The Best and Silliest New Holiday Songs of 2013

It’s been 19 years since Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” hit the malls, so if all you want for the holidays is some new music to go with your peppermint mocha latte, you’re in luck. MyMusicCloud is putting some fa-la-la-la-fun into your earbuds with these new 2013 holiday albums to download to your holiday playlist.

First, Mariah’s heir apparent, Ariana Grande, has been releasing a new holiday tune each Tuesday this season to promote her upcoming 4-song album Christmas Kisses, out this week. They are:  “Love is Everything,” a remake of the Wham! Boys’ “Last Christmas,” (hear it below) followed by the breathy “Snow in California” and a cover of “Santa Baby,” just out this past Tuesday.

Also in the mistletoe mood are Mary J. Blige (A Mary Christmas), British sensation Susan Boyle (Home for Christmas), a ccapella stars Pentatonix with a “Deluxe Edition” of their 2012 PTXmas album featuring two new recordings of “Little Drummer Boy” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and the bearded dudes from “The Duck Dynasty” singing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Camouflage and Christmas” alongside country stars like Luke Bryan and Josh Turner (don’t laugh, “Duck the Halls” has reached Billboard’s No. 4 spot).

But pop queen Kelly Clarkson is outshining everyone with her Wrapped in Red holiday album, featuring remixes of standards like “Silent Night” (with pals Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood) and “Please Come Home for Christmas,” plus a swing-y “My Favorite Things” and new songs “Underneath the Tree” and “Wrapped in Red.”

If you prefer your yuletide fun with a Hanukkah spin, watch Elizabeth Chan’s “Fa La La” below. The marketing exec quit her career just to write holiday songs, and her corny homemade music video features dreidels and blue-and-white suited Santa Clauses getting down. There’s also the LOL “Thanksgivvukkah Song,” which rhapsodizes about “turkey-shaped menorahs” and “Pilgrims and Maccabees.”

Enjoy these new holiday favorites below, and learn how to make your own playlist on MyMusicCloud  …

Ariana Grande’s “Last Christmas”

“The Thanksgivukkah Song”

Elizabeth Chan’s “Fa La La”

Making of the “Duck the Halls” Album with the Robertsons

Watch the 5 Best Songs from Carrie Underwood’s Sound of Music Live!

“Somebody’s going to trip —or  hopefully, not fall — down  the stairs,” Carrie Underwood predicted about playing Austrian nanny Maria in the “Sound of Music Live!” on NBC.

But, luckily, she was wrong. No one fell down the wide arching stairways on live TV Thursday night. And, despite a few stumbles in the man-made forest, NBC’s attempt to recreate one of the world’s most beloved musicals on live TV was pretty magical. Country crooner Carrie captivatingly sang all of Rogers & Hammerstein’s famous hits, including “The Lonely Goatherd,” “My Favorite Things,” and, of course, “Do-Re-Mi.”

She even sang “Do-Re-Mi” while walking upstairs, backwards, in heels.  (Julie Andrews would have been proud.)

Ably supporting Carrie were “True Blood”’s Stephen Moyer as the austere Captain von Trapp, Broadway star (and Twitter darling) Audra MacDonald as the benevolent top nun, and a posse of adorable kids, playing the Von Trapp children.

So in case you missed it, so long, farewell, and here are the top 5 songs from Thursday night’s “The Sound of Music Live!” Which is your favorite?

“Do-Re-Mi”

“The Lonely Goatherd”

“My Favorite Things”

“Sixteen Going on Seventeen”

 

 

Viral Video Alert: Watch Halloween House Sing ‘What Does the Fox Say’

Giant spiders and inflatable witches are popping up on front lawns all across the U.S. as Americans prepare to celebrate their favorite spooky holiday, Halloween. But one Virginia homeowner has taken his love for the season to a hilarious new level by decorating his house in lights synced to the silly music hit of the season: “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say).”

Using over 8,500 lights and roughly 1,066 channels of computer animation, the Edwards family home brings life to the goofy song with lighted tombstones, ghosts and a moving LED mouth that “sings” the famed lyrics, “Dog goes woof, cat goes meow, bird goes tweet, mouse goes squeak  …”  No music is broadcast outside but viewers can laugh along to the perfectly synchronized concert by tuning their cars’ FM radios to a station to “hear the lights” sing.

