My holiday boxed set

What began in 1999 as a two-CD set of my favorite holiday songs has steadily grown to a 93-song playlist conveniently aranged as a 4-CD set. What I'm most proud of is the mix of artists, genres, and styles. Rock and roll, soul, comedy, blues, lounge, R&B, and big bands all come together in the service of the season.

Since there's no way I could legally produce such a set of discs (or circulate its files online), the most I can do is post the playlist for your perusal.

Disc 1

  • XTC: Thanks for Christmas
  • Elvis Presley: Blue Christmas
  • The Temptations: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Salsoul Orchestra: Little Drummer Boy
  • R.E.M.: Deck the halls
  • Chris Squire & Alan White: Run with the fox
  • The Pretenders: 2,000 Miles
  • Enya: Oiche chiun
  • Queen: Thank God it's Christmas
  • The Waitresses: Christmas wrapping
  • The Beach Boys: Little Saint Nick
  • Cheap Trick: Come On Christmas
  • Chuck Berry: Run Rudolph, run
  • Los Lobos: Rudolph the manic reindeer
  • Heart: Here is Christmas
  • Jon Anderson: Easier said than done
  • Jethro Tull: Ring solstice bells
  • Chris Isaak: Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer: I believe in Father Christmas
  • The Kinks: Father Christmas
  • Bruce Springsteen: Merry Christmas, baby

Disc 2

  • Paul McCartney: Wonderful Christmastime
  • Eurythmics: Winter wonderland
  • Vince Guaraldi Trio: What Child Is This
  • Adrian Legg: Silent night - the movie
  • The Beach Boys: Frosty the snowman
  • Vincent Lopez: I'd Like To Find You In My Stocking
  • The Smithereens: Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me
  • Sara Groves: Toy Packaging
  • David Bowie & Bing Crobsy: Little drummer boy/Peace on Earth
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer: The nutrocker
  • Dave Edmunds: Run Run Rudolph
  • Elton John: Step into Christmas
  • Deborah Holland: It only comes once a year
  • Happy Rhodes: Oh holy night
  • Don Ho: Mele Kalikimaka
  • Bobby Roberts & His Orchestra: Medley (Jingle Bells/Just In Time/The Best Things In Life Are Free)
  • Bob & Doug Mackenzie: Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Run D.M.C.: Christmas in Hollis
  • The Eagles: Please come home for Christmas
  • Bruce Springsteen: Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • John Lennon: Happy Christmas (War is over)

Disc 3

  • The Smithereens: Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Billy Squier: Christmas is the time to say "I love you"
  • Ringo Starr: The Christmas Dance
  • Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass: Jingle Bell Rock
  • Tex Beneke: Sleigh Ride
  • The Ventures: Frosty the Snowman
  • The Bird And The Bee: Carol of the Bells
  • Jon Anderson: Where were you
  • Tom Lorenz: Stille Nacht
  • Brave Combo: Jingle Bells
  • The Soulful Strings: Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairy
  • Holiday People: Little Drummer Boy
  • The Pretenders: Have yourself a merry little Christmas
  • North American Air Defense Command: Here Comes Santa Claus
  • Sarah Silverman: Give The Jew Girl Toys
  • Li'l Wally & The Harmony Boys: Santa Is On His Way
  • The Beatles: Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
  • Chris Isaak: Blue Christmas
  • The dB's: Home For The Holidays
  • Barenaked Ladies: Wonderful Christmas Time
  • Tommy Conwell & the Young Rumblers: Run Rudolph, Run (Live)
  • Bob Atcher & The Dinning Sisters: Christmas Island
  • Jim Horn: Silver Bells
  • Guitar Ensemble: White Christmas
  • Shirley Alston: Winter Wonderland
  • Collingswood Community Theater: Deck The Halls
  • Vince Guaraldi Trio: Christmastime Is Here

Disc 4

  • The Soulful Strings: The Little Drummer Boy
  • The Beach Boys: Christmas Day
  • Peter Cetera: Silent night
  • Fleming & John: Winter Wonderland/Misty Mountain Hop
  • Heart: Blue Christmas
  • Chris Isaak: Mele Kalikimaka
  • Lou Donaldson: Jingle Bells
  • Esquivel: Here Comes Santa Claus
  • Thurl Ravenscroft: You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Mr. Heatmiser
  • Ron Tinsley & Patric J. Miller: Good King Swing
  • Barenaked Ladies: I Have A Little Dreidel
  • Otis Redding: Merry Christmas Baby
  • Cheap Trick: Christmas Christmas
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds: (Rockin') Winter Wonderland
  • B. Bumble & The Stingers: Nutrocker
  • Richard Cheese: Jingle Bells
  • Salsoul Orchestra: Joyful Spirit
  • The Drifters: White Christmas
  • Vincent Lopez: Medley (Frosty The Snowman/All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth/Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer)
  • Lester Lanin & His Orchestra: Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairie
  • Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass: Winter Wonderland
  • Mary Wells: Jingle Bell Rock
  • Ray Charles: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Band Aid: Do They Know It's Christmas?
  • B.B. King: Auld Lang Syne

Do with this as you wish. Just know that a good deal of thought and planning have gone into this list. It wasn't just slapped together--it was carefully programmed, keeping in mind the old Four Corner Rule that once applied to vinyl albums. Make of it what you will.