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Christmas Mixtape 2000

With 2020 coming to an end, we thought it was fitting to put a Christmas Mixtape together that collected all the best new Christmas songs from the last 20 years. It’s the Christmas Mixtape 2000!

There’s just over 2 hours of the best Christmas music from the last 20 years. Scroll right down to the bottom for a full tracklist. But before you do, here are some fun facts and links:

Three Hollywood actors lend their christmassy vocals to the mix — can you identify the three tracks that a Hollywood actor appears on?

There are 16 Christmas covers including one cover of a Maria Carey song and two songs that were originally written by on of the Beatles.  

There are two covers of Silent Night. There’s a White Christmas, a Blue Christmas, a Christmas in California and a Christmas in a Chinese restaurant. 

Love this totally tripped out rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” by The Flaming Lips:

There are few voices better than Gregory Porter’s for conjuring up the spirit of Christmas. Such a buttery smooth delivery. If you like your Christmas jazzy, this version of “The Christmas Song” is the spot.

Sufjan Stevens is perhaps the most prolific Christmas song composer of the modern era. Did you know that he’s written something like 100 Christmas songs? He started out by just releasing songs for friends and family around the Christmas season, but he’s amassed quite a catalogue over the years.

We’ve only included 2 songs on this mix, but it is well worth exploring some of his compilations. I would recommend Silver & Gold.

Also, the Christmas videos are fantastic, like this one for “Get Behind Me Santa”:

“Last Christmas” is possibly my favorite Christmas song of all time. And while many people have done covers of it over the years, nothing beats the original in my mind. In 2012, The xx did one of the more interesting re-interpretations of the song on BBC Live Lounge that takes the track to somewhere slightly darker.

The Killers have released a few Christmas songs over the years, but “Don’t Shoot Me Santa” is the best one they’ve done in my mind. I like how off-piste it is for a Christmas song as well.

And last, but certainly not least, we kick the mixtape off with a brand new album from French pianist and composer, Christophe Chassol. His new album, The Message of Xmas is the best thing since A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. We’ve only included one track from the album here, but I highly recommend going out and buying the full 6-track album. It’s fantastic from top to tail. My only wish is that it is released on vinyl soon. It would be a fantastic record to put on by a roaring Christmas fire.

Christmas Mixtape 2000

  1. (2020) Chassol – Sweet Jesus!!! (04:35)
  2. (2017) Beach House – I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun (06:38)
  3. (2009) Julian Casablancas – I Wish It Was Christmas Today (09:40)
  4. (2005) The Polyphonic Spree – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (12:50)
  5. (2015) The Shins – Wonderful Christmastime (16:47)
  6. (2008) The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – All I Want for Christmas (19:11)
  7. (2019) The Flaming Lips – Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy (22:20)
  8. (2006) Sufjan Stevens – Get Behind Me, Santa! (25:25)
  9. (2009) Slow Club – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (29:13)
  10. (2010) Deer Tick – Christmas All Summer Long (32:02)
  11. (2017) Marching Church – Christmas on Earth(34:29)
  12. (2009) The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa (38:44)
  13. (2013) Dr. Dog – Christmas Party (42:40)
  14. (2010) Best Coast x Wavves – Got Something for You (45:52)
  15. (2019) Swampmeat Family Band – A Present for Me (47:44)
  16. (2015) Phoenix – Alone on Christmas Day (feat. Bill Murray) (50:05)
  17. (2018) Delorentos – Be Here Christmas Time (52:32)
  18. (2019) Jack Johnson – New Axe (55:34)
  19. (2009) The Magnetic Fields – Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree (58:30)
  20. (2011) Boca Chica – Not on Christmas Eve (01:00:00)
  21. (2017) Still A Great Night – Merry Christmas, Melania (Still A Great Christmas) (01:04:33)
  22. (2016) Michael Angelakos – Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields (01:08:56)
  23. (2012) The xx – Last Christmas (01:12:45)
  24. (2019) Trentemøller – Silent Night (01:15:48)
  25. (2010) Röyksopp – Le Cantique de Noël (01:19:20)
  26. (2010) Mayer Hawthorne – Christmas Time Is Here (01:22:40)
  27. (2019) Andrew Bird – Skating (01:25:54)
  28. (2017) Gregory Porter – The Christmas Song (01:29:20)
  29. (2019) Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – Winter Wonderland (01:31:10)
  30. (2011) She & Him – Baby, It’s Cold Outside (01:34:09)
  31. (2016) Marié Digby – Venice Beach Christmas (01:36:12)
  32. (2014) Piers Eccleston – December Song (01:39:21)
  33. (2012) Sufjan Stevens – Silent Night (01:42:34)
  34. (2015) Sharon Van Etten – Blue Christmas (01:44:54)
  35. (2009) My Morning Jacket – Xmas Time Is Here Again (01:47:21)
  36. (2011) Diamond Rugs – Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant (01:53:22)
  37. (2019) Gabrielle Aplin & Hannah Grace – All I Want For Christmas (01:56:56)
  38. (2002) Bright Eyes – The First Noel (02:01:28)