In the 12 years () that this site has been around, I’ve found plenty of different ways to share Christmas music with you; downloads, Mixlr, Mixcloud, etc. The technologies of music delivery keep changing and I want to take advantage of the best way(s) to share great classic Christmas music with you. So how about a great big Spotify Christmas playlist?
The Spot For FaLaLaLaLa Music
I’ve decided this year that Spotify is the best place to spread the musical Christmas cheer. It seems to be the go-to place to share music online. And in the past several years more and more classic Christmas has become available on Spotify, making it much easier for me to share with you. I’ll be making more and more playlists for you to follow and share, focusing on specific styles, events, and themes. If you want to keep up with it all, you can follow me on Spotify:
I’ve just spent a few days compiling a great big mix of Christmas music that would be appropriate for plenty of occasions–Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, trimming the tree, baking cookies with the kids, or just enjoying the season.
If you love the spirit of Christmas music from the 1930s to the early 1970s but are tired of hearing the same handful of versions on the radio, this mix is for you!
At the moment the mix clocks in at 43 hours 29 minutes and 950 songs. I went through a lot of classic Christmas albums to find the tunes that would provide just the right mix of Christmas cheer. The songs are primarily secular for this particular mix (at some point I’ll do a mix with more religious carols), leaning toward the familiar songs but with what I hope is plenty of variety mixed in.
There’s plenty of crooners (Bing, Perry, Ella, Nat, Peggy, Dean, etc.), orchestras, choirs, some country, a little bit of soul, some kids, a bit of jazz, and more. There’s not really anything to rocking. The emphasis is on sweet, fun, and sentimental. If you’re familiar with FaLaLaLaLa then you shouldn’t be surprised. It’s also a good mix of instrumental and vocal, though probably with more of the latter.
IMPORTANT: PLAY ON SHUFFLE!
My intention was to program a Christmas radio station with plenty of nostalgia but with songs that folks might not here all the time on commercial Christmas radio. I went through hundreds of albums to choose these songs, but I didn’t program them in a specific order. The music is meant to be played on shuffle in order to get the best mix of music.
The downside to this is that there is definitely the chance that the same song (in different versions) could be played back to back. I mean there must be dozens of versions of White Christmas and Silver Bells on here. So there is a chance that you could get the same song twice (or more) in a row. Feel free to skip or reshuffle.
Spotify Christmas Playlist from FaLaLaLaLa
I will probably edit the playlist in the future, removing tunes that I feel don’t fit and trying to find more songs to extend the spirit! Follow the playlist to be sure you get to hear any changes. And let me know if there are any tunes missing that really should be there.
And if you enjoy the music, please share the playlist with friends and family! (And maybe check out the playlist of 10 hours worth of Jingle Bells!)