Winter Is Coming: A Playlist

It’s finally chilly enough to justify the purchase of three warm drinks a day at the Ground, gloomy enough to make an excuse for taking the bus home from uni instead of walking, and it’s been long enough since Halloween to start hitting up the Christmas songs.

As usual, CUB has got you covered. We put together a winter playlist, including cheesy clichés as well as some unexpected surprises… Read on for the highlights of our snow proof, hot-chocolate resistant selection of wintertime tunes.

  1. Billie Holiday – I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

Another day, another snow blizzard? Do not worry –  as miserable as you may feel while you’re slushing through the streets of Mile End, Billie Holiday will get you through it all.

  1. Michael Buble – Winter Wonderland

A mandatory component of anything remotely related to snow, winter, cold and Christmas, Michael Buble’s voice will keep you warm if your love is not around to do so.

  1. Bon Iver – Skinny Love 

 “Who will love you?

Who will fight?

Who will fall far behind?”

A masterpiece. That’s all that needs to be said.


  1. Adele – He Won’t Go

My favourite Adele song of all times. Adele’s warm, jazzy voice encapsulates all wintery things perfectly, from the loathed short daylight exposure ending at 4PM to the joy you feel sitting in your couch under a blanket, re-watching all New Girl Christmas episodes for the hundredth time (or maybe that’s just me).

  1. Jack Johnson – Banana Pancakes

“Can’t you see that it’s just raining?

There ain’t no need to go outside”

Jack Johnson works his magic in any situation. Mid-summer at the beach, Banana Pancakes will provide the ultimate relaxing background whilst you’re soaking up the sun. Mid-December, the very same chords will make you nestle in and feel good about it. Just look out your window wearily, stare at the pouring rain and get an extra blanket, guily-free.

  1. Justin Bieber – Mistletoe

We are Generation Y (or is it X?), and that means that whether you like it or not, the Biebs is an integral part of our Christmas legacy. Not only is he one of the only modern artists to have actually pulled off writing new Christmas songs, they are actually good. His Christmas album fills my heart with the warm, fuzzy feeling usually only reserved for Mariah Carey, and for that, he deserves credit.


  1. Akua Naru – Poetry: How Does it Feel?

“My, I wanna drink the sweat of your intellect,

reflect, and watch your light passion walk my neck”

Akua Naru brings you a mix of classic hip hop, melodious lyrics and warm saxophone solos. It doesn’t matter how you’re spending your snowed-in night, whether it is spent in bed with a good book, or simply a night spent catching up on your readings. The missing ingredient to turn it into a stress-free enjoyable time is some Akua in the background.

There are another 35 songs waiting for you on our playlist. If you’re feeling nostalgic, add some Glee Cast songs from the Christmas Episodes to the mix – enjoy the cold days!


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