Every playlist needs a shuffle from time to time! Here are a few holiday compilations to keep Christmas cool, rockin’, hip hoppin’, honky tonkin’… And weird!
Where Will You Be Christmas Day
This set digs way down and hauls up hunks & chunks of blues, gospel, jazz, and hillbilly gold from the early to mid-20th Century. Featuring sacred and profane cuts from Fiddlin’ John Carson, Bessie Smith, Lead Belly, The Maddox Brothers, and a whole heap more!
Chances are, you’ll get the blues at least a time or two this holiday season– and when you do, this comp from Rhino has you covered. Choice cuts from Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy McCracklin, and more.
Christmas On The Countryside
This massive set from Bear Family Records features hillbilly holiday hits and standards from Eddy Arnold, Hank Thompson, the Louvin Brothers, The Davis Sisters, Johnny Cash, and more!
Christmas in Soulsville
All your favorite Stax Records artists singing Christmas songs? Well, now you know what to ask Santa Claus for this year! Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers! This comp features some popular songs of the day but also makes an impact with original music from the legends of soul!
A John Waters Christmas
This one isn’t for everyone! Consider A John Waters Christmas the “Cousin Eddie” of holiday compilations. From creepy to freaky, this strange collection may just be perfect for getting rid of those relatives who just don’t know when to call it a night… Or not!
Christmas on Death Row
Nate Dogg & Snoop Dogg (along with a few other guest stars) launch this comp with “Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto” and from there, Christmas on Death Row simmers with late ‘90s-style R&B.
Slack Key Christmas
Hawaiin slack key guitar is the focus of this collection. Sweet and clear instrumental versions of holiday classics.
Southern Rock Christmas
Don’t think you need a hard rock version of “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”? Blackfoot might just bring that song back around for you! This compilation also features Artemis Pyle, Steve Morse, Charlie Daniels, the Georgia Satellites, and more!
An Americana Christmas
New West’s compilation of holiday classics and newer compositions will certainly hit the spot for listeners of 100.5 The Creek. Americana legends like John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and The Band are wrapped up in pretty paper beside Max Gomez, Nikki Lane, Corb Lund, and Valerie June.
Christmas A Go-Go
This collection from Little Steven Van Zandt pulsates with punk and garage glory. Rock n’ roll renditions of classics that shimmy and shake beside modern cuts from Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Chesterfield Kings, the Cocktail Slippers… and Vincent LaGuardia Gambini?? That’s right, kids, Joe Pesci croons a few four-letter words in the style of My Cousin Vinny! On second thought, maybe keep this one away from the kids…