I have a confession to make. I love Christmas music. It’s as cliché as my annual viewings of Love, Actually. But Christmas music gets a bad rap, and I hope to change that. We’re inundated before we’ve even finished our turkey dinner; bombarded by the sounds of Josh Groban as we shop for paper towels and get our teeth cleaned.
However, amongst the incessant kitsch of All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, there are some songs that genuinely ignite the Christmas spirit from within. So I’ve compiled my girly music Christmas Party playlist. We’ve got some throwback soul, a pop star staple, and even a few girl groups, courtesy of Phil Spector. You know, before he got all murdery. Merry Chrismas, y’all. If you need me, I’ll be fast-forwarding through all the Laura Linney scenes. Girlfriend caught a tough break.
:Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas Is You:
:The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride:
:The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping:
:Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home):
:Zooey Deschanel And Leon Redbone – Baby, It’s Cold Outside:
:Coldplay – 2000 Miles (The Pretenders Cover):
:Otis Redding – White Christmas:
:Jack Johnson – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer:
:Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time Is Here:
:Ella Fitzgerald – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve:
:Rilo Kiley – X-Mas Cake:
:Neko Case – Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis:
:Joni Mitchell – River: