- "Oh Holy Night" and "Hanukkah, Hanukkah a Yontif, a Shaner."
- Rufus Thomas, 'I'll Be Your Santa, Baby'...a raunchy Christmas song.
- "Carol of the Bells" has a wonderfully ominous undertone. Love it instrumental or vocal.
- Miss Peggy Lee puts a wry spin on everything. Love all her Christmas albums.
- "2000 Miles" - Pretenders
- "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
- "Put the Lights on the Tree" - Sufjan Stevens
- This Christmas by Donny Hathaway...
- This one is good. I also loved yours, R2
- God Dammit
- "Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk" - Frank Zappa
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Jackson 5.
- Christmas Baby Please Come Home, Darlene Love.
- "Santa Claus is a Black Man"
- One of my favorites. And this is priceless, Mona Abboud singing "The Pretty Dolly" on Carson. They used to play this every year in Chicago when I was a kid.
- My Favorite Things -- The Supremes. I love the arrangement.
- "Who's child is this" by Justin Bieber
- "Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella" - Liz Story
- Another Auld Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg
- "Merry Christmas, Darling" by Karen Carpenter
- Santa Claus Is Back in Town: Elvis Presley
- "For unto us a child is born," from Handel's Messiah.
- Christmas Rapping (Wrapping? not sure); 2000 Miles; I Believe in Father Christmas.
- The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole. The best.
- My mother loved "Christmas in Killarney" by Bing Crosby, which her parents played when she was young. The holly green, the ivy green, the prettiest picture you've ever seen...
Miss you, mom.
And a link to last year's thread
- R21 needs to eat a little more. It will help her develop taste.
I've always thought this was the root of poor Karen's abominable record of - records.
- Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby," which when I was young and heard it for the first time revealed to me that Christmas songs didn't have to be schlock.
For some reason, nuts for:
The Holly and the Ivy
An off version of "There Is No Rose" that's hard to find recordings of but is much sweeter than the usual one
I Wonder As I Wander - The story of how a version of this song was heard in Appalachia by JJ Niles and written from memory by him is wonderful and strange. Niles was an odd one himself - he sang full out tenor/counter tenor in a great career of folk singing.
- Irving Berlin's 'SNOW' , from White Christmas.
Always puts you in the spirit
- For hymns, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "Adeste Fidelis," and "Stille Nacht," which is basically a lullaby, which I find touching for the birth of a God.
You can't beat the "Alleluia" chorus of Handel's "Messiah" for solemn grandiosity.
For secular/winter tunes I like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and "Sleigh Ride," which has the lyrics, "Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling too," and "Giddyup, Giddyup, Giddyup, lets go, Lets look at the show."
- You spell it S-A-N-T-A!
Hooray for SANTY CLAUS!
- [quote]R21 needs to eat a little more. It will help her develop taste.
I've always thought this was the root of poor Karen's abominable record of - records.
Except no one asked you.
- I heard his sleigh bells on the ground
I thought I caught a glimpse of red
But suddenly I turned around
And there you were instead
- From what I hear
He's a-dressed in red
He's comin' down my chimney
That's what my baby said
- He was kinda mellow, this chubby little fellow
So I offered him a drink
After three or four, we wound up on the floor
Man, he was quick as a wink
- The Ronettes - "Sleigh Ride"
- One year I saw her kiss him
Underneath his curly beard of white
I won't say his name, but his suit is red
And he came down the chimney that night
- I know how she feels so I like this song.
It's coming on Christmas. They're cutting down trees
They're putting out reindeer, singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on
- Best. Christmas. Album. EVAH!
"The Christmas Voices of Walter Schumann," originally released on vinyl in 1955. FINALLY made it to CD in 2007.
Why do you think it's "temporarily out of stock"? See first sentence above.
- Well, Santa grabbed a reindeer
And he bopped across the floor
Now Prancer's beat with four sore feet
And the other poor deer, little deer, can't rock no more
- Have I enough time, have I just some time
to revisit, to go back, to return,
To open my mouth again
And say something different this time
- Jingle Bell A-Hingle Bell A-Yingle all the way!
- "Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland" by Grandaddy.
