2018's Eclectic Holiday Playlist

2018's Eclectic Holiday Playlist

Will you hear Run-DMC’s Christmas music in the mall? No. But you totally should be and that’s why I created this playlist.

Music fuels me. Creating playlists for different moods, genres, holidays, and events is one of my favorite things to do. Holiday songs can become repetitive and dull. You’ll be doused in “Jingle Bells” in every store and business you visit between now and the 25th and you’ll probably want to rip your ears out. I’m not one to shy away from any genre of music. I hate feeling like I’m limiting myself or sticking myself into a box. So if you’re anything like me and love music – this will be the playlist for you. It ranges from indie to hip-hop to classic to punk to rock.

Traditional Christmas music is nice but unconventional is even better. Last year’s playlist was limited to 67 songs but the playlist is filled with over 100 songs for you and always growing.

What’s your favorite Christmas song? Let me know in the comments below and maybe it’ll be added to the playlist!

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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.

A Holiday Playlist

As everyone knows, Halloween is my favorite holiday. But for the first time, I am seriously feeling the Christmas spirit. I've decorated more than just a Christmas tree (and I have not one but TWO Christmas trees in my apartment, a small white one and a medium-sized green one), I've baked Christmas goodies, I've been shopping all month and making some small DIY gifts. Ever since my father passed away mere days before Christmas, I haven't found the excitement like I did when I was younger. However, having a child changes things. He's excited and deserves to be excited. In turn, I am too. 

So naturally, it's necessary to have an incredible holiday playlist at hand to play around the house. I like classic songs but they get so repetitive, slow, and some can be cringe-worthy. This playlist is filled with classics, rock, indie, hip-hop, and more. I hope you enjoy!

1. White Christmas by Otis Redding
2. Making Christmas by Rise Against
3. Celtic New Year by Van Morrison
4. Christmas Tears by Eric Clapton
5. What Christmas Means to Me by Stevie Wonder
6. Last Christmas by Wham!
7. Christmas All Over Again by Tom Petty
8. Santa Claus is Comin' To Town by Bruce Springsteen
9. Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys
10. Christmas in Hollis by Run-D.M.C.
11. Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney
12. Oi to the World by No Doubt
13. Fairytale of New York by The Pogues
14. Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry
15. Santa Claus is Back In Town by Elvis Presley
16. Father Christmas by The Kinks
17. Christmastime by The Smashing Pumpkins
18. I Won't Be Home for Christmas by blink-182
19. Blue Christmas by The Lumineers
20. Jingle Bells by Frank Sinatra
21. Frosty The Snowman by Ella Fitzgerald
22. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) by Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters
23. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
24. Jingle Your Bells by Hush Kids
25. That Christmasy Feeling by Johnny Cash
26. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Caroline Pennell
27. Winter Song by The Head and the Heart
28. White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
29. Goodbye England (Covered in Snow) by Laura Marling
30. Santa Baby by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
31. We Three Kings by Dolly Parton
32. O Come O Come Emmanuel by The Civil Wars
33. Listening to Otis Redding At Home During Christmas by Okkervil River
34. By The Fireside by Ellen and the Escapades
35. Let It Snow by Daniela Andrade
36. Merry Christmas Baby by Otis Redding
37. Away in a Manger by Bright Eyes
38. Go Tell It on a Mountain by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
39. Little Drummer Boy by Johnny Cash
40. The Gifts They Gave by Johnny Cash
41. Baby It's Cold Outside by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
42. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by The Jackson 5
43. Bach, JS: Cantata No. 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben', BWV147: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach
44. All I Want For Christmas Is You by My Chemical Romance
45. Winter Wonderland by Billy Idol
46. Home for the Holidays by Cyndi Lauper
47. Little Drummer Boy by Sister Hazel
48. Jingle Bell Rock by Daryl Hall & John Oates
49. Silver Bells by Meaghan Smith
50. The Christmas Blues by Bob Dylan
51. Funky New Year by The Eagles
52. Champagne & Wine by Etta James
53. Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon
54. Santa Claus is Coming To Town by Frank Sinatra
55. Sleigh Ride by TLC
56. X-M@S by Corey Taylor
57. Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer by DMX
58. Carol Of The Bells by the bird and the bee
59. Let It Snow by She & Him
60. The Blizzard by Camera Obscura
61. Let Me Sleep (It's Christmas Time) by Pearl Jam
62. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) by Ramones
63. The Christmas Song by The Raveonettes
64. X-mas Has Been X'ed by NOFX
65. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt
66. The Christmas Song by Smash Mouth
67. The Season's Upon Us by Dropkick Murphy's

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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.

