A Cooler Christmas - Raving Playlist

It's hard to believe but the holidays are upon us once again. This week we'll celebrate another Thanksgiving and then there's Black Friday and the Christmas music - well it's already started. It's hard to believe that we'll have to endure the same versions of the same holiday classics everywhere we go for the next six weeks or so - again. Or will we...  Perhaps we can experience a Cooler Christmas this year - one that allows us to hear the season's classic music in a way that won't cause our brains to melt. What we need is a much cooler Christmas. Now, the weather may not cooperate with all that darn Global warming going on - Penguins and Polar Bears eating each other etc, but even with our ever-warming winters we can remain cool with some better tunes to take us through the holidays. It's in that spirit that we present today's playlist.

As usual it's available on Spotify as well.

Al Green and his most excellent advice below...

A Cooler Christmas

Al Green – Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Jimmy Eat World – Last Christmas - Studio Version
The Pretenders – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Barenaked Ladies – Sleigh Ride
Vampire Weekend – Holiday
Diana Krall – I'll Be Home For Christmas
Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - Single Version
Jack Johnson – In The Morning
Barenaked Ladies – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Lady Antebellum – Baby, It's Cold Outside
August Burns Red – Frosty the Snowman
Enya – The Spirit Of Christmas Past
Luke Bryan – Run Run Rudolph
The Beach Boys – Merry Christmas, Baby
Counting Crows – Holiday In Spain
B.B. King – Back Door Santa
Lady Antebellum – On This Winter's Night
Elvis Presley – Santa Claus Is Back In Town
Tom Petty – Christmas All Over Again
blink-182 – Happy Holidays, You Bastard
Barenaked Ladies – Auld Lang Syne
Blues Traveler – Christmas
Lou Ann Barton – Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Christmas On Piano – I Got The Jingle Bells Blues
Sex Pistols – Holidays In The Sun
Norah Jones – Peace
Denis Solee – Up On The Housetop
AgesandAges – We Need A Little Christmas
Jackson 5 – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Kenny G – Silent Night
The Almost – Little Drummer Boy
Lady Antebellum – Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Piano Christmas – Ave Maria
The Walkmen – Seven Years of Holidays (for Stretch)
The Maine – Santa Stole My Girlfriend
Sister Hazel – Your Winter
Kay Kyser – Jingle Jangle Jingle
Beach House – New Year
Death Cab for Cutie – The New Year
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow [Hey Oh]
Craig Duncan – Frosty The Snowman
Ugly Casanova – So Long To The Holidays
Piano Christmas – Greensleeves - Piano Reprise
First Aid Kit – New Year's Eve
Mykola Leontovich – Carol Of The Bells
Straight No Chaser – The 12 Days Of Christmas
Beyoncé – Ave Maria
Barenaked Ladies – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings - feat. Sarah McLachlan
Piano Christmas – Amazing Grace
Calexico – Green Grows The Holly
Cyndi Lauper – Home for the Holidays
Harry Connick Jr. – The Happy Elf
Luther Vandross – This Is Christmas
Madonna – Holiday
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys – Christmas Time's A-Coming
Wild Nothing – Summer Holiday
Dead Kennedys – Holiday In Cambodia
August Burns Red – Carol of the Bells
10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
Lady Antebellum – Silent Night (Lord Of My Life)
Madonna – Santa Baby
Fitz and The Tantrums – Santa Stole My Lady
"Weird Al" Yankovic – The Night Santa Went Crazy
The Ronettes – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Bob Dylan – Here Comes Santa Claus
Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds
Lady Antebellum – Blue Christmas
August Burns Red – Winter Wonderland
Dave Matthews Band – Snow Outside
U2 – New Year's Day
Parachute – The New Year
Fall Out Boy – Yule Shoot Your Eye Out - Bonus Track
Louis Armstrong – Cool Yule
The Almost – Yule Be Sorry
Christina Perri – please come home for christmas
Luther Vandross – The Mistletoe Jam (Everybody Kiss Somebody)

The late, great Luther Vandross

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