Today, the second half of this Born-Again-Christmas-Not-Hater’s Playlist.
9. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” by the Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan.
Not a huge fan of either one of those songs, normally, but somehow BNL makes them accessible. (You could also replace the words “those songs” with “Sarah MacLachlan” and the sentence would still be accurate.)
10. “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt.
Who says Christmas shouldn’t have a hint of slutty? I kind of like it like that. (And the Madonna version is shit. She couldn’t do slinky if her god damned life depended on it.)
11. “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
I know. You hear this one 5 times a day, and you’re pretty sure that’s 4 and 3/4 times too many. But its just so peppy, and lively, and remember that scene from Love, Actually where that unbelievably adorable little boy’s crush sings this to him and for a brief moment, all is right with the world? Yeah, that.
12. “Carol of the Bells” by Straight No Chaser
I dig it.
13. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by The Temptations.
This Claymation Christmas special was on a VHS tape when we were kids and we played the shit out of it, until the tape got thin and it got more snowy than even a Christmas special should be. I play this song, I’m back with my brother and sisters and I love it. Hard.
14. “Good King Wenceslas” by Skydiggers.
When I was in my late teens/early twenties. If someone mentioned the Skydiggers, there was a good chance we’d be cool with each other. I love that they took a Christmas song I have very little love for, and made it one of my faves. (PS: Wenceslas is one of those things, like worchestire sauce or Mayim Bialik, that I just say really fast and hope to heck no one is listening too closely to my pronunciation, and if they are, then at least not judging me for it.)
15. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid.
We would watch this video on a loop, picking out everyone we knew, waiting patiently for our favorites (Simon freakin’ Le Bon). I also spent a lot of time taking issue with their rhetorical question (“Of COURSE they don’t know its Christmas! And they probably give exactly zero fucks about our annual orgy of commercialism! GAH!”) But damn, that song still gets to me.
16. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan.
Ella gets two spots on the list because SHE DESERVES THEM.