These are my favorite songs that came out last year, many of which I found because of your comments. I hope you find a few new loves here, and that when you hear one of these songs years from now, you think of this time in your life fondly.
One of the things that can be irritating about piped-in holiday music is that my tastes are so specific to how I grew up. I made this Christmas mix for me, so I could hear just the right thing over cocoa. It can be a starting point for your own mix, or an easy collection for cocktails.
My top-ten favorite Christmas songs:
1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Judy Garland
2. Silent Night, Holy Night, Frank Sinatra
3. Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt
4. Silver Bells, Stevie Wonder
5. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Michael Bublé
6. Frosty the Snowman, Fiona Apple
7. Go Tell it On the Mountain, Dolly Parton
8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Gene Autry
9. What Child is This, Kristen Chenowith
10. O Holy Night, Kelly Clarkson
That last one especially.
What songs put you in the mood for decking the halls?
Five girls gathered around one mirror, getting ready for a night on the town — doing each other’s eye makeup, doing the robot, laughing until champagne comes out our noses. WHAT! I love this song. Turn it up.
(I’ve recommended some of these before, but I wanted them all in one place.)
Hey Mama, Matt Kearney
Something Good Can Work, Two Door Cinema Club
What I Like About You, The Romantics
You Be Killin Em, Fabolous
W-O-M-A-N, Etta James
Hey Sexy, Die Antwoord
Girls on The Dance Floor, Far East Movement
Short Skirt/Long Jacket, Cake
No Duh, K.FLay
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), Michael Jackson
Like the Way, Aer
Take it Off, The Donnas
Polite Dance Song, the bird and the bee
Gold Digger, Kanye West and Jamie Fox
Rill Rill, Sleigh Bells
Groove Me, King Floyd
Little Red Wagon, Audra Mae & The Almighty
What do you listen to when you’re getting ready to go out?
This weekend will be my first Treasure Island Music Festival, a two-day concert held on an island just outside San Francisco. Here are some songs from the bands I’m most looking forward to seeing.
Messin’ With My Head from K.Flay
Golden Touch from araabMUZIK
10 Mile Stereo from Beach House
No One Like You from Best Coast
Steamboat to Concord from Dirty Ghosts
My Love is Real from Divine Fits
Play Your Part (Pt. 1) from Girl Talk
Heavy Cross from Gossip
Friends of Friends from Hospitality
Runaway from Imperial Teen
By Your Hand from Los Campesinos
Midnight City from M83
Language — Original Mix from Porter Robinson
Hold On (feat. Sampha) from Subtrkt
Islands from The xx
17 from Youth Lagoon
Infinite Love Without Fulfillment from Grimes
Fight the Power from Public Enemy
Feeling Good, Telephunken
It’s Tricky, Run DMC
Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Joilet Jake Blues
Evil Boy, Die Antwoord
Never Gonna Get It, En Vogue
Dead Animals, The Young Evils
Carry Out, Timbaland Featuring Justin Timberlake
212, Azealia Banks and Lazy Jay
Can’t Say No, Connor Maynard
If I Was Your Girl, Janet Jackson
Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved, James Brown, The Original J.B.s
Check Up On It, Beyonce: Featuring Slim Thug
I’m at XOXO Festival in Portland, hosted by my friend Andy Baio. We will be eating from food trucks, buying handicrafts, and dancing on beds with smart people all weekend long.
What do you play when you’re up for a cheesy after-hours dance party?