"In the meadow, we can build a snowman
and pretend that he is Alan Parsons
He'll say "have you listened to my new band?"
We'll say "no, but we really like that one song that goes "Time..."
- Aside from the classics, I like the original composition, STAR OF WONDER by Terre Roche from WE THREE KINGS/ The Roches. A classic holiday compilation.
http://www.last.fm/music/The Roches/_/Star Of Wonder
- In the Bleak Midwinter
- "Snowfall" by Claude Thornhill & his Orchestra.
- What could possibly be better than this?
- Geraldine McQueen's 'Once Upon a Christmas Song'. It's an anti-Christmas song and if you don't know the context its probably not very funny but I do genuinely like the tune. It was co-written by Gary Barlow.
- Whitney Houston's "Do You Hear What I Hear".
- An' right now
Chrismudh is hyear
- Let me wake you up on Christmas morning
Let me be the one to trim your Christmas tree
And if you plan to leave me because of someone new
Wait till after Christmas before you do
- If you're far away on this holiday eve
And you're dreamin' of bein' at home
If you're worried at all that you may be forgotten
You should know that you aren't alone
- You'll probably get sweaters
Underwear and socks
But what you'd really like for Christmas
Is a nice hard cock
- Have yourself a merry merry christmas
have yourself a good time
But remember the kids who got nothing
while your drinking down your wine.
BEST XMAS SONG EVER.
- We hung all the stockings on the palm trees with care
Stayed up all night; still nothin' there
So we snorted some incense and shot up some myrrh
Stayed up two more days just to make sure
- "Let Me Stick the Tip of My Tree in Your Angel Hole," a catchy little ditty by Perry Como released in 1961
- "Alone At Christmastime" - Rosie Thomas
- We three kings of Orient are
Trying to smoke a rubber cigar.
It was loaded and exploded,
Now we're on yonder star.
Second favorite, "I Believe in Father Christmas" by Greg Lake.
- I've always loved "Lo How A Rose 'Ere Blooming". It makes me cry when it is done well.
- Oh YEAH, R46. Tony Bennett does a great version also.
- Best Christmas album: "This Christmas I Spend with You" by Robert Goulet. Recorded in mid-60s and say what you will about him, his voice is amazing.
- Winter Wonderland by Steve and Eydie.
- I'm gonna bring along my hatchet
My beautiful Christmas balls
I'll sprinkle my snow up on your tree
Hang the mistletoe on your walls
- Fuck you if you don't like workin' for a living
Fuck you if you don't like the spirit of giving
Fuck you if you don't like yams from a can
And fuck you if you don't like Honeybaked Ham
- Santa Claus is smokin' reefers
Santa Claus is smokin' tea
- When you hear his sleigh bells
Don't look front or back
He'll be comin' down the chimney
With a sack upon his back
- Mama Mary by Roger Whittaker
- The U.S. Navy Band performs "Go Tell It On The Mountain" at DAR Constitution Hall. The arrangement is by jazz great Russell Ferrante.
- Instead of filling up this year's version of this thread, I'm bumping the thread I filled up with my favorites last year.
Here are replacements for the videos deleted since last year:
- From R63:
- I like The Holly and The Ivy because it's from pagan times (they threw in the mention of Jesus and Mary in Christian times).
I like "I Saw Three Ships" played on fiddle and flute.
- I like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen played slowly by cello
- Here's God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen on Celtic harp
- The only one I can stand (and I do so love it):
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and the late Kirsty McColl.
It is one of the few songs I know all the words to.
- I like "Yuletide" better than "Christmas time."
I was so happy they put the Yule Log back on Channel 11 in NY. My grandmother always had the Yule Log on TV, and when I hear those Mitch Miller Christmas songs it reminds me of the long gone old people. They were so lucky in a way because their families stayed nearby. Their grown children and their grandchildren all lived in the same town. You could have a big Yuletide gathering or 4th of July picnic.
But my generation had to move away in order to get jobs. I grew up very close to my cousins, but those cousins have children I've never met. As the older generations died off, I realized I'd never again see the kids I grew up with. I could never have a big family party. Everyone is scattered and busy.
- Yogi Yorgeson's "I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas" and the Spike Jones version of "All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth"