Last year we had a list of christmas movies, this year we bring you Squiview’s Ultimate Christmas Playlist! 18 bands and artists chose their favourite christmas tunes – resulting in a mix that has something for everybody: cheerfull hymns, hate-songs, silence and a duet by Jessica Simpson. Enjoy!
1. Bob Dylan – It Must Be Santa (Christmas In The Heart)
I’m not a big fan of Christmas music and I was sceptic when Bob Dylan announced that he would publish a Christmas album. I still don’t know what to think of this album, but Must Be Santa is brilliant. It’s a polka with everything that comes along with it and Dylan shows that he hasn’t lost his sense of humour. Check for 1:52 when he is supposed to list all of Santa’s reindeers, but starts listing US Presidents instead. Oh and in the video Bob Dylan plays the creepy drunk uncle sitting in the corner of a house party that ultimately ends in a riot right before Santa arrives. Pure class!
2. Burt Ives – Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
I think I would have to go with “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives. There is nothing like Burl Ives during the Christmas season. My grandmother would always play Burl Ives during Christmas and It wouldn’t be Christmas till this song was played.
3. Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters – Mele Kalikimaka
When I was a kid, Bing Crosby’s Merry Christmas LP was a heavy rotation mainstay on our turntable around the holidays. This was always my favorite song on the record. I love the sunny, un-Christmas-y vibe, the laid-back and flawlessly-executed arrangement, and of course those killer Andrews Sisters harmonies.
Jenny Owen Youngs
4. Weezer – The First Noel
I find something really touchy in this melody. I know it’s an old christmas song, but it could have easily been written by Rivers Cuomo, it’s got this naive-yet-emotional vibe to it. Love it!
Gorka Urbizu (Berri Txarrak)
5. Fear – Fuck Christmas
It’s short, fast, and angry. And often around the holidays I have a short temper, and am often angry as a result.
Adam Meilleur (The Static Age)
6. Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas For The Family
I bloody Love Christmas songs, and could have chosen any of the obvious ones for your list, this tune is a Country song about Christmas for a Texan family, so something a little different – but touching none the less.
Beans On Toast
7. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)
Just a classic winter song. I grew up watching ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ every year around the holidays and the soundtrack done by the Guaraldi Trio definitely made an impression on me. I purposely chose the instrumental version over the vocal version, because I believe the piano, bass, and drums need to be fully heard to really appreciate the beauty of this song.
Benjamin Ward (Hemingway)
I grew up watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, but it was only when I began playing jazz guitar that I really appreciated Vince Guaraldi’s immaculate interpretations of all these old Christmas standards. Usually I get sick of Christmas music by around December 2, but I can listen to this record, and particularly this song, year round.
Jan Drees (The Shell Corporation)
8. MU330 – Christmas Merry Christmas
This Xmas track is so friggin catchy!!
Just simple Ska punk with a wicked chorus to make yousmile and drink egg nog and eat cookies and drink more egg nog.
9. John Cage – 4.33
The most important song this Christmas is undoubtedly “4.33” by John Cage. Highlighting the sound we commonly reefer to as silence, it offers a short break from this overly hectic and inflated holiday.
Robert Svensson (For Reasons Of State)
10. Loudon Wainwright III – Suddenly, It’s Christmas
So, I was going to pick “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues, but the general consensus of everyone I was in the pub with at the time was that it’s not a christmas song (it’s not!) and that EVERYONE will pick that song because it’s phenomenal.
“Suddenly, it’s Christmas” by Loudon Wainwright III – I’m a grumpy, curmudgeonly old sod sometimes, I get tired of Christmas by like, November, and this song speaks to me in the way that only the Wainwright family and their incredible gift with words can. “Christmas comes but once a year and stays for three long months”. Is it an anti-christmas song? Am I anti-christmas? Nah, not at all! I love it! But when the shops start selling the stuff in September, I’m pretty much exhausted by the time the actual day rolls around. Also, tell me this song isn’t the funniest song you’ve heard in forever!
(I was also going to pick “Splittin’ up Christmas” by Kevin Devine to proves i’m actually a big softy and not a complete grump, but it’s not on spotify, lame!)
HAVE A RAD CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, AND A HAPPY 2015 EVERYBODY!
11. The Kinks – Father Christmas
This song starts out the requisite sleigh bells and twinkling percussion then they kick in full tilt and Ray starts snarling about how he’s got no time for Santa’s B.S. he just wants the cash. He turns holiday cheer into a treatise on class war and rocks the whole time. It’s also significant because this is the last gasp of the Kinks’ brilliance before they got swallowed up in bloated 80’s production.
Dan Webb And The Spiders
12. Danny Elfman – This Is Halloween
“This is Halloween” by Danny Elfman. It’s the main song from Tim Burtons “A Nightmare Before Christmas”. It’s so iconic. I don’t have to say anything more.
Owls By Nature
13. Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey – Baby It’s Cold Outside
My answer is Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey’s version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”
A) I believe everyone was a big fan of their marriage (RIP)
B) That song is kinda perverted. (In a fun way)
C) Duets are awesome
Poli van Dam (The Bombpops)
14. Reuben – Christmas Is Awesome*
Christmas is awesome and so are Reuben… Hardcore Rock never sounded so festive.
Fights And Fires
15. Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
The holiday song I choose, and almost feel obligated to do so, is Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”. Being from Asbury Park, New Jersey, I’m probably biased about this question; however, that doesn’t change the fact that this is a fantastic rendition of a song I normally want to claw my eyes out after hearing just once. The boss gives it his signature sound, but keeps it cheesy enough to not let you forget it’s a Christmas tune.
Zach Moyle (Lost In Society)
16. Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One – Anti-Christmas
I’m going to have to go with “Anti-Christmas” by Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One. It’s the perfect blend of Christmas-y sounds,a total disdain for the holiday, and thoughts of someone or something that isn’t there. I couldn’t have written a sadder Christmas song if I tried.
17. Kelly Pace, Asron Brown, Joe Green, Paul Hayes and Matthew Johnson – Holy Babe
This is a song that is all kinds of Christmas nuts. If you make it to the end of this song Christmas is pretty much over. It’s pretty, neat, long, painful, exhausting and great. I love it. Recorded in 1939 by Alan Lomax. The Vocal Quentet is Kelly Pace, Asron Brown, Joe Green, Paul Hayes and Matthew Johnson. Deal with it Christmas!
Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players)
*This song is not available on Spotify in some countries – so here’s the video: