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Christmas songs that are not commonly played.

"All I want for you" is both one of the most loved and hated songs in the world.

Let's find the obscure, the unusual and put together a holiday collection of no classics that are pure joy.

by Anonymousreply 13312/13/2017

Another favorite

by Anonymousreply 112/03/2017

I do hear it from time to time but not as much as I'd like too--The Emotions' What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas? And one song I can't ever imagine being played on the radio--Spinal Tap's Christmas With The Devil.

by Anonymousreply 212/03/2017

More Christmas Mae West fun

by Anonymousreply 312/03/2017

In The Bleak Midwinter - Loreena McKinnett

by Anonymousreply 412/03/2017

Loretta Lynn's The Heck with Good Ole Santa Claus is hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 512/03/2017

Dolly Parton - Hard Candy Christmas. A lesser known but beautiful song about struggling with Christmas. Inspiring.

by Anonymousreply 612/03/2017

Gloria - Sheila Walsh

by Anonymousreply 712/03/2017

The Yobs!

by Anonymousreply 812/03/2017

Thanks there are some fun ones. I especially appreciate the Irony of Dolly singing Hard Candy Christmas in a Jeweled gown surrounded by tacky opulence.

by Anonymousreply 912/03/2017

R9 That was from a Christmas special. A few of the songs were strangely filmed there.

by Anonymousreply 1012/03/2017

Hard Candy Christmas is a show tune by Carol Hall.

by Anonymousreply 1112/03/2017

Silicone baby Christmas. Song starts at 3:08 mark.

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by Anonymousreply 1312/03/2017

Welcome to the Christmas Parade, Emo bishes.

by Anonymousreply 1412/03/2017

I have Hard Candy Christmas on my Christmas playlist. I highly prefer songs from the 40's, 50's and 60's.

This is one of the only modern Christmas songs I really like. I also have Winters Carol by Tori Amos, a gem.

Fuck all this Mariah Cary shit. I like old school.

I am 40 y.o..

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by Anonymousreply 1612/03/2017

Feliz Navidad!!

by Anonymousreply 1712/03/2017

I told you we would be saying "Merry Christmas."

by Anonymousreply 1812/03/2017

Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus?

by Anonymousreply 1912/03/2017

Painful R17, yet another drag queen doing a BAD impersonation.

by Anonymousreply 2012/03/2017

Medieval Baebes - Adam Lay Ibounden

Heart-stomping, haunting, vaguely menacing... this is everything a modern interpretation of a Middle English carol should be.

by Anonymousreply 2112/04/2017

The Stocking Song always makes me tear up.

by Anonymousreply 2212/04/2017

Suzy Snowflake

by Anonymousreply 2312/04/2017

Another vote for Hard Candy Christmas but from the OBC of Best Little Whorehouse. And there's one from Home Alone 2 by John Williams called Christmas Star. It's on Youtube - I don't know how to link.

by Anonymousreply 2412/04/2017

Yo-Ya Ma and Allison Krauss - The Wexford Carol. Haunting.

by Anonymousreply 2512/04/2017

Steeleye Span singing "The Boar's Head Carol" (although you have to overlook the dreadful Latin pronunciation).

by Anonymousreply 2612/04/2017

Klaus Nomi - Silent Night

by Anonymousreply 2712/04/2017

There are some wonderful choices on here, thanks to all who are sharing.

by Anonymousreply 2812/04/2017

Santa Claus is a black man ...

Santa Claus is a black maaaaan ...

by Anonymousreply 2912/04/2017

This was played a lot three years ago when it was first releasec. I'm not sure whether it still is but it remains one of my favorites.

by Anonymousreply 3012/04/2017

Thanks for that, R26. Love Steeleye Span and Maddy Prior.

Her 'A Tapestry of Carols' with the Carnival Band is one of my favourites. My father used to play it every December. One of the best collections of Medieval/folk carols in existence.

by Anonymousreply 3112/04/2017

R23 and R24, I am so proud, I have both of your songs on my playlist!!! Love the Home Alone one-

Let me add Toy Land by Doris Day- I really like this one. I added this one this year!

