American Songwriter’s Christmas Playlist

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A great American songwriter once wrote, “Jingle bells/ Batman smells/ Robin laid an egg.” We may never know the author of that timeless composition, but here’s 20 more great holiday songs whose origins are not in doubt. Season’s greetings, y’all.

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1. Paul Simon – “Getting Ready For Christmas Day”
2. Hayes Carll – “Grateful for Christmas”
2. Caitlin Rose With Keegan DeWitt — “You Never Come Home For Christmas”
3, Bob Dylan – “Must Be Santa”
4. The Lower Lights – “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”
5. She & Him “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
6. G. Love – “Christmas Cookies”
7. The Killers (w/ Mariachi El Bronx) – “Happy Birthday, Guadalupe!”
8. The Pogues- “Fairytale Of New York”
9. Adam Arcuragi – “Baby, Please Come Home”
10. Shelby Lynne – “Ain’t Nothing Like Christmas Baby”
11. Roman Candle – “It’s Christmas, Go On And Say Hello”
12. Lindi Ortega – “Christmas Eve With You”
13. Bonnie Raitt and Charles Brown – “Merry Christmas Baby”
14. Dwight Yoakam – “Come On Christmas”
15 .NRBQ – “Christmas Wish”
16. Band Aid – “Feed The World”
17. Roger Miller – “Old Toy Trains”
18. Harry Connick, Jr. – “Zat You Santa Claus”
19. Norah Jones and Willie Nelson – “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
20. Sufjan Stevens – “That Was The Worst Christmas Ever!”

(Note: not all songs are available on Spotify)

— originally published on December 21, 2011.

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