I've hated holiday music for most of my life. One year I counted how many times I heard that stupid "Chestnuts roaaaaasting on an open fiiiiire" song in public between the day after Thanksgiving and the day after Christmas. I hit the triple digits swiftly.
A few years later, I ended up being a seasonal worker for a large lotion and body wash conglomerate most of us are familiar with. That cemented my ire. I worked the night stocking shift, and even though it was midnight, the mall was closed and there were no customers in the store, they wouldn't turn the holiday Muzak off.
This year, instead of being Grinchly, I decided I would create a resource for good holiday music. Not the same ten songs they play over and over at the mall. New things, handily categorized for how you feel about the holidays.
Most of them are specific to the Baby Jesus market, for which I am sorry. We kind of view Christmas as a consumer/eating holiday over a religious one, anyway. Probably because we're heathens.
Do you love Funk and Soul? Are you more traditional, but bored of the standards? Wannabe cowboy or cowgirl? Very, very sad? Or a rocker until the day you die?
Chances are, you'll find something on this list you like, even if you detest December.
No Jingle Cats! No Nat King Cole! No Wham!!
This all you're getting for Christmas from us, Scuzz Town!! You better like it!
Check it out after the cut.