I’m finishing up all of my Christmas preparations, and I feel like I’ve been a total slouch this year. This probably isn’t true, but anything short of amazing always feels like too little when it comes to the holidays. A number of my gifts were last minute, which always makes me feel like a slacker.
The good news is that the Christmas mix CD came out amazing. It has been receiving love from all who hear it. This is good. Love is the objective. Holiday Christmasy love to be specific.
The one thing about it that’s kinda thrown me is how unheard of some of these songs are. For example, the Run D.M.C. track that starts it off–this is one of my favorite Christmas songs ever. I just assumed that people knew it. But few do. In fact, songs like these are the quickest way to find out who the music snobs are among your friends. My music snob friends all pegged it right away.
Anyway, without further ado, here is the tracklist. It’s a mix of tasteful classics, with a few gems in there for fun.
01. Run-D.M.C. – Christmas In Hollis (3:00)
02. Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means to Me (2:31)
03. Weezer – O Come All Ye Faithful (2:05)
04. Twisted Sister – Heavy Metal Christmas (The Twelve Days of Christmas) (5:15)
05. Peggy Lee with Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires – Its Christmas Time Again (3:00)
06. Cast of Sesame Street – I Hate Christmas (1:54)
07. Hall & Oates – No Child Should Ever Cry on Christmas (4:04)
08. U2 – Christmas Baby Please Come Home (2:21)
09. The Rat Pack – The Christmas Song (Sammy Davis, Jr.) (3:23)
10. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (3:45)
11. The Jackson 5 – Up On The Housetop (3:13)
12. Alton Ellis – Christmas Coming (2:23)
13. Louis Armstrong & The Commanders – Zat You Santa Claus (2:40)
14. Frank Sinatra – Mistletoe and Holly (2:20)
15. James Brown – Merry Christmas Baby (3:56)
16. Pink Martini – Do You Hear What I Hear? (3:57)
17. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby (3:26)
18. Squirrel Nut Zippers – I’m Coming Home For Christmas (3:46)
19. Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends – Christmas Spirit (2:48)
20. Wham – Last Christmas (4:28)
21. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time Is Here [Vocal (2:47)
22. Various Artists – Christmas In the Hood (feat. Deacon) (3:54)
23. Cash, Johnny – Christmas As I Knew It [#] (3:02)
24. Aqua Teen Hunger Force – I Sure Hope I Don’t Have to Beat Your Ass
This Christmas (5:08)