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Holiday Playlist: Oldies Edition

Happy December! To welcome you back to campus, we’re throwing it all the way back to the era of black and white TV and rotary phones with an Oldies Holiday Playlist.


Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry

Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys

Jingle Bell Rock by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano

Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams

Caroling Classics

Happy Holiday / The Holiday Season by Andy Williams

Twelve Days of Christmas by Bing Crosby

(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays by Perry Como

Here We Come a-Caroling / We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Perry Como

Sick Solos

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love

Sleigh Ride by Ella Fitzgerald


Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Frank Sinatra and Dorothy Kirsten

(Okay, hear me out. For years I’ve canceled this one because it sounds, well, rapey. Check out this feminist interpretation by Variety. We should really be railing against the maiden aunt.)

Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt

Sad Ones

Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon

Last Christmas by Wham!

When You Want to Feel Like a Kid Again

You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft

A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

Silver And Gold by Burl Ives

Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) by Gene Autry

(You may opt to include Rudolph, Frosty, and the gang, but tbh they annoy me.)

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas by Perry Como & The Fontaine Sisters

(*cue Home Alone 2 sequence*)


Carol of the Bells

(I prefer the John Williams arrangement from the original Home Alone soundtrack, but any orchestra works.)

Silver Bells by Dean Martin

I’ll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams) by Frank Sinatra

The Sentimentals

The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) by Nat King Cole

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra

And my personal favorite…

White Christmas by The Drifters



Modern Exception:

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey

Acceptable Substitute:

Michael Bublé’s Christmas album

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