Not Your Average Christmas Playlist

By Anna Petkovich ’14Features Editor

There’s nothing quite like Christmas music to get you in the holiday spirit. Sure, there are holiday movies on TV and adorable Christmas trees in dorm living rooms, but little compares to the warm fuzzy feelings that envelop you hearing your favorite song. That being said, consider some of these tunes, guaranteed to bring happiness and holiday cheer as you prepare for Christmas (or finals). This playlist has a little something for everyone – the Rat Pack classics, holiday movie favorites, alternative takes and, of course, Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi. Also included, some alternative to the alternatives!

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”- Bright Eyes Bright Eyes definitely brings tidings of comfort and joy.

“Silver Bells”- Dean Martin

“Happy Christmas”- John Lennon

“Peace”- Norah Jones

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”- Death Cab for Cutie (Also see: “Baby Please Come Home” Jon Bon Jovi Sentimental and rockin’ versions).

“Last Christmas”- Jimmy Eat World (Also see: “Last Christmas” Taylor Swift Versions for everyone! In addition, consider “Last Christmas” by Wham! to add some 80s flavor to your holidays).

“Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”- Ella Fitzgerald Entirely appropriate for 70 degree Claremont weather.

“Blue Christmas”- Bright Eyes

“All I Want for Christmas is You”- Mariah Carey

“Santa Baby”- Eartha Kitt (Also see: “Santa Baby” Kylie Minogue Kylie gives Eartha a run for her money (literally and figuratively?), but no one can replace Ms. Kitt as “Santa Baby”’s sensual, gold-digging chanteuse).

“Winter Wonderland”- Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin

“Christmas is All Around”- Billy Mack Love Actually!

“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”- Sixpence None the Richer

“Christmastime”- The Smashing Pumpkins

“Frosty the Snowman”- Fiona Apple

“Christmas Eve/Sarajevo”- Trans-Siberian Orchestra

“Baby, it’s Cold Outside”- Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel Elf!

“Step Into Christmas”- Elton John

“Jingle Bell Rock”- The Beatles

“Christmas Tree”- Lady Gaga Trust Gaga to take a wildly inappropriate approach to a holiday favorite.

“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) - Lena Horne

“Oi to the World”- No Doubt Nothing beats Christmas music about post-gang fight reconciliation, gotta spread that holiday cheer.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”- Judy Garland Meet me in St. Louis!