Once upon a time, when I was younger and therefore slightly smaller I worked at a calendar store for the holiday season. It was one of those Show Up in the Middle of the Night stores that open up shop right after Halloween and disappear again around mid-January, and if I was a nerd I'd tell you that those stores totally remind me of Something Wicked This Way Comes.
But, uh...I'm not a nerd. No really, I'm not. That literary reference didn't even occur to me, I don't know why I typed that.
So we were allowed to play approximately one Christmas CD while we worked there, continuously looping on our five hour shifts, and I am not kidding when I tell you that this one CD was Christmas with the Chipmunks. To this day, if I hear that line "Me I want/A huuuula-hooop" I turn all Manchurian Candidate, black out for a few hours, and wake up with blood on my hands.
So in the spirit of giving you guys some winter and holiday music that doesn't want to make you kill people and that you might not have heard before, here's thirty-seven songs, some completely original and new, some awesome covers of those classics that you might not necessarily hate. Yes, my music taste is varied enough that not everybody is going to like everything on this list, but pick and choose and stop being a Grinch.
And please, please, please - if you have a favorite holiday song and I didn't put it on here, or if you know of other places to get kick ass holiday music, leave me a comment and let me know. :) Me? I'm a sucker for the entire soundtrack to A Muppet Christmas Carol. There, you caught me.
1) Carol of the Bells by Celtic Woman
2) Blue Christmas by Bright Eyes
3) 2000 Miles by Coldplay
4) Ruldolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Jack Johnson
5) Old Borego by Switchfoot
6) Give the Jew Girl Toys - by Sarah Silverman
7) A New York Christmas by Patrick Green
8) Love Like Winter - AFI
9) O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Enya
10) Star of Bethlehem by Angels & Airwaves
11) O Holy Night by Eric Cartman (Southpark version)
12) Stop the Cavalry by Cory Band
13) Lights and Buzz by Jack's Mannequin
14) Winter's Carol by Tori Amos
15) A Jagged Gorgeous Winter by The Main Drag
16) 12/23/95 by Jimmy Eat World
17) Twelve Days of Christmas by John Denver and the Muppets
18) Happy Xmas (War is Over) by Sensefield
19) Horchata by Vampire Weekend
20) Christmas Song by Dave Matthews Band
21) A Great Big Sled by The Killers
22) Soul Cake by Sting
23) Winter Song by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
24) Star of Wonder by Tori Amos
25) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Coldplay
26) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies, ft. Sarah McLachlan
27) This Time of Year by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
28) Snow by Loreena McKennitt
29) Winter Wonderland by Phantom Planet
30) White Christmas by Aimee Mann
31) Morning has Broken by Neil Diamond
32) Carol of the Bells by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
33) Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby and David Bowie
34) Blue Christmas by Elvis
35) Baby, it's Cold Outside by Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel
36) It Feels Like Christmas by The Muppets ( A Muppet Christmas Carol)
37) My December by Linkin Park
You're welcome. Oh, and if you're always on the lookout for new holiday music like I am, Amazon.com is giving you 25 days of free holiday mp3s here.
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