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Where I share my holiday play list

by John on December 11th, 2012

I’m certain that it’s not really a surprise to any of y’all that I enjoy music . . . and Christmas music falls into that realm. I won’t listen before December, but I love the mix of sincere & cheesy. Years ago, I started making my holiday playlist, with a few simple rules: any artist may only appear once on the album (unless said artist is related to me), and the the album must fit on a standard-length CD. So, without further ado, I present this year’s playlist:

  • Belle & Sebastian, O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • Mighty Mighty Bosstones, This Time Of Year
  • Lionel Richie, Joy To The World
  • The Royal Guardsmen, Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron
  • Tracy Chapman, O Holy Night
  • Transsiberian Orchestra, Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12-24
  • Sixpence None the Richer, Angels We Have Heard On High
  • U2, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  • The Waitresses, Christmas Wrapping
  • Stevie Wonder, What Christmas Means To Me
  • Barenaked Ladies & Sarah Mclachlan, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/We Three Kings
  • Bob Dylan, Must Be Santa
  • Colbie Caillat, Mistletoe
  • Bing Crosby & David Bowie, Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy
  • The Killers, Boots
  • Wham!, Last Christmas
  • Stephen Colbert & Elvis Costello, There Are Much Worse Things To Believe In
  • Dido, Christmas Day
  • Dave Matthews Band, Christmas Song
  • Sting, Gabriel’s Message

From → Christmas, Music

  1. YES I LOVE THIS! So even though I’m Jewish, the 27 years of being christianish brought fond memories of Christmas. I absolutely adore the BNL rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. I also love Barbara Streisand’s coked-up version of Jingle Bells.

    • You know what I do every Sunday — religion is not a very important part of “me,” but I do love the Christmas season – especially the music it brings.

  2. Bing Crosby definitely should be on everyone’s list!

    • It’s really a wonderfully odd combination – but it works, so very well.

  3. Don’t forget to get blank CDs!

  4. I love Sixpence None the Richer – who knew they had a Christmas song? And as an aside, how stinking long did it take you to link this playlist? #wow #impressed

    • You know, it only took me about 20 minutes – I’m quite good at the Google-Fu. I exported the playlist from iTunes to a TXT file, copied each artist/song title into Google, right-clicked on and selected “Copy Embed HTML” from the video, and went onto the next.

      Knowing HTML helps.

  5. Awesome. Any playlist where Wham hangs out with DMB AND Lionel Richie is worth a listen!

  6. Such a good list! I found a new one for my list (Belle & Sebastian’s cover: I love the serious, classic hymns and carols), confirmed my own excellent taste in the crossovers, and had a lovely giggle over Wham!

    • I found the Belle & Sebastian cover a few years ago, and it’s my absolute favorite. There are some tunes that appear on my list each & every year – and that has made it to the “must include, always” level. I, seriously, can’t listen to it enough.

      And Wham! is wonderfully cheesy, aren’t they?

  7. First time visitor here. I love:

    1) The Dido selection. *fist pump*

    2) The fact that you correctly said “without further ado.” Do you know how many people say “without further adieu?” I want to throw punches when I read that. So good on you.

    • ACK, “without further adieu?” Really?! I can’t say that I’ve ever seen that – but, yeah, that would make me want to throw punches, too. Without further goodbye . . . wow.

      Just, wow.

      I’m not a grammar snob (wait, yes, I am), but what you write has to make sense!

      /rant over

      Anyway, welcome! I love new visitors!

  8. I’m tardy for the party, but you can bet I’m going to be bookmarking your list for next year. I love me some good Christmas music. But for some reason, I think my prematurity in playing it starting November 1 kind of burned me out. Note to self for this year.

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