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Saturday, 23 October 2010

Looking for different Christmas music?

If you're bored of the Christmas music you usually listen to, there's plenty more available, if you know where to look. Christmas Music 24/7 is a collection of no fewer than six different Christmas online radio stations, each with a different genre: general, jazz, kids, country, Christian, and a mixture of all five. Hearing different arrangements of traditional songs is quite fun, plus there's original festive music a-plenty too.

Bearing in mind that these stations are USA-based (so expect varying levels of sacharrine thrown in), it's quite nice to listen to. Here are some sample playlists:

  • Christmas Music 24/7 (Traditional Christmas)
    • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas/Bryan Duncan and the NehoSoul Band
    • Frosty The Snowman/Mannheim Steamroller (what a name!)
    • Medley/The Kingdom Heirs
  • Christmas 24/7 Jazz (Instrumental and Jazz)
    • Thanksgiving/Michael Allen Harrison
    • We Three Kings Of Orient Are/Segio Salvatore
    • The First Noel/Don Caroll
  • Christmas 24/7 Country
    • White Christmas/Lari White
    • The Christmas Spirit/Alabama
    • A Big Red Christmas Bow/Janis Gott
  • Christmas 24/7 And More (Eclectic)
    • On This Christmas Night/James House
    • Christmas Time/Mike Surratt
    • Oh Christmas Tree/Dick Pyatt

Bet you don't recognise most of those names and titles - and that's a good thing. It's refreshing after year upon year of Slade, John and Yoko, Band Aid and Shakin Stevens. The audio player tells you what's playing, and has a handy link showing you album details so that you can order a copy of whatever takes your fancy.

Christmas Music 24/7 is hosted on, and it looks like there are more Christmas stations on there to have a browse through. There seems to be a two-tier system where most stations are free, but subscribers get additional stations and no adverts between tracks. Nice in small doses, even in October, although I think I personally will give the Country music station a miss!

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