We’ve brought you a Mad Men era holiday party playlist and a Christmas hits of the 80s and 90s playlist, and now it’s time to bring you A Blue (Note) Christmas! These songs are sure to get you in a festive mood and all that you have to do is press play.
You can’t go wrong with Frank Sinatra or Michael Buble, but we wanted to bring you something a little less traditional this season. This playlist is full of both covers of Christmas classics and new songs. It even includes a few songs by past and future Blue Note performers like Andrew Bird and Dan + Shay.
1. “A Great Big Sled” – The Killers
The Killers are becoming more widely killing it with holiday music. They come out with a holiday song almost every year. This is their first (and in my opinion their best) one for your listening pleasure.
2. “Lonely Christmas Eve” – Ben Folds
Written from the point of view of the Grinch, you might recognize this jazzy song from the movie’s soundtrack, and you’ll definitely recognize Ben Folds from our lineup of concerts this spring.
3. “A Willie Nice Christmas” – Kacey Musgraves & Willie Nelson
There’s nothing more exciting than finding out two Blue Note veterans linked up to make a quality Christmas song. There’s a healthy use of ukulele in this mellow song, and if you know anything about Willie Nelson, you can probably guess the subject matter.
4. “Player’s Ball” – Outkast
Some people might try to argue that this isn’t a Christmas song, but I argue otherwise. Just listen.
5. “Christmas Song” – India.Arie & Stevie Wonder
There have been so many different covers of this song, but I think this soulful version featuring Stevie Wonder is definitely the merriest.
6. “Hey Guys! It’s Christmas Time!” – Sufjan Stevens
Songs like this make for a new era of Christmas classics that might actually make you like Christmas music again. Sufjan Stevens gifts us with plenty of original music to truly get us in the holiday spirit with his album “Songs for Christmas.” With over 40 songs, the album could be a playlist itself.
Stream away! We hope you enjoy, and we hope your holiday season is blue in the best way possible.
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This post was written by Abigail Dempsey, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.