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Feliz Navidad: A Christmas Playlist En Español

Navidad en el Barrio
Navidad en el Barrio
photo by Marco Torres

We here at Rocks Off love our Christmas music, except when we don't. Seriously, big box retailer and car commercials? Why must you always try to force the Christmas spirit on us a full two weeks before Thanksgiving? But then, about a week before the big day, when it is totally appropriate to do so, we get really hooked.

Personally, this member of Rocks Off has been a bit of a grinch these last several years. But in an attempt to turn away from our Scrooge-like ways, we'd like to offer an alternative list of Christmas songs that you can play while visiting family, opening presents, or eating an unhealthy amount of tamales.

Feliz Navidad

This is probably the most well known cancion de Navidad. It was written and recorded by Jose Feliciano in 1970, and since then, everyone from The Three Tenors to David Hasselhoff have given us their rendition. The version above is Jorge and Alexa Narvaez, who wowed us earlier in the year with a cover of Edward Sharpe's "Home".

Amarga Navidad

We love this song. You can hear the heartbreak in Jose Alfredo's voice as he tells his woman to get to steppin' because he doesn't want to start off the new year with someone who causes him so much pain.

Arbolito De Navidad

Add a little mariachi music to your holiday party, and it becomes a fiesta. This ode to the Christmas tree was apparently written by Gloria Estefan, but then wonderfully redone as a huapango. 

Mi Burrito Sabanero

This is a fun song that honors the often forgotten traveler in the Nativity Story: The donkey that Mary rode on the way to Bethlehem. The kid in this song is prompting his own beast of burden to hurry it up so they can go see the eight pound, six ounce newborn infant Jesus.

El Año Viejo

Tony Camargo sings about the year coming to an end, and how it was a good year because it gave him many great things, like a goat, a donkey, a horse, and a mother-in-law. I've never been married, but the association seems about right.

Navidad Sin Ti

Damn you, Marco Antonio Solis! With your beautiful mane of hair, epic beard, and golden voice, why must you get us all emotional with this song about a lost love?

Feliz Navidad, everyone!


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