CV's December Playlist


Happy December, Bucknellians! With finals season upon us and the holiday season quickly approaching, most of us can admit to being completely stressed out. Lucky for you, Campus Vinyl has come together again to combine our music tastes into one mega playlist for your listening enjoyment. So sit, back, open up your Spotify, and take a listen to these winter tracks. Marcus is singing along with Kristen Bell & Straight No Chaser's "Text Me Merry Christmas". 

This is by far my new favorite holiday song. Even though it plays fun at the excessive amount of time we spend with our phones (which unfortunately is probably true...) it's actually a really catchy, funny, and great spotlight of the voices of Kristen Bell, who played Anna in Frozen, and the equally-as-talented all-male a cappella group, Straight No Chaser. Add it to your winter playlist and put a bit of jingle in step as classes finish up!


Justin can't get enough of "Everything Must Go" (Live from Oresanz) by Taking Back Sunday

After recently purchasing tickets to see Taking Back Sunday this upcoming Winter break, I've been celebrating by playing their music on repeat. One of my favorite recorded live performance the band has ever done was their concert from Oresanz in 2010. Their performance of "Everything Must Go" includes a full symphony and it's just absolutely gut-wrenching (in a good way). Adam is loving the rap verses in "H8M4CH1N3 ft. Danny Brown" by The Neighborhood  

The Neighbourhood claims to be the first band to ever put out a mix tape, which they have oddly named #000000 & #ffffff. Almost all of the songs are composed in such a way that the first part of the song is the band’s vocalist singing, while the second part of the song is a rapper delivering a verse. Needless to say, it is a pretty interesting experiment that is worthwhile to check out; the list of high profile rappers featured is surprisingly solid. “H8M4CH1N3 ft. Danny Brown” is one of the better songs on the tape, with Brown throwing down a monster verse.


Brianna is a big fan of "Christmas Lights" by Coldplay.

I'm totally guilty of listening to Christmas music as soon as Thanksgiving happens so I love to find new and different holiday songs from my favorite artists for December finals studying. I'm a big fan of Coldplay and "Christmas Lights" is the perfect balance between my "normal" music and seasonal songs.


Paige is still haunted by Hozier's "Take Me to Church".

Haunting and inspiring. “Take Me To Church” by Hozier is an anthem of sorts which you simply can’t resist. This song has quickly been gaining momentum from the occasional spottily playlist to a common radio tune and the music video itself is nothing short of powerful. Hozier is absolutely an artist to keep and eye on, and Take Me to Church is the perfect song to become acquainted.


Connor is blasting "Little Grace" by Hippo Campus

I found this song a few weeks ago and have been blasting it non-stop. Hippo Campus has fun sound that reminds me of Givers and Vampire Weekend, which is perfect to brighten up a dreary winter day!


"What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" by Ella Fitzgerald is putting Morgan Klein in the holiday spirit.

This is December. This song never fails to get me into the holiday spirit. Enjoy some Ella and cocoa by the fire this December.


Jen is loving the message in Jack Johnson's rendition of "Someday at Christmas" by Stevie Wonder.

I love this rendition of Stevie Wonder's famous Christmas song because it sends a great message during this time of year: "Someday at Christmas there'll be no wars / When we have learned what Christmas is for / When we have found what life's really worth / There'll be peace on earth."


Jason is throwing it back to "Protect Ya Neck" by the Wu Tang Clan.

In honor of Wu Tang Clan's new album release, here is one of their all time greatest songs. They have aged a lot since the 36 chambers, but Wu Tang Clan is becoming almost a Rolling Stones type group in rap.


Caroline is listening to oldies like "Made Me A Man" by Isaac Russell.

I've been listening to a lot of my old music lately and I came across this gem that I had forgotten about. I love how his sweet voices sings out these angry lyrics; its the same in all of his songs. I'm bummed to see he still hasn't released more than his 5 track EP from 2010, but I love all of them so go check out his other stuff. Enjoy!


Tom is chilling to the Talking Heads' "Girlfriend Is Better". 

This song's pretty chill -- it is one of the greatest songs off of the Talking Heads' concert documentary Stop Making Sense.


Gigi’s December tune is the holiday classic “Don’t Shoot Me Santa” by The Killers.

I’m the kind of person who starts celebrating Christmas come December 1st— and what better way to kick off the holiday than with a dirty murderous Santa Claus in the middle of the desert?


Staci is inspired by "Divine Sorrow" by Wyclef Jean ft. Avicii.

This song is unbelievably catchy. Avicii's simple backtrack and Wyclef Jean's reggae inspired vocals make it great to play anytime. Plus, the song's proceeds go to the global fund to fight AIDS. Nick suggests "Curious Creature" by Five Mile Town .

I've been dabbling in some new stuff lately after a solid suggestion from our's truly, Connor Small. During my quest, I stumbled upon this tune. Give it a listen and let me know watcha think. 


Devon is feeling mellow with "All is Well" by Austin Basham. 

This song is by a very new artist, Austin Basham, who has awesome potential in the singer/songwriter world. This song is a perfect December jam, especially when you gotta take a break from the craziness of finals and the holidays. It's mellow in an uplifting way, which is exactly what I crave in the winter. Just another reason to stay in bed, so maybe save it until after finals...


Ian is loving "Ne Me Quitte Pas by Nina Simone.

Nina Simone was immensely talented, but lamentably tragic.  A good taste of this is seen here in her rendition of "Ne Me Quitte Pas". Although it doesn't show off her piano virtuosity, it does demonstrate her remarkably expressive singing.

Louise is slowing down with "Nice and Slow" by Max Frost.

During this time of year, it's hard not to get hung up in all of the craziness. I like this song because Max tells you to groove "but don't stress."


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Thanks to Avid Khorramian's Instagram for the photo!