MLH: Great Christmas Music for Different Moods
If you're anything like me, you need a variety of different music at different times… and Christmas music is no different! I have several different Christmas playlists on my iPod, and here's a general overview:
Music for working, cleaning, cooking, etc
This is stuff that doesn't get in the way, but it also doesn't take over your brain, either.
- Barenaked Ladies, Barenaked For The Holidays
- John Denver and the Muppets, A Christmas Together (Except for Christmas Is Coming and The Christmas Wish. Those drive me batty)
- Relient K, Let It Snow, Baby...Let it Reindeer
- Various, Now That's What I Call Christmas! (It's got a lot of the traditional stuff, like Burl Ives and Michael Bolton)
- Various, We Wish You A Metal X-Mas
- Straight, No Chaser, Any of their Christmas albums (I don't actually have these, but they were recommended to me and I am in love with them through the iTunes samples. Unfortunately, the songs are $1.29 each and I only have $1.04 of iTunes credit, so I can't even get one song! Boo!)
Music for singing along to
If it's for singing along to, for me, it's got to be a Christmas carol or at least somewhat traditional.
- Toby Keith, Classic Christmas volumes 1 and 2 (Love love love these albums! They're actually in all three lists…)
- Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Joy to the World
- Various, Christmas All-Time Greatest Records (More Nat King Cole, Merle Haggard, Dean Martin, etc.)
- Amy Grant, A Christmas to Remember (just the tracks that are "traditional" songs)
Music to set the mood
Similar to cooking/cleaning music, but this includes lyric-less—for decorating the tree with family, background music during a party or meal, Christmas morning festivities, etc.
- Josh Groban, Noel (Normally, I don't like Josh Groban... Christmas music is really the only situation in which I will willingly listen to him)
- English Symphony Orchestra, Handel's Messiah (I like to put this in its own playlist, so I can listen to it all the way through)
- Burl Ives, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Various, Merry Axemas volumes 1 and 2 (All guitar music)
- Any tracks that don't have lyrics
A lot of times these lists overlap (especially the working/cleaning list and the singing list), and a lot of times I will put some tracks from an album on one list and some on another. The only albums I have that I don't like (and I'm not really sure why I keep them…) are Michael McLean's The Forgotten Carols and Sugarland's Gold & Green. They just don't do it for me… Of course, I also have separate playlists for playing over speakers when Husband is home, and those separate playlists are scrubbed of anything vaguely country-music sounding!