I like listening to Christmas music. I really do. But sometimes it feels like a chore. Listening to a Johnny Mathis Christmas album is like eating an entire box of Krispy Kremes: it seems like a good idea only for the first five minutes. I wouldn’t complain if Mannheim Steamroller were all detained at Guantanamo. Apparently it’s hard for an artist to put a fresh spin on ancient carols. Alternatively, there aren’t a lot of great new songs being written about Christmas, and those supposedly funny “irreverent” songs about Santa going on a whiskey bender are pretty pointless. What’s worse, they almost make me want to listen to Mannheim Steamroller.
I don’t have any answers for this, except that I’ve made a mix of music every year that I think passes the smell test. This year, in honor of the Beatles/iTunes deal, I’ve given it a bit of a Fab Four flavor, with a few odd mashups to keep it interesting. The tracklist for the 2010 version is above, and the link to the mix is here. Last year’s version bounced around the internet a fair amount, and so if you missed it you can grab the 2009 mix here. I’ve uploaded the mixes from 2007 and 2008 as well. Happy listening!