There are so many aspects of holiday planning that require music to me- wrapping presents, decorating the tree or the house, baking fudge, cooking, etc. I used to just turn on the Holiday Classics on my TV until I realized that most of those songs sucked. So, being the proactive music fiend I am, I created a playlist and I'm going to play it for a week straight.
By far, my favorite classic Christmas Carol. I love everything about it- the highs and lows, the bells, the pure beauty of it...it's a definite on any Christmas song list. Thought I'd add this version with the lyrics, so you can get the full impact of the song because it's a bit hard to figure out the lyrics.
Well, if John's going to depress us and open our eyes a bit to try to inspire us to be better humans, I can use Frank to bring us back to Christmas cheer and tell us to lighten up a bit. It'll all be OK in the end. Many have sung this but, Frank's is by far my favorite version.
Nat King Cole with his always beautiful and talented daughter Natalie make this song a classic. Side note: I've never had a chestnut nor have I ever seen them roasted on an open fire but, when these two sing about it, I want to try it out ASAP.
I LOVE the blues- I love it when I'm cooking/baking the most and I have no clue why, it just makes me (oxymoronically) smile. Just a simple plea from a man to a woman but, this can be used for anybody feeling a bit lonely on Christmas or if they happen to be away from their family. I've been there and this song has helped me through it. Hope it does the same for you if you happen to be on your own this holiday season.
I love this song and there's a few versions that I enjoy but, on my playlist, it's Otis all the way, baby. Otis, as always, sings it just right. It makes me want to dance around the kitchen while I make my fudge.
If you ever get frazzled/stressed/anxiety-ridden/sleep-deprived/depressed and forget what the meaning of Christmas is or why you're doing ALL this WORK, pop this song onto the Victrola and it'll brighten you right up. For those that don't get that reference, click on the video above, download from iTunes and you will remember what you're doing it all for and that this Christmas will be the best no matter what!
And if that doesn't do it...then, Stevie will get you with this one. Here Stevie sings about what Christmas means to him and his good will toward men. Stevie and John, those two will get you thinking and bopping your head along at the same time, it's quite a talent and I love them both for it!
I LOVE this song! It's fun, it's swing, it makes me want to dance and usually people give me crap for liking it which makes me like it even more! I believe Louis Armstrong was the original singer but, Buster just gives it that special something extra.
If you know me or have seen me DJ, you'll know one thing: JB is always, ALWAYS, going to find his way onto any playlist or set. That's just how it is, I can't help it. Here he tells Santa not to forget the ghetto when he goes roof hopping in the only funky way James can.
The other thing you should know by now is that I love Hip Hop and RUN DMC is one of my all-time favorites. They're always about fun and this song is no different. Plus, it's refreshingly not your typical Christmas song, in fact, it couldn't be further from your typical Christmas song.
This song makes me feel happy. It's a classic in anyone's household and if it isn't, it should be. Jose Feliciano was born in Puerto Rico and this is his most well known song- though, not his highest chart topper in the States. "Light My Fire" got that honor in 1968. Have to support my peeps ;p