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Between classics like "The Wassail Song" and Alvin and the Chipmunks' "Christmas Song," there's a heaven and a hell of holiday music.

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Grant Effinger of Boulder is in engineering

What holiday song gives you warm fuzzies? Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song." It was the first song on the first Christmas CD my mom had, so hearing it makes me think Christmas.

Is there a Christmas song you hope never to hear again? I heard one on the radio the other day — I think it was called "Text Me Merry Christmas" — that almost made me sick.

If you had to pick one, which Christmas song would you have written? "The Twelve Days of Christmas." You could do a lot with those lyrics.

Do you prefer traditional or modern holiday music? The traditional stuff is like hot chocolate — it's just good.

If you had to use music to coerce a confession, which song or performer would you pick? Like in Zero Dark Thirty, I'd just blare something by a bad metal band until he forgets what silence sounds like. That'd do it.

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Courtney Atkinson of Denver works for a tech startup

Is there a Christmas song you particularly identify with? "Oh Holy Night." My grandma and great aunt sang it together every year and put on a big show.

Is there a holiday song you find especially annoying? "The Hippopotamus Song."

If you had to pick one, which holiday song would you have written? "Grown-up Christmas List." Instead of asking for materialistic things, it asks for things like peace and joy.

Which holiday has the second best music? Halloween. Stuff like Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

If you had to use music to break someone down and coerce a confession, what song would you use? Frank Sinatra's ["Too Marvelous for Words."] It's just too cute for words.

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Chris Metzgar of the Old North End owns a judo center

Is there a holiday song you'd just as soon never hear again? Yeah, "Away in the Manger." It's so dang slow and downbeat.

If you had to pick one, which Christmas song would you have written? "Jingle Bell Rock."

Do you prefer traditional or more modern holiday songs? I prefer the modern. It's more upbeat. A lot of the older stuff is sad and slow.

Which holiday has the second-best music? I'd have to go with the Fourth of July.

If you had to use music to coerce a confession from someone, which song or performer would you use? Anything by Taylor Swift.

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