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The Funkhouser Christmas Album: Part 4

Merry Chrismahanukwanzakah Funkhouser, and welcome to Part 4 of our ultimate Christmas playlist, which goes up on the site tomorrow. This is more anticipated than the last episodes of Serial and The Colbert Report combined, I can tell you that much. Twitter is abuzz.

Don’t get too distracted by all of this holiday cheer though–Krampus is coming.

 

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River — Joni Mitchell

I don’t want to love this song, but I love this song. The  singer-songwriters of the 1970’s just have a way of getting to me. Don’t you just wanna wrap up like warm toasty cinnamon bun and listen to it for days? No? Harumph.

While not explicitly a Christmas song, its appearance in 2003’s Love Actually solidifies its status as a contemporary heartsick girls’ holiday favorite.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays — NSYNC

Disclaimer: I cannot stand Christmas music, avoiding it like the plague seeing Christian Bale play Moses, but I received this album for Christmas way back in 1998. Don’t ask and you shall receive, that’s what I always say.

8-year old me was skeptical of said Christmas album, but look at those frosted tips–how could you say no?

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays was the penultimate original Christmas song of the album and it’s somewhat memorable for making you feel wonderful feelings from the floor to the ceiling.

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The Christmas Song (from The OC Chrismukkah Mix) — The Raveonettes

If you’re in the 20’s and The OC didn’t change your life then we had different experiences. The mixes of The OC were the perfect transition from teeny boy band pop to the angst of California boy rock. Even around the holidays (especially around the holidays) the characters of The OC and the indie artists that soundtracked their lives were especially bummed, and The Christmas Song, by Danish duo, The Raveonettes–summed it all up perfectly. You will feel like an teen again with this slow burner.

This is a song that, despite the title, you can listen to anytime.

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White Christmas by The Drifters and the Home Alone theme–these two tunes truly sum up a modern Americana Christmas. Somehow, a movie about a family abandoning their child over the holidays seems more spirited than It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story.

PS parents–Harry Potter movies do not equal Christmas movies just because it snows sometimes. Fools.

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Deck the Club — Ying Yang Twins

The Ying Yang Twins decking the club with boughs of money? What else really needs to be said?

FINE, I’m sorry.

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Just Another Christmas Song — Stephen Colbert

“The voice of this generation of this decade,” Stephen Colbert, filmed a Christmas special way back in 2008 that featured luminaries in music and comedy like Toby Keith, Jon Stewart, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Costello. In honor of Colbert’s last episode this week, I’m giving a tip of my hat to him for his song, Just Another Christmas Song, which is my favorite of the album that overtook Kanye’s on the iTunes chart for a solid … while.

Let the lyrics move you:

Ho! It’s another Christmas song
Whoa! Get ready brother for another Christmas song
They play for a month, Ad infinitum
One day it struck me someone must write ’em
So! It’s another Christmas song

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Father Christmas — The Kinks

Threatening to beat up Santa for money is truly rock n’ roll.

Those guys look tough.

 

Article written by Brennan English

Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. @BrennanKSR