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Rockin’ Around The Christmas Playlist

Get in the Christmas Groove with some of our favorite Christmas tracks

It’s that time of the year again! You’re throwing your back out to get those Christmas lights perfectly aligned on the front of your house, hiding from your creepy great, great uncle, who had to walk five miles to school, uphill both ways in the snow, or grabbing a bottle of wine and heading over for friendsmas with the buds. If you haven’t guessed it yet, it’s Christmas time! What better way of adding to the Christmas joy (and to relieve a little stress) than sharing some of our favorite Christmas tunes for those long trips stuffed in between presents and to-go plates.

 

“The Season’s Upon Us” – Dropkick Murphys

Now if my family’s Christmas gathering was anything like this, it would be the most anticipated holiday of the year! The Dropkick Murphys take us along on their journey with annoying sisters, mothers who like to push our buttons, and nephews who have a bad habit of giving inappropriate gifts. Not to mention, just the tune of the song makes you think Christmas. “The Season’ Upon Us” is actually a song that I listen to all year round, especially if I am in the mood for a good laugh!

“Christmas in Hollywood” – Hollywood Undead

Yet another funny and exciting tale of Christmas mayhem. The guys in Hollywood Undead paint us an amazing Christmas tale filled with an imposter Santa Claus, a flirtatious Mrs. Claus, and a memorable night for the kids who just want to have a little fun on Christmas. Although there isn’t an official music video, the lyrics will totally paint a hilarious picture for you. This would definitely be a song you want to hide from your great, great grandparents though!

“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” – Home Free

Coming in third is a classic Christmas song with an a capella twist. The guys in Home Free start the video off by going door to door Christmas caroling only to have a few doors shut in their face. Not wanting to be sad on Christmas, the guys invite themselves into a house and try to help the owner get into the Christmas spirit by eating all his food, sleeping on the couch, and even hogging the TV. The best part of the music video however, are the outfits the guys wear. Who knew a 3 piece Christmas themed suit could be so hot!

“12 Redneck Days of Christmas” – Jeff Foxworthy

If you’ve ever left cold beer and pickled eggs for Santa Claus you might be a redneck. Come on, we all know someone who has totally started this Christmas tradition. For this comical rendition of the 12 days of Christmas we listen to comedian Jeff Foxworthy list all his Christmas gifts which vary from six cans of Spam, and some parts to a Mustang GT. Try your best not to think of the look on you’re favorite Rednecks face when they receive these off the wall Christmas Gifts, or that favorited Wal Mart Gift Card.

“Feliz Navidad” – Jose Feliciano

Who doesn’t remember driving to your family’s Christmas party with this song blaring on the radio! I mean seriously, as a kid I felt like a total bad ass that I could sing the spanish lines and not totally butcher them! This Christmas Classic was released in 2004 and has been ranked one of the top Christmas songs to date. I mean who doesn’t want to show off their dance moves to this while decorating the tree!   

“Christmas Don’t Be Late” – Alvin and the Chipmunks

This has to be one of my absolute favorite Christmas songs. Ever since I was a kid, I have had this song on repeat as soon as it hits November 24th (because we all know that’s when the Christmas season really starts) Our favorite group of adorable singing Chipmunks released this song in 1958! It’s safe to say that this particular Christmas tune will be played for years and generations to come as soon as Black Friday hits.

“You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” – Thurl Ravenscroft

Growing up, Dr. Seuss was my first favorite author. He not only helped me learn to read, but taught everyone about Green Eggs and Ham, how to speak for the trees, and about cats who wore hats and only wanted to make friends. But he also gave us a cult Christmas Classic that to this day has held a very special place in my heart, and given me the nickname Cindy Lou Who. How the Grinch Stole Christmas was originally composed for the 1966 Christmas special. In 2000 we got a remake which left us rolling in our footie pajamas as Jim Carrey brought our favorite hairy, green Dr. Seuss character to life. To listen to Carrey’s version of the song click here.  

“Blue Christmas” – Elvis Presley

What kind of Christmas playlist would this be without the King? Elvis Aaron Presley began his music career in 1954 in Nashville Tennessee. Blue Christmas was released in 1957 for Elvis’s Christmas album and still makes my Pawpaw burst out in song whenever it comes over the speakers.

“All I Want for Christmas is You” – Mariah Carey

A romantic Christmas song? Yes, please! Mariah Carey took the world by storm with her most popular Christmas track in 1994. Mariah showed off her amazing pipes with this track and has given men a reason to swoon every time it comes on the radio. Not to mention the music video itself makes me want to have a Christmas up north where snow is guaranteed to fall (Here in NC we’re usually running the AC). If you’re into more rock and roll then Mariah, you can check out My Chemical Romance’s cover of the song here.

“Christmas Every Day” – Simple Plan

Simple Plan has been one of my all time favorite bands since middle school. What makes them even cooler in my book is that they have not one, but two christmas songs which of course will be blaring out of the speakers on my Christmas commute! You can’t help but want to sing at the top of you’re lungs while you decorate a Christmas tree and work on your gift list for your friends and family. Simple Plan’s other Christmas track “My Christmas List” was actually a secret track on the tail end of “Grow Up” off of their debut album No Pads… No Helmets… Just Balls. You can imagine the laughs that follow the track now as vocalist Pierre sings about wanting a PS2, and a lifetime supply of Skittles.

Bonus: “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch Trap Remix” – Coco Drops

Who doesn’t love a Christmas song with some serious bass to it! Although it’s not the full song it’s a great track which will have you beyond glad you have those subs in you’re trunk.

No matter how you celebrate Christmas, or who you celebrate it with, it’s always a great idea to add some fun tunes to help you and your friends and family get in the Christmas mood (alcoholic eggnog may not be a bad idea either). Have any songs on your Christmas Playlist that we didn’t mention above? Comment below and let us know what your go to Christmas track is! 

 

Born​ ​and​ ​raised​ ​in​ ​Winston​ ​Salem​ ​NC,​ ​Cindy​ ​is​ ​a​ ​professional​ ​taco​ ​enthusiast​ ​and​ ​proud Hufflepuff.​ ​Fangirl​ ​by​ ​day,​ ​and​ ​concert​ ​photojournalist​ ​by​ ​night,​ ​Cindy’s​ ​photography​ ​career started​ ​in​ ​2010​ ​when​ ​her​ ​fiance​ ​took​ ​her​ ​to​ ​her​ ​first​ ​local​ ​show.​ ​With​ ​a​ ​small​ ​Kodiak​ ​point​ ​and shoot​ ​in​ ​hand,​ ​she​ ​quickly​ ​fell​ ​in​ ​love​ ​with​ ​the​ ​local​ ​music​ ​scene​ ​and​ ​concert​ ​photography.​ ​With musical​ ​tastes​ ​varying​ ​from​ ​Acapella​ ​to​ ​Heavy​ ​Metal,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​telling​ ​what​ ​you​ ​will​ ​hear blaring​ ​from​ ​her​ ​headphones​ ​from​ ​day​ ​to​ ​day.​ ​When​ ​she​ ​is​ ​not​ ​spending​ ​time​ ​with​ ​her​ ​family, friends,​ ​or​ ​furbabies,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​find​ ​Cindy​ ​with​ ​her​ ​nose​ ​buried​ ​in​ ​yet​ ​another​ ​book,​ ​binging​ ​Netflix with​ ​her​ ​bearded​ ​better​ ​half,​ ​or​ ​out​ ​and​ ​about​ ​at​ ​various​ ​shows.

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