This is a holiday season like no other. No parties, no family gatherings, no big, boisterous dinners. But I’m really trying my best to keep things festive at home. Music always gives me a boost, so we’ve been blasting holiday music since before Thanksgiving. How can you not smile when “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is blaring, the fireplace is roaring, and the cutest little elves are dancing up a storm?
Music has been getting me through these strange days, so I wanted to share my holiday playlist, in case you need some tunes to get you in the holiday spirit. Give it a listen, and then let me know in the comments what holiday songs are your favorites. I’m always looking for more songs to put on my nice list.
My Holiday Playlist
“Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helm & Anita Kerr Singers
“Little Saint Nick” by The Beach Boys
“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
“Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes
“If We Make It Through December” by Phoebe Bridgers: Oh my gosh, this song. It shoots me right in the heart every time I hear it. I love Phoebe Bridgers, and I love that all proceeds from her version of the Merle Haggard tune goes toward helping homeless women in Los Angeles.
“O Tannenbaum” by Vince Guaraldi Trio
“Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by Bruce Springsteen
“A Great Big Sled” by The Killers
“The Christmas Song” by The Raveonettes
“Just Like Christmas” by Low
“Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry: Two words: Home Alone. (Raise your hand if you saw it in the theater!)
“Donde Esta Santa Claus” by Guster
“Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley
“What Christmas Means to Me” by Stevie Wonder
“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” by Dean Martin
“Jingle Bells” by Frank Sinatra
“All That I Want” by The Weepies: The perfect calming, cozy song for curling up in a blanket with hot chocolate and a good book.
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Phoebe Bridgers
“A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Frank Sinatra
“Christmas Time is Here” by Vince Guaraldi Trio or Khruangbin
“Christmas Will Break Your Heart” by LCD Soundsystem: Could there be a more perfect song for 2020?
“Wonderful Christmastime” by The Shins
“White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes
“Christmas Treat” by Julian Casablancas
“Silent Night” by Sharon Van Etten: I’m digging this haunting new version of the holiday classic.
“Sleigh Ride” by Ella Fitzgerald
“Santa Baby” by Eartha Kit
“Last Christmas” by Taylor Swift (But definitely check out the Arlo Parks version!)
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey: A must for every holiday playlist.