Christmas Time’s A-Comin’ – A Country & Bluegrass Christmas

country-blues-300x300Some of my favourite Christmas songs are country and bluegrass songs, perhaps because I didn’t grow up listening to them; even the standards in those genres (such as “Christmas Time’s A-Comin'”) seem relatively new to me. I also grew up in the city, so the idea of a country Christmas seems kind of exotic to me, and certainly easy to romanticize. Though being home for Christmas, and surrounded by those I love, is certainly familiar and the best part of the season, so it’s not like I can’t absolutely relate to many of these songs. I have some pre-Christmas country driving and visiting plans this year, just as long as the weather doesn’t get in the way, and I’m looking forward to listening to this mix as we drive through the snow.

Tracklist (and where you can get these hurtin’ and fiddlin’ songs for yourselves):

  1. Wilf Carter – Christmas in Canada
  2. Stompin’ Tom Connors – Merry Christmas Everybody
  3. Ernest Tubb – Merry Texas Christmas You All
  4. Dale Watson – You Can Call Me Nick
  5. Loretta Lynn – To Heck With Ole Santa Claus
  6. Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – With Bells On
  7. Hank Snow – Reindeer Boogie
  8. McKenna Mendelsohn – Don’t Give Me No Goose for Christmas Grandma
  9. The Skaggs Family – Hangin’ Round the Mistletoe
  10. Delia Bell & Bill Grant – My Little Silver Bells
  11. Indigo Girls – I Feel the Christmas Spirit
  12. Open Road – Christmas is Near
  13. Rhonda Vincent – Christmas Time at Home
  14. Ricky Skaggs – Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
  15. Chris Hillman – Blue Christmas Lights
  16. King James Band – Call Collect on Christmas
  17. Jeannie Kendall – Smoky Mountain Christmas
  18. Kathy Kallick – Ring the Bells at Midnight
  19. Billy Cowsill & the Blue Shadows – If We Make it Through December
  20. John Guliak – Daddy’s Drinking Up Our Christmas
  21. David Mayfield Parade – They Shined Up Rudolph’s Nose
  22. Buck Owens & Susan Raye – One of Everything You Got
  23. Chet Atkins – East Tennessee Christmas
  24. Faron Young – I’m Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You
  25. Linda Cassady – In Santa Claus a Hippy?
  26. Lynn Anderson – Soon it Will Be Christmas Day
  27. Willie Nelson – Blue Christmas
  28. Robert Ellis – Pretty Paper
  29. Kitty Wells & Johnny Wright – There Won’t be any Tree This Christmas
  30. Kacey Musgraves – Christmas Makes Me Cry
  31. Emmylou Harris – The First Noel
  32. Louvin Brothers – A Shut-In at Christmas

Let It Snow!

snow-300x300IT SNOWED!!! The kind that stays, and covers the ground. I live in Toronto, and we just saw our first major snowfall of the year last night. Streets and lawns and cars are covered in white. It makes for some messy driving but it sure makes those Christmas lights shine more brightly, and those warm blankets and people even cozier when you duck back inside. And it really feels like Christmas is actually almost here. So bundle up and step outside into it or put a fire on and sit by the window, looking out. I hope you’ll enjoy these snow songs while there’s still snow on the ground. It may start to feel that way, but it definitely won’t last forever.

Tracklist (and where you can get these awfully cool songs for yourselves):

  1. Gene Autry – If it Doesn’t Snow on Christmas Day
  2. Simon Panrucker – Snowflakes Falling Down
  3. Marvin Gaye – Purple Snowflakes
  4. Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings – White Christmas
  5. Paul Winchell – Roly Poly Snowman
  6. David Myles – It Snowed
  7. Egger – Snowfort
  8. Ronnie McCoury – Winter Wonderland
  9. John Fahey – Let it Snow, Let it Snow
  10. Mike O’Neill – Frosty the Gold Rush
  11. Ernest Tubb – Blue Snowflake
  12. Loretta Lynn – White Christmas Blue
  13. Good Old War – Snow Falls Down
  14. KASHKA – In the Snow
  15. She & Him – Sleigh Ride
  16. Tony Dekker – Last Winter
  17. Hawksley Workman – First Snow of the Year
  18. The Crew-Cuts – Dance Mr. Snowman Dance
  19. Petula Clark – Where Did My Snowman Go?
  20. Lars Edegran & His Santa Claus Revelers – Frosty the Snowman
  21. Leon Redbone – That Old Christmas Moon
  22. Sleeping At Last – Snow
  23. The Weather Station – Snow Up to My Window

Sexy Santa

sexy-santa-300x300Most of these songs see Santa delivering some unconventional Christmas gifts. Lots of innuendo. Not Santa songs for kids; see my previous mix for those kinds of Santa songs. Not much strong language, so depending on the kind of party you’re planning to attend this season, this mix could be appropriate, as long as you skip the last track.

