My mother loved everything about Christmas, and that included the music. I doubt she’d have much use for my playlists, though. Ma was more of a holiday traditionalist. Bust out the Bing or the Burl and she was good to go, no need to look for deep cuts.
My tastes ran toward Rankin-Bass specials and Vince Guaraldi as a pup, but by my teens I could care less about any of it. That was a pose, of course–the jaded, cynical teen with the bad haircut, thumbing his nose at traditions. The truth is that there’s never been a time when Guaraldi’s “Linus and Lucy” didn’t turn my tiny, blackened heart to mush.
Anyway, Christmas songs:
“The First Noel,” Billy Pilgrim.
“Christmas Song,” Jethro Tull.
“The Christmas Song,” NRBQ.
“Silent Night,” Sinead O’Connor
“Thanks For Christmas,” XTC.
“Christmas Together,” Shooting Star.
“Santa Claus,” The Sonics.
“Jingle Bells,” Paul Revere and the Raiders.
Didn’t hear anything you liked? Check out these previous Christmas playlists:
- 2011: Deep Cuts: The Obligatory Christmas Playlist
- 2012: Deep Cuts: A Glam Rock Christmas
- 2013: (No List)
- 2014: Deep Cuts: Your Obligatory Christmas Playlist
- 2015: Deep Cuts: The Obligatory Christmas List
- 2016: Deep Cuts:Your Obligatory Christmas Playlist, Volume 5
Still want to tell me I missed something? I’m listening.
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