Holiday Songs Local Notables Listen to on Repeat

When the holiday season rolls around, we think back on our family traditions and the songs that accompanied them. 

1. “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”

ELMO & PATSY

My dad and uncle played it in the car when they took me and my cousins out looking for Santa. When we got back, we always “just missed Santa,” and there were presents under the tree.

Charlie Berens, journalist, comedian and creator of “The Manitowoc Minute”

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2. “Christmas in Hollis”

RUN DMC

It’s the song John McClane is listening to when he pulls up to Nakatomi Plaza in the first Die Hard movie, the best Christmas movie of all time.

Michael Hostad, executive director and co-founder of The Commons

3. “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

MARIAH CAREY

What’s better than a catchy, sexy ’90s jam? Shelia Teruty and Maggie Solveson, owners of Plume Boutique in Bay View “My Favorite Things,” Outkast The song reminds me of spending Christmas in Atlanta with my friends and family when I was younger.

Tarik Moody, digital director at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee


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Brianna Schubert is a freelance writer at Milwaukee Magazine. She is studying journalism, psychology and Spanish and is in the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.