This year got our act together before the 1st of December so you can enjoy a whole month of hand picked Christmas music.
My goal is make it to 10 of these. That should be close to 12 hours of better than average Christmas music, then reassess. We'll probably keep doing a Christmas playlast but we might lighten up our rules. For instance, so far we haven't allowed any repeats.
Merry Christmas! 🎄
- Christmas In Killarney - Neil Diamond - Acoustic Christmas
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold
- Marshmallow World - Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler - This Is Christmas
- Mvmt IV, "Every Bell On Earth Will Ring" - The Oh Hellos - The Oh Hellos' Family Christmas Album
- Go Tell It On The Mountain - Branches - Songs For Christmas
- Hibernation Day - Jars Of Clay - HGTV + NoiseTrade Ultimate Holiday Soundtrack
- O Holy Night - Heck Ya the Halls - Heck Ya the Halls, Vol. 1 - EP
- Silent Night - Sinead O'Connor - Gift Wrapped 3 - A Holiday Smörgåsbord
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - The Dirt Drifters - Gift Wrapped, Vol. II: Snowed In
- Cinnamon & Chocolate - Butterfly Boucher - Ten Out of Tenn Christmas
- O' Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) - Bob Dylan - Christmas In the Heart
- Fairytale of New York - Communist Daughter - Sing Sad Christmas
- Mele Kalikimaka - She & Him - Christmas Party
- Hark The Herald Angels Sing (2016 Version) - Neil Diamond - Acoustic Christmas
- Is It Far To Bethlehem? - Kacy & Clayton - Is It Far To Bethlehem?
- A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn't So) - The Flaming Lips - Gift Wrapped: 20 Songs That Keep On Giving
- Alone on Christmas Day [feat. Buster Poindexter] - Phoenix - Alone On Christmas Day
- Christmas In Washington - Steve Earle - El Corazon
- Auld Lang Syne - Barcelona - Auld Lang Syne
Getting this together happened a little later this year. Lots going on, but as always I enjoyed putting this together and after listening to a bunch of not so great Christmas music we managed to a CDs worth that was pretty good.
- We Need a Little Christmas - Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Sleeping At Last - Christmas Collection 2015
- Must Be Santa - Bob Dylan - Christmas In the Heart
- O Holy Night (feat. Jeff Johnson and Jourdan Johnson) - Folk Angel - Comfort & Joy - Christmas Songs Vol. 3
- Good King Wenceslas - Tori Amos - Midwinter Graces
- Winter Wonderland - Kate Havnevik - The Hotel Café Presents: Winter Songs
- I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas - A Great Big World - I'll Be Home For Christmas
- Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (feat. Julie Lee) - Sandra McCracken - Psalms
- Hang A String Of Lights - Great Lake Swimmers - Isn't This World Enough?? A Nettwerk Christmas
- Mvmt I, "Rejoice! Rejoice!" - The Oh Hellos - The Oh Hellos' Family Christmas Album
- You Make the Cold Disappear - Amy Stroup - You Make The Cold Disappear
- Go Tell It on the Mountains - We Three Kings - The 12 Songs of Christmas
- Blue Christmas - Bright Eyes - A Christmas Album
- The First Noel - Emmylou Harris - Gift Wrapped 3 - A Holiday Smörgåsbord
- Blood Oranges In The Snow - Over The Rhine - Blood Oranges In The Snow
- Angels We Have Heard On High - Future of Forestry - Advent Christmas EP Volume 2
- Surviving Christmas - Sondre Lerche & Jherek Bischoff - Surviving Christmas
- Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht! (Silent Night! Holy Night!) - Tori Amos - Midwinter Graces
- Mele Kalikimaka - Amy Stroup - You Make The Cold Disappear
- Christmas Island - Bob Dylan - Christmas In the Heart
- Auld Lang Syne - Buddy - The Hotel Café Presents: Winter Songs
Most of the music is avalible on Amazon. A lot of it you can listen to for free if you have Amazon Prime. I've also made a GrooveShark playlist of most of the songs.
