Jingle Balls Playlist by U2: Deezer

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2017-12-12)

U2 have contributed a playlist of Christmas favorites on the music streaming service Deezer. The playlist is called “Jingle Balls: the U2 Christmas Cracker“ and the information for the list is as follows: “This Christmas selection by U2 is a throwback to their ‘Jingle Balls’ residency in Dublin in the late 70s.” The full playlist contains twenty tracks and runs 1 hour and 6 minutes. It is not known what members of U2 might have participated in the creation of this playlist, although from the selections we expect Bono and The Edge were involved.

The playlist comes complete with a ‘cover’ for the playlist which features a recent promotional image of U2 on a couch and the title “Jingle Balls by U2”.

IMAGE: Digital Image Accompanying Playlist

The tracks included are as follows:

  • “Must Be Santa” – Mitch Miller & The Gang from Holiday Sing Along with Mitch (02:40)
  • “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town (Single Version)” – Bruce Springsteen from Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (04:27)
  • “I Believe in Father Christmas” – Greg Lake from I Believe in Father Christmas (03:32)
  • “Blue Christmas” – Elvis Presley from Rock & Roll Christmas (02:08)
  • “Silent Night” – Sinead O’Connor from Silent Night (03:45)
  • “Fairytale of New York” – The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl from The Ultimate Collection (04:23)
  • “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Andy Williams from The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (02:31)
  • “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” – John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band from Classic Rock Christmas (03:32)
  • “Merry Xmas Everybody” – Slade from 100 Essential Christmas Songs (03:24)
  • “Last Christmas” – Wham! from Last Christmas (04:23)
  • “Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy” – David Bowie and Bing Crosby from A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) (04:26)
  • “Santa Baby” – Eartha Kitt from Santa Baby (03:22)
  • “Frosty the Snowman” – The Ronettes from Frosty the Snowman (02:09)
  • “2000 Miles” – The Pretenders from The Singles (03:39)
  • “Run Rudolph Run” – Chuck Berry from Rock & Roll Christmas (02:45)
  • “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” – Ramones from The Chrysalis Years Anthology (02:09)
  • “Don’t Shoot Me Santa” – The Killers and Ryan Pardey from Don’t Shoot Me Santa (04:03)
  • “I Want You for Christmas” – Cheap Trick from A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary (04:06)
  • “White Christmas” – Bing Crosby from Gold (2CD Set) (03:03)
  • “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2 from A Very Special Christmas (02:09)

Included is U2’s very well known cover of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home” which was released in 1987. It is far from the only Christmas song that U2 have been involved in over the years, and the very first History Mix we did for the site looked at a number of U2 forays into Christmas songs including “Do You Know It’s Christmas”, “The Darkest Midnight”, their cover of Greg Lake’s “I Believe in Father Christmas” and more. That History Mix includes video and may interest you as well.

If you have an interest in other playlists that U2 have chosen over the years for various media, we maintain a section which tracks many of these.

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