Have Yourself an Angsty Little Christmas: 12 Geeky Holiday Tunes to Raise Your Spirits

Toymaggedon featuring Yo La Tengo, Ira Glass, Eugene Mirman
Toymaggedon featuring Yo La Tengo, Ira Glass, Eugene Mirman

The winter solstice is a time of joy and merriment. It’s a time to visit family, to renew old friendships, and commune in a spirit of love, brotherhood, and sisterhood with our fellow Homo sapiens. It’s no wonder, then, that this season has produced some of the most angst-filled music ever heard, and no one knows how to throw down the angst like a geek.

The irony is that, rather than being depressing, these songs can actually cheer you up far more than any saccharine gooey sweetness from Amy Grant or Josh Groban. Listening to these songs I’m thinking, “Hey, at least my life’s not as bad as this guy’s.”

So to help brighten your otherwise tense holidays, I offer these 12 little bittersweet chocolate nuggets.

If you have Spotify, grab (most of) these songs from our 12 Geeky Holiday Tunes Playlist and let me know if I left anything out.

1. ‘Toymageddon’ — featuring Yo La Tengo, Ira Glass, Eugene Mirman

This is the first single from comedy album 2776, and performed by Yo La Tengo, in a holiday season where the Toys decide to take over.

Jason spends his time playing video games with his wife and kids, designing web sites (like GeekDad), and writing books about the aforementioned topics. His most recent book is CSS3: Visual Quickstart available at finer book stores everywhere.