- Ho Ho Ho - Liz Phair - Ho Ho Ho
- Carry Me Home - Hey Rosetta! - A Cup Of Kindness Yet
- We Need A Little Christmas - AgesandAges - Holidays Rule
- Ah Holy Jesus (with reed organ) - Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold
- Xmas Time Is Here Again - My Morning Jacket - Does Xmas Fiasco Style
- Winter Wonderland - Rosie Thomas - A Very Rosie Christmas
- I'll Stay 'Til After Christmas - Blitzen Trapper - I'll Stay 'Til After Christmas
- Joel the Lump of Coal - The Killers (feat. Jimmy Kimmel)
- Frosty the Snowman - Fiona Apple - I'll Be Home For Christmas
- Christmas for Cowboys - John Denver - The Classic Christmas Album
- Children Go Where I Send Thee - Smalltown Poets - Christmas Time Again
- No Christmas In Kentucky - Phil Ochs - A Toast To Those Who Are Gone
- Up On The Housetop - Pomplamoose - Pomplamoose Christmas
- Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Yoko Ono and Flaming Lips
- O Holy Night Brandi Carlile - O Holy Night
- Christmas Must Be Tonight - Bahamas - This Warm December, A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 2
- Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) - LauraMarling - I Speak Because I Can
- Under Any Limb - Ruby The RabbitFoot - Under Any Limb
- Christmas Alone - Current Swell - Isn't This World Enough?? A Nettwerk Christmas
- Wonderful Christmastime - Laura Gibson - Wonderful Christmastime
- I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas - Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas
- Christmas In Heaven - Monty Python - Monty Python Sings
- What Are You Doing New Years Eve - Natalia Zukerman - What Are You Doing New Years Eve
Here are a couple bonuses.
Here's the origin story and music video for "Joel, the Lump of Coal".
Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird Al Yankovic might have been my first exposure to Weird Al, although at the time I probably had no idea who he was and the important work he was doing. I'm sure if I had heard any of his parody songs I would have had no idea it was a parody.
It's getting to be Christmas time again. That means a lot of awful annoying music that might have been fun at some point but after while just feels soul crushing, but also some that's actually kinda good. Once again me and Erin have tried to assemble some of the better music (some new some old) to improve everyone's holidays.
We just try not to repeat any exact tracks from previous years. I'm not sure we'll be able to keep that up forever, but we managed to do it again this year. Some of our favorite Christmas songs are on previous year’s list, so you should check those out too (2012, 2011, 2010). If you listen to all 4 plays lists back to back, that’s over 4 hours of Christmas music.
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Folk Angel - Comfort & Joy - Christmas Songs Vol. 3
- Do You Hear - We Three Kings - The 12 Songs of Christmas
- Winter Night - Little & Ashley - Winter Night EP
- You Make The Cold Disappear - Amy Stroup - Music City Unsigned Family Christmas
- They Shined Up Rudolph’s Nose - The David Mayfield Parade - Paste Holiday Sampler 2013
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Death Cab for Cutie - Maybe This Christmas Tree
- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Norah Jones - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
- Christmas With You - Johnny Cash - The Classic Christmas Album
- Kris Kringle - Kate Rusby - While Mortals Sleep
- I Hear (Click, Click, Click) - The Rosebuds - Christmas Tree Island
- More Than I Wished For - Schuyler Fisk - Sounds Of The Holiday
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Smalltown Poets - Smalltown Poets Christmas
- What Child Is This - Sleeping At Last - Christmas Collection 2013
- Lumberjack Christmas / No One Can Save You from Christmases Past - Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold
- Christmas In Prison - Emmy the Great featuring Lightspeed Champion - It’s Not Like Christmas
- Three Ships - We Three Kings - The 12 Songs of Christmas
- Come Thou Long Expected Jesus / Joy To The World - Folk Angel - Headed Home - Christmas Songs Vol. 2
- The Blizzard - Camera Obscura - The Blizzard
- One More Sleep ’Til Christmas - The Muppets - The 12 Songs of Christmas
- Christmas Auld Lang Syne - Ortolan - A Familyre Christmas - Volume 4!
Here’s a bonus track, we didn’t put in on the CD because we felt like it needs the video.
The Temptation of Adam by Josh Ritter was a recent find. The song doesn't need much explaining, the lyrics make it pretty clear. I appreciate how the story the song tells causes one to sympathize with those who's finger on "on the button" but in the process of that, their human flaws become apparent which becomes frightening.
They Might Be Giants "The End of the Tour" is a song I have enjoyed since high school. It talks a little bit about "the end of the world" but mostly I think it describes an apocalyptic moment in someones life.
Here's what Bono said the song was about (from the wikipedia article):
Bono based his lyrics to "The Wanderer" on the Old Testament's Book of Ecclesiastes, and he modeled the song's character after the book's narrator, "The Preacher". In the song, the narrator wanders through a post-apocalyptic world "in search of experience", sampling all facets of human culture and hoping to find meaning in life. Bono described the song as an "antidote to the Zooropa manifesto of uncertainty", and he believes it presents a possible solution to the uncertainty expressed earlier on the album.