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Top 10 Holiday Tracks of 2011

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In Chicago, we have the popular and often elusive ”Holiday Train”, where an entire train is decked and trimmed top to bottom with Christmas decor, red & green lights, elven attendants, and an actual guy dressed as Santa riding on the outside of the train (bless him). Christmas music plays from the speakers and its filled with kids, parents, and unsuspecting commuters like myself who are just a little too claustrophobic to feel any of it’s supposed cheer. This week is like the Holiday Train of Mp3s, and it’s the last one for the here. Here’s 10 tracks ready to replace Michael Buble this Holiday. Happy Holidays and we’ll see you in 2012, our last year on Earth. That joke will not age well next year, trust me.

-Jeremy D. Larson
Content Director 

Bahamas – “Christmas Must Be Tonight”

 Top 10 Holiday Tracks of 2011

What a great take on The Band’s Christmas classic. Bahamas is a moniker for guitarist/songwriter Afie Jurvanen, and sure as the title for the Bushfire label holiday comp implies, this is a warm, trés mellow crackler. -JL

 

Vanessa Carlton – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

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Save for it being stripped down a touch, it’s a pretty faithful cover to the original that resonantes strongly today. Call me sappy, but that soft spot for Carlton’s voice is going absolutely no where. -JL


Class Actress – “Silent Night”

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After years of hearing renditions of “Silent Night” that make us weep, this Class Actress version makes us feel all warm and fuzzy and naughty inside. – CC

Class Actress – “Silent Night”

Diamond Rugs – “Christmas in A Chinese Restaurant”

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Some much-needed black humor to match the other wise immaculate white snow of the season; the pain of being alone in the year’s jolliest season stings hardest thanks to John McCauley’s vocals. Hum this little carol the next time you feel ho-ho-horrible. -CC

Damien Jurado – “Christmas Time Is Here”

 Top 10 Holiday Tracks of 2011

Just have a soft spot for this one, and Jurado suggests his melody as lazily as the muted trumpet, like the last song before you pass out after the holiday party. –JL

Damien Jurado – “Christmas Time Is Here”

My Morning Jacket feat. The Head & The Heart – “When The Bell Starts Ringing”

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This indie-rock super super group create a track that is as cliched as any past holiday carol, but with a real air of somberness and pristine beauty. It reinforces the sanctity of the Xmas experience, while also working to create a new musical tradition. Deck the halls with this one from here on out. -CC

My Morning Jacketfeat. The Head & The Heart - “When The Bells Start Ringing”

Gruff Rhys – “Post Apocalypse Christmas”

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The birth of Jesus Christ as told through the “semi-melted eyes of a nuclear holocaust survivor.” Quick, print the sheet music for this little ditty posthaste. -CC

The Stone Foxes – “Christmas Wave”

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I love these old surf-themed songs, and the idea of a “Christmas” wave coming crashing down on you filled with boxes of presents and tinsel and trimmings and turkey and pine trees. Roland Emerich if you’re reading this can you please make a movie about a Christmas Wave bent on wiping out human civilization? You’ll thank me later. Theme song is already done for you. -JL

The Stone Foxes – “Christmas Wave”

Summer Camp – “All I Wonderful Christmas Is You”

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One of our favorite rear-view duos throw two holiday gems into the machine from The Fly and come out with a charming little mutant. -JL

Wye Oak – “Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day”

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Ya know what Christmas music doesn’t have enough of? Electro beats and a sense of emotional desolation. -CC

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