The Jingle Jank Podcast


March 19, 2022

Episode 41: Songs About Mrs. Claus

Jay and Scott honor Women's History Month with songs about the underappreciated hero of Christmas, Mrs. Claus. Artists include Nat King Cole, Idina Menzel, Angela Lansbury, Jessie Farrell, Brotherly Love, Jane Sheldon, Ben Levin, and Bob Ricci.

February 14, 2022

Episode 40: Who Sang it Better? Round 4 (with Shannon Dubos)

Jay and Scott do another "Who Sang it Better?" contest with special guest judge Shannon Dubos. This round's songs are What Christmas Means to me by Stevie Wonder, The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole, and Somewhere in My Memory by The Tabernacle Choir.

January 13, 2022

Episode 39: Literally Shrunk Down and Living in my Christmas Village

In this episode, we listen to the album "Literally Shrunk down and Living in My Christmas Village" with its creator, comedian Adam Kennedy.

December 19, 2021

Episode 38: Santa Gets Around

In this episode, we discuss songs about how Santa travels: trucks, motorcycles, trains, and even a canoe. Artists include Keith Harling, Bucko & Champs, The Tractors, The Surfers, Red Simpson, The Lacs, and Paul Gross.

December 2, 2021

Episode 37: The Christmas Music of Die Hard

This week, we talk with Ed Daly about some music written about the movie Die Hard. We also talk about two songs that were played in the movie. Artists include eagleowl, Jonnie Common, Four Eyes, LeeRoi and the Regulars, and Vaughn Monroe.

November 18, 2021

Episode 36: Santa's Rockin' Band w/Rich Chambers

This week, we talk with Rich Chambers about his album "Santa's Rockin' Band".

November 4, 2021

Episode 35: A Midnight Christmas Mess

Special guest Gerry D. from Totally Rad Christmas joins us to discuss the obscure album "A Midnight Christmas Mess". Artists include Plan 9, The Cheepskates, The Yard Trauma, The Point, The Tryfles, and The Dogmatics.

October 20, 2021

Episode 34: Spooky Christmas Songs, Volume 2

Just in time for Halloween, special guest Tony Dixon joins us for a second installment of spooky Christmas songs. Artists include Polly Fae, Happy Fangs, Erik Frandsen and George Gerdes, Rise Against, and Mariah Scary & the Ghoulish Cauldrons.

October 7, 2021

Episode 33: Bizarre Christmas Songs

This week we’re going to look at songs that are just plain weird. Not songs that are written to be funny, but songs that are sung un-ironically and just don’t make much sense. Artists include Yogi Yorgesson, Fake Shark Real Zombie, and Max Headroom. Also, we play the most bizarre Christmas song we've ever heard by Wing.

September 9, 2021

Episode 32: Motown Christmas Songs

Todd Killian from Christmas Clatter joins Jay and Scott to discuss Motown Christmas Songs. Artists include Kim Weston, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, The Soul Stirrers, and The Temptations.

August 26, 2021

Episode 31: Songs About Christmas Trees

Jay and Scott discuss songs about Christmas Trees (other than O Christmas Tree and Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree) Artists include SM6, Tommy Emmanuel, Oh Hush!, Billy Idol, Nat King Cole, and Stevie Wonder.

August 11, 2021

Episode 30: Who Sang it Better? Round 3 (with Tony Dixon)

Jay and Scott do another "Who Sang it Better?" contest with special guest judge Tony Dixon. This round's songs are Merry Christmas Baby by Elvis Presley, Please Come Home for Christmas by The Eagles, and Baby It’s Cold Outside by Brian Setzer Orchestra.

July 29, 2021

Episode 29: Christmas Songs About Animals

This week, Jay and Scott explore Christmas songs written about animals. Artists include Merle Haggard, Roger Whittaker, Biagio, the Eels, Gretchen Wilson, and The Moffatts.

July 14, 2021

Episode 28: Acapella Christmas Songs

This week, Jay and Scott explore acapella Christmas Songs. Artists include VoicePlay, Backtrack Vocals, Cimorelli, The Manhattan Transfer, and Home Free.

