Christmas Special: A Holiday Duel Playlist


2015AppetizerChristmas Special Happy holidays!
When the holiday season comes around (usually right after Thanksgiving these days), people kick into gear on listening to Christmas songs. Did you know that most of the holiday music that both mainstream and indie artists play comes often from the same pool of historical favorites?
This year we wanted to do something a little different. Since most holiday songs are often different artist versions of the same pool of music, what if we paired those iterations with each other, so that we can look closer at the specific spices and intriguing additions each artist makes to the song. Throw in a little history of how our favorite classic and contemporary holiday songs came about and you have the first in our holiday specials for 2015: A Holiday Duel (including a Silent Night cage match at the end of hour 2). You pick your favorite versions of these songs and let us know in the comments below.

Hour 1 Playlist

Sleeping At Last. “Silent Night” Christmas Collection 2015. Astroid-B612, 2015. 02:49
The Rocketboys. “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” 20,000 Ghosts Of Christmas. None, 2011. 04:33
Sleeping At Last. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” Christmas Collection 2015. Astroid-B612, 2015. 03:36
The Bird And The Bee. “Carol Of The Bells” Carol Of The Bells-Single Of The Week. Blue Note Label Group, 2007. 02:04

Mae. “Carol Of The Bells” Happy Christmas: A Tootha and Nail Christmas. Capitol Christian Music Group, 2012. 03:53
Beta Radio. “Carol Of The Banjos” The Songs The Season Brings: Vol. 3. Reimagine Music, 2013. 01:00

Seabird. “Joy To The World” Paste Holdiay Sampler 2013. Paste Music, 2013. 04:19
Pawnshop Kings. “Joy To The World” Snow Globe: A Christmas Collection. Provident Label Group, 2013. 02:56

Trans-Siberian Orchestra. “What Child Is This?” The Lost Christmas Eve. Lava Records LLC, 2004. 05:59
Sleeping At Last. “What Child Is This?” Christmas Collection 2015. Astroid-B612, 2015. 03:15

Brandon Heath. “Silent Night” Give Hope This Christmas-A Gift From Blood: Water Mission. Blood: Water Mission, 2013. 02:25
The Last Bison. “Carol Of The Bells” Paste Holiday Sampler 2013. Paste Music, 2013. 01:00

Beta Radio. “O Holy Night” The Songs The Season Brings: Vol. 3. Reimagine Music, 2011. 03:10
Musiq Soulchild. “O Holy Night” iTunes Holiday Sampler. iTunes, 2009. 04:22
Beta Radio. “The First Noel” The Songs The Season Brings: Vol. 3. Reimagine Music, 2011. 02:17
Weezer. “The First Noel” Christmas With Weezer. DGC Records, 2008. 02:23

Mahalia Jackson. “Silent Night” Wonderful Christmas Time. Sony Music, 2001. 02:54
Sinead O’Conner. “Silent Night” Christopher and Bands Make Your Holidays Bright!. Banks Music, 2010. 03:43

Hour 2 Playlist

(Holiday Special Theme Song) Mae. “Carol Of The Bells” Happy Christmas: A Tooth and Nail Christmas. Capitol Christian Music Group, 2012. 01:45
Matthew Perryman Jones and Hannah Miller. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Give Hope This Christmas-A Gift From Blood: Water Mission. Blood: Water Mission, 2012. 03:11
Willie Nelson feat Norah Jones. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Christopher and Banks Make Your Holidays Bright!. Banks Music, 2010. 03:58
Little Hurricane. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Paste Holdiay Sampler 2013. Paste Music, 2013. 02:50

Flyleaf. “Do You Hear What I Hear” All Around Me EP. Interscoper Records, 2010. 02:57
Spiraling. “Do You Hear What I Hear-Baba O’Reiley” Single. Spiraling, 2011. 03:16
Copeland. “Do You Hear What I Hear” Maybe This Christmas Tree. Nettwerk Productions, 2004. 03:32

U2. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” A Very Special Christmas Vol 1. Special Olympics International, 1987. 02:19
No Sinner. “Baby Please Come Home” All Is Bright Radio Sampler. Mascot Music Productions, 2014. 03:01

Death Cab For Cutie. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” Maybe This Christmas Tree. Nettwerk Productions, 2004. 03:03
Zach Williams & The Bellow. “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” A Little Christmas Cheer. Arson Media Group, 2011. 03:46
Kutless. “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” This Is Christmas-EP. Capitol Christian Music Group, 2011. 03:31

Bess Rogers. “LIttle Saint Nick” Single. Bess Rogers, 2010. 02:36
Beach Boys. “Little Saint Nick” Good Vibrations; Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys. Capitol Records, 1993. 01:49

Coolfield. “Let It Snow ft. For Summer Hopes” A Very Indie Christmas. None, 2008. 03:24
Dean Martin. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” Christopher and Banks Make Your Holidays Bright!. Banks Music, 2010. 01:58

(The Silent Night Cage Match)
Wynonna. “Silent Night” iTunes Holiday Sampler. Curb Records, 2009. 03:27
Sarah McLachlan. “Silent Night” iTunes Holiday Sampler. Curb Records, 2009. 03:48
Johnny Cash. “Silent Night” Personal Christmas Collection. Sony Music, 1994. 03:26
Western Lows. “Silent NIght” Festivus!. Highline Records, 2013. 03:19

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