December 1, 2005

Christmas Music That Won’t Drive You To Drink (unless you want to)

Well, it is December 1, which means that you are all now at the mercy of the Christmas Music Industry.

You will minding your own business, out shopping or driving along listening to the radio, when suddenly you cannot escape the strains of “Feliz Navidad” (my personal most hated) or “Sleigh Ride” (which actually isn’t SO bad, because of the redeeming quality of the whip sound). Or the godawful Chipmunks thing? What IS that? While I actually like the warm-fuzzy-inducing abilities of Christmas music, and the wonderful message it brings, my qualm is that so much of it is just terribly done and kind of annoying.

So, you can run, but the only way to truly hide is to bring along your iPod and pull up this playlist of not-lame Christmas music. This should also all fit nicely on one CD for portable holiday cheer. Have fun!

That Was The Worst Christmas Ever! – Sufjan Stevens
Let Me Sleep – Pearl Jam
Christmas With Jesus – Josh Rouse
Gotta Be Good – Chris Isaak (a little naughty holiday cheer)
White Christmas – Otis Redding
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Death Cab For Cutie
What I Want – The Winter Blanket
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Coldplay
Merry Christmas – The Ramones
Come On! Let’s Boogey To The Elf Dance! – Sufjan Stevens
Washington Square – Chris Isaak
Christmas – Leona Naess
Christmas Time Is Here – Charlie Brown Christmas
I’ll Be Home For Christmas – The Winter Blanket
Someday at Christmas – Pearl Jam
Hey Parker, It’s Christmas – Ryan Adams
Silent Night – Johnny Cash


Ho, ho, ho. Pass the eggnog, chief.


  • I love Christmas music. It’s the best part of the holiday season.

    Gary Freedman — December 1, 2005 @ 2:10 pm

  • Found your site via the Aquarium Drunkard. Thanks for the links. Cheers!

    JMH — December 2, 2005 @ 8:44 pm

  • Thanks!! I’m going to use this music as a backdrop for an art opening next week. The show is called “christmas is cancelled!!” It’s perfect. Respek!

    James Harris — December 8, 2005 @ 11:03 am

  • please repost these tunes!

    Anonymous — December 18, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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