Pump Up The Volume With These Holiday Playlists

It’s pretty tempting to put that old copy of NOW! That’s What I Call Christmas on repeat starting December 1. But, with all of the parties coming up, we imagine you'll be pretty tired of those tracks come December 25.
Here's a much cooler alternative. We chatted up our favourite DJs, musicians, and industry pros to get the lowdown on the songs they turn to for a kickin' holiday bash. These playlists feature a smart mix of new jams and cult classics guaranteed to impress your guests. The best part? All the tracks are linked here, so you just have to press play. And, then turn it up to 11.
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For the Christmas party that goes on and on: Little Nikki
Seventeen-year-old grime-dance-pop artist Little Nikki (Nicole Shortland) has been the topic of many a conversation since she left the girl group SoundGirl and stepped out on her own. She’s had a very busy year. Little Nikki spent the sumer touring up and down the country. She became the face of Boohoo.com and starred in the brand’s first shoppable music video. And, she was nominated for Best Female Act at the Urban Music Awards. Nikki's new single "Yo Yo" will be out in 2014. You can catch Little Nikki on Twitter, too.

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Best all-around Christmas: Phil Clifton
Phil Clifton is one of the cutest TV and radio DJs we’ve ever seen. We first fell for him when he hosted the backstage show for Channel 5’s Don’t Stop Believing, and followed him when he joined Channel 4’s music-focused breakfast show, Freshly Squeezed. Clifton's been busy with DJ sets at the NME Awards and London Fashion Week, in addition to his late-night and early-morning gigs. Catch Phil on XFM on Friday nights (7 to 10 p.m.) and Sunday mornings (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

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For a legendary Christmas: DJ Goldierocks
DJ Goldierocks, a.k.a Sam Hall, has pretty much done it all. This DJ/presenter/producer has performed all over the world, plus her weekly radio show, The Selector airs in 39 countries. And, if global recognition is not enough, this It Girl has mile-long list of celeb followers. Madonna, Jade Jagger, and Giorgio Armani anyone? Find DJ Goldierocks’ next live dates on her website.

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For an electric Christmas: Little Boots
We've been obsessed with electropop goddess Little Boots since her 2009 BBC Sound of Music nomination. These past four years have seen a few changes for the singer. After being dropped by her label — despite a number five album — Little Boots self-released her second LP, Nocturnes, earlier this year. She's also launched her own label, On Repeat Records, and collaborated with Creators Project on an LED dress. Check out her live dates here, or follow her on Twitter.

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For Christmas by the fire: Will Best
Like all of you, we mourned the loss of T4, especially since that meant the loss of cheeky chappy Will Best gracing our screens every weekend. Now, you can find him hosting You Generation, a weekly, global YouTube show that searches for the most talented viewers. Best also runs the ReviveHER club night, which brings musicians and DJs from around the world to perform in unused buildings around London. Up next ? A new music venture, Audiosplitter launching in the New Year.

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For an alternative Christmas: Annette Barlow
We love Annette Barlow, a fiercely feminist freelance journalist who wears a number of hats. Perhaps, she's best known for being editor of online magazine The Girls Are, which champions women in music. If you like what you see of The Girls Are, the mag has just released a print edition that you can buy here.

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For all of your Christmas classics: Neon Jungle
If you thought you knew girl groups, think again. Neon Jungle (comprised of Shereen Cutkelvin, Amira McCarthy, Jess Plummer, and Asami Zdrenka) came on the scene this summer, and it's quickly becoming a household name after being handpicked to perform at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show alongside Fall Out Boy and Taylor Swift. Look out for the second single, “Braveheart,” when it drops on January 19.

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For a crunked-up Christmas: Zara Martin
Zara’s one of the most in-the-know model/DJs out there right now. She also shares the decks with Whinnie Williams as the DJ-duo Ooh La La. You can find Martin in the pages of ELLE, InStyle, Company, Tatler, and Vogue. Plus, she teamed up with ethical brand MADE for her first jewellery collection. And, we can't forget to mention that she’s been booked to play parties in London, Cannes and Azerbaijan this year. Wish we could come along for the ride.

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