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All Songs Considered Holiday Music Special 2010

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All Songs Considered Holiday Music Special 2010

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All Songs Considered Holiday Music Special 2010

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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Do They Know It's Christmas?

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F----- Up

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

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Wham!

  • Song: Last Christmas
  • from Last Christmas

Last Christmas

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Last Christmas
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Last Christmas
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Wham!
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Sony Music Distribution
Released
1998

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You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch

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Matt Wilson

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

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Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O
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Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O
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Matt Wilson
Label
Palmetto Records
Released
2010

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Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal Version)

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Vince Guaraldi Trio

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

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A Charlie Brown Christmas
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A Charlie Brown Christmas
Artist
Vince Guaraldi Trio
Label
Fantasy
Released
2000

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Black Christmas

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Poly Styrene

  • Song: Black Christmas
  • from Black Christmas

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A Marshmallow World

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Dean Martin

  • Song: A Marshmallow World
  • from Making Spirits Bright

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Making Spirits Bright
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Making Spirits Bright
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Dean Martin
Label
Capitol
Released
1998

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At The Timeshare

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The Leevees

  • Song: At The Timeshare
  • from Hanukkah Rocks

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Hanukkah Rocks
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Hanukkah Rocks
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The Leevees
Label
Reprise
Released
2005

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O Holy Night (Minuit Chr├ętien)

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Luciano Pavarotti

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

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O Holy Night
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O Holy Night
Artist
Luciano Pavarotti
Label
PGD/London Classics
Released
1997

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May Love Fall Like Snow

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Sarah Siskind

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

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Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)

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Rosemary Clooney

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

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Christmas With Rosemary Clooney
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Christmas With Rosemary Clooney
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Rosemary Clooney
Label
Passport
Released
2005

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Soulful Christmas

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James Brown

  • Song: Soulful Christmas
  • from Funky Christmas

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Funky Christmas
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Funky Christmas
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James Brown
Label
Polydor/Umgd
Released
2095

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Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)

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The Ramones

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

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Brain Drain
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Brain Drain
Artist
The Ramones
Label
Sire/London/Rhino
Released
2089

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Last Christmas

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Last Christmas
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Wham!
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Sony Music Distribution
Released
1998

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Christmas With Rosemary Clooney

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Christmas With Rosemary Clooney
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Rosemary Clooney
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Passport
Released
2005

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Funky Christmas

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Funky Christmas
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James Brown
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Released
2095

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Brain Drain

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Brain Drain
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