 

 

 

Tracklist (and where you can get all these super hot Santa songs for yourselves):

  1. Elvis Presley – Santa Claus is Back in Town
  2. The Ronnettes – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  3. Lil McClintock – Don’t Think I’m Santa Claus
  4. Bo Carter – Santa Claus
  5. Sir Mack Rice – Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’
  6. Rufus Thomas – I’ll Be Your Santa Baby
  7. Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
  8. Fitz & The Tantrums – Santa Stole My Lady
  9. Linni Zaorski – Shimmy on Down My Chimney
  10. Eddy Arnold – I’m Your Private Santa Claus
  11. George Jones – My Mom and Santa Claus
  12. Kay Brown – Daddy, Is Santa Really Six Foot Four?
  13. Marah – Handsome Santa
  14. Butterbeans & Susie – Papa Ain’t No Santa Claus (Mama Ain’t No Christmas Tree)
  15. Lightnin Hopkins – Santa
  16. Mojo Nixon – Twas the Night Before Christmas

Christmas in Love

love-xmas-300x300Being lonely on Christmas has its melancholy charm but there is nothing like being in love at Christmastime, and I am totally in love this year. So I’ve compiled a bunch of really great songs about just that. I listened to all of these songs countless times when I wasn’t in love and they were great songs even then, but this year they’re just the best. I hope those of you I brought down with my last playlist have stuck around for this one, and that those of you who enjoyed revelling in that kind of spirit can get behind this playlist, too. I promise I’ll be more neutral in the future.

 

 

Tracklist (and where you can get these super rad songs for yourselves)

  1. Bobby Sherman – Love’s What You’re Getting for Christmas
  2. Louis Prima – Shake Hands With Santa Claus
  3. Julie London – Warm December
  4. Harry Connick, Jr. – When My Heart Finds Christmas
  5. Little Isadore & the Inquisitors – Christmas of Love
  6. Don McAvoy & The Great Whatever – Best Little Christmas
  7. The Tycoons – Every Other December
  8. The Rosebuds – Hold Me Tight
  9. The Real Tuesday Weld – Song of December
  10. Tom Hooper – Christmas Kiss
  11. Jimmy Butler – Trim Your Tree
  12. Felix Gross – Love for Christmas
  13. Batson and Chase – Lay Around and Love on You
  14. Nick Lowe – (Just to be With You) This Christmas
  15. Keegan DeWitt & The Sparrows – Christmas Light
  16. Sufjan Stevens – Christmas in the Room
  17. Rhett Miller with Sydney Wayser – Christmas is Coming
  18. Dean & Britta with Sonic Boom – He’s Coming Home
  19. Good Lovelies – Hurry Home
  20. Stompin’ Tom Connors – Kiss Me the New Year In
  21. Eddy Arnold – I’m Your Private Santa Claus
  22. Jenna DQ – For Christmastime
  23. Old 97’s – Here it is Christmas Time
  24. Linda Duemo – This Christmas Time
  25. Hawksley Workman – Merry Christmas (I Love You)
  26. The Head and the Heart – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
  27. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbours – Everything’s Changed at Christmas But You

Alone for Christmas

lonely-christmas-300x300These are a bunch of songs to cry, drink, or curl up in a ball too. With my first mix, I’m trying to appeal to Christmas music haters. I love Christmas, but I also know what a rough time it is for so many people who feel isolated and overwhelmed by the persistent and grating holiday spirit. Being alone on Christmas can be a drag, but revelling and identifying with other people who share that experience can totally help, or at least obsure the sounds of those goddamned jingle bells.

 

Tracklist (and where you can get these kickass songs for yourselves):

  1. Grey Cup Sunday – Jim Bryson
  2. I’ll be Walking the Floor This Christmas – Ernest Tubb
  3. Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas – Pondertone with the Blue Grass Boogiemen
  4. Blue Christmas – Matt Andersen
  5. Strung Out Like the Lights (At Christmastime) – Dodd Farrelle
  6. Xmas in the Jailhouse – Ox
  7. Ex Miss Right – Rockhouse Brothers
  8. The Ice of Boston – The Dismemberment Plan
  9. Just Because It’s Christmas – Skiffle and the Piffles
  10. Dear Santa – Mr. Little Jeans
  11. (It’s Going to be a) Lonely Christmas – Marshall Crenshaw
  12. Nothing Left to Do (Let’s Make This Christmas Blue) – The Both
  13. Last Winter (Featuring Chris Shannon) – Charlotte Cornfield
  14. A Dollar Short of Happy – Nick Lowe
  15. Just Me And These Ponies (For Christmas This Year) – Corb Lund
  16. Christmas Angel – Stompin’ Tom Connors
  17. Pretty Paper – Bill Ostrander
  18. Mary – Lou Barlow
  19. Sings a Christmas Song – B.A. Johnston
  20. Could’ve Been Summer – Maggie Chapman
  21. River – Joni Mitchell
  22. 2,000 Miles = Mark Kozelek
  23. Happy Hanukkah – The Burning Hell