NOTE: This is Part 2 of the Episode! For Part 1, featuring the Round 1 discussions in which we go from a Top 32 to a Santa 16, click here!

So this is Christmas. What have you done? Well we’ve already knocked out half of the songs in our bracket, AND we’ve gotten drunk. What have you done, Karen? God. Say, what’s in this drink? Welcome to Part 2 of the Great Pop Culture Debate on the Best Holiday Pop Songs released between 1980 and 2020.

Host Eric Rezsnyak and panelists Curtis Creekmore, Heather Maclean, and Kate Racculia get into the holiday spirit by debating the holliest, jolliest holiday songs of the past 40 years.

If you want to listen to the Top 32 songs (plus some extra picks by our panel!), here’s a playlist. If you want even more modern holiday pop songs, we made a separate playlist featuring song suggestions by our listeners!

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The Round 2 match-ups are:

Match-Up 1: “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey vs. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by John Legend & Kelly Clarkson

Match-Up 2: “Hard Candy Christmas” by Dolly Parton vs. “White Christmas” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Match-Up 3: “Last Christmas” by WHAM! vs. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by the Pointer Sisters

Match-Up 4: “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses vs. “The Chanukah Song” by Adam Sandler

Match-Up 5: “Do You Hear What I Hear?” by Whitney Houston vs. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by U2

Match-Up 6: “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues vs. “Mele Kalikimaka” by KT Tunstall

Match-Up 7: “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” by NSYNC vs. “Merry Christmas Baby” by Bruce Springsteen

Match-Up 8: “Carol of the Bells” by Pentatonix vs. “Dick in a Box” by The Lonely Island & Justin Timberlake

Want to play along at home?

Find the listener bracket for this episode by clicking here. Download a copy, make your own choices, and see how you stack up against our panelists!

Looking for more related content?

Check out these other episodes from Great Pop Culture Debate:

Best Holiday Pop Song (1980-2020) Part 1

Best Classic Holiday Song

Best Holiday Album

Also make sure to check out our Visual Puzzle featuring iconic Movie Santas!

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Host: Eric Rezsnyak

Panel: Curtis CreekmoreHeather MacleanKate Racculia

Producer: Mike Rapin

Editor: Jeffery Perry

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