Here’s my 2015 Christmas music playlist — there’s a lot of overlap with previous years, although there are songs I’ve had for years that for some reason this year I just can’t get enough of:
- “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey. (One of those “I’ve had it for years but suddenly I can’t get enough of it” songs.)
- “Angels We Have Heard On High,” Josh Groban and Brian McKnight. (Generally, any Christmas carol done by Josh Groban is going to be great, but this is the best.)
- “The Christians and the Pagans,” Dar Williams.
- “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” Barenaked Ladies and Sarah Maclachlan. (Best version of this song ever.)
- “Fifty Kilowatt Tree,” the Bobs. (The title of this post is my favorite line from this song.)
- “Elf’s Lament,” Barenaked Ladies with Michael Bublé. (The anthem for Occupy North Pole.)
- “Light One Candle,” Peter, Paul, and Mary.
- “Little Drummer Boy,” Pentatonix.
- “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” James Taylor. (Taylor gets brownie points for keeping the original bittersweet lyrics, none of this “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough” crap.)
- “Gaudete,” El Duende.
- “Feliz Navidad,” Jose Feliciano.
- “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Straight No Chaser. It hurts to have to leave the Muppets off this list, but the Straight No Chaser “Twelve Days…” is bizarre and wonderful. You’ll never listen to Duran Duran quite the same way. (SNC’s “Christmas Can-Can” is pretty great, too, if for no other reason than it recognizes that “Christmas ain’t the only holiday.”)
Extended bonus version: a couple of winter-but-not Christmas songs to add:
- “Let It Go,” Pentatonix. (Yes, that “Let It Go.” Even if you’re really sick of this song, say if you are the parents of small children, give this a listen. It’s great.)
- “Colder Weather,” Home Free.
I’m not sure if it is coincidental or not, but both Pentatonix and Home Free are a cappella groups and winners of The Sing-Off.
What’s on your Christmas (or Hanukkah … or Eid Al-Fitr … or Kwanzaa) playlist?