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This year got our act together before the 1st of December so you can enjoy a whole month of hand picked Christmas music.

If you need more good Christmas music here are the links to past playlists. (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010).

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! 🎄

  1. Christmas In Killarney - Neil Diamond - Acoustic Christmas
  2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold
  3. Marshmallow World - Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler - This Is Christmas
  4. Mvmt IV, "Every Bell On Earth Will Ring" - The Oh Hellos - The Oh Hellos' Family Christmas Album
  5. Go Tell It On The Mountain - Branches - Songs For Christmas
  6. Hibernation Day - Jars Of Clay - HGTV + NoiseTrade Ultimate Holiday Soundtrack
  7. O Holy Night - Heck Ya the Halls - Heck Ya the Halls, Vol. 1 - EP
  8. Silent Night - Sinead O'Connor - Gift Wrapped 3 - A Holiday Smörgåsbord
  9. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - The Dirt Drifters - Gift Wrapped, Vol. II: Snowed In
  10. Cinnamon & Chocolate - Butterfly Boucher - Ten Out of Tenn Christmas
  11. O' Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) - Bob Dylan - Christmas In the Heart
  12. Fairytale of New York - Communist Daughter - Sing Sad Christmas
  13. Mele Kalikimaka - She & Him - Christmas Party
  14. Hark The Herald Angels Sing (2016 Version) - Neil Diamond - Acoustic Christmas
  15. Is It Far To Bethlehem? - Kacy & Clayton - Is It Far To Bethlehem?
  16. A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn't So) - The Flaming Lips - Gift Wrapped: 20 Songs That Keep On Giving
  17. Alone on Christmas Day [feat. Buster Poindexter] - Phoenix - Alone On Christmas Day
  18. Christmas In Washington - Steve Earle - El Corazon
  19. Auld Lang Syne - Barcelona - Auld Lang Syne

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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.

If you need more good Christmas music here are the links to past playlists. (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010). 6 years of these, my my how the time does fly.

Merry Christmas!

  1. We Need a Little Christmas - Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold
  2. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Sleeping At Last - Christmas Collection 2015
  3. Must Be Santa - Bob Dylan - Christmas In the Heart
  4. O Holy Night (feat. Jeff Johnson and Jourdan Johnson) - Folk Angel - Comfort & Joy - Christmas Songs Vol. 3
  5. Good King Wenceslas - Tori Amos - Midwinter Graces
  6. Winter Wonderland - Kate Havnevik - The Hotel Café Presents: Winter Songs
  7. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas - A Great Big World - I'll Be Home For Christmas
  8. Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (feat. Julie Lee) - Sandra McCracken - Psalms
  9. Hang A String Of Lights - Great Lake Swimmers - Isn't This World Enough?? A Nettwerk Christmas
  10. Mvmt I, "Rejoice! Rejoice!" - The Oh Hellos - The Oh Hellos' Family Christmas Album
  11. You Make the Cold Disappear - Amy Stroup - You Make The Cold Disappear
  12. Go Tell It on the Mountains - We Three Kings - The 12 Songs of Christmas
  13. Blue Christmas - Bright Eyes - A Christmas Album
  14. The First Noel - Emmylou Harris - Gift Wrapped 3 - A Holiday Smörgåsbord
  15. Blood Oranges In The Snow - Over The Rhine - Blood Oranges In The Snow
  16. Angels We Have Heard On High - Future of Forestry - Advent Christmas EP Volume 2
  17. Surviving Christmas - Sondre Lerche & Jherek Bischoff - Surviving Christmas
  18. Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht! (Silent Night! Holy Night!) - Tori Amos - Midwinter Graces
  19. Mele Kalikimaka - Amy Stroup - You Make The Cold Disappear
  20. Christmas Island - Bob Dylan - Christmas In the Heart
  21. Auld Lang Syne - Buddy - The Hotel Café Presents: Winter Songs

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Time for this year's Christmas Playlist. If this isn't enough Christmas Music, you can always go back to previous years (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010).

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.

