Artists Share Their Favorite Christmas Music

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 12.17.14 in Features

As filmmaker Mitchell Kezin discovered in making his documentary Jingle Bell Rocks!, people listen to Christmas music for many reasons, and the songs often serve as a way to relive childhood. We reached out to artists from Wayne Coyne (who’s featured in the documentary), to Joan Jett, to Sleigh Bells and more to find out what they’ll be listening to this holiday season.

[Read Jaan Uhelszki's feature on Jingle Bell Rocks! here.]

Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips)

Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”
Bing Crosby and David Bowie, “Peace on Earth”
Jeff Buckley, “Holy Ghost”
The Pogues, “Fairytale of New York”

Joan Jett

Johnny Mathis, “Silent Night”
Bing Crosby with David Bowie, “Little Drummer Boy”
Burl Ives, “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer”
Kenny Laguna, “Home for Christmas”
Darlene Love, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
The Kinks, “Father Christmas”
Burl Ives, “Holly Jolly Christmas”

Joy Williams (The Civil Wars)

Nat King Cole, “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)”
Ella Fitzgerald, “Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
Jeff Buckley, “Corpus Christi Carol”
Irving Berlin, “White Christmas”
Vince Guaraldi Trio, “What Child Is This”
Nat King Cole, “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”
Burl Ives, “A Holly Jolly Christmas”
The Carpenters, “Silent Night”
Wham!, “Last Christmas”

Joe Perry (Aerosmith)

“Run Run Rudolph”
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”
“Little Drummer Boy”
“Jingle Bell Rock”
“Blue Christmas”

Dave Hartley (The War on Drugs)

Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas”
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”
Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas is You”
The Band, “Christmas Must Be Tonight”
“O Holy Night”
“Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming”

Father John Misty

Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)”

Michael Angelakos (Passion Pit)

Cissy Houston, “O Holy Night”
Mahalia Jackson, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”
Richie Petrie, “Little Drummer Boy”
Paul McCartney, “Wonderful Christmas Time”
Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Christmas Time Is Here”

Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells)

Darlene Love, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
The Ronettes, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”
Run-D.M.C., “Christmas In Hollis”
The Waitresses, “Christmas Wrapping”
Brenda Lee, “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”

Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Bob Mould Band, the Mountain Goats)

The Supremes, “Little Bright Star”
Big Star, “Jesus Christ”
Alan Mann Band, “Christmas on the Block”
The Kinks, “Father Christmas”
Ramones, “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)”
The Jackson 5, “Up On the House Top”

John Doe (X)

Any Christmas song by Charles Brown (“Please Come Home For Christmas,” “Wrap Yourself In A Christmas Package,” “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Christmas in Heaven,” etc.)
Merle Haggard, “If We Make It Through December”
James Brown, “Santa Go Straight to the Ghetto”
Darlene Love, “White Christmas”
Del McCoury, “Call Collect on Christmas”
Aimee Mann, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
Clyde Lasley &the Cadillac Baby Specials, “Santa Came Home Drunk”
Nick Lowe, “Christmas at the Airport”
Brenda Lee, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
B. Bumble & the Stingers, “Nut Rocker”

JD McPherson:

Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, “White Christmas”
Bing Crosby & David Bowie on Bing’s 1977 Christmas Special, “Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth”
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Feat. the Rosette Gospel Singers), “Silent Night”
Lightnin’ Hopkins, “Happy New Year”
Run-D.M.C., “Christmas in Hollis”
Judy Garland, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Elvis Presley, “Santa Claus is Back In Town”
Chuck Berry, “Run Run Rudolph”
Ronnie Spector, “Frosty the Snowman”
Mahalia Jackson, “What Can I Give”