Merry Music 2020

Some recommendations for your Festivus non-gatherings this year

In no particular order, here are some of my top albums. I included some recommended venues for listening, and links to buy or listen. Enjoy at home, in the car looking at lights, and with cookies and cocktails aplenty.

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

It’s a Holiday Soul Party

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

Various (Darlene Love, The Ronettes, The Crystals)

A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector

(Fun Cocktail Hour)

James Brown

Funky Christmas

(Fun Cocktail Hour)

Squirrel Nut Zippers

Christmas Caravan

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Christmas Rocks!

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

Kacey Musgraves

A Very Kacey Christmas

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

The Mavericks

Hey! Merry Christmas!

(Fun Cocktail Hour)

Kermit Ruffins

Have a Crazy Cool Christmas

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

Harry Connick, Jr.

When My Heart Finds Christmas

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

The Ramsey Lewis Trio

Sound of Christmas

(Classy Cocktail Hour, Christmas Eve Dinner)

Leslie Odom, Jr.

The Christmas Album

(Classy Cocktail Hour)

Los Lobos

Llego Navidad

(Fun Cocktail Hour)

She & Him

A Very She & Him Christmas / Christmas Party

(Classy Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

The New Standards

Seven Songs of Comfort and Joy

(Classy Cocktail Hour, Christmas Eve Dinner)

Ella Fitzgerald

A Swinging Christmas

(Classy Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

The Vince Guaraldi Trio

A Charlie Brown Christmas

(Classy Cocktail Hour, Christmas Eve Dinner)

Bing Crosby

Christmas Classics

(Christmas Morning)

The Jackson 5

The Jackson 5 Christmas Album

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

Michael Buble

Christmas

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

JD McPherson

Socks

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

John Legend

A Legendary Christmas

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

Oscar Peterson

An Oscar Peterson Christmas

(Classy Cocktail Hour, Christmas Eve Dinner)

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis

Big Band Holidays / Big Band Holidays II

(Classy Cocktail Hour, Christmas Eve Dinner)

Bob Dylan

Christmas in the Heart

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

Booker T & the MGs

In the Christmas Spirit

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

Various (Paul McCartney, Punch Bros, Andrew Bird, fun)

Holidays Rule vol. 1 and vol. 2

(Fun Cocktail Hour)

Diana Krall

Christmas Songs

(Classy Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

Irvin Mayfield & New Orleans Jazz Playhouse

A New Orleans Creole Christmas

(Classy Cocktail Hour, Christmas Eve Dinner)

Various Stax Artists (Otis Redding, Booker T, Isaac Hayes)

Christmas in Soulsville

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

Stevie Wonder

Best of Christmas Compilation

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

Weezer

Christmas with Weezer

(Fun Cocktail Hour)

Wynton Marsalis

Christmas Jazz Jam

(Classy Cocktail Hour, Christmas Eve Dinner)

Eric Clapton

Happy Xmas

(Christmas Morning)

John Denver & The Muppets

A Christmas Together

(Christmas Morning)

Al Green

Feels Like Christmas

(Fun Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

CeeLo Green

CeeLo’s Magic Moment

(Fun Cocktail Hour)

Mariah Carey

Merry Christmas

(Fun Cocktail Hour)

Jamie Cullum

The Pianoman at Christmas

(Classy Cocktail Hour, Christmas Morning)

A Miscellaneous Mix Tape

Santa Bring my Baby Back (To Me) – Elvis Presley

Merry Christmas Baby – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Christmas in Hollis – Run D.M.C.

Mardi Gras for Christmas – Squirrel Nut Zippers

Baby it’s Cold Outside (Updated) – Lydia Liza, Josiah Lemanski

Christmas Time is Here – Khruangbin

Mamacita, donde esta Santa Claus? – Guster

Last Christmas – Wham!

Santa’s Second Line – New Birth Brass Band

Shakana Santa Shake It (feat. Bonerama) Bo Dollis & Wild Magnolias

Christmas Fais Do Do – Marcia Ball

Run, Rudolph, Run – Chuck Berry

What Do the Lonely do at Christmas – Mayer Hawthorne

Christmas Will Really be Christmas – Black Pumas

Back Door Santa – Black Crowes

Puppy for Hanukkah – Daveed Diggs

Sleigh Ride – TLC

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