Holiday carols through the speakers at the mall? Bah humbug! On Friday, make your own soundtrack and rock out with this playlist.
‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ Culture
There’s nothing wrong with getting into the spirit of the season, but do it on your own terms. Sometimes, your own terms might mean this chill reggae version of a classic, so you don’t feel like it’s something you’ve already heard a million times.
‘Oh No,’ Girl Talk
This mashup has the colossal layering of personalities that the shopping experience offers. Plus it combines Black Sabbath power chords with Ludacris, saying “Move b—, get out-the the way.”
‘Pretty Boy Swag,’ Soulja Boy Tell’em
Speaking of “get out-the way,” you might want to make this one your anthem too, and say “pretty boy comin’ through.”
‘Bittersweet Symphony,’ The Verve
Ever see the video for this one? Singer Richard Ashcroft is just walking through the crow-ded street, banging into everybody else, totally oblivious that they’re there because his song is so pretty. This tune will make you be that guy as you steamroll through the mall.
‘Albatross,’ Fleetwood Mac
You’ll definitely need a few zen moments with your headphones as you brave this aggressive shopping climate. This wordless tune by an early incarnation of Fleetwood Mac is a great start. If this instrumental gives you that crucial inner peace, also try R.E.M.’s “New Orleans Instrumental,” and Yo La Tengo’s “Return to Hot Chicken.”