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Fergie 2012/12/15 00:00:00
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From, "O Holy Night," to "Baby It's Cold Outside" to "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer," there's a Christmas song for everyone. Every year, a myriad of musicians take a stab at reinventing Christmas classics and writing new songs, but few actually get added to the Christmas "canon" so to speak (not everyone can be Mariah Carey or Stevie Wonder.) This year, however, there were some pretty impressive releases.

Holidays Rule is a surprisingly diverse compilation put out by Starbucks' Hear Music label. Some highlights include a Rufus Wainwright/Sharon Van Etten duet, Paul McCartney's rendition of "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)", and "Wonderful Christmastime" by The Shins.

Cee Lo's Magic Moment by the the one and only Cee Lo is as fun as you'd expect, although his vocal style is more subdued and traditional than usual. He covers a variety of classics, but his original song "All I Need Is Love" is my favorite new holiday song this year. Oh yeah, and it features The Muppets. Check out the ridiculous music video below.

Silver & Gold by Sufjan Stevens is a five-disc box set that was recorded from 2006-2012. His previous Christmas album was also five discs, and I'm glad that this one is just as extensive because it does not disappoint. The last song titled "Christmas Unicorn" stands out the most. In the almost 13-minute track, Stevens combines whimsical-yet-skeptical lyrics with part of Joy Divisions "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Definitely the most innovative Christmas release this year.

Check them out and let us know -- what holiday music are you listening to this year?


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  • fallen 2013/01/19 01:25:40
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    fallen
  • RavenWing 2012/12/19 19:54:39
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    RavenWing
    Carol of the Bells, one of my favs.
  • Cunning Stunts 2012/12/18 11:57:05
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    Cunning Stunts
  • makayla 2012/12/18 02:21:42
  • David 2012/12/17 23:17:14
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    David
    They should play some heavy metal songs. ACDC, Metallica, and other goodies.
  • Mo 2012/12/17 20:17:08
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    Mo
    Carol of the Bells
  • Sperry23 2012/12/17 19:12:35
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    Sperry23
    +1
    None At All! If I can possibly avoid it, I do. I detest it.
  • Guess~GOD GOT IT~ 2012/12/17 18:47:30 (edited)
  • TikkiPurdy 2012/12/17 15:56:08
    "Cee Lo's Magic Moment" - Cee Lo
    TikkiPurdy
    I like that song a lot!
  • jerry.alan.carroll 2012/12/17 14:51:26
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    jerry.alan.carroll
    My mix that I created for a party I DJed for so I could relax and eat as well...message me if you want the link. 1 hr of the best xmas songs ever! No, not spam as i am not charging...i want to share the spirit!
  • MercuryZero (v.2) 2012/12/17 08:02:06
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    MercuryZero (v.2)


    My all time fav. :D
  • sally 2012/12/17 06:41:44
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    sally
    Meh I don't know but I've been listening to a lot of Sinatra and some christmas stuff he's done has come up :/
  • love.car.583 2012/12/17 05:39:06
  • Olimpia Nicula :) 2012/12/17 05:01:42
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    Olimpia Nicula :)
    im dreaming of a white christmas
  • Drageona 2012/12/17 02:55:33
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    Drageona
    I still prefer to older Christmas Carols that I grew up with. I do enjoy Grandma got run over by a Reindeer (we still laugh over that one). But I still like Bing Crosby and all the old songs. Never heard of the ones you have listed
  • Jan Haskell 2012/12/17 01:18:04
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    Jan Haskell
    Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters :)
  • JustBeingAtPeace 2012/12/16 22:22:08
    "Holidays Rule" - Various Artists
    JustBeingAtPeace
  • happyhappyhappy 2012/12/16 22:13:12
    "Silver & Gold" - Sufjan Stevens
    happyhappyhappy
    +1
    Sufjan Stevens' "Silver & Gold"!! And his older Christmas music too.
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/12/16 20:01:25
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    themadhare ~IJM
    Sunday morning football
  • Sister Jean 2012/12/16 19:53:06
  • juicebox07 2012/12/16 19:52:23
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    juicebox07
  • TKramar 2012/12/16 19:04:50
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    TKramar
    +1
    Whatever they have playing at work.

    So far I have NOT heard "Father Christmas" by the Kinks, "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" by John Lennon, "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney, Bob and Doug McKenzie's "12 Days of Christmas", Cheech and Chong's "Santa and His Old Lady".

    They play a lot of "classics", think I've even heard Louis Prima. But I have to wonder, since when is "The Sound of Music" Christmas music? They play two versions of "My Favorite Things", neither by Julie Andrews.
  • Gryffindor53 2012/12/16 18:07:20
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    Gryffindor53
    Never even heard of those...I'll stick with my Christmas classics, thanks.
  • Irene Cochran 2012/12/16 17:59:12
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    Irene Cochran
    Whatever plays on the stereo.
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/12/16 17:17:57
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    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
  • Elbuscus 2012/12/16 17:13:03
    "Silver & Gold" - Sufjan Stevens
    Elbuscus
    +1
    I LOVE SUFJAN STEVENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... and Phil Wickham's album Songs For Christmas :)
  • Butch 2012/12/16 16:59:03
  • wildcat 2012/12/16 16:25:20
  • kevin.m.koop 2012/12/16 15:43:58
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    kevin.m.koop
    I love listening to Rocksugar, They are a mash band. The song is "DON'T STOP THE SANTA MAN." It cracks me up whenever I hear it. It's Journey's DON'T STOP BELIEVING", with Metallica's "ENTER SANDMAN", mixed with a dash of "JINGLE BELLS." I find laughter is always the best medicine.
  • GaolBlaze 2012/12/16 15:39:04
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    GaolBlaze
    www.christmasfm.ie :D
  • Poet003 2012/12/16 15:30:41
    "Holidays Rule" - Various Artists
    Poet003
    +1
    Susan Boyle, Willie Nelson, the carpenters, trans-siberian orchestra, eastern orthodox,
    roman catholic, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley are some. I might by Holidays rule for the
    Wainwright song.I also have some jazz and blues christmas cds. I buy a lot of cds.
  • marty 2012/12/16 15:24:09
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    marty
    Whatever I can find that I'm in the mood for regardless of 'holiday' vs 'Christmas.'
  • Papillon 2012/12/16 15:22:54
  • Joe61 2012/12/16 14:18:59
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    Joe61
    I don;'t have any Holiday music that I like, we have our holidays during the summer months when the weather is warm. But I just love Christmas music such as carols etc. and could listen to some of them all year long, but I don't so patiently wait for Christmas to come around again.
  • Free Spirit 2012/12/16 09:38:31
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    Free Spirit
  • marty Free Sp... 2012/12/16 15:12:59
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    +1
    TSO rocks!
  • Dark Dragon Goddess 2012/12/16 07:13:35
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    Dark Dragon Goddess
    NONE!
  • SimmeringArtist 2012/12/16 02:15:02
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    SimmeringArtist
    +1
    Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi
  • jerry.a... Simmeri... 2012/12/17 14:53:57
    jerry.alan.carroll
    yup, i used both versions for the mix I made for a xmas party I DJed...loved the reactions when they heard them two mixed.
  • Splinter76 2012/12/16 02:12:45
    "Cee Lo's Magic Moment" - Cee Lo
    Splinter76
    +1
    His version of "Mary, Did You Know?" is fantastic.

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