Help me create a Christmas playlist...
December 10, 2009 2:03 PM   Subscribe

I'd like to put together a Christmas playlist with 2 - 4 hours worth of songs to play around the house and maybe at work.

It's been a crappy month and I need some happy, cheesy or just plain good Christmas music. I'm especially interested in everyone's childhood-nostalgia Christmas songs (for me, Kenny Rogers Christmas, John Denver singing 'Silver Bells'). Also requested is anything that makes you grin like a big dork. I need the pick-me-up, big time.
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posted by paanta at 2:06 PM on December 10, 2009

it's not a 'classic' christmas song but I've always liked Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses
posted by abitha! at 2:07 PM on December 10, 2009 [1 favorite]

Fairytale of New York on repeat for 4 hours.
posted by ripley_ at 2:14 PM on December 10, 2009 [1 favorite]

Do they know it's Christmas?/Band Aid and Peace on Earth/Bowie and Crosby. And yes, Christmas Wrapping/Waitresses is a MUST.
posted by cestmoi15 at 2:16 PM on December 10, 2009

John Denver and The Muppets - A Christmas Together (whole album) Heck, I play this in the summer sometimes just because.

Here's The Twelve Days of Christmas
posted by cmgonzalez at 2:16 PM on December 10, 2009

Oh, and pretty much any Christmas song recorded by Johnny Mathis. My grandmother would play him every year and now almost nothing says Christmas more than hearing "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" or "Sleigh Ride" in his voice.
posted by cmgonzalez at 2:19 PM on December 10, 2009

A Charlie Brown Christmas + John Denver and the Muppets Christmas Album + the soundtrack to the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas Special - DON'T JUDGE ME+ Fairytale of New York sprinkled liberally throughout.
posted by EvaDestruction at 2:21 PM on December 10, 2009

Crap! How did I forget A John Waters Christmas???
posted by EvaDestruction at 2:21 PM on December 10, 2009

anything that makes you grin like a big dork

I do not believe you can get any more ridiculous or awesome than Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey.
posted by anderjen at 2:24 PM on December 10, 2009 [1 favorite]

One of the most upbeat Christmas songs I've heard is "Winter Wonderland" by Avalon. It's got a strong swing music feel to it, and is pretty cheesy with the over-the-top cheers and laughs.
posted by Rhaomi at 2:25 PM on December 10, 2009

anything that makes you grin like a big dork

This worked for me.
posted by pompomtom at 2:43 PM on December 10, 2009

Amazon has a bunch of free Christmas mp3s.
posted by headnsouth at 2:52 PM on December 10, 2009

I am only vaguely ashamed to admit that I have at least 15 versions of "Last Christmas". When I'm too lazy to put together a playlist, I just play all 15 versions back to back.
posted by kro at 3:08 PM on December 10, 2009

I picked up the new Bob Dylan Christmas album ("Christmas in the Heart"). On Amazon, reviews are split between 1 star and 5 star - but after my first sceptical listen, I am really enjoying it. The song "Must Be Santa" on it does make me grin like a dork (argh, it just came on in the kitchen, run around the house like crazy!!). I'm back..!

But I also like the more classical songs on it. Just something about having Bob, with all his musical genius, and being Jewish, singing Christmas songs makes me smile!
posted by AnnaRat at 3:35 PM on December 10, 2009

My secret Chirstmas love is Boney M - Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord. Shhhhh don't tell.
posted by Abbril at 4:00 PM on December 10, 2009

Not nostalgic, but quite good indeed, Sufjan Steven's Songs for Christmas.
posted by coevals at 4:17 PM on December 10, 2009 [1 favorite]

Excluding hours upon hours of christmas carols:

12 days of christmas - Reliant K
Hark to the bells - cant remember ^^;
Mr Claus - Bob Ricci
I hear the bells - Mike Doughty (not overtly christmas, but has snow. and bells)
Didnt i get this last year - Bob rivers
posted by stillnocturnal at 4:35 PM on December 10, 2009

Santa Baby and I Want A Hippopotomus For Christmas always make me smile. My favorite Christmas carol is Jars of Clay Little Drummer Boy, but it tends to make me cry a little so that might not be what you are looking for.

But Christmas would not be complete without the Chipmunks.
posted by TooFewShoes at 5:12 PM on December 10, 2009

I found a hell of a lot of interesting (including nostalgic, including Kenny and John Denver) stuff on I just got done making my own playlist there and had a good time.
posted by jenfullmoon at 5:24 PM on December 10, 2009

I freakin love Santa Baby. Also Art Alexakis of Everclear does a great version.

Rockin Around the Christmas Tree and Carol of the Bells always remind me of Home Alone.

You can't beat Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song (there are at least 2).

Jingle Bell Rock
All I Want for Christmas is You (The only Mariah song I can stand)
Run Run Rudolph
posted by radioamy at 6:49 PM on December 10, 2009

One year I wasn't in the mood for all the bright and cheery Christmas tunes.

I found the (Mediaeval Baebes.)[] Their album Mistletoe and Wine was a perfect album of older Christmas songs and songs of the dark season. GREAT performers!
posted by Jinx of the 2nd Law at 7:48 PM on December 10, 2009

Sorry, used Reddit formatting... durr...
posted by Jinx of the 2nd Law at 7:49 PM on December 10, 2009

Sleigh Ride!! Preferably the Leroy Anderson Boston Pops version. With the clap and the trumpet neigh.
posted by that girl at 8:25 PM on December 10, 2009

Some of these might be -too- cheesy, but they tend to cheer me up, or at least make me laugh.

The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick
N'Sync - Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
Michael Buble has an EP called Let it Snow with a few songs
12 Pains of Christmas
posted by inmediasres at 9:03 PM on December 10, 2009

@headnsouth, thanks for the amazon link. they are giving away "the heatmiser" song for free. good fun for anyone who grew up on those rank and bass christmas specials!
posted by phoeniciansailor at 9:08 PM on December 10, 2009

Christmas with the Rat Pack
posted by SarahElizaP at 2:30 AM on December 11, 2009

Dean Martins Christmas songs are awesome (some found on the RatPack album mentioned above)

Phil Spectors Christmas Gift - amazing

Fairytale of New York is my personal favourite christmas song - but also Jona Lewis - Stop the Cavalry...
posted by mattr at 3:44 AM on December 11, 2009

I love, love, love the Ultra-Lounge collection Ultimate Christmas Cocktails. Three discs of 50s-60s swingin' holiday tunes including the likes of Peggy Lee, Julie London, Lena Horne, Dean Martin... Just put this on, stir up a pitcher of martinis and you've got instant holiday party!
posted by dnash at 8:15 AM on December 11, 2009

Keep Christmas with you from Christmas eve on Sesame Street - a great Christmas movie.
posted by theora55 at 9:57 AM on December 22, 2009

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