Holiday shopping playlist

Get out your peppermint-flavored protein powder, put on your sweatband — it's time to do some power Christmas shopping. And this is the playlist to get you through it.

Mannheim Steamroller

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"

This is a great tune to get you amped up while you're getting ready to head out the door at 3 a.m. on Black Friday. It'll get you into the holiday shopping spirit and rev you up for what's to come — both in-store and on this playlist

The Kinks

"Father Christmas"

Every Christmas playlist needs a little rock 'n' roll, especially a Christmas shopping playlist. The Kinks' "Father Christmas" gives you just that.

Trans Siberian Orchestra

"Joy of Man's Desire/ Angels We Have Heard on High"

While "Carol of the Bells" gets all the glory when it comes to Trans Siberian Orchestra, the real goosebump-inducer is this tune. When those strong female vocals proclaim "Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o'er the plain!" you'll feel your cart grow three sizes.

Paul McCartney

"Wonderful Christmastime"

There's something about this now-classic Christmas song — is it the almost too-fast beat? Is it the drugged-up way McCartney reels that he's "simply having a wonderful Christmas time?" Is it that it's frenetic and is just sarcastic enough to work while you're spending your hard-earned credit on gifts you can't afford?

London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir

"Handel's Hallelujah Chorus"

Is this one a bit cliche? Maybe. But when you've landed that 60-inch flat screen for $281, there will be choirs singing "For the Lord God Omnipotent Reigneth! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!" Handel, the great composer, probably didn't think his "Messiah" would be used to glorify consumerism.

Charlie Brown Christmas

"O Tannenbaum"

You're going to need something to bring you down from the serious high you got while ripping coveted sale items right out of other shoppers' hands. "O Tannenbaum" as sung by the classic cast of Peanuts will remind you of the wholesome Christmases of your youth.

About The Author

Alysa Zavala-Offman

Alysa Zavala-Offman is the managing editor of Detroit Metro Times. She lives in the downriver city of Wyandotte with her husband, toddler, mutt, and two orange cats.
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