Playlist: Happy Holigays

This is The Ultimate Most Perfect Be-All End-All Holigay Spectacular Playlist of Extravaganzakwanukkahmas! We do this because we love you.


1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bruce Springsteen (Carolyn)
2. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey (Riese)
3. Last Christmas – Wham! (DeAnne Smith)
4. Winter Song –  Sara Bareilles feat. Ingrid Michaelson (Laura)
5. I Wish It Was Xmas – Julian Casablancas (Brandy Howard)
6. Twelve Days of Christmas – John Denver and the Muppets (Intern Grace)
7. Xmas Time For The Jews – Saturday Night Live (Julie Goldman)
8. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley (Rachel)
9. It’s Christmas (What’s the Difference) – The Films (Emily)
10. Run Rudolph Run – Keith Richards (Laneia)
11. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love (Sebastian)
12. Glad Tidings – Van Morrison (Laura)
13. Please Come Home For Christmas – Bon Jovi (Jess R.)
14. Sleigh Ride – Hilary Duff (Crystal)
15. Donde Esta Santa Claus – Augie Rios (Gabby)
16. Christmas Don’t Be Late – Alvin & the Chipmunks (Jess R.)
17. Step Into Christmas – Elton John (Laneia)
18. Making Christmas – The Nightmare Before Christmas (Lizz)
19. Turkey Lurkey Time – Promises Promises (Intern Grace)
20. Carol of the Bells – John Williams (Lizz)
21. This Christmas – Donny Hathaway (Brittani)
22. Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey – Lou Monte (Gabby)
23. River – Joni Mitchell (DeAnne Smith)
24. Little Saint Nick – Beach Boys (Jamie)
25. For Unto Us A Child Is Born – The Roches (Rose)
26. Mele Kalikimaka – Bing Crosby (Sarah Croce)
27. Christmas Is Coming – Vince Guaraldi from Charlie Brown Christmas (Rose)
28. Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano (Gabby)
29. My Dear Acquaintance – Regina Spektor (Carmen)
30. I Saw Three Ships – Sufjan Stevens (Rose)


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  1. FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK FOREVER AND EVER AD INFINITUM. There’s a cover version I think by KT Tunstall that cuts out the bits o’problematic language in the third verse too if people prefer.

    ‘Christmas In Prison’ by John Prine is a favorite, as is the Otis Redding ‘White Christmas’ from Love Actually because I’m a sentimental knob around the holidays. ‘Christmas In Hollis’ too, of course. And Vince Guaraldi.

    Anywho, great stuff, all. Laura, you’re the best for including Van Morrison.

    • this^. ‘song for a winter’s night’ and ‘wintersong’ are some of my favourites. BNL are also missing from this list :(

  2. all it needs is Christmas Wrapping – by the Waitresses, but i like the Spice Girls version of it!

    another great playlist!!!! ty gals!!!

  3. The My Chemical Romance cover of All I Want For Christmas Is You.

    …Just sayin’.

    (On a different note, I recently got really into the song Sister Winter on Sufjan Steven’s Songs for Christmas, which is less a Christmas song and more just awesome)

    • (Well, not a Christmas song until it starts talking about Christmas. But. Idk somehow it’s just not in my head.)

  4. All of the Hotel Cafe Presents Winter Songs.

    Especially The Heartache Can Wait by Brandi Carlile. And Winter Song but that’s already on the playlist.

  5. Rachel WOULD pick Elvis’ Blue Christmas.

    And that’s why she’s my favourite. Because that is the only Christmas song that I like. It must be a Rachel Thing.

    • it’s also the live version which is the best version of the best christmas song. just saying. i’m really glad we both know what’s up re: christmas/elvis/elvismas!

      • He’s the only one who should ever sing that song, to be honest. It’s good to know I’m not the only one with those feelings. My girlfriend would rather listen to Justin Bieber sing it or whatever.

        • the bright eyes version and the she&him version both make me want to move to a cabin on top of a mountain where the only sounds i will ever have to hear are the birds chirping and the sound of my own blood slowly freezing in my veins


    (Seriously, I know too many Christmas songs. I usually start singing them on Dec. 1st and have enough to last me through the 31st. Oh, and then there’s the fact that I have the entire Nutcracker plus choreography memorized.)

    • Someone on tumblr did a “remix” of this, slowing it down to the tempo of the original Eartha Kitt version. I can’t find the post right now of course, but it is soooo much sexier than the released version, if you can imagine that.

  7. My friend is throwing a Christmas party this week and I am in charge of sound. (aka I’m bringing over my speakers and laptop.)
    We’re making it a trashy-on-purpose holiday fest, and I need some songs to that effect to mix in with all these Ke-dollarsign-ha remixes and trashy house anthems. So far all I have is Gaga’s “Christmas Tree.” Help me, Autostraddle!

  8. sara bareilles walked passed us as santacon in sf last week. she ignored my friend who drunkenly attempted to serenade her with her own love song. respect.

  9. “The Christians and the Pagans” is a holiday staple of mine. How has that not been mentioned/included?

  10. My dad interviewed Jose Feliciano when he was a journalist. It was in Tasmania on the stage of the playhouse many years ago. He said he was lovely. He told me the whole story the other day. That’s what I love about journalism. My dad interviewed people ranging from Jose Feliciano and Timothy Dalton (aka James Bond) to Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres.

  11. There was some good stuff coming out this year:

    – Erin Mckeown made a Christmas CD called “F*ck That”
    – John Zorn has another good CD called “A Dreamer’s Christmas”
    – The Kills has a christmas song

    …And I’m pretty sure a couple of other musicians also released new versions of Christmas songs but I can’t remember any of them because I either I didn’t like those covers or I didn’t really like the musicians :/

    But I mean, lots of good stuff on that list. Especially Erin Mckeown. Actually, I would select this one from the album, since it’s called “It’s a very queer Christmas” :)

  12. The Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” which is actually a mashup of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “We Three Kings,” and makes me dance.

  13. Christmas isn’t Christmas without the entire “A Charlie Brown Christmas” musical playlist. If you haven’t heard it, go download it now. It’s beautiful, it’s melancholy, it’s joyous, it’s Christmas time.

  14. Three cheers for Lyndsey, and RIP Kirsty MacColl

    Santa Baby can only be song by Maryln Monroe, no one else is soooo sultry

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