It’s just about time to get down to some hardcore holiday buying. We’ve shared gift ideas and Black Friday shopping tips to help get you ready, so now’s the moment for some perfect mood music. Our 2015 holiday playlist debuts today in Express stores nationwide and it’s loaded with everything from new favorites to modern takes on seasonal standards, slow jams to ferociously catchy pop tracks. Seeking some inspo for your own holiday playlist? Here’s a rundown of all the great songs included. Enjoy!


Christina Aguilera, “Christmas Time” & “This Year”

Chrissy Anders, “Christmastime In Love”

Aztec Camera, “Walk Out To Winter”

Natasha Bedingfield, “Shake Up Christmas”

Berlin Symphony Orchestra, “Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy” – Red Baron Remix

Black Widow with Patti LaBelle, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”

Mary J. Blige, “This Christmas”

Body Language, “Holiday”

Julian Casablancas, “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”

Cascada, “Last Christmas”

Kelly Clarkson, “4 Carats”

Coldplay, “Christmas Lights”

Darker My Love, “Snow Is Falling”

Destiny’s Child, “8 Days Of Christmas”, “A DC Christmas Medley” & “Platinum Bells”

Family of the Year, “OMG It’s Christmas”

Ferrante & Teicher, “Sleigh Ride” – Ralph Myerz Remix

Fitz & The Tantrums, “Santa Stole My Lady”

Fleet Foxes, “White Winter Hymnal”

Ariana Grande, “Last Christmas”

Great Lake Swimmers, “Hang A String Of Lights”

Ingo Star Cruiser feat. Gaby Froden, “Just Like Christmas”

Kaskade, “Peace On Earth” & “Still Still Still”

Keane, “Snowed Under”

The Killers, “A Great Big Sled”

Lenka, “All My Bells Are Ringing”

Susie McNeil, “This Is Christmas” & “For Christmas Time”

Metro Station, “Last Christmas”

Myra, “Very First Christmas Love”

Stacie Orrico, “Love Came Down”

Piney Gir, “Every Day’s A Holiday”

Raven, “My Christmas Wish”

Raveonettes, “The Christmas Song”

Ready Set, “I Don’t Wanna Spend Another Christmas Without You”

Relient K, “Silver Bells”

Sally Shapiro, “Anorak Christmas” – Woodhands Remix & Club Mix

The Shins, “Wonderful Christmastime”

Sugar + The Hi-Lows, “Sugar Cookie” & “Jingle Bells”

Tahiti 80, “All Around Christmas”

Tal & Acacia, “Silver Bells/Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairy”

We Are Serenades, “Come Home”

Kayne West with Cyhi the Prince and Teyana Taylor, “Christmas In Harlem”


This holiday season, you’re not really ready to rock until you’re up on all of the deals. Check out our Black Friday and Cyber Monday pages for a complete list of our sale offers for two of the biggest shopping days of the year.


When Black Friday rolls in with all its offbeat store opening times and aggressive bargain hunters, even an experienced shopper can freeze like a deer in headlights. No worries, sale lover – just follow this five-step plan to get the most from the big shopping day without tearing your hair out (or someone else’s). And, of course, check out our Black Friday page for the complete skinny on all our deals for the big day.


By the week of Thanksgiving, word will be out on all the major sales and special opening times via ads, websites and social media. Type up a list on your phone of where you want to go and what you’re looking for, prioritized by opening times, proximity to your house and the deals you most want to get in on. And remember, if you miss out on something you’re after on Black Friday, don’t stress too hard – there’s always Cyber Monday.


We mean a decent night’s sleep, some light stretching or yoga, a breakfast that’s hearty but not heavy and a cup of your caffeinated beverage of choice.


When you’re in a shopping sprint, heavy coats and big bags will just slow you down. Opt for light, easily shrugged-off layers, comfortable slip-on shoes or booties and a cross body bag that’s just big enough to hold your essentials and a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Go ahead and leave the scarf in the car so you don’t lose track of it, and if you end up stopping back at your car to drop off some shopping bags, be smart and lock them in your trunk.

4. Work as a team

With a like-minded shopping buddy or two, Black Friday can be extra-productive and way more fun. You can either stay teamed up and be springboards for each other’s gift ideas, or you can split up, each of you armed with a copy of the other’s wish list so you can each be on the lookout for your friend’s must-haves. Make sure your phone’s fully charged so you can keep track of everyone, avoid duplication of effort and, maybe most important of all, figure out where everyone’s going for lunch and a cocktail after the shopping’s done.



Every Black Friday brings viral videos of shoppers gone wild. We love a good deal as much as anyone, but no deal’s worth a starring role in one of those.


Want to know when your closest Express store is opening for Black Friday? Check our Store Locator – it’s been updated to include info on extended holiday hours by location.


Fashion’s not the only creative field with a big-time ’70s crush. Musicians are tapping into classic soul sounds, interior designers are bringing the era’s rounded forms and earthy tones into homes, and mixologists are reviving throwback cocktails like the Grasshopper and the Harvey Wallbanger.

From our Columbus, Ohio office, we checked in with our girl Jenni, one of our favorite local bartenders and a fixture in the city’s dining scene, for some suggestions on how to bring the trend to your home bar. She offered up a couple of old favorites with a fresh, fall-inspired twist – one to whip up for an intimate group of friends and one to roll out when you’ve got a crowd coming over.

Retro Cocktails


“Brandy Alexander – a drink so good you’ll want to take her home,” Jenni joked. Between the spirit’s rising star status among drink aficionados and the creamy goodness going on in this blender cocktail, we’ll definitely be seeing more of brandy this season.

1 Scoop vanilla bean ice cream  (“You can also switch in your favorite flavor,” according to Jenni)  A heavy shot of brandy  1-2 oz. Drambuie  Add ice and blend


Punch recipes were a party mainstay back in the day. Jenni says what’s great about them now is that “basically, they’re like the sangria of liquor –  whatever you like, whatever you have, you just throw it all together.” Garnished with seasonal fruits and spices, this recipe is tailor made for fall get-togethers.

1/2 Gallon of apple cider  1/3 Bottle light rum  10-12 oz. Apple brandy  1 Can of ginger ale  Combine ingredients in a punch bowl  Garnish with sliced apples, fresh cranberries and 2-3 cinnamon sticks