Tracy Tran’s Holiday Mixtape 2008

I hope you’re enjoying Black Friday.  It means jackola with the economy and the money execs use on spa treatment.  Also, it is the time for gift cards and cheap gifts.  I hate those.  If you’re in a money crunch, the most inexpensive and most creative is creating a mixtape.  I have one to share and here we go:

If you’re at a holiday party, start the party which some traditional holiday songs.  Here are my favorites:

Play it a few times, then when most of the guests arrive, step outside to get a few surprises and have a theme entrance to define who you are (Damn you, Washington Capitals!):

Have your short, boring introduction and then get back to the holiday mood with great holiday songs like this:

Yes, all of them are Darlene Love.  She has the perfect voice for this season.  But there are others to chew on:

You can put additional songs, and it doesn’t have to be related to the holidays, but for the holiday mixtape purpose, I want something to relate.  After everyone is in the holiday spirit, time to breakout:

First…Old School:

Then a little moshpit action:

A little new school:

How about an oldie but goodie:

Really, any Fatboy Slim song is appropriate.  Then you can conclude the dance portion with the most appropriate dance for the holiday season (The video is disturbing when you look at it hard, but the music is cool):

Now, if you want to go into the deep end and prefer something exotic, there are two:

After all that dancing, it’s time to get a drink.  I prefer numbers songs for this occasion. There are two approaches:

The fast approach:

or the slow approach:

Don’t make the drinking segment too long.  And then some karaoke songs to butcher:

Then it’s time for gifts:

Let’s take a step back and join our love ones under a big mistletoe and enjoy this classic love song:

Finally, time to call it a night and the end song that people should remember.  In my case last year, it was Rick Rolling.  This year…Anne Murray:

That my friends is a holiday mixtape.  It’s easy to assemble and you can share it with everyone.  I woul like to know yours.  Please forward this and:


If you’re wondering:

  1. Bobby Helms – “Jingle Bells Rock”
  2. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – “Wizards in Winter”
  3. Rev Theory – “Hell Yeah”
  4. Darlene Love – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
  5. Darlene Love – “All Alone on Christmas”
  6. Darlene Love – “Winter Wonderland”
  7. Collective Soul – “December”
  8. Bruce Springsteen – “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
  9. The Dandy Warhols – “Everyday Should Be A Holiday”
  10. C & C Music Factory f/ F. Williams – “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
  11. House of Pain – “Jump Around”
  12. Kevin Rudlof f/ Lil’ Wayne – “Let it Rock”
  13. Fatboy Slim – “Rockafellar Skank”
  14. Quad City DJs – “C’mon N Ride It (The Train)”
  15. Montell Jordan – “This is How We Do It”
  16. Rob Zombie – “Dragula [remix]”
  17. Feist – “1234”
  18. Brian McKnight – “Back At One”
  19. Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip “Thou Shalt Always Kill”
  20. Billy Joel – “We Didn’t Start The Fire”
  21. Letters to Cleo – “Here and Now”
  22. Skee-Lo – “I Wish”
  23. Ricky Gervais (or David Brent) – “Free Love Freeway”
  24. Anne Murray – “Snowbird”
  25. Anne Murray – “The Last Dance”

*  You expect the quality music videos from these artists.  Well, I can’t because they blocked it.  Blame the artists and the record companies for it.

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