It’s not clear what a cover of one of the least essential songs ever written by a member of the Beatles is doing playing in so many stores—it’s possible that people are just relieved to have a version that doesn’t sound like Sir Paul gets gunned down in a drive-by synthesizer battle halfway through its run—but it doesn’t change the omnipresent holiday fact: Enter a mall this year, and you’re going to hear indie rockers crooning “Ding dong, ding dong” until your ears start to bleed. (Work at a mall this year, meanwhile, and you’ll feel the song slowly become tattooed to the inside of your brain.)


The Shins find themselves presiding over a list that proves the old holiday rule: release a commercial cover of a Christmas favorite, and you’ll never go unplayed again. After all, where but in the heart of the capitalist Christmas spirit could Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, and Train—that’s right, “Drops Of Jupiter” themselves—appear together on a playlist of heavily rotationed tunes? It’s a Christmas miracle, folks.

Anyway, here’s the full list:

1) The Shins “Wonderful Christmastime”
2) Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
3) Christina Aguilera “Christmas Time”
4) The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping”
5) Jack Johnson “Someday At Christmas”
6) Kelly Clarkson “Underneath The Tree”
7) Michael Buble “A Holly Jolly Christmas”
8) Bing Crosby “White Christmas”
9) Train “What Christmas Means To Me”
10) Ella Fitzgerald “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
11) Coldplay “Christmas Lights”
12) Jose Feliciano “Feliz Navidad”
13) Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings “White Christmas”
14) Vince Guaraldi Trio “Christmas Time Is Here”
15) Sam Smith “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
16) Pentatonix “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)”
17) Paul McCartney “Wonderful Christmastime”
18) She & Him “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
19) Elvis Presley “Blue Christmas”
20) Darlene Love “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”


[via Uproxx]