I’ve never been a huge fan of Christmas music, some it’s OK, and there
are a few songs I really like, but I usually have to be careful to avoid
it until the few weeks right around Christmas or I risk getting burned
I’m borrowing (was inspired by) something from a blog I read pretty
regularly called Planet Dan. In fact
he just came out with his 2010 christmas
Me and Dan don’t exactly have the same musical tastes but there were
some really good songs he found. So, between the stuff Dan has picked
and a few Christmas albums/LPs I’ve collected that I like I figure
I’ve got enough material to make my own Christmas music playlist this
So here you go:
- The Killers - A Great Big
A fun song about remembering Christmas when one was young.
- Elvis Costello - What’s so Funny ‘Bout Peace Love and
Maybe not really a traditional Christmas song, but it was the big
number in A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of
so I figure it is on its way to becoming a classic. It feels
Christmas-y too because the song is asking the questions that get to
the heart of what I think Christmas is all about.
- Haley Bonar - Rabbit in the
Skate. I will
take almost any opportunity to listen to Haley Bonar.
- Sufjan Stevens - Holy, Holy,
Maybe my favorite version of this old classic. Also, I’m studying
the book of Isaiah this year so the words have new significance for
- Haley Bonar - Only
Xmas. Again, any
excuse to listen to Haley Bonar.
- Sarah McLachlan -
River. This is a
sad sounding song, and it feels like it is more about winter then
Christmas, but it sounds so good, and that kinda the point of this
list. Also, even though it is sad, it makes me feel grateful for the
good relationships in my life.
- Sara Barielles and Ingrid Michaelson - Winter
Two good singers, singing together and they sound great.
- Sufjan Stevens - Joy To The
One of my favorite Christmas Carols and this is probably my favorite
version of it. Sure, it’s fun to hear it really belted out in
church but I prefer the slower quieter take on it.
- Rogue Wave -
Christmas. One of
the many songs about “what Christmas is all about”. I kinda get
tired of that theme, but this song is cool enough so I don’t mind.
- Krista Detor - Christmas in
Not sure what the meaning of this song is, I’ve only listened to in
a few times, but it seems to fit well with everything else on the
- The Be Good Tanyas -
Rudy. A sad and
beautiful song about a homeless guy on Christmas. A good reminder
not to ignore people who may need help.
- Sufjan Stevens - Come Thou Fount of Every
One of my all time favorite hymns. I did not really know it was a
Christmas song, but it was on a Christmas album and that’s good
enough for me.
- Haley Bonar - Orphan
Song. More Haley
Bonar, and it still does not feel like enough. I’m not really sure
how this qualifies as a Christmas song, but ever time I hear it I
think of The Little Match
Girl by Hans
Christian Andersen which I remember my parent’s reading to us kids
around Christmas time. Plus it’s on Haley’s Christmas LP, so I’ll
just take her word for it.
- Regina Spektor - My Dear
Just finishing things up with a new years song.