I’ve been carefully building a Christmas playlist for over a decade, adding one track a year. There are now twenty-one songs on the list.

  1. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love
  2. “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley
  3. “The Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues
  4. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland
  5. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
  6. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives
  7. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
  8. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” By Dean Martin
  9. “Christmas Time is Here (Instrumental)” by Vince Guaraldi Trio
  10. “The Christmas Song” by Nat “King” Cole
  11. “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson
  12. “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon
  13. “I Wish It Could be Christmas Everyday” by Wizzard
  14. “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses
  15. “Here Comes Santa Claus” by Elvis Presley
  16. “What Christmas Means to Me” by Stevie Wonder
  17. “All I Want For Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
  18. “What a Wonderful World” by Joey Ramone
  19. “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy” by David Bowie & Bing Crosby
  20. “Father Christmas” by The Kinks
  21. “Merry Xmas Everybody” by Slade

I feel like I’ve been adding a lot of 50s-era “classic” songs in recent years, so here’s a newer one—only forty years old—I’m throwing in “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses. You’re welcome to add or substitute Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin’” to taste.

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