  1. Ho Ho Ho - Liz Phair - Ho Ho Ho
  2. Carry Me Home - Hey Rosetta! - A Cup Of Kindness Yet
  3. We Need A Little Christmas - AgesandAges - Holidays Rule
  4. Ah Holy Jesus (with reed organ) - Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold
  5. Xmas Time Is Here Again - My Morning Jacket - Does Xmas Fiasco Style
  6. Winter Wonderland - Rosie Thomas - A Very Rosie Christmas
  7. I'll Stay 'Til After Christmas - Blitzen Trapper - I'll Stay 'Til After Christmas
  8. Joel the Lump of Coal - The Killers (feat. Jimmy Kimmel)
  9. Frosty the Snowman - Fiona Apple - I'll Be Home For Christmas
  10. Christmas for Cowboys - John Denver - The Classic Christmas Album
  11. Children Go Where I Send Thee - Smalltown Poets - Christmas Time Again
  12. No Christmas In Kentucky - Phil Ochs - A Toast To Those Who Are Gone
  13. Up On The Housetop - Pomplamoose - Pomplamoose Christmas
  14. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Yoko Ono and Flaming Lips
  15. O Holy Night Brandi Carlile - O Holy Night
  16. Christmas Must Be Tonight - Bahamas - This Warm December, A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 2
  17. Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) - LauraMarling - I Speak Because I Can
  18. Under Any Limb - Ruby The RabbitFoot - Under Any Limb
  19. Christmas Alone - Current Swell - Isn't This World Enough?? A Nettwerk Christmas
  20. Wonderful Christmastime - Laura Gibson - Wonderful Christmastime
  21. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas - Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas
  22. Christmas In Heaven - Monty Python - Monty Python Sings
  23. What Are You Doing New Years Eve - Natalia Zukerman - What Are You Doing New Years Eve

Here are a couple bonuses.

We wanted to include Christmas Eve Eve by Paul and Storm, but it has a swear in it, so we figured it best to leave it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTaXqu4uEuw

Here's the origin story and music video for "Joel, the Lump of Coal".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xZ3Ezl5-Lk

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t039p6xqutU

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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.

  1. We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Folk Angel - Comfort & Joy - Christmas Songs Vol. 3
  2. Do You Hear - We Three Kings - The 12 Songs of Christmas
  3. Winter Night - Little & Ashley - Winter Night EP
  4. You Make The Cold Disappear - Amy Stroup - Music City Unsigned Family Christmas
  5. They Shined Up Rudolph’s Nose - The David Mayfield Parade - Paste Holiday Sampler 2013
  6. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Death Cab for Cutie - Maybe This Christmas Tree
  7. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Norah Jones - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  8. Christmas With You - Johnny Cash - The Classic Christmas Album
  9. Kris Kringle - Kate Rusby - While Mortals Sleep
  10. I Hear (Click, Click, Click) - The Rosebuds - Christmas Tree Island
  11. More Than I Wished For - Schuyler Fisk - Sounds Of The Holiday
  12. Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Smalltown Poets - Smalltown Poets Christmas
  13. What Child Is This - Sleeping At Last - Christmas Collection 2013
  14. Lumberjack Christmas / No One Can Save You from Christmases Past - Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold
  15. Christmas In Prison - Emmy the Great featuring Lightspeed Champion - It’s Not Like Christmas
  16. Three Ships - We Three Kings - The 12 Songs of Christmas
  17. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus / Joy To The World - Folk Angel - Headed Home - Christmas Songs Vol. 2
  18. The Blizzard - Camera Obscura - The Blizzard
  19. One More Sleep ’Til Christmas - The Muppets - The 12 Songs of Christmas
  20. Christmas Auld Lang Syne - Ortolan - A Familyre Christmas - Volume 4!

Also, here’s the playlist on last.fm.

Here’s a bonus track, we didn’t put in on the CD because we felt like it needs the video.

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4wtNGR4Nnk

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Jonathan Coulton's song Skullcrusher Mountain is maybe only tangentially about the world ending but it's does seem inevitable.

https://soundcloud.com/jonathancoulton/skullcrusher-mountain

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The Shins "It's Only Life" does not actually seem to be about the apocalypse or the end of the world or anything like that but the music video sure is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fweNLKBCh5A

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3tvB8XFG3g

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The Wanderer is the the last song on U2's Zooropa. I can't say I spent much time listening to the alblum, but this song is great.

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.
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