It’s just another win for “The Fox,” the dance music spoof by the Norwegian Ylvis brothers that has become a worldwide viral video sensation. The song is so popular that costume stores are reportedly selling out of adult fox costumes this season.

The folks at music store-and- play site MyMusicCloud wish you a Happy Halloween and hope you enjoy watching the Edwards’ home sing the “The Fox” below. (Then see the original music video that started it all below that…. )

Valentine’s Videos & Surprises from Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake & More Pop Stars

It’s a great week for fans of former boy bands and pop starlets. After Justin Timberlake’s triumphant return to the mic at last Sunday’s Grammys, new videos are out from him and Britney Spears in what appears to be a J.T./Brit-Brit Valentine’s Day Smackdown. Plus, we have the latest on music from New Kids on the Block and more teen heartthrob alumni.

Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, is the *NSYNCer’s first album since Futuresex/Lovesounds in 2006 and comes out on March 19. He performed the first single, “Suit & Tie,” with a surprise cameo appearance by Jay-Z at the Grammys. The glossy, black-and-white video premiered Valentine’s Day.

Fall Out Boy shocked everyone this year by announcing a new single, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up),” on Feb. 4. Save Rock And Roll, their first album since 2008’s Folie a Deux  was due out on May 7. But surprise! The gang announced this week on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” that they were pushing the date up to April 15/16.

New Kids on the Block are dancing closer to the release of their brand-new studio album, 10, on April 2. It coincides with a tour featuring reunited boy-banders 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.

Britney Spears wasn’t supposed to debut the urban remix video of her new single with Will.i.am, “Scream & Shout,” featuring Diddy, Hit-Boy, Waka Flocka and Lil Wayne, till Friday on BET’s “106th and Park.” But surprise! It was “leaked” a day early on Valentine’s Day to take on Justin’s “Suit & Tie.” Coincidence? Hmmm.

Store and enjoy tunes from Britney, Justin and all your favorite artists via our cloud-based music delivery service, MyMusicCloud. You can even mix your own Britney/Justin Dance-Off album and entertain your friends (or yourself!) with our visual changing “Themes.” One of the fun secrets of our music storage software is when you play each artist’s songs, their respective photos pop up on our dashboard. (Click the “Account” link in the top left corner, choose “Themes” and “Intelligent,” and rock out.)

Britney’s Video

Justin’s Video

Play DJ with Our 4th of July Music Playlist

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Here in the U.S., we’ll be celebrating our independence on July 4th with pool parties and heaps of vacuum-sealed, processed foods. Because nothing says freedom like hot dogs and the ability to seamlessly play your favorite tunes across any device – PCs, tablets, mobile phones and more.

Have you decided what your Independence Day soundtrack will be? Will it include some Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas or Toby Keith? Not to worry because MyMusicCloud has compiled a head-boppin’ list of songs about fireworks, patriotism, and summer fun for your holiday. Mix them together on your kitchen tablet and then stream them to your laptop or listen on any other device outside for an upbeat backyard BBQ mix. You can also use our cloud-based music delivery service to upload and compile your own 4th of July party playlist. Our continuous queue even lets you stop and start it across different devices.

Kick off your bash with summer anthems like Kid Rock’s thumping remix of “Sweet Home Alabama” called “All Summer Long,” or Faith Hill’s joyful ode to convertibles and good times, “Sunshine and Summertime.”

Then show your love for the heroes of the heartland with Toby Keith’s “Made in America” and salute the country where “we all get a chance, everybody gets to dance — Only in America” by superstars Brooks & Dunn. Love classic rock? Blue-jean rebel Bruce Springsteen reminds you what it’s like to be “Born in the U.S.A.” while Neil Young urges you to “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World.”

If you can’t resist a pop dance tune, we’ve got Miley Cyrus, the Black Eyed Peas and Katy Perry’s “Firework” to bring your friends to their feet. We’re global too, so even if you’re reading this in Tuscany, Berlin or somewhere else abroad, you can still celebrate the 4th of July on all your devices.

