It blows my mind a little bit each time I remember that the in-house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is The Roots. Fallon is doing some great things on his show, but The Roots? That's just a whole other level of awesome.
So leave it to Fallon and The Roots to dress up in Christmas sweaters and bring on Mariah Carey for an adorable version of "All I Want For Christmas Is You," complete with toy instruments and a children's chorus.
I'm not ashamed to say that "All I Want" is my favorite holiday song. It's just catchy as all hell and, for me, isn't so saccharine that I can listen to it more than a few times without needing a shot of insulin.
We brainstormed a Christmas (and Chanukah) playlist that we will surely be sick of by Dec. 19 but love right now. Fire up those headphones and enjoy using your company's bandwidth to stream our staff-selected seasonal songs:
CultureMap's Holiday Playlist:
- Mariah Carey — "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
- Bobby Helms — "Jingle Bell Rock"
- Bing Crosby — "White Christmas"
- B.B. King — "Please Come Home For Christmas"
- Frank Sinatra — "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
- Stevie Wonder — "What Christmas Means To Me"
- Matisyahu — "Miracle"
- Jimmy Eat World — "Last Christmas"
- Lenka — "All My Bells Are Ringing"
- The Temptations — "Silent Night"
- Alice Smith — "Silver Bells"
- The Weepies — "All That I Want"
- She & Him — "The Christmas Song"
- Adam Sandler — "The Chanukah Song"
- The Supremes — "Oh Holy Night"
- Chuck Berry — "Merry Christmas, Baby"
- Blondfire — "Underneath the Mistletoe"
- José Feliciano — "Feliz Navidad"
- Eartha Kitt — "Santa Baby"
- Brenda Lee — "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"