Enough with Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells and especially We Wish You A Merry Christmas! I’m tired of the "traditional" holiday music that seems to flow out of every possible hole. If anyone else cares (not necessarily the case when it comes to this blog :-), here’s a sample of the slightly less than politically correct holiday music in heavy rotation on the iPod this season.

The Hallelujah Chorus – The Roches (these three sisters do a beautiful a cappella version; although performed a lot this time of year, it’s not even a Christmas piece)
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – John Mellencamp
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (two "traditional" songs given a personality)
Yuleman Vs. The Anti-Claus, Fifty Kilowatt Tree – The Bobs (the real sentiment of the season – unfortunately)
Light One Candle – Peter, Paul and Mary (a Chanukah song with a message for anyone)
The Christmas Song – Mel Torme, alternate version: Tony Bennett backed by Manhatten Transfer (if you’re going for a classic, go for a version with class)
Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys (proof that Christmas does come to Southern California)
Linus and Lucy – Vince Guaraldi Trio (only Christmas because it’s featured in the Peanuts special but still a great "holiday" piece)

and finally
It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve – Barry Manilow (say what you want about Barry but this song strikes just the right tone of melancholy to end the season)