Hey, kids, it’s me, Bean. I am currently hooked up to my battery charger getting ready to bring you approximately 250 more Kevin And Bean shows in 2017.
In the meantime, you know I am listening to non-stop Christmas music, like I do. I am frequently asked what my favorite Christmas songs are but instead of another list of “I Won’t Be Home For Christmas” and “Fairytale Of New York” classics that you probably already know I thought I’d dig a little deeper into my playlist to recommend a few less heralded numbers that KROQ listeners might enjoy.
In no particular order, here are sixteen Christmas songs for your 2016 holiday playlist:
Here it is. The funniest holiday song ever. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, together again. Can I Interest You In Hannukah?
Look, I know Jack White is not for everyone. I think he’s a freakin’ genius and here’s another crunchy guitar workout from the late great White Stripes on “Candy Cane Christmas.” Play LOUD. And often.
The pride of Bremerton, Washington, MxPx with one of my favorite punk rock Christmas songs. I never get tired of this one.
Here’s the song that should be the holiday anthem for all Southern California surfers. The whole Christmas album from Tim Wheeler and Emmy The Great is highly recommended too.
The world’s greatest living entertainer. Don’t believe him? Just ask Kanye and he’ll tell you.
The Killers just wrapped up eleven years in a row of Christmas songs and raised more than a million dollars for the RED Charity by donating the proceeds. This one was my favorite and they were joined by another great band Dawes too. Owen Wilson stars in the video for “Christmas In L.A.”
Remember Snow Patrol? They did a great cover of one of my favorite songs, “Just Like Christmas” from the band Low. Here’s their take.
Cold War Kids have been around a long time and have really blown up the past couple of years. Have you heard their Christmas song? It’s very Cold War Kidsy which is fine by me.
I always loved Bright Eyes’ version of the classic “Blue Christmas” but this year’s take by The Lumineers so so great too! Nothing fancy, but a great arrangement.
Love the 80s? Whether you were already a KROQ fan back then or just are feeling nostalgic, this song from the Futureheads is for you,
Christmas Will Break Your Heart. Tell it, LCD Soundsystem.
Here’s a real rarity. Recorded for a Kevin & Bean Christmas album in the 90s. You know The Waitresses’ classic “Christmas Wrapping” but how about OC’s own Save Ferris’ version. They changed a lot of the words to reflect the holidays from the Jewish perspective. I miss this band! Come back, Monique!
We just lost musician Greg Lake earlier this month but he’ll long be remembered for his work in King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. U2 did a beautiful cover of a song he wrote called “I Believe In Father Christmas.”
One of the King Of Mexico’s favorite bands (and animals) is the Wombats. Their Christmas song is excellent.
A few days before Christmas just last year Green Day surprised us with this new holiday song.
And I’ll close with a question. Whatcha Makin’?