

  • DeVotchKa
    Band member Shawn King gifts us all with the most creative and non-traditional holiday playlist of the bunch, digging up “Holidoddities” by James Brown, Sergio Mendes, and Esquivel, among others.

  • Tom Dumont
    No Doubt’s guitarist and producer crafts an epic set of holiday jams with multiple offerings by The Chieftains, She & Him, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Bing Crosby, and so much more.

  • The AV Club/Tracey Thorn
    The AV Club kindly asks Everything But The Girl’s lead singer Tracey Thorn, who is fresh from a winter collection of her own, for her favorite seasonal songs.

  • Rolling Stone
    Celebrate holidays in several tempos and ways, courtesy of artists such as Beck, Kanye West, Chuck Berry, and Sufjan Stevens.

  • Complex
    These tastemakers are typically known for a hip-hop angle (repped here by artists like Meek Mill and A$AP Rocky), but this playlist has unexpected twists and turns like Crystal Castles and Lana Del Rey.

  • Free People
    Feist, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Elton John, and beyond — this fashion company knows how to select stylish holiday hits.