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December is a double mix month, as the annual tradition of making a Christmas/Holidays themed mix continues with this mix coming in a bit earlier than my usual monthly mix. I did break my rule of only 13 songs per mix with this mix, because well, I had 14 songs and the added extra song is a good way to ease into the New Year.
I do struggle with this after making holiday mixes for several years now, how to not just use the same songs over and over, but some are must-have standbys for me so they remain. But I did make an effort to find new versions of songs by bands that I haven't had on the mix before. So hopefully you hear something new that you like.
1. "The Bells of St. Mary" - Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans - Many of you know that I believe the Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift for You is not only the greatest Christmas album of all time, but one of the greatest records of all time. For some reason, I love this song the most and it's always the first song I listen to after Thanksgiving.
2. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - She & Him - Ah, the holiday song about date rape that I'm not quite sure why it's a holiday song. I have to admit, I was excited for the She & Him Christmas record, but it fell a little flat for me, being too airy and not poppy enough, but this song was great in that they flipped the roles and you get a ton of M.Ward, which always a good thing.
3. "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" - Death Cab for Cutie - A rare, new classic, also from the Phil Spector record, but this time covered by DCFC. A modern classic that sounds great by pretty much any band that covers it.
4. "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)" - The Decemberists - A little country-themed humor is always fun, right?
5. "Twelve Days of Christmas" - The Muppets & John Denver - The most annoying song ever is made tolerable by The Muppets. This is the year of Muppets, so figured this was appropriate
6. "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) - Ramones - I love the idea of the Ramones writing a Christmas song, and coming up with this sardonic, all too real song.
7. "Run Rudolph Run" - Lemmy Kilmister - I decree this is now the greatest Christmas song ever. Lemmy wins. Always bet on Lemmy. Also it features Dave Grohl on drums!
8. "Last Christmas" - Jimmy Eat World - I don't think I can make a Christmas mix without putting this cover of this song on it. Great song made better.
9. "Christmas Wrapping" - Spice Girls - Yeah, I went with the Spice Girls. Deal with it.
10. "Fairytale of New York" - Stars - Another new, modern classic Christmas song. You'd think the Pogues would be a tough act to follow, but Stars pulls it off
11. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" - The Polyphonic Spree - I was torn with putting the original vs this cover, but I wanted to have something new here, so I went with the cover. It's practically identical
12. "River" - Robert Downey Jr. - Possibly Robert Downey Jr.'s finest hour and it came to us via Ally McBeal of all paces.
13. "White Christmas" - The Wedding Present - I love how soft and airy this cover is by one of my favorite brit pop bands.
14. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" - Rufus Wainwright - Another mainstay. I mean, what ARE you doing New Year's Eve?
Enjoy! I hope everyone has a happy holidays!