I’m picky about my music, and every song has a shelf-life with me. While there are a few songs that will always remain listenable, most music expires after I hear it more than a couple of dozen times.

My feelings apply to my favorite genres: new wave, punk, and industrial. It also applies to Christmas music.

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want some songs I don’t know
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true oh
All I want for Christmas is new tunes

I’m not John Cusack, but I used to make Christmas music tapes as cheap and free gifts for my friends. Then I started burning Christmas CDs with [not pirated, I would never steal] found music.

Now I do Spotify.

So here’s this year’s Christmas music mix of songs I can tolerate, some classics, and some new additions to my list. Gone are the kitschy covers and deep cuts of years past because I cannot listen to those deep cuts, anymore.

Hope you have fun with it, and remember one quick thing about making a Christmas list: the only that matters is Darlene Love.


  1. Thank you LFR. Years in retail have made my heart cold to 90% of the Christmas music out there. My family is appalled.

  2. You missed a great one — Drunk on Christmas, by Jimmy Fallon and John Rich. For my money, it’s a new holiday classic …

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