Despite what you’ve seen every day so far this month, I really do enjoy listening to holiday music. In fact, I’m downright obsessive about collecting it, rating it in iTunes, and categorizing it into different playlists . Here are my holiday stats as of today:

Holiday songs in collection: 1,669
Songs added/reviewed this year so far: 412
Songs rated with four or five stars (“the keepers”): 434

Of those “keepers,” I pulled out 17 that tend to get played a few more times than, y’know, the other 417. I’m happy to share them with you. I owe it to many, many bloggers for helping me build my ridiculous collection — most notably Jeff (for better or worse), Andrew Fox, Any Major Dude With Half a Heart, and Jeff from AM, Then FM.

America — Winter Wonderland from Holiday Harmony

Darius Rucker — Candy Cane Christmas (single)

Gary Hoey — Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from Ho! Ho! Hoey

Ian McGlynn — Listen to the Choir Sing from

Kurtis Blow — Christmas Rappin’ from The Best of Kurtis Blow

Louis Prima — Shake Hands With Santa Claus from Jingle Bell Swing

Melissa McClelland — O Holy Night from Do You Hear What I Hear?

MooT BooXLe — Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from (check out the YouTube!)

Over The Rhine — Darlin’ (Christmas is Coming) from Snow Angels

Rosie Thomas — Why Can’t It Be Christmastime All Year from A Very Rosie Christmas

Spiraling — Do You Hear What I Hear/Baba O’Riley from Spiraling — Do You Hear What I Hear?

Squirrel Nut Zippers — Sleigh Ride from Christmas Caravan

Stu Hamm — Sleigh Ride from Merry Axemas Vol. 2 – More Guitars For Christmas

Terje Fjelde — Love Theme From Mellowmas from

The Clumsy Lovers — Christmas Must Be Tonight originally from

The Hives and Cyndi Lauper — A Christmas Duel (single)

Tom Principato — Funky Rudolph from Redeye 2008 Holiday Sampler

And, while not traditionally a “Christmas song,” this last one comes from my absolute favorite Christmas album — the one I’ve had since I was two years old, and have listened to every year since.

John Denver & the Muppets — When the River Meets the Sea from A Christmas Together

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Jason Hare

Jason Hare used to love Christmas. He feels differently now.

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