June 24, 2021

Episode 27: Who Sang it Better? Round 2 (with Jack Ford)

Jay and Scott do another "Who Sang it Better?" contest with special guest judge Jack from the Total Christmas Podcast. This round's songs are O Holy Night by Andy Williams, Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra.

June 10, 2021

Episode 26: Songs You (Probably) Have Never Heard Before

Scott and Jay listen to songs found during a Google search for "Christmas songs you've never heard of". Artists include The Kaisers, Lou Rawls, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Gabe Dixon, John Oates, and The Overtones.

May 26, 2021

Episode 25: Songs that Didn't Make the Cut, Volume 1

In this mini episode, Scott showcases four songs that did not make the cut from previous episodes. Artists include Fountains of Wayne, Da Yoopers, No Doubt, and The Youngsters.

May 9, 2021

Episode 24: Parody Christmas Songs

This week, Jay and Scott highlight some parody Christmas songs they think are well-done. Artists include Bob Rivers, Dave and Brian, Santa's elves, and James Adams.

April 25, 2021

Episode 23: Who Sang it Better?

This week, our guest, Maie Lee, brings us three very famous Christmas songs: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Last Christmas, and All I Want for Christmas is You. Scott and Jay pick an obscure version of each and Maie judges who brought the better track.

April 11, 2021

Episode 22: Funk Christmas Music

This week, we dive into funk Christmas music. Artists include The Soul Saints Orchestra, Electric Jungle, J.D. McDonald, Travis Adney, Snoop Dogg, and Jimmy Jules and the Nuclear Soul System.

March 28, 2021

Episode 21: Songs About U.S. States, Volume 1

This week, we fulfill a listener's suggestion and explore songs written about U.S. States. Artists include Asleep at the Wheel, Dave Vitagliano, Bonnie McKee, Eric Von Hahmann, Kenny Rogers, Malinda Liberty, and Brandon Gray.

March 7, 2021

Episode 20: Lost Christmas Holiday Rarities, Volume 1

This week, we dig into the album Lost Christmas, Holiday Rarities, and explore the songs we've heard of. Should they have remained "lost"? Artists include Jackie DeShannon, Leon Russell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bobby Goldsboro, and Chuck Berry.

February 21, 2021

Episode 19: Warm Weather Christmas Songs

Many listeners are in the middle of winter, so Scott and Jay are offering a little reprieve with Christmas songs about warm weather. Artists include The Dukes of Surf, Jimmy Buffett, The Hollyberries, Don Ho, Kenny Chesney, Batesy, and Los Straitjackets.

January 31, 2021

Episode 18: The Star Wars Christmas Album

Scott and Jay are taking a deep dive into the "Christmas in the Stars", the Original Star Wars Christmas album from 1980.

January 17, 2021

Episode 17: The Christmas Blues

Are you feeling the Christmas blues now that the season is over? This week, Todd Killian joins us to listen to some great Christmas blues songs. Artists include Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Lou Ann Barton, Canned Heat, Joe Bonamassa, and the Moonglows.

January 10, 2021

Episode 16: (Bonus) A Very Polka Christmas

We are joined by Jake from the Chardon Polka Band to listen to and discuss their 2020 album "A Very Polka Christmas".

January 3, 2021

Episode 15: Sellout Christmas Songs

We are joined by Tony Dixon, our Chief Compliance Officer, to discuss "sellout" Christmas songs where an artist changed a popular song just slightly enough to call it a "Christmas Song". Artists include Randy Bachman, Mike Love, Tommy Tutone, Los Del Rio, Cheap Trick, and more.

December 23, 2020

Episode 14: Christmas Songs About Food

We are celebrating one of our favorite parts about the holidays with Christmas songs about food. Artists include The Irish Rovers, Fred Schneider and the Superions, Bing Crosby, Paul and Storm, Carrie Cunningham, The Gift of Christmas Players, and Grant Kirkhope.

