Editor’s note: Originally published December 2011, but we like this playlist so much we had to share it again this holiday. Enjoy!
This time of the year, you can put on any radio station to hear some Christmas classics. Oftentimes I find myself listening to Delilah (shhh…don’t tell) because you can always rely on her to pair up some sappy holiday tune that ties back to whatever issue the caller had – but did you ever realize that she never really solves their problem?
Anywho, there’s a little secret I want to let you in on. There’s some really good holiday music out there that lives on outside of the radio airwaves. Two of my favorite albums this time of the year are She & Him’s A Very She & Him Christmas and Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler’s This is Christmas. She & Him bring you classic Christmas songs with a sweet sound that only Zooey Deschanel can bring. Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler’s spin on Christmas is a bit more upbeat and quirky, bringing an unconventional infectious twist to the expected sounds of Christmas. Pair those albums with festive melodies from Elvis, Weezer, The Raveonettes, John Lennon and more and you have yourself a joyous holiday treat.
Here’s a playlist as a little gift to all of you. It’s no flatscreen or DSLR, but it’s guaranteed to warm your hearts this Christmas.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – She & Him
Happy XMas (War is Over) – John Lennon
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
Marshmallow World – Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler
Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
The Christmas Song – The Raveonettes
Silent Night – Weezer
Christmas Treat – Julian Casablancas
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An extended version of this playlist can also be found on Spotify, throw it on shuffle and give it a listen here.
Merry Christmas yall!
photo: emmy the great & tim wheeler / the list