By Michael Hamad
2:34 PM EST, December 15, 2011
Okay: what do you want out of your Christmas/holiday music (other than wanting it to stop)? Memories? Dinner or fireplace-worthy jazz chillouts? It takes all kinds. If you're too lazy to make up your own mind, try some of these. One of 'em has got to do the trick while your chestnuts are roasting by the heat of the yule log.
Jason Derulo's Festive Playlist: Bieber (boo), Jackson 5 (awesome), Bublé (ehhh) and a bunch of other random, poppish Christmas-type music (and one from Derulo himself). Bing's (classic) best of all.
MPress Records Holiday Playlist: two hours of holiday fun, some of which (Joni Mitchell's "River") is tangentially related to Santa, Rudolph and all of them. Could use slightly less Chipmunks and Lauper, but bitchin' overall.
Pixie Lott's Festive Playlist: the fetching British singer-songwriter offers up 43 minutes of Perry Como, Wham! and ... Chris De Burgh? Whatever: it's the holidays. (Sadly, it ends with Mariah Carey.)
Westlife's Festive Playlist: another "Spotify-promoted" list (see above), this one has most of what's on the Pixie Lott playlist (a couple of other songs by the same artists, maybe) supposedly chosen by the Irish boy band. Starting to detect a Spotify conspiracy here.
Christmastime is Here by Joe Saunders: a little more like it. This one has Johnny Winter, Otis Redding, Aimee Mann, Sufjan Stevens ("That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!") and Robert Earl Keen. 51 minutes of yule.
Merry Fritchmas! by John Fritchey: Yellowman, Run-DMC, Mahalia Jackson and other tunes you don't hear ALL the time at Target (but maybe Starbucks?)
Christmas Number 1's by Conor McAfee: I think the idea behind these two hours of X-mas-y songs is that they (or some) hit the top spot on the singles chart, going back as far as Al Martino and Dickie Valentine and as current as the Spice Girls. But Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name": really? Was that a #1 hit? Maybe so (heading to Wikipedia).
Bill's Christmas by Bill Janovitz: this playlist by the Boston Daily writer is REALLY LONG, mainly because he included whole albums by Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Oscar Peterson and everyone else on his short list (click here for that). But at eight hours of music, it's pretty good for shuffle mode (or sleep).
X-Mas-Eardrums by eardrumspop: five hours of crazy winter-themed indie rock stuff that you might end up listening to even after the holidays.
John McClane's Badass Christmas Spotify Playlist by texlahoma: named for the Die Hard character, remember? That was a Christmas movie after all, I guess. Some of this is badass, and some is merely sort-of badass.
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