12 Days of Christmas Blues | Best Blues Songs about the Holiday

Written by Jered Morin

Top 12 Blues Songs about ChristmasTired of the same ol’, same ol’ Christmas songs? Are you feeling down from all the usual schmaltzy schlock? Ready for a kick in the (musical) pants?

Here are the Top 12 Blues songs about Christmas, from vintage classics to modern renditions.

There were hundreds of songs to comb through. So the criteria to make this list was it had to:

  1. be about Christmas (obviously), but also
  2. make creative use of the holiday elements — think genre busters, twisted lyrics, and exceptional musicality

Also, with so many tunes to choose from, I had to cut ones that were maybe a touch too Swing-y, or too Soul-y, way too Hip and/or Hop , and even a few that were beyond description. It was a difficult choice.

But here they are, the 12 bestest Blues songs about Christmas to add to your holiday rotation:

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Blues obsessions | Saint James Infirmary

VIking DJ Dan

Viking DJ Dan at Moose Blues 2015

If you’ve travelled to a European blues event in the last while, and if you spent any time at the bar, you’ll likely know Dan ‘Edgy’ Edgecombe. 

You will have no doubt admired his luxuriant moustache and most excellent tattoo collection (along with his admirable capacity for good whiskey and rum).

What you might not know is that his most recent tattoo is of a St James cross, in honour of his favourite song.

Me: Dan, can I ask you about your obsession with St James Infirmary. I’m curious to hear all about it!

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Blues Songs | Going Down Slow

LegendsIf you’ve been blues-dancing for a little while, you’ll almost certainly have danced to some version of ‘Going Down Slow’.

One of the things DJs do to find new music is by listening to covers. We love to surprise dancers by playing less familiar versions of well-known songs, especially ‘blues standards’.

I started my search for Goin’ Down Slow on Spotify and YouTube a few months back. I found myself listening more closely to the lyrics and became curious to learn where the song came from and how it travelled and changed over time.

Listening to this one song through the decades allowed me to hear subtle changes of instrumentation and vocal emphasis. It’s a perfect example of how a ‘blues standard’ can be interpreted and arranged in different ways, depending on when, where and by whom it was recorded.

Here’s my playlist if you’d like to listen along.

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