Barenaked for the Holidays

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Barenaked for the Holidays
Barenaked Ladies - Barenaked for the Holidays.jpg
Studio album by Barenaked Ladies
Released October 5, 2004
Recorded May 2004 (Track 10 in August 1996)
Genre Alternative rock, holiday music, comedy
Length 46:28
Label Desperation
Producer Barenaked Ladies
Barenaked Ladies chronology
Everything to Everyone
Barenaked for the Holidays
As You Like It
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2/5 stars[2]
Popmatters mixed to favorable[3]
Rolling Stone favorable[4]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[5]

Barenaked for the Holidays is a holiday-themed studio album released by Canadian band Barenaked Ladies on October 5, 2004. The album includes Christmas and Hanukkah songs as well as "Auld Lang Syne", which is traditionally sung on New Year's Eve. There are also several songs that are simply about the winter season. The album was the first album recorded at Steven Page's studio, Fresh Baked Woods and was the first released independently by BNL's Desperation Records label (and distributed by the Warner Music Group). It was the band's first studio album for which a "naked track" (recorded in the nude) was not recorded. This album achieved Gold status in Canada.[6]


While the album contains some faithful interpretations of traditional songs, much of the album plays true to Ladies' off-kilter spirit. "Jingle Bells" begins as a slow, faithful rendition before breaking into an up-tempo version, including the "Batman smells..." lyric variation, and Page breaking down laughing. Several existing songs are included in the form of keyboard interludes; "Happy Birthday to You" is included as a hidden track in the form "Happy Birthday Jesus". The song "Deck the Stills" is an adaptation or parody of the song "Deck the Halls" with the lyrics Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young repeated in place of the real lyrics (it was an in-joke with the band at the time to use these lyrics in other songs). The album also includes the Band Aid charity song, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", all the royalties from which the band donates to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The collaboration with Sarah McLachlan for "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" was released on a prior compilation, Christmas Songs, in 2000.[7] Finally, the album includes seven songs written by the band.

The album was a popular release during the Christmas season of 2004, and reached No. 64 in the regular Billboard album charts. The ladies promoted the album with the Barenaked for the Holidays Tour in 2004 and 2005.


E.P. Version[edit]

An E.P. of Hanukkah-themed songs named the Barenaked for Hanukkah E.P. was released as a digital download on November 15, 2005. It contains a live version of "Hanukkah, O Hanukkah" from the band's Toronto concert on November 20, 2004, as well as the album versions of "Hanukkah Blessings" and "I Have a Little Dreidel". It was certified gold in Canada.[8]

Barenaked on a Stick[edit]

Barenaked on a Stick is a 128MB USB flash drive that contains the Holidays CD, live songs and ad libs, a demo recording, videos of the album recording, promo photos and buddy icons for instant messaging programs. It was sold initially at the 2005 holiday concert tour, and then through Nettwerk's online store, and though The USB stick was part of a product test by the band to see if there was a market for releasing albums on reusable media. Their next album Barenaked Ladies Are Me was also released on USB flash drive, as were subsequent live recordings.


The song "Hanukkah Blessings" was released on the Rock Band music store on December 23, 2008.

Page's reluctance[edit]

Former member Steven Page later admitted that the album was not his idea, and that a holiday themed album was not what he wanted to do following Everything to Everyone.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Jingle Bells" traditional Steven Page 3:57
2. "Green Christmas" (†) Steven Page, Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 2:34
3. "I Saw Three Ships" traditional Kevin Hearn, Page, Robertson 1:07
4. "Hanukkah Blessings" Steven Page Steven Page 3:27
5. "O Holy Night" Adolphe Adam instrumental 1:09
6. "Elf's Lament" Ed Robertson Michael Bublé, Page, Robertson 3:34
7. "Snowman" Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 2:59
8. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (‡) Bob Geldof, Midge Ure Page, Robertson, Tyler Stewart 3:32
9. "Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" traditional Page, Robertson 2:11
10. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings" (§) traditional Sarah McLachlan, Robertson 3:26
11. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Johnny Marks instrumental 0:59
12. "Carol of the Bells" Mykola Leontovych, Peter Wilhousky instrumental 3:00
13. "Footprints" Ed Robertson Ed Robertson 3:14
14. "Deck the Stills" traditional Jim Creeggan, Hearn, Page, Robertson, Stewart 0:32
15. "Christmastime (Oh Yeah)" (√) Kevin Hearn Kevin Hearn 2:16
16. "Sleigh Ride" Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish Creeggan, Hearn, Page, Robertson 0:46
17. "Christmas Pics" Jim Creeggan Jim Creeggan 2:13
18. "I Have a Little Dreidel" Samuel E. Goldfarb, Samuel S. Grossman Page, Robertson 0:52
19. "Wonderful Christmastime" Paul McCartney instrumental 1:18
20. "Happy Birthday" (hidden track) Patty Hill, Mildred J. Hill Creeggan, Hearn, Page, Robertson, Stewart 0:15
21. "Auld Lang Syne" traditional Page, Robertson 3:04


  • † re-recorded; originally from the 2000 soundtrack for How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • ‡ Previously released in a live version
  • § recorded backstage at WPLT Planefest, 1996
  • √ Re-recorded; originally with Page on vocals for a compilation album


Barenaked Ladies

Additional personnel


  • Jeremy Darby – engineer
  • Michael Phillip Wojewoda – mixing
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Don Garbutt – digital editing
  • Paul Forgues – assistant
  • Rob Menegoni – technical assistance
  • Keith Rudyk – technical assistance
  • Barenaked Ladies – arranger
  • Andrew MacNaughton – photography
  • John Rummen – artwork


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  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ Damas, Jamas (8 December 2004). "arenaked Ladies: Barenaked For the Holidays". Popmatters. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  4. ^ Spencer, Todd (2004-11-29). "Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked for the Holidays : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  5. ^ "Barenaked Ladies - Barenaked for the Holidays (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
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