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
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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

Santa Songs for Cieran, Rosie, Avery, and EVERYONE

santa-kids-300x300It’s weird not making individual Christmas mixes for people this year, but it’s definitely fun to be able to share so many great songs with so many more people. I’m going to dedicate this mix of kid-friendly Santa songs to the most important very young people in my life: My four-year-old nieces Avery and Rosie, and my brand new, not-even-two-weeks-old nephew, Cieran! I am willing to bet this is his very first Christmas mix. He may not get a lot out of it this year, but I hope he will in the years to come. And for all you jaded folks who don’t feel you’re young-at-heart enough for this mix, stay tuned for next week’s definitely-not-for-children sequel: Sexy Santa!

Tracklist (and where you can get these Ho Ho Ho-liday songs for yourselves!)

  1. The Crystals – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  2. The Hepsters – Rockin’ and Rollin’ with Santa Claus
  3. Patti Page – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
  4. Debbie & The Darnells – Santa Teach Me to Dance
  5. The Beach Boys – The Man With All the Toys
  6. Soupy Sales – Santa Claus is Surfin’ to Town
  7. Ray Stevens – Santa Claus is Watching You
  8. Big John Greer – Wanna See Santa Do the Mambo
  9. The Exciters – Mambo Santa Mamba
  10. Crankshaft and The Geargrinders – Louisiana Bayou Santa
  11. Sonny James – Barefoot Santa Claus
  12. Les Baxter – Santa Claus’s Party
  13. Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music Makers – Ho Ho Ho
  14. Bobby Gimby – Santa Claus Rides Again
  15. Sam Ulano – Santa Claus and the Doodle-I-Boop
  16. Louis Armstrong – Zat You Santa Claus
  17. Ella Fitzgerald – Santa Claus Got Stuck in my Chimney
  18. Harry Connick, Jr. – (It Must’ve Been ‘Ol) Santa Claus
  19. Gene Autry – Santa Santa Santa
  20. Tinseltown Players – Santa Claus is Flying Through the Sky
  21. The Chipmunks – Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
  22. Bob Dylan – Here Comes Santa Claus
  23. The New Christy Minstrels – Sing Along With Santa
  24. Chatham County Line – O! Santa
  25. Brenda Lee – I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus
  26. The Louvin Brothers – Santa’s Big Parade
  27. Bobby Helms – Captain Santa (And His Reindeer Space Patrol)
  28. Hal Bradley Orchestra – Space Age Santa
  29. Lennon Sisters – Outer Space Santa
  30. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – Hooray for Santa Claus
  31. The Fleshtones – Super Rock Santa
  32. Pointed Sticks – Power Pop Santa
  33. Henry Hall – Does Santa Claus Sleep with his Whiskers Over or Under the Sheet?
  34. Tom Paxton – How Many Cookies Can Santa Claus Eat?
  35. Black Prairie – (Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man With the Bag
  36. She & Him – Little Saint Nick
  37. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Loretta Lynn

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