The Upside: Holiday 12.05.18

The December holidays have begun! As a member of a multi-faith household, I'm always on the search for new, offbeat holiday songs to keep us going through the season.

This week I'm playing a great playlist of songs that celebrate Hanukah, Yule, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. I'm focusing on less-commonly heard tracks, covers from unexpected places, and some stuff that's just too upbeat to miss!

  • 8:59am Thanksgiving Theme by Vince Guaraldi Trio on Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown TV Specials (
  • 9:03am All I Want For Christmas Is You by My Chemical Romance on Gift Wrapped: 20 Songs That Keep On Giving (Warner Bros. Records)
  • 9:06am Adir Adirim (Featuring Victoria Hanna) by Balkan Beat Box on Hip Hop Hanukah: The Best of Jewish Rap (JDub Music Inc)
  • 9:11am 8 Days of Hanukah by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings on It's a Holiday Soul Party (Daptone Records)
  • 9:18am Purple Snowflakes by Marvin Gaye on Motown Christmas (UMG Recordings)
  • 9:21am 2000 Miles - 2007 Remastered Version by The Pretenders on Learning to Crawl (Expanded and Remastered) (Rhino Entertainment Co.)
  • 9:24am White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes on Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop Records)
  • 9:27am Hanukah Blessings by Barenaked Ladies on Barenaked for the Holidays (Raisin&apos)
  • 9:32am Wonderful Christmastime by The Shins on Holidays Rule (Hear Music)
  • 9:36am Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses on NO HO HO: Alternative Indie Christmas Holiday Anthems, Vol. 1 (Selector Series)
  • 9:40am Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight) - Single Version by Ramones on Brain Drain (Warner Bros. Records)
  • 9:42am Winterlong by Pixies on Dig For Fire (4AD)
  • 9:45am Just Like Christmas by Low on Christmas (kranky)
  • 9:50am Latke Clan by The LeeVees on Hanukah Rocks (Netwerk Music Group)
  • 9:52am Ujima by The Kwanzaa Project on The Kwanzaa Project (Kemite Sound Studio)
  • 9:57am December (based on September) by Earth, Wind, and Fire on Holiday (Sony Music)
  • 10:03am La Fiesta De Pilito by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico on 30th Anniversary (Cartagena Enterprises)
  • 10:07am Funky Jesus by The Jive Turkeys on Get Down Santa (Colemine Records)
  • 10:11am Father Christmas by The Kinks on Come Dancing with the Kinks (Sony Music Entertainment)
  • 10:15am Getting Down for Christmas by Milly & Silly on In the Christmas Groove (Strut, RRG)
  • 10:21am Kujichagulia by Various Artists on Kwanzaa for the Young People (And Everyone Else!) (Charphelia)
  • 10:25am Feast of Lights by They Might Be Giants on Holidayland (Restless Records)
  • 10:28am The Christmas Song by The Raveonettes on Heartbreak Stroll (Columbia)
  • 10:33am The Blizzard by Camera Obscura on The Blizzard / Swans (4AD)
  • 10:38am Hanukah oh Hanukah by Erran Baron Cohen on Presents Songs In The Key Of Hanukkah ( New Line Records)
  • 10:41am Burn by Maccabeats on One Day More (Maccabeats)
  • 10:45am Saraka by Women of the Calabash on The Kwanzaa Album (Bermuda Reefs Records)
  • 10:49am Pipes of Peace by MUNA on Holidays Rule (Vol. 2) (Capitol Records)
  • 10:52am Winter Trees by The Staves on Dead & Born & Grown (Atlantic)
  • 10:56am A Change At Christmas by Flaming Lips on Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell (Warner Bros. Records)
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