10. Faith Hill: “Sunshine and Summertime”

9. Neil Diamond: “America”

8. Neil Young: “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World”

7. Miley Cyrus: “Party in the U.S.A.”

6. Bruce Springsteen: “Born in the U.S.A.”

5. Black Eyed Peas: “Boom Boom Pow”

4. Brooks & Dunn: “Only in America”

3. Toby Keith: “Made in America”

2. Kid Rock: “All Summer Long”

1. Katy Perry: “Firework”

Make a Mother’s Day Soundtrack with MyMusicCloud

Remember when Mom ooohed and aahed over the macaroni necklace you made her in kindergarten? It was no Picasso, but she loved it because it was simple and heartfelt. This Mother’s Day, don’t spin your wheels needlessly trying to find the perfect Mother’s Day gifts for the moms in your life. Just make a Mother’s Day playlist of her favorite (or even your top 10!) songs.

It’s so easy with our cloud-based music delivery service. Once your music library is uploaded to our MyMusicCloud portal, you can pick and choose her favorite ballads, country music songs or musical showtunes from your collection, or browse our online music store for songs she’ll adore.

Is your mom wild about Mariah Carey? Can’t resist country crooner Martina McBride? Or maybe she loves the soundtrack from the musical “Dreamgirls”? They’re all in our store ready to download. Then simply create a playlist, select the song you want to add and click the “+” symbol to attach it.

In no time, you have a custom-mixed Mother’s Day soundtrack for your special lady. Play it when she wakes up Sunday morning, or on your way to brunch. What a cool and thoughtful surprise. Kind of like musical macaroni.

Not sure where her musical tastes fall? Here are some ideas to get you started:

10. You Are My Sunshine – Norman Blake

9. Little Girls – “Annie,” the Broadway Musical

8. You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

7. Que Sera Sera – Doris Day

6. In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride

5. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

4. Already Gone – Sugarland

3. The Best Day – Taylor Swift

2. Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood

1. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

Wishing you and the moms in your life a very Happy Mother’s Day.

Smooth Waves: Your Personal Valentine’s Day Soundtrack

There’s nothing like a disruption to diminish the mood—in love, or in music. This Valentine’s Day, make sure things go ultra-smoothly with MyMusicCloud, our cloud-based music delivery service.

You can program the entire romantic soundtrack of your date in advance, then just relax as your 21st century V-Day “mix tape” plays wherever convenient for your perfectly choreographed evening. At home, your computer sets the scene with a dreamy electronic tune. Slide into your car, and finish listening to the same song on your mobile phone. Give yourself a pat on the back as the track morphs into romantic pop song territory: perfect for the drive to dinner. Later, the two of you can cuddle by the fire with R&B. All of this without lifting a turntable needle, or sifting through your songs.

MyMusicCloud delivers your music in one seamless stream. But you still have to program your queue. To help inspire your Valentine’s Day playlist, here are our staff’s 10 favorite love songs:

10. “Always” (Bon Jovi): a languishing cry of infinite devotion by the bad boy band of New Jersey.

9. “Careless Whisper” (George Michael): the earnest, danceable yearnings of George Michael.

8. “Invincible” (Muse): 2007 love anthem builds to a slow, crashing crescendo.

7. “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (Bryan Adams): Grammy-winning ballad from the 1991 movie “Robin Hood:  Prince of Thieves.”

6. “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” (Blood Sweat & Tears): classic guitar riffs that pluck at your heartstrings.

5. “Just the Way You Are” (Barry White): Deep-voiced passion from the silky-voiced Dr. Love.

4. “Nothing Compares 2U” (Sinead O’Connor): that iconic voice haunts as it romances.

3. “November Rain” (Guns N’ Roses): rock marries opera, featuring a dramatic guitar solo by Slash.

2. “Still Loving You” (Scorpions): whispery vocals and soaring guitars from the ‘80s rockers.

1. “Since I’ve Been Loving You” (Led Zeppelin): sprawling guitars and vocals from the iconic rock band.