From the Curators: Hoist up the eggnog to this year’s bounty of new holiday releases!

‘Tis the season for new holiday music! Each year brings a new batch of holiday albums by a wide range of artists. And this year is no exception. With new releases and collections from top country artists, pop artists and old favorites, you’re sure to find something to satiate your holiday music appetite. Here is a breakdown of all the new holiday releases you can find on Pandora: Read More →

From the Comedy Curators: A Festive Alternative to Holiday Music (Grinch Warning!)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…if you love holiday music, that is. If carols aren’t your jam, the last couple months of the year can be as unbearable as watching Santa Claus Conquers the Martians without hilarious commentary from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys.

comedyblogthumbsdown.jpgIt always starts the same way. In early November, some local radio station fires the opening salvo by switching over to all “Sleighride” and “Frosty The Snowman” tunes. Department stores and online retailers jingle their bells in the background of their commercials. By the time Black Friday rolls around, the entire world has gone “Holiday”. Coffee shops are swathed in tinsel while Karen Carpenter coos about frosted windowpanes and three-quarter time; the local mall plays the 16 covers (yes, there really are 16) of that John LennonHappy Xmas (War Is Over) song on a continuous loop; and gaggles of kids gather on street corners to raise money for charity by singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Raindeer” and “Winter Wonderland.”

So congratulations on maintaining your sanity for this long! While many of us delight in our ability to bask in holiday jingles this time of year, I’m here to help all the rest of you get through to December 26th with some festive comedic relief. Read More →

From the Curators: Feliz Navidad from Pandora

Llegó de nuevo la navidad, and Pandora has your holiday Latin music needs covered, with the best música navideña for all of your Christmas, New Year’s and Día de Los Reyes festividades! Whether you’re into the more traditional sounds of the temporada navideña, or the current holiday hits of pop, regional Mexican and tropical music, our three Latin Christmas genre stations, Navidad Latina, Navidad Tropical and Navidad Mexicana have the mezcla perfecta for all of the season’s celebraciones! Read More →

It’s Beginning To Sound A Lot Like…Holiday Music!

The holiday season is in full swing – whether you like to listen to your favorite holiday tunes in the warmth of your own home, alone during your morning commute or openly during grand sing-alongs at the office – we at Pandora know that since the beginning of November, millions of you have rocked out to holiday music on Pandora.

It’s up to you to decide how you prefer to enjoy the holiday classics, but have you ever wondered how the rest of the country does? Read More →

From the Curators: Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Explore the Golden Classics of Holiday Music

Every year, December sneaks up on us quicker than last year and with it, all of the craziness and stress of the holiday season. To help you better enjoy this time of year, we invite you to take a moment to harness your inner holiday spirit and take a nostalgic sleigh ride down memory lane to explore the golden classics of holiday music. Our popular Christmas Radio genre station features the most treasured holiday tunes, interpreted by the top singers and performers of the 20th century. These are the songs that seem like they’ve been part of our collective holiday experience forever, instantly evoking memoires of childhood, family and friends for many of us.

GoldenXmas.JPGGive a listen to Christmas Radio and you’ll find some of the most beloved singers and recordings of Christmas past, all doing their part to make the season bright! Songs like Bing Crosby‘s version of ‘White Christmas‘ and Nat King Cole‘s rendition of ‘The Christmas Song‘ are perhaps the most well known and cherished of this tradition. Other artists you’ll experience include Judy Garland, Gene Autry, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, among others. These are some of the artists whose voices have become synonymous with the season. Read More →

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. Read More →

From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to Black Friday Listening

Every year, Black Friday falls on the day after Thanksgiving and has become the busiest shopping day of the year, now synonymous with waking up at 4 a.m. (or earlier!) and standing in line for hours with throngs of other eager shoppers all hoping to find the best deals. Whether you plan on braving the crowds this Black Friday or kicking back until Cyber Monday, we hope to provide potential gift ideas and alleviations to get you through the stress of holiday shopping. Read More →

From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to Thanksgiving Listening

What do you enjoy the most about Thanksgiving? Maybe you’re back from school for the first time, visiting family and friends or maybe you’re hosting a feast of food, football and family fun. No matter what your plans are for this Thanksgiving holiday, our curators have come up with some great station options to be your personal soundtrack on Thanksgiving Day. Give one of these stations a listen and then let the tryptophan take over:

Thanksgiving Day: An eclectic mix of everyone from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Adam Sandler and Mumford and Sons. Listen while cooking, enjoying family and friends or when you sit down to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast. Read More →