“All I Want for Christmas…” – A Musical Antidote for the Holidays

If you’re like me, your ears have had enough of treacly holiday music being piped in throughout the mall, in the grocery store, at the gas pump—everywhere! So here’s an eclectic playlist to counter the nausea that sweeps over you upon the assault of yet another rendering of “Jingle Bell Rock” or “Frosty the Snowman” or, goddess forbid, “The Little Drummer Boy.”

My thanks to Julie Holmes, Teran Hillger, Keith Glivens, Victor Saffrin, and Craig Hordlow for contributing to this playlist.

“Disorder In the House” – Warren Zevon + Bruce Springsteen

“Biblical Sense” – Pietasters

“Almost Like Being In Love” – Nat King Cole

“Baby, I’m Amazed” – Paul Macartney

“Diamonds on the Inside” – Ben Harper

“Ahab the Arab” – Ray Stevens

“”La Vie en Rose” – Tatiana Eva-Marie & Avalon

“Time of The Season”- The Zombies

“Deep River Blues” – Doc Watson (Guitar Tutorial)

“Put Your Records On” – Corinne Bailey Rae

“I Can’t Give You Anything but Love (1936)” – Django Reinhardt

“I’m Sorry” – Brenda Lee

“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

“The 59th Street Bridge Song” – Simon & Garfunkel

“I Only Have Eyes for You” – The Flamingos

“Heart On Fire” – Eric Church

“Up Where We Belong” – Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes

“Working My Way Back to You” – The Four Seasons

“Hookers and Cocaine” – Craig Hordlow

Note: Dr. Sigmund Freud struggles with a patient who seems to know more than him about sex and drugs. In this musical animation, San Francisco band Erogenous Jones sets the lyrics to their song “Hookers and Cocaine” to a fantastical story of a patient of Freud’s who frustrates the doctor when he refuses to take his advice on sex and drugs. The song referencing Huey Lewis and the News’ “I Want a New Drug” lyric. Music and lyrics by Craig Hordlow (lead vocals, guitar), with Aaron Xavier (drums, vocals) and Ryan Hailey (bass, vocals).

“West Side Chanukah Story” – Six13

“Somewhere My Love” – Andy Williams

“Kiss You All Over” – Exile

“Bring It on Home to Me” – Sam Cooke

“Fly Me to The Moon” – Frank Sinatra

“The Maginot Waltz” – Ralph McTell

“The Locomotion” – Little Eva

“Long Neck Bottles” – Captain Beefheart

“Send in the Clowns” – Judy Collins

5 thoughts on ““All I Want for Christmas…” – A Musical Antidote for the Holidays

  1. Thanks for this…… in all candor I could listen to 3/4 of the choices every day. As for the other 25%, I would rather listen to Little Drummer Boy every day (solely because it brings back memories of the wonderful Holidays I experiences in the 1950s and 60s.
    Overall all thanks for this eclectic list of alternatives . Happy Holidays, my friend


  2. Great eclectic list of alternative music especially the Jewish songs. We are enjoying the great variety of music too. Keep up the work. Well done


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