93 Songs for the Ultimate Halloween Playlist 2016

The Lovely Cicada | 93 Songs for the Ultimate Halloween Playlist 2016

Growing up, I never went through Halloween without listening to "Monster Mash", "Halloween", "The Time Warp", and the entirety of the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack on repeat. It was a ritual for me to honor Halloween with music, movies, decor, conjuring spirits, going to haunted houses, getting into mischief with friends, and dressing up. 

I already have you "scary monsters and super creeps" covered on movies you should be watching this month. But aside from movies, music is a key ingredient to the Halloween holiday (and everything else in life, honestly). I compiled a killer and spooky playlist to get you in the spirit. Gather your fiends, friends, and witches for a night of fright complete with this ghoulish mix.

  1. Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Pickett
  2. Halloween by Misfits
  3. Thriller by Michael Jackson
  4. This is Halloween by Marilyn Manson
  5. Dragula by Rob Zombie
  6. I Put A Spell On You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  7. Spooky by Dusty Springfield
  8. Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie
  9. Superstition by Stevie Wonder
  10. Sally's Song by Catherine O'Hara
  11. Zombie by The Cranberries
  12. Halloween (cover) by AFI
  13. Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All) by Type O Negative
  14. Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens
  15. Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell
  16. Monster by Paramore
  17. Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
  18. Mad Hatter by Melanie Martinez
  19. Halloween on the Barbary by The Flaming Lips
  20. Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones
  21. The Time Warp by Richard O'Brien
  22. Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  23. Witch Doctor by David Seville
  24. Dracula's Wedding by Outkast & Kelis
  25. The Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley
  26. Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
  27. Pet Sematary by Ramones
  28. Monster Mash by Misfits
  29. Psycho Killer by Talking Heads
  30. Runnin' With the Devil by Van Halen
  31. Oogie Boogie's Song by Danny Elfman
  32. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Rivival
  33. Little Ghost by The White Stripes
  34. I Was A Teenage Werewolf by The Cramps
  35. That Old Black Magic by Frank Sinatra
  36. Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson
  37. The Addams Family Theme Song
  38. Over At The Frankenstein Place by Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien
  39. Red Right Hand by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  40. Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon by the Cramps
  41. Dig Up Her Bones by Misfits
  42. Day-O (Banana Boat Song) by Harry Belafonte
  43. Devil's Night Out by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  44. Lullaby by The Cure
  45. Kidnap the Sandy Claws by Korn
  46. Howlin' For You by The Black Keys
  47. The Graveyard Shift by the Ghouls
  48. Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra
  49. Halloween Theme
  50. Black Magic Woman by Fleetwood Mac
  51. Seven Devils by Florence & The Machine
  52. The Witch Queen of New Orleans by Redbone
  53. Sweet Dreams by Emily Browning
  54. Halloween II by Misfits
  55. Fall Children by AFI
  56. Spellbound by Siouxsie and the Banshees
  57. Turkish Song of the Damned by The Pogues
  58. Whistlin' Past The Graveyard by Tom Waits
  59. Love Potion No. 9 by The Searchers
  60. I'm Your Witch Doctor by Them
  61. The Phantom of the Opera by Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford
  62. Black Cat by Janet Jackson
  63. House of the Rising Sun by Lauren O'Connell
  64. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) by Nancy Sinatra
  65. Old Devils by William Elliot Whitmore
  66. Dead Souls by Joy Division
  67. Time of the Season by The Zombies
  68. Change (In the House of Flies) by Deftones
  69. Gods & Monsters by Jessica Lange
  70. Ghost Riders in the Sky by Johnny Cash
  71. Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon
  72. Scary Monsters & Super Creeps by David Bowie
  73. Witches by Blackbird Raum
  74. Halloween by Dead Kennedys
  75. Cemetary Gates by The Smiths
  76. The Sound of Silence by Disturbed
  77. Mysterons by Portishead
  78. Satin in A Coffin by Modest Mouse
  79. Ultraviolence by Lana del Rey
  80. Devil's Dance Floor by Flogging Molly
  81. Heart of the Devil by Danzig
  82. Voodoo by Godsmack
  83. Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo
  84. We Only Come Out At Night by The Smashing Pumpkins
  85. Children of the Grave by Black Sabbath
  86. Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
  87. The Beast by Laura Marling
  88. Horror Show by The Libertines
  89. Dr. Frankenstein by Ice Cube
  90. Iron Moon by Chelsea Wolfe
  91. Helena by My Chemical Romance
  92. Country Death Song by The Violent Femmes
  93. Release the Bats by The Birthday Party

And the full playlist is here.