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:
- "Sleigh Ride"—Fun.
- "Wonderful Christmastime"—The Shins
- "Baby, It s Cold Outside"—Rufus Wainwright featuring Sharon Van Etten
- "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)"—Paul McCartney with Diana Krall
- "(Everybody s Waitin for) The Man with the Bag"—Black Prairie featuring Sallie Ford
- "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"—The Civil Wars
- "Green Grows the Holly"—Calexico
- "We Need a Little Christmas"—AgesandAges
- "That's What I Want for Christmas"—Holly Golightly
- "May Ev'ry Day Be Christmas"—Irma Thomas with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
- "Blue Christmas"—Heartless Bastards
- "Santa, Bring My Baby Back (To Me)"—Eleanor Friedberger
- "It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas"—Fruit Bats
- "Señor Santa (Mister Santa)"—Y La Bamba
- "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"—Punch Brothers
- "What Are You Doing New Year s Eve?"—The Head and the Heart
- "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.)