Our second holiday offering comes from relative newcomers, Neon Trees. Formed in Utah in 2005, Neon Trees got national recognition as the opening act for The Killers on their Day & Age Tour. After a slew of independent releases, they released their major label debut, Habits (2010), with Mercury/Def Jam Records. A series of appearances on late night television (Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno, and Dave Letterman) helped boost Habits to the #28 and #1 position on the US Billboard Rock Albums and the US Billboard Heatseekers Albums charts respectively. It peaked at #113 on the US Billboard 200. In November 2010, Neon Trees released their Christmas single, "Wish List." It is, appropriately enough, a love song, and a peppy little number at that. Despite the upbeat tempo, however, it is clear to me that this song is about the longing for someone who is not close by, and who may not be close anytime soon. Hence, he sings "Wish as I may, wish as I might | Grant me this one small wish | On Christmas night."
I got "Wish List" as a free download on iTunes, which still looks to be the only place it is available (only not for free anymore). If you like your holiday music with a little pop rock zip, you should add this number to your rotation.