- "I Remember (Christmas)"
- "The Stowaway" by Murray Gold, BBC Orchestra of Wales with vocal by Yamit Mamo (from Doctor Who).
Really catchy and fun, in a great singalong/pub song kind of way.
- Flaherty and Ahrens' "All Those Christmas Clichés". Here by the wonderful Nancy LaMott.
- ¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?
- On the other thread I posted-
"Still, Still, Still"
"In The Bleak Midwinter"
"Lo, How A Rose Ere Blooming"
"Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella"
Not completely unknown but people don't often think of them.
- June Christy's "The Merriest"
- R5, "Bring a Torch" is one of my favorites, too--almost everyone knows the melody and recognizes it. There are some stunning versions of "Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle" available in the original French.
- Jules Styne
- this by Eurovision Song Contest Winner Dana.
A 70's masterpiece.
- The Gibb brothers wrote the super-catchy "All Our Christmases" but it's performed by The Majority.
- Peggy Lee, "The Christmas Waltz"
- Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol had several good songs in it.
- Sheena Easton "It's Christmas All Over the World"
- Nancy LaMott's beautiful and joyous version of JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS, written by David Friedman and David Zippel.
Both Davids, mourning their trajectory from Nancy LaMott to Kathy Lee
- God. Styne. Of course. I had been reading a Toklas recipe book.
But it's Jule, R8.
- I'm not sure if it's the case in the US, but in the UK "The Perfect Year" from Sunset Boulevard is played a lot on radio/in supermarkets over the holidays.
It's by Dina Carroll. I wish they played the LuPone version so I could cling to some sanity doing xmas shopping.
- "Koppangem" by Anne Sofie Von Otter on her album "Home for Christmas"
First verse: There is silence around me in this peaceful winter night. // From the church down in the valley I can see the candlelight. // And I stopped for a moment in this winter paradise, // When I heard a choir singing through the darkness and the ice.
- Christmas is Here
- "Country Carol" by the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir on their album "An Australian Christmas."
As you sit by your wide open window, // On that most blessed night of the year, //
And you look at your slumbering oxen, //
In the paddock the wind has burned sere.
- "Are You Burning Little Candle" - Jane Siberry
- Pearl Bailey's "Five-Pound Box of Money".
Much prefer it to "Santa Baby".
- "Christmas Choir" by Patti Page. It's a Christmas round where she sings all the parts.
- "I Will Survive"
- "Put The Loot In The Boot" - Mae West
- I need to find that Mae West song, R24. I love the song 'Lullay My Liking', especially the version in BLACK NARCISSUS in the link below. Skip to 2:13.
- no one ever speaks of "Percy, the Puny Poinsettia".....a true Christmas classic!
- best thread ever
- Not obscure, but the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" is fun.
(Sorry for the ad, but you can skip it in 5 seconds.)
- Interesting that an OP derails his own "Little-Known" thread with a "Not obscure" post. Did he run out of interesting "Little-Known" songs to post?
- Chime Happy Christmas Bells Once More
- From that Robin Williams movie "Toys"
Wendy & Lisa (featuring Seal), "The Closing of the Year"
- Love this cute, cheesy song by The Roches: My Winter Coat.
- 18 Cents (on one of those Christmas records that gas stations used to give away).
This obnoxious girl sings about how she only has 18 cents to buy Christmas gifts:
I'll get Daddy two big books of matches, when he wants to smoke
Mommy will get a new ashtray just like the one I kinda broke.
- R33 Probably not a good idea to be singing about matches and ashtrays at a gas station.
- Mariah's "Christmas Time Is In The Air" written about 2 years ago, sounds old school. Co-written with DL's own Marc Shaiman.
- For those of you feeling a bit blue, check out Christina singing "Things Fall Apart."
- Ding! Dong! Merrily On High, sung by Chanticleer.
- All I Want for Christmas is You.
Vince Vance & the Valiants feat. Lisa Layne
- r33: I had '18 Cents' on a Christmas LP when I was a tot. Nobody else I know has ever heard of it.
