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  • A Very Indie Holiday Playlist

    Posted on 12/18/2013 by Rachel1016

    A Very Indie Holiday

    Last week we brought you the Ultimate Classic Holiday Playlist, a collection of tunes that have become standards in the holiday music canon. And even though these cherished songs only come around once a year, one could argue that by mid-December they get a little stale. (YEAH. WE SAID IT.)

    So, if you're in the mood for a little Yuletide refresher, here are some holiday tunes that you maybe haven't heard before! Including both heartfelt renditions of classics and original compositions, some are fun, some are somber, and some are straight-up weird! But we're pretty confident that all of them are going to bring you a healthy dose of not-at-all-ironic holiday cheer. This isn't your grandmother's playlist, guys! (But we're pretty sure she'd actually love it anyway.)

    That Was The Worst Christmas Ever! - Sufjan Stevens
    Alright! Starting it off with a party! The not-so-holly-jolly subject matter aside, this Sufjan original is an example of the songwriter's unique talent for pairing earnest stories with compelling, catchy melodies.

    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - She & Him
    It is pretty much known fact that Zooey Deschanel is indie rock's #1 diva, so we'd be terribly remiss to not include her and M. Ward's cover of this wistful classic.

    The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - Alvin & The Chipmunks
    Chances are, you've actually heard this one before. Grab your helium balloons and sing along, y'all!

    Getting Ready For Christmas Day - Paul Simon
    You'd have no idea this tune was a Christmas song if it weren't for the lyrics. Laid over Paul Simon's signature buoyant, campfire-like instrumentation, the song features a sample of the gospel singer and preacher, The Revered J.M. Gates and is about a son returning from Iraq for the holidays.

    Christmas Lights - Coldplay
    Even though the holidays seem to insist that the universe be super cheerful for an entire month, this time of year can actually be really tough. Coldplay know know feeling, and they put on their best melancholy for a story of Christmas longing.

    Feliz Navidad - Sea of Bees
    This delicate folk version of Jos� Feliciano's classic is totally surprising and really delightful.

    The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
    Brooding vocals + grungy garage textures + Danish roots = Automatic Indie Cool.

    Ho Ho Hopefully - The Maine
    Who doesn't love a little pop-punk take on romance during the holidays? Or a Santa pun? I mean…come on, guys!

    Valley Winter Song - Fountains of Wayne
    You might know Fountains of Wayne because of their famous ode to "Stacy's Mom," but the band actually have a nice little collection of other great songs in their arsenal. This little number is one of them.

    Wonderful Christmastime - The Shins
    Indie heavy-hitters The Shins don't stray too far from the classic tune's original arrangement, but The Shins can sort of do whatever they want.

  • The Ultimate Classic Holiday Playlist

    Posted on 12/12/2013 by Rachel1016 + ChrisMcPherson

    Ultimate Classic Holiday Playlist

    What would the holiday season be without a soundtrack? You know, collection of songs to accompany every cup of hot chocolate, every snow angel, every mistletoe moment? There's no feeling quite like revisiting those holiday standards when, each December, you realize that they're just as special as when you first heard them.

    And even though we're aware that at this point in the season holiday music is mildly inescapable, we decided to assemble our classic holiday favorites into one grand (but not absolute) playlist! Here are some of the tunes that have found their way into our living rooms for over five decades!

    Silent Night - Bing Crosby
    This peaceful, soothing standard reminds us that Christmas isn't only about inflatable Santas and sugar comas: there's a story to be remembered and celebrated! And although Bing Crosby's iconic crooning will never be matched, you can softly whisper the lyrics with friends without anyone discovering your true vocal chops (or lack thereof).

    Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra
    Now, this sing-a-long favorite falls on the other side of the karaoke spectrum. Feel free to belt these lyrics whenever you… feel free! We can hear the debaucherous chorus now: "Laughing all the way, HA HA HA."

    "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey
    Mariah Carey reigns as Queen of Christmas (after Mrs. Clause, of course), so it's only right that her mega-hit, ''All I Want For Christmas is You'' makes the list as a classic. The slow build in the intro, the glorious choir's backing vocals, that incomparable whistle tone; Mariah just brings us that the warm fuzzy feeling every time this song plays.

    Santa Clause is Coming to Town - Jackson 5
    Although "he sees you when you're sleeping" may not be the most comforting line, it's a reminder to always be nice. No one wants to be on the naughty list when Santa arrives.

    Last Christmas - Wham!
    Heartbreak is tough, especially during the holidays. But this song shows that you're not alone! This year, to save you from tears (and to save you from spending too much $$$ on a remote control helicopter), give your heart to someone special.

    Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
    It's completely normal to wish for extravagant gifts this holiday season. You never know, Santa may hook you up with some goodies.

    Do You Hear What I Hear? - Bing Crosby
    Do you hear what I hear? A beautiful story of miracles, new beginnings, and peace on earth? Thought so. Plus, bell sounds.

    O Holy Night - Nat King Cole
    Ok, this song. THIS SONG. The stars brightly shining, baby Jesus, the soft, captivating melody that builds to an explosive release when you get to the last ''O night, DIVIIIIINE!'' Boom. *Drops mic*

    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jackson 5
    Spoiler alert! Mom wasn't really kissing Santa. Just your average Christmas misunderstanding.

    I'll Be Home for Christmas - Elvis Presley
    Fun fact: this song is sung from the point of view of WWII soldier who was excited to reunite with his family for the holidays. Which is also sort of relevant since Elvis served in the United States Army for two years (not during WWII, though)! #history #supportthetroops