On Christmas it’s hard to escape the holiday music that soundtracks the date and season surrounding the 25th. For an alternative to the more commonly played carols often heard during yuletide festivities, we’ve compiled A JamBase Holiday Playlist featuring 99 songs recorded by many of our favorite artists.
While everyone’s taste in holiday music differs, this massive Spotify Playlist covers a slew of classic Christmas carols with some non-traditional tunes and a few nods to Hanukkah as well. Jam scene staples ALO, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band, Luther Dickinson, moe., Phish, Grace Potter and more appear in the collection. Other recordings come from legendary groups like the Grateful Dead, The Band, Santana, AC/DC, The Beach Boys, Jethro Tull, Ramones, Queen, The Who and performers such as Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Patti Smith, Otis Redding, Paul Simon, Carole King, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Stevie Wonder and many many more.
For bluegrass takes on holiday songs there are cuts by Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, The Del McCoury Band and Punch Brothers and the jazz world is represented by Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, Chick Corea, Charlie Hunter and others. There’s plenty of soul, funk, R&B, country, jazz, rock and even some instrumental takes throughout the nearly six hours of music.
[Originally Published: December 24, 2016]