- "Please Come Home For Christmas."
- Oh Cum oh Cum Emmanuel, Rejoice, rejoice, cuming on my face
- Have Yourself a Marry Little Christmas
- Probably Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, but only Judy's version.
Can't stand White Christmas. Or Bing Crosby at all actually.
Favourite 'holidays' song is 'What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?'- Bette Midler's version.
- God help me, but I love that stupid barking dog Jingle Bells.
- "Christmas Must be Tonight" The Band
"Yulesville" some 1960s groovy dude (have a cool Yule, and man, later like...dig)
"The Christmas Song" Jack Teagarden
- One of my favorites is "Merry Christmas Darling" by Karen Carpenter.
- Santa Claus is a Black Man.
- or... Little Mary Christmas from a John Waters Christmas
- I saw Daddy Blowing Santa Clause, underneath the Christmas tree last night.
- Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses.
- We Need a Little Christmas from Mame...
- The arrangement,the harmonizing background vocals,the slight change in tempo towards the conclusion, and most of all, the joyful mood (and I'm a non-believer!)evoked by The Impressions make this version of "Silent Night" among my favorites.
- I despise Christmas and almost all "holiday" music, except "When My Heart Finds Christmas" by Harry Connick, Jr.
- A toss-up between The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's "Fairy Tale of New York" and Fay Lovsky's "Christmas was a Friend of Mine." She's a fairly obscure Dutch singer and I think this was her biggest (or only) hit.
- A Christmas to Remember - Amy Grant
- Carol of the Bells. I also like Have Yourself A Merry Little Xmas, but it has to be a really sad and depressing version. I know that sounds weird, but that's the way I like it.
- to hear: The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
to sing: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
- That makes sense. Have Yourself A Merry is a sad and depressing song. I much prefer the versions that use the original lyrics ("until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow...) to Sinatra's happified version ("Hang a shining star upon the highest bough"...)
- The Christians and the Pagans by Dar Williams
"now when Christians sit with Pagans, only pumpkin pies are burning"
- [quote] I also like Have Yourself A Merry Little Xmas, but it has to be a really sad and depressing version. I know that sounds weird, but that's the way I like it.
I concur. The Karen Carpenter "hang a shining star..." version makes me feel rage.
- Good one, R11.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
- Peggy Lee's Little Drummer Boy.
She turns it into something great.
- Mariah's version of "Baby Please Come Home" is essential.
- Annie Lennox-Winter Wonderland is really good.
- Classic - O Holy Night
Modern - Do You Hear What I Hear? (der Bingle's version, of course)
- Whitney's "Do You Hear What I Hear"
- Definitely not for everyone, but the Squirrel Nut Zippers "Gift of the Magi" is my favorite newish Christmas song. I love Big Maybelle's "Silent Night" as far as classic carols go.
- "Lo How a Rose 'Ere Blooming"
"Still, Still, Still"
"In the Bleak Midwinter"
- Barbra Streisand's version of "My Favorite Things" is the oddest, most moving Christmas carol I've ever heard.
- The Supremes
- Everybody's Waitin' for the Man with the Bag - Kay Starr. Makes Santa sound like a drug dealer.
- Drunk 12 Days of Christmas
- "Somewhere in my memory" from Home Alone.
- Bing Crosby duet with David Bowie: "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy."
- Cher & Rosie O'Donnell's "BabY Please Come Home"
- "Christmas Is A Feeling In Your Heart" by Johnny Mathis
- Marshmallow World by Dean Martin
- God help me, "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah
- The Twelve Gays of Christmas,of course...
- Vanessa William's version of Go Tell It On the Mountain
- Toyland..doris day...makes me a kid again
- What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
- Hugo Largo's "Angels We Have Heard on High/Gloria" with a little nod to patti smith at the end. Brilliant.
- Frank's "Have Yourself..." because it starts out a capella, and it gives you goosebumps.
- Kay Starr's "December"
The depression-era chorus in the background is very soothing.
- Judy Garland's "Merry Christmas". I don't know why Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas gets all the attention, I think this one far superior.
