LPC's Weekly Playlist: Chrimbustime!
In my weary adulthood, I'm no longer into Christmas. I used to be, but Christmas as an adult is exhausting and can get very petty. So I stopped caring!
Not today, dear reader. Today, I care about you and your holiday spirit. With Christmas nine days away, I fully encourage you cranking up the holiday playlists, especially if it is this one.
Speaking of, I do love these songs, even if I've become a major Scrooge. And I will tell you why.
Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You
One year, all I wanted for Christmas was this album. I was so happy I got it (it was the only Mariah Carey album missing from my vast collection) that I replayed it all day. Then the family came over and I didn't stop. Well, my mom heard "All I Want for Christmas Is You," ran downstairs, turned it off and said "Uncle Stu is DEAD." And that was the end of my Christmas miracle.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - We're a Couple of Misfits
Rudolph was, is and always will be my favorite Christmas movie. Every time one of the Ashleys (Is Ashley like, the ultimate millennial bully name? Asking for real.) at school made fun of the way I held my pen, I'd just think about Rudolph and how he got made fun of and then was like "Oh, you neeEEEEEeeEEEeeed me now? Cute."
Wham! - Last Christmas
This song is so cemented in Christmas canon that I won't even substitute it with the Carly Rae Jepsen version.
Lana Del Rey - I'll Be Home for Christmas
By now, everyone knows I have a real issue with listening to Carly Rae Jepsen and Lana Del Rey too much. I'm working on it.
The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
Let me introduce you to my favorite Christmas song. When I first heard "Christmas Wrapping" (maybe when I was 10 or 11?) I loved hearing a post-punk Christmas song being played in the middle of the classics. And then I looked into The Waitresses' other songs and was like... 🤯
*NSYNC - Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
I know you guys love this one.
Daryl Hall & John Oates - Jingle Bell Rock
I could have put in the original but didn't want to do that to my Philly bois.
Run DMC - Christmas in Hollis
When I heard "Christmas in Hollis" as a kid, I had the same reaction I did when I heard "Christmas Wrapping." How could Christmas music be so cool?? Since then, I've put a lot of effort into finding more nontraditional Christmas songs to listen to and lost my mind when I discovered The Vandals. (We'll get to that later.)
Fiona Apple - Frosty the Snowman
You will soon find out, dear reader, I also have a very unhealthy Fiona Apple obsession.
Ella Fitzgerald - Sleigh Ride
As far as Christmas classics go, this IS. IT.
Britney Spears - My Only Wish This Year
Imagine actually asking Santa to wrap a man in a big red bow and delivering him to your home like a car in a Lexus commercial.
The Vandals - Grandpa's Last X-Mas
Imagine my joy when I found The Vandals' Christmas album full of weird and inappropriate Christmas songs. Oh, my teenage heart SOARED! Anyway, "Grandpa's Last X-Mas" is in honor of family Christmas from 2010-2016 when everyone would yell "THIS COULD BE GRANDMA'S LAST CHRISTMAS" in front of Grandma while all the cousins reluctantly gathered 'round.
Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
I once worked with someone who referred to Paul McCartney as "Paul McCartney from Wings" and I've never recovered.
ROZES - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
idk, I just like what ROZES did with this cover. It's very nice.
Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run
Another absolute classic. Chuck made a Christmas song so good I wouldn't even be mad listening to it in August.
Kacey Musgraves - Glittery
It takes an act of god to get me to willfully listen to country music. That act of god is Kacey Musgraves.
Mariah Carey - O Holy Night
In honor of the Queen of Christmas, you get two Mariah songs! For me, "O Holy Night" is just as good as "All I Want for Christmas is You." Mariah's voice is stunning, the arrangement perfectly balances her powerful vocals and I love the use of choir singers throughout the album, but especially on this track.