White Winter Hymnals

If seasons can be assigned personalities, winter would be a loner -- aloof, scowling and eternally clothed in shades of gray. It's a somber attitude that rubs off on everyone within reach of its icy fingers, making us all a little darker and a bit more introspective.

Fortunately, winter's moodiness also provides plenty of inspiration for headier creative types. While we no doubt have summer to thank for musical masterpieces like "The Thong Song" or "California Gurls" (and The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" just had to be penned poolside), all the tracks in this wintry mix are wonderfully, perfectly chill. Current artists like Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine and The Decemberists are joined by classic acts from Simon & Garfunkel to The Mamas & the Papas, all celebrating that least sunny of seasons. So whether the view out your window is snow-covered or it's simply winter in your heart, this icy collection of songs is sure to send a shiver down your spine -- in a good way.

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