As the saying goes, it's the most wonderful time of the year. Here in Austin, we can often miss some of the signs that the winter holidays are approaching, since it's not uncommon to wear shorts on Christmas and we don't see the vibrant display of fall colors on many of our trees that people in other parts of the country get to experience.
One surefire way to know that the holidays are coming is when we hear the first Christmas song blaring over the loudspeakers in a store - which, admittedly, is often way too early.
That said, we here at Monkee-Boy are lucky to live and work here in Austin, the Live Music Capitol of the World. So it's only fitting that we share with you some of our staff's holiday favorites.
So whether you are decorating your tree, addressing your holiday cards, doing your holiday baking, or driving around searching for that perfect gift, we invite you to take a listen to our holiday playlist. The holidays are crazy enough, so we even made it even easier for you, with a Spotify and a YouTube version.
We hope that you have a holiday season that leaves you feeling more like George Bailey and less like Scrooge. Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2017!
Without further ado - can we get a drum roll, please? - here’s our 2016 Monkee-Boy Holiday Playlist and why each song made our list:
“What You Want for Christmas” by the Quad City DJs
All Star Christmas - 1996
“We found this rare gem during the holidays at Monkee-Boy 6ish some years ago and it never fails to bring a smile to my face. It also has a pretty sick beat and has the best use of jingle bells...ever.” - Aaron Bramwell
“I Have a Little Dreidel” by Barenaked Ladies
Barenaked For The Holidays - 2014
“This song makes me nostalgic for spending time with family and playing games over Hanukkah.” - David Saunders
“Hallelujah” by Pentatonix
A Pentatonix Christmas - 2016
“This song is even more poignant in light of Leonard Cohen's recent passing. This version is a refreshing, yet still touching rendition.” - Emily Coleman
“Christmas in New Orleans” by Louis Armstrong
“I picked this song because...Louis Armstrong! I like that it has the big band feel but is still a Christmas song.” - Emmett Newton
“Last Christmas” by Wham!
Music from the Edge of Heaven - 1984
“It’s the only acceptable holiday song, really.” - James “Stoney” Burks
“Dominick the Donkey” by Lou Monte
Single - 1960
“I love classic holiday songs but this one gets me. It's unique, fun, and my kids love it. The holidays have many mascots but none of them have anything on Dominick. A donkey who helps Santa deliver presents to waiting kids in Italy? It's the song I look forward to the most when I fire up holiday songs.” - James Fleeting
“12 Days of Christmas” by John Denver & The Muppets
A Christmas Together - 1979
“This song brings back good memories of childhood Christmases.” - Jessica Canales
“This Christmas” by Donny Hathaway
Donny Hathaway - 1971
“I remember this as one of the first hip Christmas songs that came out. It's just the best. I could listen to it on repeat.” - Joe Pickerill
“Carol of the Bells” by Orion’s Reign
Single - 2014
“This song is more my style, using guitars and drums, than some of the more traditional carols.” - John Hoover
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” - Gene Autry
Single - 1947
“This carol reminds me of Christmas as a child.” - Juan Reyes
“Pretty Paper” by Willie Nelson
Pretty Paper - 1979
“Every Christmas growing up, we put on Willie Nelson’s Christmas record. It felt fitting to have Willie serenading us as we opened presents in Austin and had our holiday feast.” - Nicole Basham
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Thurl Ravenscroft
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - 1966
“I honestly detest all Christmas music, but if I had to choose, I’d go with this song.” - Pete Gautier
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
Merry Christmas - 1994
“It is *the* first song I think of when I hear ‘holiday season’. I don't know what that says about me but if you’re gonna jam to any holiday song, it should be this one.” - Savannah Solis
“Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi Trio
A Charlie Brown Christmas - 1965
“I chose this song because it's upbeat and reflects the anticipation and excitement for Christmas.” - Shirley Lin
“Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber
Under The Mistletoe - 2011
“My freshman algebra teacher played Christmas music all year round and pretty much ruined holiday songs for me, but this is what I would pick.” - Spencer Guerra
Take a listen to the entire playlist on Spotify here:
Not a fan of Spotify? Here's the playlist on YouTube:
We’ve shared the best holiday songs, carefully selected by our Monkees, and now it’s your turn.
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