From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to the Holidays

The holidays are a very important time for us at Pandora and we strive to offer something festive for everyone. Did you know that we have 465 recordings of “Silent Night” alone – and 240 version of the classic “White Christmas”? Whether you started listening to holiday music the day after Halloween or you decided to hold off until your first turkey sandwich, we wanted to provide you with a full rundown of the 22 holiday stations we are offering this year.

For a broad holiday listening, our traditional holiday music station is sure to be everybody’s favorite:

Christmas Radio – Enjoy an extensive mix of traditional Christmas favorites and timeless holiday classics spanning the decades and genres for the season from a variety of artists like Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, Frank Sinatra, John Lennon and Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Spread the joy with a variety of Christmas stations through the Holiday season to fit your mood!

Want to hear some holiday tunes recorded by contemporary Pop, R&B and Country artists? Try these:

Today’s Christmas Radio – This station is dedicated to this year’s holiday music releases, including: Blake Shelton, Jeremy Camp, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Cee Lo Green, Richard Marx, Christina Perri, Celtic Woman, Rod Stewart and Colbie Caillat.

R&B and Pop Holidays Radio – Turn on the latest Christmas releases from today’s hottest artists and a festive mix of R&B and pop holiday classics from the cast of the hit show, Glee, Brian McKnight, Mariah Carey, Michael Buble and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Screen Shot 2012-11-26 at 5.16.34 PM.pngCountry Christmas Radio – Enjoy country holiday favorites and discover new seasonal releases from country music’s biggest stars including Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Toby Keith and Blake Shelton.

Trimming the tree and putting up decorations with the kids this holiday season? We’ve got you covered:

Family Christmas Radio – Delight children with a collection of family favorites and Holiday music just for kids featuring artists like Spongebob Squarepants, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Connie Talbot and Kidz Bop Kids.

Tune into these if you’re in the mood for some relaxing Holiday music:

Classical Christmas Radio – Hear a relaxing compilation of Classical holiday pieces featuring orchestras, soloists and simply beautiful Christmas choirs from Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Orchestra, Antonio Vivaldi, The Cambridge Singers.
Peaceful Holidays Radio – Create a serene soundtrack for your holiday celebrations with favorites by the world’s most popular modern instrumentalists including Jim Brickman, Mannheim Steamroller, John Tesh and Tim Janis.

Folk Holidays Radio – A collection of holiday instrumentals from the finest folk acoustic guitarists from the 70s to today like James Taylor, John Fahey, Sarah McLachlan and Stephen Bennett.

For a more religious side to the holidays give one of these stations a listen:
Christian Contemporary Holidays Radio – Experience the biggest Christian artists performing holiday classics including this year’s new releases from artists like Amy Grant, TobyMac, Michael W. Smith and CeCe Winans.

Gospel Christmas Radio – Celebrate the Christmas season with praise, worship and gospel glory, including: CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Luther Vandross and Mary Mary.

Hanukkah Radio – Celebrate Hanukkah and Jewish music in the tradition of the holiday season with hits from Pacific Pops Orchestra, Margie Rosenthal, Ot Azoj Klezmer Band and Erran Baron Cohen.

Entertain at home or at the office with some classy holiday music:
Jazz Holidays Radio – Enjoy a tasty mix of instrumentals and vocals with a mellow holiday vibe interpreted by Jazz artists from yesterday and today like Ella Fitzgerald, Chris Botti, Ramsey Lewis and Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Swingin’ Christmas Radio – Holiday classics featuring Big Band, the Rat Pack and a new generation of swinging music stars including Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Harry Connick Jr.

Christmas Blues Radio – A mix of classic holiday Blues with the most recent releases, featuring: B.B. King, Charles Brown, Keb Mo’ and Elvis Presley.
¡Feliz Navidad! This year, we are proud to announce an expanded selection of Latin holiday stations:

Navidad Latina Radio – A mix of Latin holiday classics by a wide variety of artists spanning the decades in the Latin genre, including Gilberto Santa Rosa, Celia Cruz Y La Sonora Matancera, Willie Colo and Luis Miguel.
Navidad Mexicana Radio – Christmas time in Mexico is a magical and surreal experience, including: Eydie Gorme y Los Panchos, Los Tigres del Norte, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Grupo Mojado.

Navidad Tropical Radio – Christmas traditions of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Cuba, The Dominican Republic and Colombia, including music by Ramito, Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe, Guillermo Buitrago, Celia Cruz & La Sonora Matancera.

If you’re working through the Holiday season, brighten up your office environment with sounds from your favorite rock and soul artists:

Rockin’ Holidays Radio – A wide variety of Christmas oldies and classic hits, from artists like Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Brenda Lee and The Eagles.
Soulful Holidays Radio – A compilation by some of the best performers in the history of R&B & Soul spanning the decades, featuring: Kirk Franklin, K-CI & Jo Jo, Boys II Men, Al Green, The Emotions and Stevie Wonder.

Want to mix things up? These are not your Grandma’s holiday stations:

Indie Holidays Radio – Holiday classics performed by Indie artists as well as Indie Christmas originals from artists like Low, Weezer, Bright Eyes and Sufjan Stevens.

Electronic Holidays Radio – Dance to a mix of all the classic holiday favorites remixed by some of today’s top names in Electronic music including Kaskade, Thunderball, Juan Atkins and Afrodisiac Soundsystem.

Tropical Holidays Radio – Sit back and relax with a mellow collection of Hawaiian, Reggae and Exotica sounds from artists like Jimmy Buffett, Don Ho, Joe Gibbs and Arthur Lyman.

Happy Holidays from the Curation elves at Pandora!

-Ron (Music Curation Team)

Ron Nenni

Music Curator http://www.pandora.com/profile/rnenni

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