Dog Ears Music: 'Tis The Season Playlist

12/24/2010 12:05 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Tis the season of traffic, agonizing travels, eating into oblivion, emotional kickboxing, and mental fisticuffs. We get presents we don't like only to wait in line or online to return them. We'll give presents that will, in turn, be returned.

It's not just the thought that counts; it's the overview of how each year we repeat the journey home. And on the return -- our jeans a little tighter, the déjà vu unpleasantries of travel; all a mere blip, as in the end we still do anything to come home to our loved ones.

James Taylor

Song: Traffic Jam

Album: JT

Genre: Rock

Led Zeppelin

Song: Communication Breakdown

Album: Led Zeppelin (Remastered)

Genre: Rock


Song: Fake Plastic Trees

Album: The Bends

Genre: Alternative

Cory Williams

Song: Disfunctional Family

Album: Fruits of the Game R&B Mixtape Volume 2

Genre: R&B/Soul

Astrud Gilberto

Song: Trains and Boats and Planes

Album: Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour

Genre: Brazilian

Etta James

Song: My Mother in Law

Album: Tell Mama - The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions

Genre: Blues

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Song: I'm Not Listening

Album: We Walk This Road (Deluxe Version)

Genre: Rock

Rev. Edward Clayborn

Song: The Wrong Way to Celebrate Xmas

Album: Blues, Blues Christmas (1925-1955)

Genre: Holiday

Surfer Blood

Song: Floating Vibes

Album: Astro Coast

Genre: Rock

The Temper Trap

Song: Sweet Disposition

Album: Conditions

Genre: Alternative

Sister Gertrude Morgan

Song: The Gift of God Is Eternal Life

Album: Let's Make a Record

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Clara Rockmore

Song: Celebrated Air

Album: Clara Rockmore's Lost Theremin Album

Genre: Classical

Kenny Dorham

Song: Alone Together

Album: Quiet Kenny (Reissue)

Genre: Jazz

Mavis Staples

Song: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Album: Have a Little Faith

Genre: Christian & Gospel

David Sanborn

Song: Short Visit

Album: Heart to Heart

Genre: Jazz

A Tribe Called Quest

Song: I Left My Wallet in El Segundo

Album: Peoples' Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap


Song: Two Silver Trees

Album: Carried to Dust (Bonus Track Version)

Genre: Alternative

Marvin Gaye

Song: Purple Snowflakes

Album: Motown Christmas, Vol. 2

Genre: R&B/Soul

Elton John

Song: Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting

Album: Elton John: Greatest Hits

Genre: Rock

Brian Eno

Song: 1/1

Album: Ambient 1: Music for Airports

Genre: Electronic

TV On The Radio

Song: Halfway Home

Album: Dear Science (Bonus Track Version)

Genre: Alternative

Marvin Etzioni

Song: Vanishing Breed

Album: All Four One: Vol. 1--Americana Compilation

Genre: Rock

The Velvet Underground

Song: The Gift

Album: White Light/White Heat

Genre: Rock

Willie Dixon

Song: Hidden Charms

Album: Mr. Dixon's Workshop

Genre: Blues

The Heavy

Song: Long Way From Home

Album: The House That Dirt Built

Genre: Rock

Telemetry Orchestra

Song: Tigers in Trees

Album: Empire

Genre: Alternative

Sly & The Family Stone

Song: Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

Album: Greatest Hits

Genre: Pop/Soul

Billy Preston

Song: Trees

Album: The Complete VeeJay Recordings

Genre: R&B/Soul

Dolly Parton

Song: O Little Town of Bethlehem

Album: Home for Christmas

Genre: Holiday

The Ruby Suns

Song: Trees Like Kids

Album: The Ruby Suns

Genre: Alternative

The Beatles

Song: She's Leaving Home

Album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Genre: Rock

Horse Feathers

Song: Blood on the Snow

Album: Words Are Dead

Genre: Folk

Elliott Smith

Song: Angel in the Snow

Album: New Moon

Genre: Alternative


Song: Whippings and Apologies

Album: A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing

Genre: Rock

Julia Kent

Song: Idlewild

Album: Delay

Genre: Alternative/Classical

Charlie Rich

Song: I'm Not Going Hungry

Album: Behind Closed Doors

Genre: Country

John Hiatt

Song: Have a Little Faith in Me

Album: Bring the Family

Genre: Rock

The Innocence Mission

Song: Song About Traveling

Album: Small Planes

Genre: Alternative

Loretta Lynn

Song: Family Tree

Album: Van Lear Rose

Genre: Country

Benny Goodman

Song: Your Mother's Son-In-Law

Album: The Early Years

Genre: Jazz

John Mayer

Song: Waiting on the World to Change

Album: Continuum

Genre: Rock

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Song: Cousin Randy

Album: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - EP

Genre: Rock

Ben Sollee

Song: A Few Honest Words

Album: Learning to Bend

Genre: Alternative

Buddy Guy

Song: Mother-In-Law Blues

Album: Buddy Guy: The Complete Chess Studio Recordings

Genre: Blues

Buffalo Springfield

Song: Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It

Album: Buffalo Springfield

Genre: Rock

Under Byen

Song: Protokol

Album: Alt Er Tabt

Genre: Rock

Drive-By Truckers

Song: The Homefront

Album: Brighter Than Creations Dark

Genre: Rock

The National

Song: Start a War

Album: Boxer

Genre: Alternative

Kid Creole & The Coconuts

Song: Table Manners

Album: Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places

Genre: Pop

Carly Simon

Song: Older Sister

Album: Hotcakes

Genre: Rock