IR’s 2009 Christmas Playlist: A Christmasland Fairytale

For the past four or five years I have compiled a Christmas time compilation to either give, or just to have as a playlist during errands, decorations, and seasonal gatherings. Yet mainly it serves for the chill out times at Christmas – times we need more of. Thus, to help with the chill-out times, here’s this year’s playlist. A song makes the list because it fits two or more of the following criteria: Has been a popular song in the preceding year. Is musically meaningful to someone, or some people I’ve interacted with lately. Is tied to a memorable event from the past year. Could be trying to send a message – but not always what appears to be the obvious one. Is a Christmas song. Is a popular artist actually doing a good job at a traditional Christmas song. Is by an artist I think you should hear more of. Just fits as a cool song.

As usual, Vince Guaraldi appears, but other artists that have made previous lists are Death Cab for Cutie, Pearl Jam, The Killers, David Gray, and at least the music of Kings of Leon. Any favourites from the ones below? What songs would you put on your end of 2009 playlist?

A Christmasland Fairytale

1. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing – The Choir of St. Peter’s
2. A Dustland Fairytale – The Killers
3. Don’t Stop Believin’(Piano Tribute) –  Piano Tribute Players
4. Geraldine – Glasvegas
5. 16, Maybe Less – Calexico and Iron & Wine
6. Wavin’ Flag – K’naan
7. I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers
8. Love Is the Answer – Weezer
9. Intergalactic – Beastie Boys
10. Just Breathe – Pearl Jam
11. Silent Night – Susan Boyle
12. The Crane Wife 3 – The Decemberists
13. Draw the Line – David Gray
14. Last Parade – Matthew Good
15. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Coldplay
16. Use Somebody (Piano Tribute) – Piano Tribute Conservatory
17. The New Year – Death Cab For Cutie
18. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Vince Guaraldi Trio

Bonus Track: Christmastime Is Here (Instrumental) – Vince Guaraldi Trio


7 thoughts on “IR’s 2009 Christmas Playlist: A Christmasland Fairytale

  1. I have a CD compilation of Classic Christmas Songs… Elvis, Sinatra, Martin, etc. They are awesome. I subjected my kids to them for the whole last day of Computers. They just never get old, and they make my heart warm!!
    Merry Christmas to you, Ian!

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