You knew this was coming… after all, I have strong opinions about holiday music.
Also—and this is a bit of trivia—my very first blog post, 10 years ago next month!, was a catalog of holiday tunes, written in a bit of pre-Christmas cheek. That blog is long defunct, but the hits keep happenin’ here at the Blue Room.
On one hand, a running playlist consisting of holiday tunes is a daunting assignment. Christmas music is much more “hot toddy” than “hill repeats.”
On the other hand… I own a LOT of Christmas music.
So here it is: the Christmas playlist, and at more than 25 songs, it’s a long one. It may not get you pumping your fists like Rocky or strutting like Queen Bey or two-stepping to Texas, but it’ll put a jingle in your step and a smile on your sweaty Grinch face.
Full list is below, including album info as needed. And here it is in iTunes widget form, minus some of the Chieftains medley and the U2 song (sorry, that appears to be on some kind of import that I picked up somehow)
“Jingle Bells,” Diana Krall
“Christmas is Coming,” Vince Guaraldi Trio (Charlie Brown Christmas)
“Merry Christmas, Baby,” Bruce Springsteen
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Mary J. Blige (A Mary Christmas)
“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” Frank Sinatra
“Trepak,” Modern Mandolin Quartet (from Winter’s Solstice III)
“Silver Bells,” Tony Bennett
“Sleigh Ride,” Andy Williams
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” Manhattan Transfer
“Go Tell It on the Mountain,” Wynton Marsalis
“Little Saint Nick,” Muppets (John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together)
“The Holly and the Ivy,” George Winston (December)
“Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me,” Elvis Presley
“My Favorite Things,” Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (Making Merry)
“Amen,” Take 6 (He Is Christmas)
“Medley, ‘The Wren, The Wren!’” The Chieftains (Bells of Dublin)
“Greensleeves,” Joshua Bell with Chick Corea (Musical Gifts)
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Amy Grant
“Soul Cake,” Sting (If on a Winter’s Night)
“Jingle Bells,” Ella Fitzgerald (Ella Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas)
“Sleigh Ride,” She & Him
“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Harry Connick Jr. (What a Night!)
“Maybe This Christmas,” Tracey Thorn (Tinsel and Lights)
“Deck the Halls,” Butch Thompson, Yulestride
“Good King Wenceslas,” Mel Torme
“I Believe in Father Christmas,” U2 (All You Need is Love EP)
“Holly Jolly Christmas,” Michael Buble
“Hallelujah Chorus,” pretty much anyone
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