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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to Mexican Independence Day

¡Qué viva México! Join us as we raise a glass in celebration of Mexico’s Independence! On this, the 202nd anniversary of its independence, check out our Mexican Independence Day station! Pandora offers up an eclectic mix, which crosses genres and boundaries, highlighting the incredible richness and diversity of Mexican cultura and its varied musical expressions. Whether you’re festejando with family and friends at a house party, or enjoying an intimate dinner with your loved ones, we’ve got the perfect selections to set the ambiente, no matter what your mood is this 16 de septiembre!
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From the Curators: Pandora Back to School Stations

It’s time to kick off a new school year and Pandora has you covered with a new selection of Back to School stations. Stumped on what kind of stations to create stations for studying, partying or to get you pumped for the game or athletic event? Our curation team has some suggestions to get you started:

BackToSchool.JPGBack to School 2012 Hits plays the biggest hits from the Summer of 2012 (Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted, Calvin Harris, Drake) and we’ll keep adding the latest releases throughout the school year.

When it’s time to buckle down and hit the books, try one of our Studying stations. Research shows that classical music, particularly Baroque, activates both sides of the brain, increasing your learning capacity and retention.
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From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to the 2012 London Olympics Part ll

britflag.JPGWe hope you’ve been enjoying the first week of the games and some of the music we highlighted in Part I of our “Pandora Guide to the 2012 London Olympics”. To keep you fueled until the Closing Ceremony we’re providing you with another round of U.K.-inspired musical suggestions to use as seeds for some great Pandora listening.

The Closing Ceremony concert features a “The Best of British” lineup with several classic artists from across the decades. Try adding variety to your Olympic-inspired stations by adding these bands that span various decades:
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