Music Monday Playlist: Holiday Hits 2014

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on December 08, 2014

Whatever the holiday season means to you (Christmas, Hannukkah, Kwanzaa, gift giving), you're definitely going to need a solid playlist at one point or another, whether it's for a family gathering or spiked eggnog-fueled ugly sweater party. 

Look no further than our Holiday Hits playlist on Spotify. It's just under 2 hours of holiday cheer, but avoids those cheesy carols your aunt used to play on scratched-up CDs. We compiled the best covers and original tunes from some of our favorite artists. There're classics like Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run," John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" sung by Darlene Love mixed in with recent releases from Mark Kozelek ("O Christmas Tree") and Chris Farren ("Emo Revival Christmas 2014"). 

You'll also hear RUN-DMC's "Christmas in Hollis," Kanye West's Response "Christmas in Harlem,""Christmas Song" by Mogwai, "Xmas Time is Here Again" from My Morning Jacket, "Wonderful Christmastime" sung by The Shins,  and LCD Soundsystem's "Oh You (Christmas Blues)," just to name a few. 

Scroll down to stream the playlist and peep the track list. 

01 "Xmas Time is Here Again" My Morning Jacket 
02 "Run Rudolph Run - Single Version" Chuck Berry 
03 "The Midnight Clear" Sufjan Stevens 
04 "Just Like Christmas" Low
05 "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis" Tom Waits
06 "Oh You (Christmas Blues)" LCD Soundsystem
07 "O Christmas Tree" Mark Kozelek
08 "Christmas At The Zoo" The Flaming Lips
09 "Emo Revival Christmas Hymnal" Fleet Foxes
10 "White Winter Hymnal" Fleet Foxes
11 "The Christmas Song" She & Him
12 "I Want You For Christmas" Cheap Trick
13 "Baby It's Cold Outside" Willie Nelson, Nora Jones 
14 "Blue Christmas" Bright Eyes
15 "Father Christmas" The Kinks
16 "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" John Lennon, Yoko Ono
17 "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" Darlene Love
18 Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" Bruce Springsteen
19 "Little Saint Nick" The Beach Boys
20 "Do They Know It's Christmas" Band Aid
21 "Christmas in Hollis" RUN-DMC
22 "Christmas in Harlem" Kanye West, Prynce Cy Hi, Teyana Taylor
23 "Wonderful Christmas Time" The Shins
24 "In The Cold, Cold Night" The White Stripes
25 "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)" The Ramones
26 "Sleigh Ride" TLC
27 "Christmas Lights" Coldplay 
28 "Christmas" Rogue Wave
29 "Fairytale of New York" The Pogues, Kristy MacColl
30 "Boots" The Killers
31 "Christmas Song" Mogwai
32 "Christmas Treat" Julian Casablancas
33 "Christmas Tears - Live" Eric Clapton 

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See Also:

Cultivora's Holiday Gift Guide 2014
Staff Picks: Favorite Festival Acts of 2014 
Playlist: Best of the Fest 2014