December 13, 2020

Episode 13: Funny Christmas Songs

We're providing a much-needed stress reliever for the busy holiday season by exploring funny Christmas songs. Artists include Dropkick Murphys, Teresa Brewer, The Snake Oil Willie Band, Paul Evans, The Moron Brothers, Ruth Moore, and Oscar the Grouch.

November 29, 2020

Episode 12: Reggae Christmas Songs

Welcome in the Christmas season with some cool island rhythms! This week, we explore reggae Christmas songs. Artists include Bob Marley, Jacob Miller, Toots & The Maytals, Shaggy, Inner Circle, The Cimarons, and Carlene Davis.

November 27, 2020

Episode 11: (Bonus) You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

In this bonus episode, we review the album You'll Shoot Your Eye Out! by Ralphie's Red Ryders. All of the songs on this fantastic album are themed on scenes from the movie A Christmas Story and we really geek out about the music and the scenes.

November 15, 2020

Episode 10: Songs from 'A Christmas Carol' Musicals

This week we have another special guest, Jack from The Total Christmas Podcast, who helps us discuss songs from musical adaptations of A Christmas Carol. The versions we cover are Scrooge (1970), The Stingiest Man in Town, The Muppet Christmas Carol, A Shower of Stars Christmas Carol, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, A Christmas Carol the Musical (2004), and A Christmas Carol (1997, animated)

November 5, 2020

Episode 9: Underappreciated Christmas Songs from TV and Movies

This week we have a very special guest, Bran from Deck the Hallmark, who helps us discuss songs from Christmas television specials and movies that we rarely hear played. Artists include Ray Charles, Brenda Lee, The Monkees, The Wee Winter Singers, Clarence Carter, Bob Wills, Lou Rawls, and Loreena Mckennitt.

October 26, 2020

Episode 8: Spooky Christmas Songs

Just in time for Halloween, we dive into some spooky Christmas songs. Artists include Count Floyd, Spinal Tap, Tarja, Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler, Douglas Pipes, Bobby "Boris" Pickett, Sheb Wooley, Brice Armstrong, and Defiant Brood.

October 11, 2020

Episode 7: Depressing Christmas Songs

Do you enjoy sad, depressing Christmas songs? This week, we discuss why this genre is so popular and why someone would want to feel down at Christmas. Artists include John Denver, Romeos Fault, Nat King Cole, The O'Jays, The Emotions, The Everly Brothers, Dan Hicks, Sufjan Stevens, LCD Soundsystem, and Marvin Gaye.

September 26, 2020

Episode 6: Santa Claus in Outer Space

Santa Claus blasts off to worlds unknown in this latest episode. This week we featured Sonny Cole, Tim Dinkins, Bobby Helms, The BellRays, Lawrence Welk's Little Band, Tiny Tim, Barry Gordon, and Patty Marie Jay with the Hal Bradley Orchestra.

September 12, 2020

Episode 5: Disco Christmas Songs

Do you like to get down and groove to Christmas disco music? This week we featured The Universal Robot Band, The Salsoul Orchestra, Mirror Image, Les Jokers, Charo, Holiday Express, Kurtis Blow, and Irwin the Disco Duck.

August 24, 2020

Episode 4: Yacht Rock Christmas Songs

Do you enjoy Yacht Rock? If so, Episode 4 is for you! We featured Christmas songs by Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Jim Croce, Bill Withers, Michael Bolton, Dan Fogelberg, and Hall and Oates.

August 15, 2020

Episode 3: Ska-Punk Christmas Songs

This week we discuss Ska-Punk Christmas songs. Artists include The O.C. Supertones, Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, The Holophonics, The Toasters, and Ska-J.

August 9, 2020

Episode 2: 80s Cartoon Christmas Songs

This week we discuss Christmas songs in popular 1980s cartoons: The Smurfs, He Man and the Masters of the Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Care Bears, and My Little Pony.

August 1, 2020

Episode 1: Celebrity Christmas Songs

In this episode, Scott and Jay discuss Christmas songs performed by non-musical celebrities, including John Schneider and Tom Wopat, Regis Philbin, Joe Pesci, David Hasselhoff, and William Shatner.