Xman Xmas Mixtape – Billboard


Christmas is a time for music and recollections. In that spirit, this playlist is an excerpt from Ed Christman‘s yesteryear Xman Xmas mixtapes, compiled circa 1986-1988.

The Xman XmasTape

The Xman XmasTape

Ed Christman

Encompassing well-known classics by Burl Ives and Bobby Helms, long-lost gems (e.g. The Gems’ “Love for Christmas”) and surreal oddities resembling Edd “Kookie” Byrnes’ “Yulesville,” listed below are some Christmas classics to revisit and deep cuts to find. Specifically, Christman, Billboard senior editor/analyst, wish to name your consideration to Dean Martin’s reference of Rudolph as “Rudy, the red-beaked reindeer.”

Andy Williams, “It’s the Most Fantastic Time of the 12 months”

The Crystals, “Rudolph the Purple-Nosed Reindeer”

Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt Kickers, “Monster’s Vacation”

The Trashmen, “Dancin’ With Santa”

Bobby Helms, “Jingle Bell Rock”

Chuck Berry, “Run Rudolph Run”

Plan 9, “Merry Christmas”

Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas”

Al Inexperienced, “White Christmas”

Otis Redding, “Merry Christmas Child”

The Partridge Household, “My Christmas Card to You”

The Cheepskates, “Christmastime With You”

The Wailers, “She’s Comin’ Residence”

The Turtles, “Christmas Is My Time of 12 months”

Milton DeLugg & The Little Eskimos, “Hooray for Santa Claus”

The Sonics, “Don’t Imagine In Christmas”

Brenda Lee, “Papa Noel”

Chris Stamey, “Christmas Time”

The Rockfield Chorale, “Jingle Jangle”

The Galaxies, “Christmas Eve”

Cliff Richard, “Little City”

Frank Sinatra, “Mistletoe and Holly”

Isaac Hayes, “Mistletoe and Me”

Nat “King” Cole, “The Christmas Track”

Fay Lovsky, “Christmas Was a Good friend of Mine”

The Seashore Boys, “Little Saint Nick”


Barry Richards, “Child Sittin’ Santa”

Three Aces and A Joker, “Sleigh Bell Rock”

Jack Scott, “There’s Hassle Brewin’”

Yard Trauma, “Christmas Tyme”

Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, “Yulesville”

Percy Religion & His Orchestra, “Pleasure to the World”

Burl Ives, “Holly Jolly Christmas”

NRBQ, “Christmas Want”

Rosemary Clooney, “Suzy Snowflake”

Dean Martin, “Rudolph the Purple-Nosed Reindeer”

Stan Freberg, “Nuttin’ for Christmas”

Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons, “Jingle Bells”

Louis Armstrong, “‘Zat You Santa Claus?”

Brenda Lee, “I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus”

The Drifters, “White Christmas”

Santo & Johnny, “Twistin’ Bells”

The Tryfles, “Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)”

Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra, “Christmas Evening In Harlem”

James Brown, “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto”

Solomon Burke, “Christmas Presents”

The Gems, “Love for Christmas”

Wednesday Week, “Christmas Right here”

Darlene Love, “Christmas (Child Please Come Residence)”

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, “Deck the Halls/Carry a Torch”

Alison Moyet, “The Coventry Carol”

Chris de Burgh, “A Spaceman Got here Touring”

Sting, “Gabriel’s Message”

The Supremes, “Born of Mary”

Mike Oldfield, “In Dulce Jubilo”

Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons, “The Carol of the Bells”

Glad Singers, “Three Kings”

The Platters, “Jingle Bells Jingle”

Aztec Digicam, “Sizzling Membership of Christ”

Crocodile Store, “December Mourning”

The Ravers, “(It’s Gonna Be A) Punk Rock Christmas”

Nadroj & the Wolrats, “Overlook It”

Andy Paley, “Sleigh Trip”

The Ronettes, “Sleigh Trip”

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, “Joyful Xmas (Battle Is Over)”

Bing Crosby & David Bowie, “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy”

The Kinks, “Father Christmas”

The Turtles, “Santa and the Sidewalk Surfer”

The Fools, “Rockin’ In a Christmas New 12 months”

Billy Squier, “Christmas Is the Time to Say ‘I Love You’”

Roy Wooden, “I Want It Might Be Christmas On a regular basis”

The Waitresses, “Christmas Wrapping”

Kurtis Blow, “Christmas Rappin’”

James Brown, “Let’s Make Christmas Imply One thing This 12 months”

Paul McCartney, “Fantastic Christmastime”

Bing Crosby, “Christmas In Killarney”

The Ronettes, “I Noticed Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

Brenda Lee, “Rockin’ Across the Christmas Tree”

Elvis Presley, “Santa Carry My Child Again to Me”

Billy West, “Jingle Bell Rock”

The Royal Guardsmen, “Snoopy’s Christmas”

XTC, “Thanks for Christmas”

Davitt Sigerson, “It’s a Huge Nation”

Pretenders, “2000 Miles”

Slade, “Merry Xmas All people”

The Crystals, “Santa Claus Is Coming to City”

Bing Crosby, “White Christmas”

The Dickies, “Silent Evening”

Cristina, “Issues Fall Aside”


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