Holiday Music Poll
Pace upper school chorus sings holiday songs to lower schoolers in the Castle rotunda.  Photo: Ms. Wilson

The holidays are right around the corner, so as a fun precursor, KN surveyed Pace students and teachers about their favorite holiday music. There was a lot of variety in the song selections, as there is more memorable holiday music than people know what to do with. When junior Aaron Davis was asked what his favorite holiday song was, he didn’t hesitate, saying “‘Wonderful Christmastime’ by Paul McCartney.” People hold their holiday selections dear to them, because, let’s be honest, the music is what really brings on that “holiday cheer.”

The winner of the overall voting by the student body was “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” by Mariah Carey (36%), closely followed by “The Hanukkah Song” by Adam Sandler (33%). Mariah Carey’s popular hit overshadowed some well-known favorites such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” (10%), “Jingle Bell Rock” (17%), and “Jingle Bells,” (14%). The lyrics and tone of these songs reflect themes of love and happiness, whereas Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah single has become a popular holiday selection with its comedic content.

The Pace faculty had some more original selections. For example, Pace’s Assistant Athletic Director and math teacher Mr. Whyte said his favorite holiday song is “Mele Kalikimaka,” by Bing Crosby. This song is not known by many, but it is a very fun tropical spin on Christmas. Pace favorites Mr. Player and Ms. Barbakow said that their favorite holiday song is “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Frank Sinatra, because it presents the sad historical context of WWII.

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