Sunday, December 24, 2023

My Christmas 2023 Playlist

Accurate depiction of my children every year. "*!#&* socks again."
 By Claire Booth

It’s time for my annual Christmas music list, and once again there’s no rhyme or reason to my picks. The last year I did this, readers responded with some of their own favorites, which have made their way onto my own list. Here are a few:

A truly lovely album.
“Hey, Skinny Santa” J.D. McPherson, recommended by Eric Cartner.

“She Won’t Be Home (Lonely Christmas)” Erasure, recommended by Marcus Donner.

A wonderful take on “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen” by Los Straitjackets, recommended by Andrew Blasko.

“Santa’s Got a Dirty Job” Rich & Rowe, recommended by Rosanne Urban. And if you want even more irreverence, I like “Christmas Dirtbag,” a Wheatus re-take of their classic “Teenage Dirtbag.”

“Hallelujah,” specifically the version by k.d. lang, recommended by Grace Koshida.

“River” was recommended multiple times, specifically the version by Jim Cuddy and of course, the original version by Joni Mitchell herself (recommended by Danna Wilberg and Grace Koshida).

And now for my list. These songs aren’t necessarily new, but they’re either new to me or ones that have re-entered my rotation this year.

What’s that Sound?” J.D. McPherson

 “Rock the Christmas Cheer” The Bongos

 “I Want an Alien for Christmas This Year” Fountains of Wayne

 “Christmas Time” Rogue Wave

 “The Christmas Song” The Raveonettes

 “This Christmas,” Donny Hathaway

Reindeer, Jon Pardi. The best song off his new Christmas album. 

“Holiday Mood” The Apples in stereo

 “Christmas Wish,” Gregory Porter

 “Twinkle Twinkle Little Me,” Samara Joy

 “My Heart and Soul (I Need You Home for Christmas),” Suzi Quatro

A new song from The Bongos. A Christmas miracle!

 And if you’re just not feeling it this year:

“Another Lonely Christmas,” Prince

“Is It New Year’s Yet?” Sabrina Carpenter

And to readers near and far, have a wonderful holiday season, and as always, thanks for reading. - Claire


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