Tidings of Great Joy (If You’re Sick of Christmas Music By Now)

25 December 2015 by 3 Comments

It’s December 23rd.  One can hardly walk down a street, whether it’s in a neighborhood or a shopping district, without seeing lights twinkle or smelling the scent of evergreen wreaths hanging from street lamps.  Christmas is a magical time, where strangers smile at one another, hold open doors and say, “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” as you pass one another, arms full of delightful packages wrapped in brown paper and red ribbon.

Well…that’s only sort of fucking true.

For many people, this is a time of excessive bullshit, with strangers actually barreling down the lanes of Target with buggies overflowing with tacky clothes and body dysmorphic dolls that only girls can play with, knocking your ass into a towering display of novelty toasters and holiday oven mitts.  I know, babe; you were just trying to buy some deodorant and paper towels, not be criminally assaulted with holiday spirit.

There’s a lot I fucking LOVE about Christmas.  For an atheist, I’m pretty into the baby Jesus’s birthday.  There’s a lot that’s fucking irritating about it, too, and I think a big topper are the Christmas carols that begin playing in stores right after Halloween.  People get sick of that shit (so I’ve heard), and it’s you people I’m talking to today.

There’s hope.

There’s earplugs.

Or there’s the Insatiable Booksluts Tidings of Great Joy Playlist.

One of the top aspects of Christmas, for me, is the joyfulness I find in coming together with so many friends and family and just being happy together.  Because I want that for all of you, because you deserve a good time, and because it’s the Christmas fucking season, I’m going to give you the advice I give about wine, or art, or cheese, or Sunday mornings – pick what you love and fucking roll with it.

Here are some of our favorite jams, the kind you blast in the car to pick you up after a bad break-up, or play in the shower to pump you up before a 12-hour shift.  Go forth, be merry, and Happy Fucking Holidays from the Bookslut family to yours.

sj – Ben Lee, “Catch My Disease”

“I was in a super bad mood one day while packing and cleaning during a move. This song came up on shuffle on my iPod and suddenly I was dancing and singing and my mood wasn’t so terrible anymore. I put it on my “Gahhhh, everything fucking sucks” playlist and now it’s the first thing I listen to when everything feels terrible and I just cannot anymore.”


Samantha – Fall Out Boy, “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me”

“This song always gets me into a good mood because it’s bouncy? and because I love the lyrics (which counts for any Fall Out Boy song for me) but the combo just amps me up.”


Amy – Fantasia, “Russian Dance”

“My mom says anytime she played this song for me when I was a baby/toddler I would just bounce up and down and smile nonstop for the entire song. …I still do.”


Jericha – Taj Mahal, “Having a Real Bad Day”

“Apparently YouTube is like YEAH NO KLEZMER FOR YOU so I was like ‘Okay, I’ll go with “Man of Constant Sorrow” from O Brother Where Art Thou’ but literally every version of THAT on YouTube is somebody else COVERING it so I can’t have that EITHER.

SO I’ll go with this instead, because TAJ MAHAL KNOWS HOW YOU FEEL.”


Bridget – Flo Rida, “Club Can’t Handle Me”

“This song makes me want to dance no matter when or where I hear it. Same with ‘Shut Up and Dance’ by Walk The Moon, which reminds me of house hunting by myself in North Carolina (I had just discovered the song and my husband couldn’t take time off work to come with me so I drove up to NC by myself and blasted this song while seeing something like 8 houses in one day). :)”


Alex – David Guetta, “Titanium”

“Titanium by David Guetta is my YOU CAN DO THIS! song.”

And, because she’s rad, this Tegan and Sara jam is her “ultimate all time feel good pick-me-up song.”


Susie – Muse, “Uprising”

“This isn’t so much a ‘happy’ good mood song, but more of an empowered good mood song. A get-out-there-and-kick-ass song. And it doesn’t hurt that it makes me want to dance my ass off.”

Laura – Modest Mouse, “Float On”

How this song worked its way into my life is a mystery.  I don’t really know anything else about Modest Mouse, none of my friends are particularly into them, but holy fuck do I listen to this song.  Catchy, upbeat, hopeful – how can you not wipe the tears off your cheeks and bob your head to this beat?

What about you, booksluttians–what are the songs that always put you in a good mood?

Feature Image by Amanda Munoz on Flickr.


A girl walks into a bar and says, "Is it solipsistic in here or is it just me?" Take that joke and add tacos, whiskey, records, and literary theory and you get me.

3 thoughts on “Tidings of Great Joy (If You’re Sick of Christmas Music By Now)

  1. Most of the music that cheers me up tends to be extremely depressing to others. Having said that, I do have some that are a bit less depressing:

    Whiskeytown – Mirror Mirror https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE9gbWzdpJQ I effing love Ryan Adams, and this upbeats song from his early band always makes me smile. Plus, even the chorus says “it’s bound to make you smile”

    Regina Spektor – Better https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCokhCqK9rw There’s a ton of Regina Spektor I can put in this because I absolutely love her (That Time came a close second), but this one always manages to make me feel better.

    Rainer Maria – Catastrophe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtIMh1ni8sU The bridge of this song is so full of hope and optimism, I can’t help but feel hopeful and lifted when it gets to that point

    Ryan Adams – Chin Up, Cheer Up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yeRkMM2L5g the title is pretty self explanatory. Beautiful, hopeful lyrics, and just something in the pedal steel guitar

    Ben Folds – Zak and Sara https://youtu.be/bhm-z4QPjak I could’ve also picked a ton of ben folds, but I love the quick bouncy piano in this. Plus it features one of my favorite things in songs: clapping.

    Hey Rosetta – Yer Spring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JYzp7wKhGQ This song always fills me with hope. A line in the beautiful bridge says “I feel the light, and I’m ready to be out in it”

  2. I love Muse! My chill-out music favourites are Oceanlab and The American Dollar. But hey, I actually love Christmas Carols. Real traditional ones sung by a really good choir. And Carols in the Park, like we have here in Tasmania, where it’s summer and everyone heads down to the park in town, with a picnic basket and blanket on a nice warm evening.

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