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Jingle Bell Rock Out This Winter With PTF Holiday Playlist

Author and Playlist Curator: Sam Seliger

We have a special holiday playlist, out today. This 23-song set runs through all the standard holiday pop fare, some songs you may not know and some new versions of old classics.

The playlist opens with a glorious take on the classic Christmas carol "In the Bleak Midwinter," by prog-pop/jazz prodigy Jacob Collier. Collier uses his trademark multi-tracked vocal harmonies and rich jazz chords to breath new life into the holiday standard. Despite the advanced music theory concepts he incorporates, Collier's version is approachable and pleasing to the ear and is sure to bring joy and tranquility.

Further on, we run through a number of classic holiday pop tunes, new and old. You can hear "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa" by the Jackson 5, Nat King Cole's silky voice singing "The Christmas Song" and, of course, the ultimate holiday bop, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by the singular Mariah Carey.

Elsewhere, there are more obscure tunes. The song "8 Days" by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings is a simmering soul number, and is quite likely the best Hanukkah song ever recorded. Rapper Tyler, the Creator makes two appearances, with"Lights On" and "Hot Chocolate" from his 2018 EP "Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss' The Grinch." The two songs reprise the musical styles of his 2017 album "Flower Boy" and are largely devoid of rapping, sticking mostly to wintery singing, jazz-pop piano and warm synths. "White Winter Hymnal" by indie-folk band Fleet Foxes is better known by the Petnatonix cover, but the original has a unique charm.

The back end of the playlist features several classic Christmas tunes as interpreted by jazz legends. Saxophonist John Coltrane leads a big band rendition of the classic English folk song "Greensleeves." Coltrane's approachable rendition is reminiscent of his hit take on "My Favorite Things," released in the same year. Elsewhere, guitarist Kenny Burrell gives his cool jazz take on the standard "White Christmas."

Listen to the playlist below:

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