"Have a holiday as gay as holly!"
- "White Christmas." Rosemary's version.
Honorable mention to a melody of "We Three Kings of Orient Are/O Little Town of Bethlehem" on the album Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas.
- The truth about Christmas
- R35, R44, I agree, and will add "Oh Holy Night" perhaps Nathalie Cole's version.
- Steve and Eydie! Let it Snow!
- r50, the version Rickie Lee Jones does with the Chieftains is really good too.
- Pearl Bailey's "A Five Pound Box of Money" (linked below - brilliant and hilarious)
Peggy Lee's "I Like A Sleigh Ride (Jingle Bells)"
Kay Starr's "Everybody's Waitin' for the Man With the Bag"
- R30 R31 I've never understood how that song became associated with Christmas.
- One more for "Fairytale of New York"
- Judy's Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Whitney's Do You Hear What I Hear
Darlene Love - Christmas Please Come Home
Wham - Last Christmas
Supremes - My Favorite Things
- Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song" It's timeless and perfect. My favorite.
In the past 15 years there have been few great new Christmas songs. Cher and Rosie O'Donnell's "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" is the best. Other favorites of mine include "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey, "O Holy Night" by John Williams, "Sleigh Ride" by Boston Pops Orchestra, "A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Burl Ives, "It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas" by Perry Como, "Carol Of The Bells" by John Williams, "Last Christmas" by Wham!, "Where are You Christmas?" by Faith Hill, and "Step into Christmas" by Elton John.
- Jingle Bell Rock by Randi Travis
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- December Will Be Magic Again - Kate Bush and the video is hilarious, with Bush gyrating all over Santa's chair.
- "Merry Christmas Darling"--live version by Karen, proving she wouldn't have needed Autotune unlike certain skank "singers" polluting the airwaves of today.
- "Santa Claus Is A Black Man" is a total ripoff of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," but it's very cute (though I had to hear it about twenty times before I could figure out everything the little girl is saying.)
- The only version of "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" is Darlene Love's.
- 'Where Can I Find Christmas' from "The Bear That Slept Through Christmas" and the standard 'Little Altar Boy'.
- Little Jackie (Imani Coppola) singing 'Mrs Clause Ain't Got Nothin' On Me"
- "The Christmas Song" Nat "King" Cole, it's not really Christmas without it.
"Home for the Holidays" Perry Como
"Gee Whiz, It's Christmas" Carla Thomas
"Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto" The Godfather of Soul - James Brown!
- I love Judy Garland singing "After the Holidays"- it's the most depressing song ever, and only worth listening if you're in that mood any want to wallow.
But it's so heartbreaking!
- that's tough to watch r66. She died 6 months later. I can't believe she's only 46 there.
- omg,R66. I've never heard or seen that before, and, quite frankly, I've mixed feelings about whether I'd have preferred not to.
Garland perfectly captures the pain and bittersweet feelings of the holidays.
- "The Christmas Song" Nat (King) Cole
"Have Yourself a Merry" Judy
- R66 -- that's just heartbreaking. Beautiful at the same time. No one could "feel" a song like she could.
- Whitney's 'Do You Hear What I Hear'
Stevie Wonder's 'Some Day At Christmas'
'O Holy Night' by almost anybody.
- Linda Eder's "The Little Drummer Boy"
Harry Simeone Chorale - "The Little Drummer Boy"
O Holy Night
- Mariah wrote "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and it truly is the only modern-day classic, although it's now 18 years old.
This is also a must see
- Darlene Love with the E Street Band is the only acceptable version of that song.
- Ian Anderson's lovely and to the point Christmas Song. Arranged by Dee Palmer, Tull's later to be transgender member, btw.
- "(I Believe In)Father Christmas" by Greg Lake.
- Carol of the Bells, hands down.
- Fuck Christmas, Fuck it right up the ass! is my personal fave.
- THIS, FOR SURE
- No love for The Pretenders' "2000 Miles" (30 years old this year)?
- r73 Ever heard Wham's Last Christmas? A modern classic before Mariah's.
