Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Guide Day 11 of 26 : Amy Birnbaum for Ducklings In A Row - Holiday Party Playlist

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When it comes to parties, it's hard to stress me out, but the one area where I'm nearly hopeless is a good party playlist. Luckily I happen to know this gorgeous walking encyclopedia of all-things-music, who is my go-to pal for opening night party music - Amy Birnbaum.

The lovely Amy is a music publisher and concert producer by day and gospel singer and dj by night.  You can find out more about her and her projects here.  In the meantime, Amy put together an awesome holiday party playlist, which I've added to Spotify for easy sharing (you can also play the whole mix through the widget below, just press play). Amy had some amazing commentary on the songs she chose (and why) for her playlist, "It's Gonna Be A Funky Funky Christmas".  Amy calls it a classic playlist with a Cee Lo spin and a touch of extra spice a la gospel infused backup vocals. I call it perfect.

Here's some insight from Amy about the perfect playlist:

"The key to creating a solid holiday playlist is giving your guests both the comfortable and familiar, and including songs they have never heard. And party goers, don’t be scared if you want to dance and no one else is—take that first step.  This is the biggest compliment for a DJ!   I can guarantee everyone will follow suit, and thank you for your lack of inhibition."

Here's the full the playlist with Amy's (funny) insight to the songs that make up your new favorite holiday party rotation in italics:

1. Aint No Chimney’s In The Projects-Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings-with a special seasons greeting’s from Daptone Records Binky Griptite

2. Holiday-Vampire Weekend

3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town-Jackson 5

4. Father Christmas-The Kinks

5. Winter Wonderland-Booker T and the MG’s

6. Someday At Christmas-Stevie Wonder.  This man is appropriate for every single day of the year.

7. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year-Andy Williams

8. Christmas Wrapping, The Waitresses.  This song is ridiculous.

9. Joy To The World-Broadway Inspirational Voices.  The brilliant Michael McElroy has assembled the best Broadway voices to perform these holiday gems

10. Sleigh Ride-TLC.  Yeah.  Get it ladies.

11. Santa Claus is Definitely Here to Say-James Brown

12. Little Saint Nick-The Beach Boys

13. That’s What I Want For Christmas-Shirley Temple You’ll be hard pressed to find a clean recording of this holiday classic, but its guaranteed to bring your party goes cheer.  Proud to say, my music co, Round Hill Music, publishes it.

14. Run Rudolph Run-Chuck Berry

15. You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch-Thurl Ravenscroft

16. This Christmas-Donny Hathaway.  One of the only Christmas covers that I can listen to 365 days of the year.

17. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree-Brenda Lee

18. Holiday-Madonna

19. Baby Its Cold Outside-Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald

20. What Christmas Means to Me-Cee Lo.  Nothin like a classic tune with a Cee Lo spin.  Those gospel infused backup vocals add a touch of extra spice!

21. Back Door Santa-Clarence Carter.  This tune is one of my holiday secret weapons.  There’s always one rowdy drunk who gets a bit funky with this one

22. Please Come Home For Christmas-Charles Brown

23. Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town-Bruce Springsteen

24. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas-She and Him

25. Go Tell It On The Mountain-Kirk Franklin.  A joyous, joyous rendition.  And who’s to say you can’t put the same song in the mix again.  Can’t forget about Mahilia Jackson’s version of the same title

26. Christmas All Over Again-Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

27. Sleigh Ride-The Ronettes

28. Wonderful Christmastime-Paul McCartney

29. I Saw Three Ships-Sting

30. Roman Holiday-Nicki Minaj  (EXPLICIT.  Make sure the kiddies are sleeping.)

Thanks, Amy! xoxo

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