December 04, 2012

obsessed.: Holidays Rule

Recently, I borrowed the 2012 Starbucks holiday album Holidays Rule from a friend of mine. (Thanks, Kate!) I've been a fan of their seasonal albums in the past, but this one's something special.

The tracklist looks a little something like:
  1. "Sleigh Ride"—Fun.
  2. "Wonderful Christmastime"—The Shins
  3. "Baby, It s Cold Outside"—Rufus Wainwright featuring Sharon Van Etten
  4. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)"—Paul McCartney with Diana Krall
  5. "(Everybody s Waitin for) The Man with the Bag"—Black Prairie featuring Sallie Ford
  6. "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"—The Civil Wars
  7. "Green Grows the Holly"—Calexico
  8. "We Need a Little Christmas"—AgesandAges
  9. "That's What I Want for Christmas"—Holly Golightly
  10. "May Ev'ry Day Be Christmas"—Irma Thomas with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  11. "Blue Christmas"—Heartless Bastards
  12. "Santa, Bring My Baby Back (To Me)"—Eleanor Friedberger
  13. "It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas"—Fruit Bats
  14. "SeƱor Santa (Mister Santa)"—Y La Bamba
  15. "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"—Punch Brothers
  16. "What Are You Doing New Year s Eve?"—The Head and the Heart
  17. "Auld Lang Syne"—Andrew Bird

Side note: Many of the songs—particularly the start of No. 5 and all of 6 and 15—sound a whole lot like something you'd hear at Christmas in District 12.

If you can't find a physical copy at a Starbucks near you, you can check it out on Spotify or on Grooveshark via the playlist below. (I'm a total enabler.)


  1. Thanks for this playlist! This is Christmas music I might actually be able to get into... :)

    1. It's a great take on a lot of classics. :)

  2. We were looking at this in line at Starbucks the other day. There are a lot of good bands on here. Funny you mention those songs being District 12 music because we saw both of those bands at ACL this year. I liked Punch Brothers more, and I'd definitely be interested to hear their takes on a traditional Christmas song.

    1. I shall have to check out more of their music. I've really liked everything I've heard so far.