Break it Down, Band

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 12.53.31 PMNow I just came here tonight to say…

I just want to say…

I just want to say…

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY.

This is officially my monthly playlist for December and I’m making it an all Christmas music one! This is simultaneously the one I’ve been anticipating and fearing most. Anticipating because, well, this is my favorite time of year and I love Christmas music. Fearing because, well, Christmas music is a sensitive topic for people. People have their songs and which ones strike a sentimental or nostalgic tone with them. Everyone is different when it comes to what they like and what songs they have to have blasting in their house/car every December.

You would think that the genre “Christmas music” is niche enough that there can’t be that much out there. Like there are only so many songs- how many times could they possibly be redone and changed? If you like one- you must like em all, right?

But oh no no. That kind of thinking is so wrong.

Example. Someone recently asked if it would be cool if they played Christmas music. I obviously said yes. But then they pressed play… and it was all Glee-like covers of Christmas songs. And my ears were bleeding.

In my head I was all, how could you do this?! This isn’t classic! This isn’t Christmas music! 

But it was to them. And I had to suck it up and listen to the damn Glee holiday hits (to be fair- I have no idea if the renditions were actually from the show Glee. I’ve never watched Glee. But that’s what they sounded like. Are you picking up what I’m putting down).

SO when I got the idea to share my top 25 Christmas songs… I was a little nervous. I knew there would be people out there who would have the same reaction I had to Glee Christmas music to my music.

That being said- these are my favorites. The ones that mean the most to me. The ones that have meaning to my family memories and that help me get in the holiday spirit. You may not like em all- but hopefully you like at least a couple.Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 12.53.50 PMEvery time I hear a Bruce Christmas song, I think about being a kid riding in my family’s car down the cape on Christmas Eve to visit family. We’d always blast Bruce. Whether it was Merry Christmas, Baby or Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The Boss kills it. The anticipation of him saying, I just want to say and us knowing he was going to say merry christmas, baby but still getting hyped up about him saying it- ugh I just love it.

Most of these are actual classics sung by classic voices (see: Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, The Ronettes, etc.) and some are my preferred versions of songs that have been done time and time again (Santa Baby by Buble, Please Come Home for Christmas by The Eagles, Winter Wonderland by Tony Bennet, etc.).Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 12.54.02 PMMerry Christmas, Happy Holidays by Nsync, Dominick the Donkey, and Feliz Navidad are pure guilty pleasures.

And Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Frank Sinatra and Cyndi Lauper), Christmas All Over Again (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and Jingle Bell Rock (Randy Travers) are all on this Christmas CD that my Mom had that my sister and I played OUT while decorating the house for Christmas every year.

OH and Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney is so bad that its good. Me and my sisters have this inside joke dance to it every time its on. I did it once to make them laugh- and now we all do it.Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 12.54.12 PMThe holidays are all about tradition and memories and nostalgia for me- and that’s what this playlist does for me. It makes me happy- it makes me dance- it makes me feel like a kid again- it makes me cry- and it makes me really really excited for Christmas.

 

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