So, I don’t really like Christmas songs. I mean, I don’t even really celebrate Christmas. But in much the same way I am fascinated by Asia albums, Night Ranger videos, and 1980s soundtrack songs, I find holiday music endlessly interesting. I’ve got a collection that is terrifying both in size and scope, and every year, my quest for non-sucking yule tunes causes said collection to grow. Here are twenty-odd songs that have passed the test this season. Download and enjoy!

Bing Crosby – Happy Holidays (Beef Wellington Remix)
: This song gets stuck in Leah’s head all the time, to the point where she’ll go around singing “Happy Holidays:” and then yelling at herself. So naturally, I play it all the time. All the remix tracks are from this cool Six Degrees compilation.

Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby: Can’t argue with Otis.

Jet – Back Door Santa: Yeah, they’re trendy and annoying and stupid, and so am I for buying this on iTunes. But this ain’t half bad.

Barenaked Ladies – Hanukkah Blessings: It’s so hard to find good contemporary Hanukkah music. Thanks, BNL!

Berlin Symphony Orchestra – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Red Baron Remix)

Fiona Apple – Frosty the Snowman: I can’t imagine whose idea this was, or why she agreed to it. Taken—along with the Keb’ Mo’ and Thorns songs—from this album.

Coldcut – Coldcut’s Christmas Break: Yep, that Coldcut.

Bobby Vinton – Santa Must Be Polish: Not as funny as “Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey,” but that was on last year’s CD.

Barenaked Ladies – Hanukkah, O Hanukkah

Bing Crosby – The First Noel (Attaboy House Party Mix)

Louis Armstrong & The Commanders – Cool Yule: Louis makes everything cool. This song can be found in many different places—I got it from a Starbucks compilation!—but why not start here?

Juliana Hatfield – Make It Home: From an old Atlantic holiday compilation.

Sarah McLachlan – Song For A Winter’s Night: Leah loves this one:it’s a cover of an old Gordon Lightfoot song. Get it here.

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Jingle Bells: Proof that even a shitty, greasy old cornball can do something sort of cool once in awhile.

Roomful of Blues – Let it Snow: From their Roomful of Christmas album. They haven’t been the same since Sugar Ray left the band.

Berlin Symphony Orchestra – The Nutcracker Suite (Baz Kuts Breaks Mix)

Keb’ Mo’ – We Call It Christmas

Barenaked Ladies – I Have A Little Dreidel

Bob & Doug McKenzie – Twelve Days Of Christmas: Well, of course. A holiday classic.

The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End): I still can’t decide whether I love or hate this band.

Guster – Carol of the Meows: Exactly what it sounds like. Love me some Guster. This is from iTunes.

The Thorns – Silent Night: I was one of the people who thought a Matthew Sweet/Pete Droge/Shawn Mullins team-up should have been better than it was. Great vocals, boring songs. Here’s one they didn’t write.

James Taylor – Auld Lang Syne: Should auld acquaintance be forgot:
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