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Favorite Yuletide Songs

Let's start it already! There's a "most hated" list and "most loved" songs are seeping into it. We can't let that happen! We must get organized! We should compartmentalize!

I love "Fairytale of New York", let's get that one out of the way.

I also love Jonathan Coulter's robot apocalypse Xmas tune (at link).

What are your favorites?

by Anonymousreply 7611/28/2012

Rufus Thomas, 'I'll Be Your Santa, Baby'...a raunchy Christmas song.

by Anonymousreply 212/02/2011

"Carol of the Bells" has a wonderfully ominous undertone. Love it instrumental or vocal.

by Anonymousreply 312/02/2011

Miss Peggy Lee puts a wry spin on everything. Love all her Christmas albums.

by Anonymousreply 412/02/2011

"2000 Miles" - Pretenders

by Anonymousreply 512/02/2011

"O Come, All Ye Faithful"

by Anonymousreply 612/02/2011

"Put the Lights on the Tree" - Sufjan Stevens

by Anonymousreply 712/02/2011

This Christmas by Donny Hathaway...

by Anonymousreply 812/02/2011

This one is good. I also loved yours, R2

by Anonymousreply 912/02/2011

God Dammit

by Anonymousreply 1012/02/2011

"Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk" - Frank Zappa

by Anonymousreply 1112/02/2011

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Jackson 5.

by Anonymousreply 1212/02/2011

Christmas Baby Please Come Home, Darlene Love.

by Anonymousreply 1312/02/2011

"Santa Claus is a Black Man"

by Anonymousreply 1412/02/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 1512/02/2011

My Favorite Things -- The Supremes. I love the arrangement.

by Anonymousreply 1612/02/2011

"Who's child is this" by Justin Bieber

by Anonymousreply 1712/02/2011


by Anonymousreply 1812/02/2011

"Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella" - Liz Story

by Anonymousreply 1912/02/2011

Another Auld Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg

by Anonymousreply 2012/02/2011

"Merry Christmas, Darling" by Karen Carpenter

by Anonymousreply 2112/02/2011

Santa Claus Is Back in Town: Elvis Presley

by Anonymousreply 2212/02/2011

"For unto us a child is born," from Handel's Messiah.

by Anonymousreply 2312/02/2011

Christmas Rapping (Wrapping? not sure); 2000 Miles; I Believe in Father Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 2412/02/2011

The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole. The best.

by Anonymousreply 2512/02/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 2612/02/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 2712/02/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 2812/02/2011

Irving Berlin's 'SNOW' , from White Christmas. Always puts you in the spirit

by Anonymousreply 2912/02/2011

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."

by Anonymousreply 3012/02/2011

You spell it S-A-N-T-A!


Hooray for SANTY CLAUS!

[twist music]

by Anonymousreply 3112/03/2011

[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.

by Anonymousreply 3212/03/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 3312/03/2011

From what I hear

He's a-dressed in red

He's comin' down my chimney

That's what my baby said

by Anonymousreply 3412/03/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 3512/03/2011

The Ronettes - "Sleigh Ride"

by Anonymousreply 3612/03/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 3712/03/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 3812/03/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 3912/03/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 4012/03/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 4112/03/2011

Jingle Bell A-Hingle Bell A-Yingle all the way!

by Anonymousreply 4212/03/2011

"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..."

by Anonymousreply 4312/03/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 4412/03/2011

In the Bleak Midwinter

by Anonymousreply 4512/03/2011

"Snowfall" by Claude Thornhill & his Orchestra.

by Anonymousreply 4612/03/2011

What could possibly be better than this?

Andy Williams!!!

by Anonymousreply 4712/03/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 4812/03/2011

Whitney Houston's "Do You Hear What I Hear".

by Anonymousreply 4912/04/2011

An' right now

Chrismudh is hyear

'N hevreh-wheah

'N hevreh-wheah

by Anonymousreply 5012/04/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 5112/04/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 5212/04/2011

You'll probably get sweaters

Underwear and socks

But what you'd really like for Christmas

Is a nice hard cock

by Anonymousreply 5312/04/2011

Have yourself a merry merry christmas

have yourself a good time

But remember the kids who got nothing

while your drinking down your wine.


by Anonymousreply 5412/04/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 5512/04/2011

"Let Me Stick the Tip of My Tree in Your Angel Hole," a catchy little ditty by Perry Como released in 1961

by Anonymousreply 5612/04/2011

"Alone At Christmastime" - Rosie Thomas

by Anonymousreply 5712/04/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 5812/04/2011

I've always loved "Lo How A Rose 'Ere Blooming". It makes me cry when it is done well.

by Anonymousreply 5912/04/2011

Oh YEAH, R46. Tony Bennett does a great version also.

by Anonymousreply 6012/04/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 6112/04/2011

Winter Wonderland by Steve and Eydie.

by Anonymousreply 6212/05/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 6312/20/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 6412/20/2011

Santa Claus is smokin' reefers

Santa Claus is smokin' tea

by Anonymousreply 6512/20/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 6612/20/2011

Mama Mary by Roger Whittaker

by Anonymousreply 6712/20/2011

The U.S. Navy Band performs "Go Tell It On The Mountain" at DAR Constitution Hall. The arrangement is by jazz great Russell Ferrante.

by Anonymousreply 6812/20/2011

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 R52:

by Anonymousreply 6911/28/2012

From R63:

by Anonymousreply 7011/28/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7111/28/2012

I like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen played slowly by cello

by Anonymousreply 7211/28/2012

Here's God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen on Celtic harp

by Anonymousreply 7311/28/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7411/28/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7511/28/2012

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"

by Anonymousreply 7611/28/2012
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