As with everything else this year, the annual mix of holiday songs I can actually stand to have in heavy rotation is odder than normal. How else do you get Spinal Tap, Tom Lehrer, Queen, Jeff Goldblum, and The Beach Boys on one list?
Happy New Year!
Although, today is a somewhat odd date for a big beginning. It’s not the start of any meteorological season. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is just getting started. Hardly a reason to celebrate.
No religion I can think of holds January 1 as sacred. In fact, here in the US, starting the new year on September 1 would more closely align with a major religious event – the start of football season. All hail the NFL!
As is usual by this time of the year, I’m pretty sick of the holiday soundtrack playing in most public spaces. So I dig into the archives looking for a mix of seasonal music that I can stand to hear for the next three weeks. It always helps if the tracks are new, or a least new to me.
I hope this list might help you find something unique to put in your ear during the season as well. Everything is available on Apple Music so I assume you can find them in your favorite streaming service or store. Enjoy, and be nice to the people in your life.
Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri has posted her insightful and very funny list/ranking of 100 Christmas songs. With two exceptions (71 and 2), none of her choices are in my collection, to which these fine musical works are being added this year.
All of them should available in your favorite digital store or streaming service. So listen and enjoy.
- Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) – Ramones
- The Big Opening (Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch) – Danny Elfman
- Monster’s Holiday – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
- I’m Not Ready for Christmas – Alicia Witt
- Deck the Halls – Walk Off the Earth
- Come On Santa – The Raveonettes
- Fall in Love This Christmas – Dia Frampton
- Mele Kalikimaka – The Monkees
- A Marshmallow World – Walk Off the Earth
- Holiday – Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, James Corden, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Kunal Nayyar, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & The Bergens
- Christmas Is You – Swear And Shake
- Santa’s Messin’ with the Kid – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- The Nice List – Dia Frampton
- Christmas Tree – Zac Brown Band (feat. Sara Bareilles)
- 2000 Miles – The Pretenders
- Making Christmas – The Citizens of Halloween & Danny Elfman
- Auld Lang Syne – The Cast
Photo is of Georgetown as seen from Kennedy Center on the foggy Christmas eve of 2014, and posted to my Flickr account. I have great hopes for Flickr under it’s new, non-corporate owners in the new year.
This is my idea of an annual tradition: a collection of the holiday-related songs I can stand to have on heavy rotation over the next month or so. As opposed to the traditional playlist of earworms that even the programmers at Muzak must be embarrassed to let loose on the world.
But regardless of your musical tastes, and whatever you are celebrating this time of year, enjoy!
- Strangest Christmas Yet – Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
- Christmas Coming Home (feat. Lennon & Maisy) – Nashville Cast
- To Christmas! (The Drinking Song) – Straight No Chaser
- Christmas Is the Time – Katharine McPhee
- Naughty Naughty Children (Better Start Actin’ Nice) – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
- Santa Claus Is Comin’ (In A Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train) – The Tractors
- Warmer in the Winter (feat. Trombone Shorty) – Lindsey Stirling
- Santa Stole Thanksgiving – Jimmy Buffett
- Feels Like Christmas (feat. Jana Kramer) – Straight No Chaser
- Santa Claus, Santa Claus – Dennis Turner
- California Christmastime – Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, and the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Cast (the video)
- Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ – Bill Kirchen & Austin de Lone
- They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore – Great Lake Swimmers
- Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) – Davina & The Vagabonds
- Santa, My First Love – Swear And Shake
- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Lindsey Stirling
- Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy – The Tractors
- Baby Don’t Leave Me (All Alone on Christmas) – Echosmith
- Schedryk – Pink Martini
- The Way-Too-Early Christmas Song – Paul and Storm