White (Collar) Christmas Music


You doubtless have your Yuletide favorites obtained from streaming services, but here are five playlists I created on Spotify that may help. (You can follow me on Spotify at jsharman3). Plus, a sharp-dressed Cary Grant and a white-collared David Niven.


As broad a collection of genres and styles, time periods and release dates, traditions and oddities as possible. Playing time just under 15 hours (278 songs).

Christmas Classical

Classical music for Advent and Christmas. Playing time about 19.5 hours (323 songs).

Christmas Motown and Soul

Christmas groove. Playing time about 5.5 hours (98 songs).

Christmas Jazz

Old, new. Cool, Swing. Big band, lounge. Playing time about 17 hours (279 songs).

Christmas Neo-Classical

Christmas spa music. Playing time about 11 hours (195 songs).

Christmas Blues

Blue Yule. Playing time a little over 6 hours (79 songs).


We are awash in Christmas movies, but one of the best—along with Holiday Inn [White Christmas], It’s A Wonderful Life, and the George C. Scott rendition of A Christmas Carol—is The Bishop’s Wife (1947) with Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven, a film sometimes overlooked:

The Bishop’s Wife