Holiday supergroup Band of Merrymakers (made up of Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Better than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin, Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn, American Idol/Rock of Ages‘ Constantine Maroulis and songwriter Sam Hollander) head out on tour this year to spread some holiday cheer. To celebrate, Hollander put together this playlist of classic and underrated Christmas music. So get into the holiday mood and catch Band of Merrymakers live this December! Select dates here:
12/1 New York, NY @ BB King’s
12/2 Morristown, NJ @ Mayo PAC
12/3 Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
12/15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
–Dave Lucas, Talkhouse Marketing Manager
Band of Merrymakers – “A Very Merry Medley”
August Darnell – “Christmas on Riverside Drive”
Deep cuts. This is that snow-blown New York City shit! Both funky and festive.
The Brady Bunch – “Frosty the Snowman”
Nothing says Christmas like Cindy Brady lisping her way through this holiday chestnut.
Vince Guaraldi Trio – “Skating”
Sounds like a piping hot chocolate in Central Park with December mirth in the air.
RUN-DMC – “Christmas in Hollis”
OMG! An ill reindeer!!
Wizzard – “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”
I triple dog dare you to watch this wacky YouTube clip. It’s musical spiked egg nog.
June Christy – “The Merriest”
The Merrymakers approve on title alone.
Paul McCartney – “Wonderful Christmastime”
In 2014, the USA Today named it the worst Christmas song ever. In 2014, we effectively cancelled our USA Today subscription. This is a jam!
The Carpenters – “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”
That acapella intro though! Truly the mecca of glee club perfection.
The Waitresses – “Christmas Wrapping”
Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Couldn’t miss this one this year.