With a variety of outdoor music performances happening across the city leading up to Christmas, you’re likely to hear everything from classic carols to contemporary tunes all in one day. But what’s playing through the headphones of Adelaideans? In honour of Ausmusic Month (November), three locals share the homegrown tunes making their festive season soundtrack and why.

Justine Mules: Midfielder, Adelaide Crows

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In pre-season training for 2019’s AFL Women’s League, Justine turns to tunes to get game ready and loves a classic to bring back happy childhood memories.

- Tash Sultana
This time of year’s all about getting your Top 10 songs ready to enter in Triple J’s Hottest 100. This track reminds me of holidays, sitting back and relaxing.

How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
I was surrounded by the Bee Gees growing up, so I randomly play them. This is a family favourite. Tragically we sing along and, yes, we do try to hit the high notes!

Love is in the Air - John Paul Young
This one’s for dad. Growing up, we’d dance to it. Now, we play it at Christmas to remind us how lucky we are to have such a good father/daughter relationship.

DyspOra: Musician | Founder, Playback 808

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Born in South Sudan, DyspOra (aka Gabriel Akon) is an award-winning hip-hop recording artist/producer, poet and sonic activist. He migrated to Adelaide with his family in 2004 and the festive season through December has become a natural time to reflect, celebrate and count blessings – for which there are many!

From Little Things Big Things Grow - Paul Kelly
A track that makes me appreciate my life journey so far.

Love Again ft: Sango & JMSN - Ta-ku
A blissful production from Perth's Ta-ku.

Intuition - Elsy Wameyo
Angelic vocals from the Queen of Playback 808. Perfect for the family to vibe to!

Luke Penman: Managing Director, Play / Pause / Play

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A passionate promoter of Adelaide’s live music scene for the last 15 years, Luke launched play / pause / play in July 2018 – an internet radio station dedicated to South Australia’s live music scene and committed to playing 100 per cent Australian music.

Power - Harts
Harts performed, recorded and produced his album 'Smoke Fire Hope Desire' single-handed! This song makes every playlist I've made since. File under ‘Peace & Goodwill’.

Two Strong Hearts - John Farnham
Every Christmas gathering needs a singalong. Take the slightly-less- obvious option with this Farnham classic. It works just as well in a big group as shared with that special someone.

Merry Xmas - Matt Banham
One of Adelaide's greatest songwriters, this lo-fi DIY jam is more tongue-in-cheek than most of Matt’s work. It's not polished, but you’ll be singing along before the end.

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Skye Murtagh

Skye Murtagh

Skye is passionate about sharing stories from all walks of life. When she's not busy weaving beautiful words together, she's singing a line or two from her favourite song.