This is a companion piece to the 15 volume New Wave Hits of the '80s set released in the mid-'90s by Rhino Records. However, the music comes from the '70s, '80s, and '90s.
- Thanks for Christmas - The Three Wise Men (aka XTC): Great tune. XTC never disappoints. I'm surprised I never hear this on the radio in December. I think Andy Partridge is an atheist, so that makes this an interesting listen on another level.
- Christmas Day - Squeeze: I want to like this piece because I'm such a big Squeeze fan, but its just not very good.
- Fairytale of New York - The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl: The Pogues are an acquired taste I have yet to acquire.
- Rudolph the Manic Reindeer - Los Lobos: A great instrumental version of this Christmas classic. Lots of accordion and saxophone.
- 2000 Miles - The Pretenders: Because I first heard this song on the group's Learning to Crawl release, I never really thought of it as a Christmas song, which, of course, it is. And a good one at that.
- Santa Claus - Throwing Muses: Not a big fan of the group and this doesn't sound much like a Christmas song other than the fact that it contains the lyrics, "you remind me of Santa Claus." Not my thing.
- Little Drummer Boy - Miracle Legion: not a bad stripped-down version, there's just not much to this song. I never understood its popularity.
- Xmas at K-Mart - Root Boy Slim & The Sex Change Band with The Rootettes: Obviously a novelty song, its a fun listen.
- Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie/Bing Crosby: this is a bizarre pairing that inexplicably became a modest hit about 5 years after it was recorded for Crosby's last Christmas special.
- One Christmas Catalogue - Captain Sensible: typical, bouncy, new wave fun from a former member of The Damned.
- All I Want for Christmas - Timbuk 3: Not a cover of the popular holiday tune, but a maudlin original denouncing war and calling for world peace. Better left forgotten.
- Shouldn't Have Given Him a Gun for Christmas - Wall of Voodoo: Shouldn't have recorded a song for Christmas. Recorded in 1987 after Stan Ridgway had left the band.
- Santa's Beard - They Might Be Giants: typical TMBG pop song with a sound similar to other stuff they were releasing around '88. Typical of them around that time, the song doesn't even last 2 minutes.
- Christmas - The Buzz of Delight (featuring Matthew Sweet): I wish I had known about Sweet in the mid-'80s. I enjoy the songs he writes. One of the better songs on this compilation.
- Christmas Time - Chris Stamey Group: along the lines of The dB's and Alex Chilton. Not bad.
- Mary Xmess - Sun 60: I like this 1993 song. Guitar by Dave Navarro and I think the singer (Joan Jones) sounds a lot like Juliana Hatfield.
- Careless Santa - Mono Puff: John Flansburgh from TMBG with his side-project. Not surprisingly, it sounds just like a TMBG song.