The Top 10 Christmas Songs, By Recent Artists

The Top 10 Christmas Songs, By Recent Artists

Christmas is the best time of year, so why not listen to the best of Christmas music?

It's the holidays, and that means Christmas music 24/7, so here are the best Christmas songs you can jam out to with your friends and family this season!

1. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

Life goal: witness the beautiful creature Mariah Carey is belt out my favorite Christmas song.

2. "Santa Tell Me" by Ariana Grande

What can Ariana not do?

3. "Mistletoe" by Justin Bieber

I remember when this song was released, and my twelve year old self probably cried.

4. "Fa La La" by Justin Bieber ft. Boyz II Men

Justin Bieber's Christmas album is my jam, and I'm not sorry about it.

5. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Sam Smith

I want Sam Smith singing Christmas carols on repeat throughout every single retail store until holiday season is over.

6. "I'll Be Home" by Meghan Trainor

I'm not the biggest Meghan Trainer fan, but this song is one of my favorite to play during Christmas!

7. "Mary, Did You Know?" by Pentatonix

Pentatonix has been a long-time favorite of mine, so when they released a Christmas album, I was all over it.

8. "Shake Up Christmas" by Train

This is a certain style of Christmas music, but I like it!

9. "Snowman" by Sia

ATTENTION: Sia released a Christmas album this year, and it's amazing!

10. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (2014) by BandAid 30

The biggest and best Christmas collaboration, that everyone needs to listen to this season!!

All of these songs sum up my holiday season for 2017, and get me in the spirit to spread joy!

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If Jay Gatsby Got A Do Over

What if there was a redo button for our tragic hero?

My all time-favorite story by FAR has always been The Great Gatsby. I was that nerd in high school who poured through the pages of the book wanting more and more, just wanting Gatsby and Daisy to end up together. That book has taught me more about life and relationships than anything else in the world.

So recently I started to think, what if the story ended differently? What if the characters chose differently, what would happen? If anyone in the book deserves a do-over, I believe it's Gatsby himself. The guy pines over the love of his life for five years, only to discover that she's not only a horrible person, but married, and using him when they finally have the opportunity to be together. That, sucks.

But what would he do with a do over? As a lover of the book, it's really hard for me to imagine this. How far would he go back to change things?

What if he never met Daisy? What if he never had "the one"? The story would be incredibly boring for one. For two, what is the point of it all then? Yes, he might not get heartbroken, he might avoid a lot of awkward conversations, and he probably wouldn't get shot at the end (sorry, spoiler), but what would all his success have been for?

I think F. Scott Fitzgerald was trying to teach us through Gatsby and Daisy that worldly possessions are nice, but what are they worth if you have no one to share it with?

It's interesting to imagine Gatsby still being the poor boy that he was meant to grow up as, and trying to win Daisy's affection still. As the person she grew up to be, she would never have even looked in his direction. But what then? Would he have ended up with someone else? Someone more real, down to earth, and sensible?

Gatsby's fears are realized at the end of the story, he dies alone. His chance with Daisy is gone. I like to think that if he had not attracted so much of that fear into his life, he may have had the opportunity to live happily.

All in all, if a do over was possible, this would not be the story we all know and love. I believe that is part of the lesson, things happen for a reason. There aren't always happy endings, and we have to learn to be okay with that because that's how life is.

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20 Times 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Accurately Represented College Life

Unbreakable but rarely feeling that way... sums up college.

If you've never seen "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix, it is definitely worth a watch! Funny and relatable characters deal with everyday problems as well as some pretty unique ones with humor and bravery. Though it's called "unbreakable" these characters totally relate to the same struggles us college kids experience on the daily. Here are 20 times "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" accurately represented college life.

1. When you first get on campus

2. When you consider going somewhere for dinner

3. Trying to meet new people like

4. When people are trying to hand you flyers around campus

5. Feeling like a grown up and hating it

6. Sitting through a vocab-heavy class

7. Walking through the rain across campus

8. When you have your second exam of the day

9. Discussing politics in class

10. When someone is being fake AF

11. Drinking for the first time

12. When you have to listen to a monotone lecture at 8 am

13. Feeling like you're in the wrong class

14. When you know you're gonna ace that test

15. Deciding to withdraw from the ATM

16. Stressed out during finals week

17. Getting put in groups for busy work in class

18. When your roommates are blasting music at 3 am on a Tuesday

19. When there is a ridiculously hard question on an exam

20. Finding your own voice for the first time

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