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Weekend Playlist: Geek Christmas!

Happy holidays! There’s geek music from just about everyone out there, and I know that I’m completely sick of it already. (Some radio stations had begun November 1st. Ugh.) Christmas is the dominant holiday, and unfortunately, I don’t know of any geek music songs that really relate to other holidays, but if you know of any, let us know! So, to change things up, here’s what I’ll be listening to for the holidays:

“What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)” by R2-D2 & C-3PO
“R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by R2-D2 & C-3PO

You know what the best thing (and, keep in mind that Best is entirely relative in this context) is about this song? It’s the first time Bon Jovi professionally recorded. Try that on for size.

“Wizards in Winter (Instrumental)” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Easily a classic. Christmas music to heavy metal. And it has fantasy references in the title! Okay, that’s a stretch, but it’s also been used for electronics geeks to wire up their houses into insane christmas light displays.

“The Millennium Falcon For Christmas” by John Anealio

This is one of my favorite John Anealio songs. It’s a touching story, and overall, a great, catchy tune.

“Santa’s Beard” by They Might Be Giants

Fun, short, and entertaining. I think that’s probably the best way to describe most of They Might Be Giant’s backlog.

“Christmas Is Interesting” by Jonathan Coulton
“Chiron Beta Prime” by Jonathan Coulton

Coulton’s penned a couple of Christmas songs, “Christmas Is Interesting” and “Chiron Beta Prime”, both entertaining (let’s not speak of “Podsafe Christmas Song” – anything that has to do with the Chipmunks needs to go away, permanently.). Of the two, I like “Chiron Beta Prime” the best: it’s funny, dark and catchy.

“Vigilante Christmas” by Kirby Krackle

Kirby Krackle’s take on ‘Have Yourself A Merry Christmas’, this is an entertaining cover/parody that fits well with their songs.

“I Want An Alien For Christmas” by Fountains of Wayne

It’s odd to see a geek-related song outside of some of the usual suspects from the genre, but Fountains of Wayne has this number, which is entertaining.

“Christmas at Ground Zero” by Weird Al Yankovic

One of my all time favorite Geek Christmas songs. Only Weird Al can take something like nuclear destruction and make it hilarious.

“Christmas Time is Here” by Vince Guaraldi Trio

And last, but certainly not least, the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s rendition of “Christmas Time is Here”. One of the classics, and still, by far, the best.

Bonus: Here’s a Spotify music list of the songs mentioned above that are available: Weekend Playlist: Geek Christmas!

About Andrew Liptak (180 Articles)
Andrew Liptak is a freelance writer and historian from Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015. He can be found over at and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.
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