December Music Favorites Playlist

By Indira Midha 


Credit: Camille in Wonderlands


I’ve had headphones in constantly this past month. I always do, but between lots of work and traveling, this month has been extra musical for my ears. I’ve discovered some new music and found some old gems as well. I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I do!


Acoustic Love

Recently, I’ve been really into stripped-down songs with beautifully crafted lyrics. Something about the simplicity of a guitar and a vocalist, nothing more, makes the message of the song so impactful.

Best Part (feat. H.E.R.) by Daniel Caesar

Dive by Ed Sheeran

Earned It by Prince Royce (originally The Weeknd)

Fire Away by Niall Horan

Girl Crush by Harry Styles (originally Little Big Town)

Helpless by John Mayer

Nina by Ed Sheeran

No Good Alone by Corey Harper

Perfect (Acoustic) by Ed Sheeran

River of Tears by Alessia Cara

XO by John Mayer

You and Me by Niall Horan



I’m half Hispanic, so I always have a Spanish section of every playlist I make. The beats in Reggaeton, Bachata, Salsa, Cumbia, and Flamenco just make me dance immediately! Latin music has become increasingly popular because of Despacito, and I want to keep this trend going.

Bonita (feat. Jowell & Randy) by J Balvin

Échame La Culpa by Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato

El Chico Del Apartamento 512 by Selena

Fruta Fresca by Carlos Vives

La Negra Tiene Tumbao by Celia Cruz

Lo Que Pasó, Pasó by Daddy Yankee

Rebelde by RBD

Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos) by CNCO

Sin Contrato – Remix (feat. Don Omar and Wisin) by Maluma

Stand by Me by Prince Royce (originally Ben E. King)

Tengo Un Trato by Mala Rodriguez


Boy Bands

So I thought I had gotten my boy band fix when I was 13 and One Direction came out. I was very wrong. I finished Black-Ish and was looking for a new show to watch on Hulu, and I stumbled across ABC’s Boy Band. The competition was an interesting mixture of X-Factor and American Idol, but with the end goal of creating a boy band. The show was amazing, and I absolutely love the group of guys that ended up winning, In Real Life. The band is unique because they have a Spanish speaker who auditioned with a Bachata song; a rapper; a guy who can sing opera; and two guys with insane vocal ranges. They are all extremely talented singers as well as super nice guys. I’m low-key in love with the rapper, Michael Conor. This chunk of the playlist includes songs by In Real Life; songs that were sung on the show; songs the guys sing on their Instagram livestreams; and a song by one of the guys who didn’t make the band but released an amazing single. Be sure to check out the guys of IRL on social media – they’re coming out with an album in the new year!

Drag Me Down by One Direction

Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) by Backstreet Boys

Eyes Closed by In Real Life

Feel This Christmas by In Real Life

I’ll Be Home For Christmas by In Real Life

A Little More (feat. Victoria Monet) by Machine Gun Kelly

Stand by Me by Prince Royce (originally Ben E. King)

That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars

Uptown Girl by Billy Joel

Work Out by J. Cole

You Were There by Andrew Butcher



This is the random collection of songs I’ve been jamming to this month. There is no real pattern with these songs, so it’s very representative of my musical taste. From rap to R&B to pop to rock, with even a little bit of country, here you have it.

Broken Clocks by SZA

City Slums by Raja Kumari & DIVINE

Come Together by Michael Jackson (originally The Beatles)

Deliver by Lupe Fiasco

Everybody by Logic

Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It by Will Smith

Here by Alessia Cara

Miss Me More by Kelsea Ballerini

Perm by Bruno Mars

The Pretender by Foo Fighters

Redbone by Childish Gambino

Sober by James Arthur

Superstar (feat. Matthew Santos) by Lupe Fiasco

Watch Me by Jaden Smith

Without Me by Eminem

Woman by Kesha


The Hits

These are my favorite songs from the radio, top hits playlists, and really all over the place. I like that even in this “top hits” section there is a variety in genres. I love hearing rap or alternative music on the “Chicago’s Favorites” stations!

Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man.

Havana (feat. Young Thug) by Camila Cabello

HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar

Learn To Let Go by Kesha

New Rules by Dua Lipa

Praying by Kesha

Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato

Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith



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