An Off-The-Beaten-Path Holiday Music Playlist

By WGBH News

Dec. 16, 2011

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You could shell out a whole 99 cents and curl up in front of the fire with Barbra... shown here at Somerville Grooves... or you could check out our playlist for free. (Danielle Dreilinger/WGBH)

As we get deeper into the holiday festivities, we bring your our (and your) official WGBH News Off-the-Beaten-Path Holiday Playlist. Here are a few highlights we discussed on the air:

Jeanne in Dallas: "Local references (Boston). The message is sad but probably real for some people."

Sure Doesn't Feel Like Christmas Time by Mighty Mighty Boss Tones on Grooveshark

Daisy in Boston: "Just listen. You'll get it."

Santa by Lightnin' Hopkins on Grooveshark

WGBH News' Cristina Quinn: "'He was roly, he was poly and I said holy moly, you got a lot of whiskers on your chinny-chin-chin' — need I say more?"

Christmas Rappin' by Kurtis Blow on Grooveshark

Sadaf: "I discovered this song one winter when both my best friend Sahil and I were going through some very difficult times. I played it over and over and somehow found light in the darkness."

Winter Song (with Ingrid Michaelson) by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson on Grooveshark

A thematic twofer. Donna in Boston: "It's really funny and a nice little ditty."

Christmas in Jail by The Youngsters on Grooveshark

... and Dan in Boston: "Because it's about Christmas! In prison!"

Christmas In Prison by John Prine on Grooveshark

"Cousin Kate" in Newton:

Arbolito (Spanish) by Tish Hinojosa on Grooveshark

And finally, our host picks. Edgar Herwick: "A gem of a holiday tune buried deep in a non-holiday record."

Jesus Christ by Big Star on Grooveshark

Bob Seay gets two because he needs a lot of festive music to wake up so early in the morning.

I'll Be Home for Christmas by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Bob: "I love this song!"

The Smile of Rachael Ray by David Mead on Grooveshark

Thanks to everyone who gave us musical inspiration. Don't forget to check out the very full playlist on Grooveshark:

Off-the-Beaten-Path Holiday Un-Hits by WGBH News on Grooveshark
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