All Songs Considered Holiday Music Special 2010

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Around this time last year, tragedy struck the All Songs Considered offices when a mysterious grinch secretly stole host Bob Boilen's collection of holiday sleigh bells. After a nearly year-long search, the mystery has finally been solved. You can hear all about on this special holiday edition of the program, along with a great mix of music featuring Luciano Pavarotti, The Ramones, and more.

Host Bob Boilen, producer Robin Hilton, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson, and guest Barrie Hardymon of Talk of the Nation share some of the tunes that get them in the mood for warm cookies, hot cocoa, and even Santa Claus. So grab a blanket and curl up in front of the fire with your favorite cuddling buddy.

NPR Music has put together a number of other holiday music specials to get you in the spirit of the season, including our annual 24-hour Jingle Jams stream. We asked 10 of NPR Music's partner stations to send us 10 of their favorite holiday songs, so this continuous stream is packed with gems. From Bach to The Ramones to Louis Armstrong, it's a perfect playlist for those who wish to indulge in the spirit of the season while remaining glued to the computer.

You'll find more in our complete coverage of holiday music for 2010, including 5 Depressing Blues Songs For Christmas, Annoying Music For Christmas, and more.

All Songs Considered Holiday Music Mix '10

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F----- Up

  • Album: Do They Know It's Christmas?
  • Song: Do They Know It's Christmas?

For more information on this album, visit the artist's website.

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Wham!

  • Album: Last Christmas
  • Song: Last Christmas

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Last Christmas
Album
Last Christmas
Artist
Wham!
Label
Sony Music Distribution
Released
1998

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Matt Wilson

  • Album: Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O
  • Song: You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch

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You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch
Album
Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O
Artist
Matt Wilson
Label
Palmetto Records
Released
2010

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Vince Guaraldi Trio

  • Album: A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Song: Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal Version)

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Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal Version)
Album
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Artist
Vince Guaraldi Trio
Label
Fantasy
Released
2000

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Poly Styrene

  • Album: Black Christmas
  • Song: Black Christmas

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Dean Martin

  • Album: Making Spirits Bright
  • Song: A Marshmallow World

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A Marshmallow World
Album
Making Spirits Bright
Artist
Dean Martin
Label
Capitol
Released
1998

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The Leevees

  • Album: Hanukkah Rocks
  • Song: At The Timeshare

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At The Timeshare
Album
Hanukkah Rocks
Artist
The Leevees
Label
Reprise
Released
2005

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Luciano Pavarotti

  • Album: O Holy Night
  • Song: O Holy Night (Minuit Chr├ętien)

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O Holy Night (Minuit Chr├ętien)
Album
O Holy Night
Artist
Luciano Pavarotti
Label
PGD/London Classics
Released
1997

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Sarah Siskind

  • Album: All Come Together Now
  • Song: May Love Fall Like Snow

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Rosemary Clooney

  • Album: Christmas With Rosemary Clooney
  • Song: Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)

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Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
Album
Christmas With Rosemary Clooney
Artist
Rosemary Clooney
Label
Passport
Released
2005

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James Brown

  • Album: Funky Christmas
  • Song: Soulful Christmas

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Soulful Christmas
Album
Funky Christmas
Artist
James Brown
Label
Polydor/Umgd
Released
2095

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The Ramones

  • Album: Brain Drain
  • Song: Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)

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Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
Album
Brain Drain
Artist
The Ramones
Label
Sire/London/Rhino
Released
2089

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Last Christmas

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Last Christmas
Artist
Wham!
Label
Sony Music Distribution
Released
1998

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Christmas With Rosemary Clooney

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Christmas With Rosemary Clooney
Artist
Rosemary Clooney
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Passport
Released
2005

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Funky Christmas

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Funky Christmas
Artist
James Brown
Label
Polydor/Umgd
Released
2095

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Brain Drain

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