Good on you for remembering the lyrics. I only remember "18 cents! 18 cents! 18 cents is what I got! 18 cents! 18 cents! 18 cents is not a lot!" and the last line "I'll buy our tree a silver star!"
- "One Night A Year" - Barbara Mandrell
- "Born With These Sad Eyes" by Benford Klose and the Spikes
- R40 Was that the story of her sex life?
- Interesting that R29, a cunt, seems to think the OP must carry the load, and doesn't realize that for many people in the US the Pogues' number would be little-known. I was admitting that perhaps some posters were not as stupid as you are.
Merry Christmas, you ass! Not cut back on the egg nog. You're fat.
- [quote]Not cut back on the egg nog.
That makes as much sense as a moron who starts a thread and then tries to derail it, r43.
Nobody said OP "must carry the load" and there's no doubt OP doesn't have the intelligence to do so when the idiot posts that a song is "not obscure" and then twists around claiming it would be "little-known."
Can DL refund the addlepated OP's $18 so we don't have the fool starting any more threads?
- Gawd, R29/R44, you're a bonafide asshole.
Not the OP
- It's a bit more well known, but few people know that "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" comes from the Meredith Willson Broadway flop "Here's Love" which was a musical version of "Miracle on 34th Street."
- Thank you for posting that interesting piece of trivia, R46. I never knew that. Was the rest of the show any good?
- Since when, R45, is it being an asshole to hold up a mirror to the OP - R43? His lie about "must carry the load" and his flip-flopping about the Pogues clearly indicate he's either drunk or not playing with a full deck.
- Not terribly, R47. The opening number was that song, and the show started at the Macy's parade..so where do you go from there? How do you top that?
- A pretty sad song, but it's one of my favorite Prince songs: Another Lonely Christmas. It was the B-side of "I Would Die 4 U" Totally fantastic.
- "Riu Riu Chiu" is a beautiful medieval carol sung originally in Spanish.
- By the way OP, "Winter Was Warm" is a lovely ballad, but it is not a Christmas/Holiday song. It is a stand-alone love song whose only tangential relevance to the season is that it was written for a Christmas-themed TV show.
- [quote]it is not a Christmas/Holiday song.
Heh! OP is not going to take this very well, R52.
- While Wilson wrote "It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas" it was not for Here's Love. It was added later for productions after they changed the musicals name back to the movie title.
- Here's a little gem. Not the most uplifting song, but probably truer than most.
- I agree, r51. "Riu Chiu" is gorgeous. In whatever language.
I know it from the Monkees' revival on MTV in the late 80s--this a capella version was ending of their Christmas episode (December 1966 or '67?) See link. Merry Christmas!
(I'll add Reliant K's fast and funny version of "12 Days of Christmas" as a great but little-known take on a song we all know...)
- Bumping in part to ask what became of the other thread revived this year.
Looking for a definitive French version of "Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle"
Also, male vocals on Santa Baby
- "Howdja' Like To Spend Christmas On Christmas Island?" Been covered by several singers, Leon Redbone among them. The original is still the best, unfortunately, cannot remember the artist.
- r29/r44, you are in desperate need of a Midol.
- christmas bump
- "It Won't Be Long 'Till Christmas" was cut from [italic]The Happiest Millionaire[/italic] but put back in the 1990s. From a technical standpoint, this version by Diana Ross and the Supremes is better sung than the one in the film.
- One of the James Bond films had a nice Christmas song, but I don't recall which film. "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" I think the singer was known by a single name, but don't remember that either.
- The US Air Force Symphonic Band has some excellent instrumental Christmas arrangements available for download.
- "Let's Start The New Year Right" - It used to be heard around Dec. 31 but I didn't hear it this year.
- R52, yes, yes, but it's about winter. By your silly standards "Jingle Bells" isn't a holiday song, which everyone would laugh at.
A holiday song is a song people sing at the holidays. I heard "Winter Was Warm" on stores this season.
And since it's New Year's Day, I won't even call you a cunt, you absurd and niggling cunt.
- "Transeamus" - a Latin-language carol from Germany.