The holidays are upon us and, for me, the best part of Christmas is the wonderful music! I love Christmas carols and I have an extensive CD collection. But I’ve discovered a better way to enjoy thousands of holiday songs – listening to free Pandora radio online!
Pandora allows you to easily create your own radio stations. It’s easy to start – visit www.Pandora.com, and type in an artist, composer or genre. You can customize your stations by using the “Thumbs up” and “Thumbs down” feature whenever a song is being played. This way, Pandora will include more recordings of those you like, and won’t play those you dislike again.
Best of all, listening to free Pandora radio means you get a great variety of the types of music you like – for free! As long as you don’t mind a commercial message now and then, it’s great! However, I do find the ads intrusive sometimes, especially when listening on my desktop computer while working. So I chose a paid subscription for only $36 per year. It’s worth it to me not to have the interruptions. But if the ads don’t bother you, then free Pandora radio is perfect!
Pandora is portable too. Using my iPhone with the downloaded Pandora app, we enjoy the Pandora stations in our home using an iPhone dock. There are many of these, fitting every budget, available at the Apple store, as well as other online retailers like Amazon. Several television services offer Pandora, such as DISH Network, DIRECTV and Verizon FIOS. You can also access Pandora on Blu-ray players, Roku and many HDTVs.
Searching in Pandora for “Christmas” resulted in 37 artists, 56 songs and 43 stations. The stations are very diverse and offer something for everyone, like “Country Christmas,” or traditional carols in Blues and Indie styles, or even Christmas recordings from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.
Here are my top three favorite Pandora holiday stations:
- Christmas Jazz: Instrumental recordings including the Vince Guaraldi Trio (think “A Charlie Brown Christmas”) and Wynton Marsalis.
- Classical Christmas: Traditional symphony and choir recordings, along with favorites, like Mannheim Steamroller.
- Swingin’ Christmas: All the best from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
You can bet that I’ll be “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” this year to the best sounds of the season, and you can too, courtesy of free Pandora radio!