Christmas Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party

rock-and-roll-xmas-300x300Most of these songs are ones my parents would have danced to, or at least ones that have been written in that style. There’s a little bit of soul and a little bit of funk, but most of these are straight up old rock ‘n’ roll songs and perfect for any Christmas party with a dance floor.

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

  1. The Debonaires – Christmas Time Again
  2. Barry & The Highlights – Xmas Bell Rock
  3. Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  4. Malcolm Dodds – Ich Bin Very Happy (Merry, Merry Christmas)
  5. Debbie & The Darnels – Santa Teach Me To Dance
  6. Blue Moon Special – Kris Kringle Rock
  7. Paul & Paula – Holiday Hootenanny
  8. The Sonics – Don’t Believe in Christmas
  9. Charlie Starr – Christmas Twist
  10. George Jones – My Mom and Santa Claus
  11. JD McPherson – Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)
  12. Kacey Musgraves – Ribbons and Bows
  13. The Nee – Let’s Turn a Hay Ride into a Sleigh Ride
  14. Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  15. Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
  16. The Beach Boys – Santa’s Got a New Plane
  17. Irene McNeil – Rock and Roll du Pere Noel
  18. Charlie Rich – Santa Claus’ Daughter
  19. Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run
  20. Fat Daddy – Fat Daddy
  21. Jimmy Butler – Trim Your Tree
  22. Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva – I Wish You a Merry Christmas
  23. Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings – Big Bulbs
  24. Hines and the Boys – A Funky Xmas to You
  25. James Brown – Signs of Christmas
  26. Jackson 5 – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  27. Stevie Wonder – Someday at Christmas

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

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 with The Beatles, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

beatles-300x300There are few things I love as much as I love Christmas, but The Beatles definitely make the short list. So what could be better than a Beatles-themed Christmas mix?! NOT MUCH! Some of these songs are classics and a few of them have been forgotten for good reason. They may not all be great, but they are definitely all interesting.

 

 

 

Tracklist (and where you can find these Beatles-inspired and Beatles-performed tunes for yourselves):

  1. The Beatles – Everywhere It’s Christmas
  2. Dora Bryan – All I Want for Christmas is a Beatle
  3. Ringo Starr – The Christmas Dance
  4. George Harrison – Ding Dong Ding Dong
  5. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime (live)
  6. The Beatles – Saturday Club Christmas
  7. The Fab Four – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  8. Gary Ferrier – Ringo Deer
  9. Ringo Starr – Dear Santa
  10. Paul McCartney – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reggae
  11. The Beatles – Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
  12. Judy & The Duets – Christmas with The Beatles
  13. The Beatles – Christmas 1964
  14. Ringo Starr – Pax Um Biscum (Peace Be With You)
  15. The Fab Four – Jingle Bells
  16. John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over)

Heavy Christmas

heavy-christmas-300x300If you’re easily offended you might want to skip this playlist, but if you’re looking to get out of Christmas dinner this might be a helpful tool. There is some swearing and blasphemy. Mostly, though, these are great songs that celebrate the holiday spirit with just a little more volume than you might be used to.

 

Tracklist (and where you can happily ruin your hearing further):

  1. Spinal Tap – Christmas With the Devil
  2. The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)
  3. Rob Rivers – Jingle Hells Bells
  4. Alice Cooper – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  5. Opiate for the Masses – Christmas Evel
  6. Blood Sausage – Fuck Christmas Fuck Santa Fuck You
  7. From First to Last – Christmassacre
  8. NOFX – Xmas Has Been Xed
  9. Punchline – Icicles
  10. DDT – Captain Morgan’s Christmas
  11. The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)
  12. Huntingtons – It’s Always Christmas at my House
  13. The Rhythm Pigs – Sleigh Ride
  14. The Fleshtones – Hooray for Santa Claus
  15. The Maynards – The Maynards’ Christmas Wish
  16. Evaporators – Who Are You?
  17. Glam Chops – Count Down to Christmas
  18. Sufjan Stevens – Mr. Frosty Man
  19. The White Stripes – Candy Cane Children
  20. Thee Knight of Thrashe – Santa Claus (Here He Comes)
  21. Dirt Merchants – Jingle Bells
  22. Captain Cutlass & the Stormcrows – Yo Ho Ho Ho
  23. Whirlees – The Grinch
  24. Jemani – That There Was Christmas
  25. Jet – Back Door Santa
  26. Lemmy Kilmister, Billy Gibbons & Dave Grohl – Run Rudolph Run
  27. Jason Farr & Darrin “Big D” Laidman – Christmas Time in Hamilton

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