"Alas, The Christmas Playlist" (reblogged from themeltingblog)

Found this on Emily Lynch's Blog, which she had found from themeltingblog. Happy listening!
This was a little harder to narrow down than I originally expected. However, I feel confident I’ve made a no-fail, varietal, soul-warming, classically contemporary playlist of all my holiday favorites. Ok, so maybe the classical and new music worlds seem more of a clash for some..but I’ll let you weed out at your discretion. Now go buy or Grooveshark.com these gems.
The point of doing this was to keep you from buying every Christmas album on the market or for those of you who’ve just become overwhelmed by the holiday selections and want some suggestions. Have no fear, my very narrowed-in list is here. I put my favorites from specific albums, the ones I feel are most worthy of investing in; the best are here in my vote.
Merry Christmas!
Blue Christmas by A Fine Frenzy 
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies
Jingle Bells by Ben Rector
Auld Lang Syne by Ben Rector
The Heartache Can Wait by Brandi Carlile
The Night Before Christmas by Brandon Heath
Rockin Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
Angels We Have Heard on High by Casey Darnell
Have Yourself a Merry Christmas by Chinua Hawk
O Come O Come Emmanuel by The Civil Wars
Tracks in the Snow by The Civil Wars
Mistletoe by Colbie Caillat
Christmas Lights by Coldplay
2000 Miles by Coldplay
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Coldplay
Family Tree by Dave Barnes
The Christmas Song by Dave Barnes
Very Merry Christmas by Dave Barnes
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by David Archuleta*
Joy to the World by David Archuleta
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Deathcab for Cutie
This Christmas by Donny Hathaway
Baby It’s Cold Outside by Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
Everything Changed by Eddie Kirkland
Sleigh Ride by Ella Fitzgerald
Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley
White Christmas by Frank Sinatra ft. Bing Crosby
Frosty the Snowman by Fiona Apple
Silent Night by Gloriana
Merry Christmas Baby by Hanson*
Do You Hear? by James David Carter
Winter Wonderland by James Taylor
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by James Taylor
Jingle Bells by Jim Reeves
Auld Lang Syne by Jesca Hoop, Butch Walker, Greg Laswell, etc. (from The Hotel CafĂ© presents Winter Songs album)
A Little Bit of Love by Joy Williams
More Than I Asked For by Joy Williams
White Christmas by Katy Perry
Boots by the Killers
All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey
Charlie Brown Christmas by Mariah Carey
Christmas Just Does This to Me by Matt Wertz
Let it Snow by Michael Buble
I’ll be home for Christmas by Michael Buble
Grown-up Christmas List by Michael Buble
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by Nsync*
O Holy Night by Nsync*
I Never Knew the Meaning of Christmas by Nsync*
Winterlove by Parachute
Winter Song by Sara Barielles and Ingrid Michaelson
Go Tell It on the Mountain by Seabird
All Creation Sing (Joy to the World) by Seth Condrey
Glory Be by Sojourn
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by Sojourn
Amen, Amen by Sojourn
What Christmas Means to Me by Stevie Wonder
What Child is This Anyway?  by Sufjan Stevens
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing by Sufjan Stevens
Holy Holy Holy by Sufjan Stevens
Put the Lights on the Tree by Sufjan Stevens
That Was The Worst Christmas Ever by Sufjan Stevens
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft
All That I Want by The Weepies
No Christmas for Me by Zee Avi
*The asterisk was to let you know I’m not ashamed of these particular picks. I may even argue that Nsync’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” made all of my childhood Christmas dreams come true. Also, Archie may be several years younger than me, but his pipes are golden. I’m not even a little mad at his Christmas album.
Hope these carry you through a wonderful Advent, friends!

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