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Favorite Christmas Tunes

  • Dec 16, 2011
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.
Carol of the Bells

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.
Baby, It's Cold Outside

Ray Charles with Betty Carter...this is most definitely a great song for any cold night and it's the only one that's not a Christmas song on here but, I think it's a perfect addition!
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

This may be a tad bit depressing but, the end of the year is a good time to reflect on the year that's just passed with time to set up some goals for the new year. And hey, it's John Lennon!
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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.
Please Come Home For Christmas

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.
Merry Christmas, Baby

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.
This Christmas

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!
Someday at Christmas

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!
Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year

The Jacksons are like Stevie and John; whereas, the latter will make you think, the former will make you groove. They have a whole CD full of Christmas classics, this is just my favorite.
Zat You Santa Claus

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.
Santa Claus, Go Straight To The Ghetto

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.
Christmas In Hollis
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.
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

This song is friggin' hilarious. That is all.

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
Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)

You might have guessed by this list that I like to balance traditional and non-traditional Christmas music. I'm a huge Ramones fan and they gave me this little treat for my playlist.

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December 20, 2011
Fun list with some great choices. I have been doing a daily countdown on facebook of my favorite Christmas songs. I should have made a list here.
December 20, 2011
Thanks! You still can create your own list on here, it's not too late!
December 19, 2011
Really cool list! All of them sound great and I'm particularly fond of #11. However, there's one song that I've just got to disagree with you on and that's #14. I'd rather take multiple roundhouse kicks to the head from Jet Li than have to listen to "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer!"
December 19, 2011
I hear ya...I like it cuz it's funny but, it can definitely be construed as annoying.
December 18, 2011
Nice! Those are great selections. I remember doing a similar thing but had to post it as a review because of the lack of the list feature then. Thanks, Sam!
December 18, 2011
Thanks, Woo! I'm going to have to look for that review!
December 16, 2011
How jolly! :)
December 16, 2011
Thanks, Dev! Prob looks a bit funny with my profile pic and F holding a small ax lol...
December 16, 2011
A nice assembly of Christmas carols !
December 16, 2011
December 17, 2011
You are very welcome.
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