- And don't forget Do They Know It's Christmas r81, another modern classic.
- Can someone please explain how "My Favorite Things" came to be considered a Christmas song? I can understand other songs that at least have a winter theme even though they don't mention Christmas (Winter Wonderland, Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells, etc.) but MFT doesn't even have that going for it.
- My Grown Up Christmas Wish
sung by many artists
- Star of the East - Judy Garland
Calypso Noel - Johnny Mathis
Ave Marie zu Stille Nacht - Lolita
Christmas Choir - Patti Page
Ring Those Christmas Bells - Peggy Lee
Hear the Sledges with the Bells - King Family
The Blessed Dawn of Christmas Day - Harry Connick Jr.
Fir Tree Dark - Bing Crosby
Mama Mary - Roger Whittaker
- [quote]Hear the Sledges with the Bells
Would that be Sister Sledge, or an actual sledge hammer?
- My Simple Christmas Wish - funniest, bitchiest, GAYEST Christmas song ever written...
- And then there's Ella Fitzgerald getting down and dirty - and I mean SMUTTY - singing "Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney" - pure filth!
- Christmastime for the Jews by Darlene Love.
- And while I'm on SNL--
D*ck in a Box, of course.
- Xmas Song by Rash of Stabbings. Reminds me of being a punky brat in the 80s.
- The Ukrainian Carol of the Bells is one of the few pieces of overused Christmas music that I can never get enough of, it's just a gorgeous composition, especially in jazz and symphonic renditions.
- "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" with Beavis and Butthead.
- Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses
who also brought us "I Know What Boys Like"
- Baby it's Cold Outside.
- All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
- Christmas Wrapping ~ The Waitresses
- My favorite version of "We Need a Little Christmas":
- Did Ed Sullivan really say that the stock market crashed in 1959?
- Religious: "O Holy Night"
Pop Standard: "Winter Wonderland"
50s-60s era: "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" has become one of my favorite TV holiday traditions
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - Brenda Lee
70s: "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" - John Lennon
"Father Christmas" - The Kinks
"I Believe in Father Christmas" - Greg Lake
80s: "Christmas Wrapping" - The Waitresses
"Put A Little Love In Your Heart" - Al Green & Annie Lennox (from "Scrooged")
- I am in [bold]love[/bold] with this hot wannabe rocker. I'm raping the replay button. It's certainly getting me into the Christmas spirit! :-)
- The hauntingly sad 'Toyland'.
- "Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella"
- Mariah featuring The Roots and Jimmy Fallon on classroom instruments!
(Dont listen unless you want this song stuck in your head until New Years)
- Bob Seger's Little Drummer Boy.
- ANYTHING by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra or the Four Canadian Tenors.
- Breath of Heaven / Grover Washington Jr. feat. Lisa Fischer
and, not to forget my younger days:
Christmastime is here / Vince Guaraldi
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas / Burl Ives
- Wsród Nocnej Ciszy (Wondrous Child), a Polish carol.
- I've got a great arrangement of Wondrous Child.
- Mavis Staples - Christmas Vacation
- Anything by Boney M.
- I got their Christmas CD several years ago, R111. It's one of my favorites.
- R112 I discovered them while waiting in line at Dunkin Donuts a few years ago when Mary's Boy Child was playing. Then I went on youtube and listened some of their other stuff. They're amazing.
- [quote]"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - Brenda Lee
In some other thread that I didn't bother to save, someone claimed that one of her lines where she sings "Deck the halls with bought of ha-holly..." was Brenda Lee's secret tribute to the recently deceased Buddy Holly.
Today, while listening to her recording of "Winter Wonderland," I noted her singing "wa-hawking in a winner wonderland" and "la-hater on we'll conspire..." I wonder what DL's secret tribute genius will come up with for those tributes.
- O Come Immanuel performed by Enya
- Carol of the Bells (the version from Home Alone...not sure who sings it) is my all-time fav. It's somewhat haunting but I love it.
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee and "Merry Christmas, Darling" by the Carpenters are other faves.