If It Ain’t Broke; Don’t Fix It

When Christmas comes around, people listen to holiday music, yet there is debate over which are better: the old or the new.  

Miranda Garner says, “I like the old Christmas songs because I grew up listening to them; they made my childhood better than it was. I enjoy the old songs more than the new remakes.”

Vanessa Matthews, sophomore, likes all of it. ”I like both because they both have a good feel for them.” Matthews believes different eras had different tones, resulting in different music.

Maila Baker, junior says, “It depends on what type of remakes they have done with the old Christmas songs they did back in the 90’s, I’m not saying the new ones are bad, they just don’t have enough feeling of Christmas in them.”

Everyone has their own tastes, but we all have the same thing in common: holiday cheer.

See below for some listening recommendations for lovers of both old and new holiday music.


  1. “All I Want for Christmas”

Original: Mariah Carey,  Merry Christmas (1994)

Cover: She & Him, Christmas Party (2016)


  1. “Last Christmas”

Original: Wham, Single (1984)

Cover: Taylor Swift, Sounds of the Season (2007)


  1. “Fairytale of New York”

Original: Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, If I Should Fall from Grace with God (1988)

Cover: Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie (live, 2017)


  1. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

Original: Darlene Love, (1963)

Cover: Mariah Carey,  Merry Christmas (1994)


  1. “White Christmas”

Original: Bing Crosby, White Christmas (1954)

Cover: Gwen Stefani, You Make It Feel Like Christmas (2017)

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