Spinal Tap “Christmas With the Devil” from This Is Spinal Tap (Polydor 1984) —Now this is the reason for the season.Buy it!
The Trashmen “Dancin' With Santa” from Surfin' Bird SINGLE (Sundazed 1964) —This ain't no Surfin' Bird.Buy it!
Mega-Hurts “All I Got For Christmas Was This Lousy Gun” from A Very Bert Dax Christmas Volume Three (Bert Dax Cavalcade Of Stars 2004) —One of the greatest Christmas songs of the past decade or so - cracks me up every time.Buy it!
Graham Parker and Nona Hendryx “Soul Christmas” from Christmas Cracker (Dakota Arts 1994) —I never heard this cut when it was new, but man, it cooks.Buy it!
The Temptations “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” from The Best of the Temptations Christmas (Motown 2001) —Wishing you the best Christmas ever and good vibrations for the coming year.Buy it!
B.B. King “Christmas Celebration” from Blue Christmas (Mojo 2005) —This is as joyous as Christmas songs come.Buy it!
Clarence Carter “Back Door Santa” from Soul Christmas (Atlantic 1968) —I ain't like ol' Saint Nick. He don't come but once a year.Buy it!
The Swan Sivertones “Great Day in December” from The Swan Silvertones / Singin' In My Soul (Vee-Jay 1993) —No room in the inn.Buy it!
Sister Rosetta Tharpe “When They Ring the Golden Bell” from Gospel Train (Verve www.vervemusicgroup.com 1962) —Another great song I learned from John Wendland's invaluable KYULE series.Buy it!
The Rum Drum Ramblers “Holiday in Chi-Town” from KDHXmas, Holiday Music Sampler Vol II (KDHX www.kdhx.org 2012) N L —These guys have an album release party Sunday at Off Broadway. Meanwhile, you should check out this great local comp of holiday music at kdhx.org.Buy it!
Bob Reuter and Kamikaze Cowboy “White Christmas” from better than fruitcake (Sound System 2000) L —Gosh darn it, this cut rocks so hard!Buy it!
Ramones “Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)” from Punk Rock christmas (Rhino 1995) —Perfect.Buy it!
The Hives & Cyndi Lauper “A Christmas Duel” from download (Unknown 2010) —The line that is unclear in the edit: "Who the fuck anyway wants a Christmas tree"Buy it!
Wizzard “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” from Christmas A Go Go (Wicked Cool www.wickedcoolrecords.com 2008) —This song actually works pretty much any time of year, but I always bring it out for the holiday.Buy it!
The Bee Gees “Thank You For Christmas” from Horizontal (RSO 1968) —Now here's one I pretty much didn't know existed - thanks to Rob Wagoner for gifting me with a set of holiday music most of which I didn't know.Buy it!
The Roches “Good King Wenceslas” from We Three Kings (MCA 1990) —From three brothers to three sisters - Christmas harmony rules!Buy it!
Fleming and John “Misty Mountain Wonderland” from download (Unknown 2005) —I'm no fan of mashing up two songs together, unless it's done as brilliantly as this (and done by musicians, not mixers).Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Christmas in the Heart (Columbia 2009) —I know not everybody agrees, but I love pretty much everything about this record.Buy it!
The Ronettes “Frosty the Snowman” from A Christmas Gift For You (ABKCO 1963) —From the greatest Christmas record ever made.Buy it!
The dB's “Christmas Time” from Ho-Ho Hospice (Volunteer 1998) —Chris Stamey captures the spirit.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Snowbound Girl” from KDHXmas 2012: Holiday Music Sampler Volume II (KDHX www.kdhx.org 2012) —John Wendland - Mr. Christmas - wrote this amazing song which has become a staple of the Rough Shop holiday live shows, and has now been documented.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Christmas Time Is Here” from Merry Christmas (Everso 2010) —I love her singing more and more. This may be the most perfect version of this song.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” from One More Drifter In the Snow (Superego 2006) —Lovely take on the traditional song.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Christmas Time's a Coming” from Light of the Stable (Warner 1992) —A song of delighted expectation.Buy it!
Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band “I Saw Three Ships” from Carols & Capers (Park 1991) —I'd forgotten how great Maddy Prior is - what a joyful take on this trad number.Buy it!
Norah Jones “Peace” from A Very Special Acoustic Christmas (Lost Highway 2003) —A lovely little number from one of my fave singers.Buy it!
Duke Ellington “Jingle Bells” from Jingle Bell Jam: Jazz Christmas Classics (Rhino 1994) —The swingin'est take on this yuletide fave.Buy it!
The Salsoul Orchestra “Merry Christmas All” from Christmas Jollies (THE RIGHT STUFF 1996) —They didn't stay up all night writing this one, but it's a danceable and happy number.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “Someday at Christmas” from The Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection (Motown 2009) —No Christmas season is complete without this one.Buy it!
Mack Rice “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'” from It's Christmas Time Again (stax 1989) —Time for ol' Santa Claus to make his midnight creep.Buy it!
Hank Ballard And The Midnighters “Santa Claus Is Coming” from Nothing But Good (1952-1962 (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2009) —Seriously, nothing but good.Buy it!
King Diamond “No Presents For Christmas” (Roadrunner 1985) —Now this shows the holiday season is really here.Buy it!
Aqua Teen Hunger Force & Neko Case “Santa Left a Booger in My Stocking” from Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Have Yourself a Meaty Little Christmas (Williams Street 2009) —Classy.Buy it!
Kay Martin and Her Body Guards “Santa's Doin' the Horizontal Twist” from Eddie G's Non-Breakable Xmas Party 2006 (self 2006) —Naughty.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Shiny Red Suit” from download (none 2011) —This is a fun number, for sure.Buy it!
Grace Basement “A Kiss For All the World” from KDHXmas 2012: Holiday Music Sampler Volume II (KDHX www.kdhx.org 2012) N L —Kevin Buckley is one heck of a songwriter. Can't wait for a new Grace Basement record next year.Buy it!
Rough Shop “How To Make Gravy” from Just Because It Was Christmas (Santa's Last Stop 2009) R L —St. Louis take on one of the world's most perfect Christmas songs.Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright feat. Sharon Von Etten “Baby, It's Cold Outside” from Holidays Rule (Hear Music 2012) N —An odd take on the standard - they try really hard to sound drunk.Buy it!
Martha Wainwright “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” from The McGarrigle Christmas Hour (Nonesuch 2005) —I try hard to make this song into a standard - don't know if the rest of the world has caught on yet.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” from Acoustic Christmas (Columbia 1990) —The most beautiful version of one of the most beautiful hymns.Buy it!
Aimee Mann with Michael Penn “Christmastime” from Just Say Noel (Geffen 1996) —Why don't they record more duets?Buy it!
XTC “Countdown to Christmas Party Time” from Rag 'N' Bone Buffet (Virgin 1990) —I'd completely forgotten this obscurity - but Cat forgets no XTC song.Buy it!
Bobby Lloyd and the Skeletons “Do You Hear What I Hear / You Really Got Me” from Christmas Party With Eddie G (Columbia 1990) —See my note above about mash-ups.Buy it!
Canned Heat & the Chipmunks “The Chipmunk Song” from Legends of Christmas Past (EMI 1992) —You mice gotta get it together.Buy it!
Darlene Love “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” from A Christmas Gift For You (ABKCO 1963) —Quite simply the greatest single Christmas recording. She'll be on Letterman tonight. That's the symbol that Christmas is really here.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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