A Positive Spin On The Holidays1

I’m not going to sugarcoat it. One of the real downsides of working in retail is having to listen to Christmas music, usually starting somewhere around the second week of October. I’ve been commenting a lot on social media about how annoying this is and which songs I’m already sick of. I thought it might be nice2 to actually recommend some of the holiday music which I actually enjoy listening to.

A quick look through my music app reveals these choices, presented in no particular order:

Merry Flippin’ Christmas —Bowling For Soup
This has some fun, up tempo songs including “Father Christmas” and “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy.” Humorous and irreverent.

Doo Wop Around The Christmas Tree — The Mighty Echoes
Who doesn’t enjoy doo wop? This is a great album to sing along to. Just don’t strain yourself trying to sing all of the parts at the same time.

The Andy Williams Christmas Album — Andy Williams
A sentimental favorite, one of the few Christmas albums we had growing up.
3 Plenty of classic songs here as well as some new favorites. “A Song And A Christmas Tree” always cracks up my family. We still insist the line is “Hippos on a whale.”

Barenaked for the Holidays — The Barenaked Ladies
Some crazy fast songs and plenty of slow classics from BNL. If you don’t love “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” with Sarah McLachlan, you haven’t heard it.

A Heavy Metal Christmas/A Heavy Metal Christmas Too/Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing — Christopher Lee.
He was Dracula
4. He was a Bond villain. He was Saruman. He may have been the real inspiration for James Bond. And he fronted a metal act that recorded a bunch of Christmas songs.

There are plenty of other albums in my playlist including a
lot of Irish music, but these are some of the quirky ones to start your season with.

1 Yes, that’s an album joke. Like record player. I’m really old.

2 For a change.

3 Young me may or may not have once said “Andy Williams, he’s my kind of guy.”

4 And many other monsters.