I like the girliest Christmas tunes from the 50's! and 60's!

by Anonymousreply 3212/04/2017

The Christmas Tree Angel, by Arthur Godfrey and the Chordettes!

by Anonymousreply 3312/04/2017

'Ring those Christmas Bells' by the fabulous Peggy Lee

by Anonymousreply 3412/04/2017

And if you're a hard bitten cynic, and hate Christmas, Robert Earl Keen's 'Merry Christmas from the Family' is a must

(Sorry, I can't link from my phone)

by Anonymousreply 3512/04/2017

Mae Questel (the voice of Betty Boop) - I Want You For Christmas

by Anonymousreply 3612/04/2017

Eartha Kitt - This Year’s Santa Baby (the follow-up to Santa Baby)

by Anonymousreply 3712/04/2017

Charles Brown - Christmas In Heaven

by Anonymousreply 3812/04/2017

Speaking of the Chordettes, the Christmas version of "Mr. Sandman"

by Anonymousreply 3912/04/2017

"Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues is considered a "Christmas classic" in the UK, but it NEVER gets played on radio stations in the U.S. That's probably due to the fact that it's really a very nasty song about two druggie losers, and incredibly badly "sung (if you can call that singing)" by Shane MacGowan. Kirsty MacColl, who sings the female part is good though; she always was. Maybe Brits and the Irish have a taste for this kind of thing, but a song with lyrics like "You're an old slut on junk, lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed" and "you scumbag you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot" isn't exactly going to warm the hearts of many at Christmas time. And NYPD doesn't have a fucking choir, goddammit!

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by Anonymousreply 4112/04/2017

What Will Santa Claus Say? by Louis Prima

by Anonymousreply 4212/04/2017

"Please, Daddy -- Don't Get Drunk This Christmas"

by Anonymousreply 4312/04/2017

"Mary, Did You Know" by Kathy Mattea is essential listening. I'd link it if I knew how. Sorry.

by Anonymousreply 4412/04/2017

R35 you read my mind, “Merry Christmas From the Family” is a riot.

by Anonymousreply 4512/04/2017

Just What I Wanted for Christmas - Bing Crosby

by Anonymousreply 4612/04/2017

I Farted on Santa’s Lap doesn’t get enough play

by Anonymousreply 4712/04/2017

Jingle Bell Cock

by Anonymousreply 4812/04/2017

Brenda Lee - Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day

by Anonymousreply 4912/04/2017

The Del Rubio Triplets version of Winter Wonderland

by Anonymousreply 5012/04/2017

George Thorogood & The Destroyers Rock And Roll Christmas

by Anonymousreply 5112/04/2017

For our British friends, In the Bleak Midwinter isn't common in the States.

by Anonymousreply 5212/04/2017

My new favorite thanks to a poster in another thread, I’ve never heard this on the radio.

by Anonymousreply 5312/04/2017

I love "Silent Night" performed in all farts.

by Anonymousreply 5412/05/2017

A true classic!

by Anonymousreply 5512/05/2017

Walking Round In Women's Underwear

by Anonymousreply 5612/05/2017

Some years ago I bought the Goth Christmas compilation "Excelsis, A Dark Noel". It was really disappointing and had only a few interesting songs. This is one of the better ones, if you like Lycia.

by Anonymousreply 5712/05/2017

Rosetta Tharpe was a wonderful entertainer.

by Anonymousreply 5812/05/2017

Bob Rivers - I am Santa Claus

by Anonymousreply 5912/05/2017

A kick-ass holiday goodie!

by Anonymousreply 6012/05/2017


by Anonymousreply 6112/05/2017


by Anonymousreply 6212/05/2017

The Monkees' lovely version of Riu Chiu.

by Anonymousreply 6312/05/2017

This was a *huge* hit in 1952 and turned Little Jimmy Boyd into a big star almost overnight. You don't hear it much these days.

by Anonymousreply 6412/05/2017

This is one of the few bright spots in Meredith Willson's lackluster Broadway musical Here's Love, based on the classic Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street. Willson (The Music Man) had written It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas several years earlier. It was put into the show and sung in counterpoint with a new song, Pine Cones and Holly Berries. It's short and very sweet. Fred Gwynne chimes in at the end. Santa Clause sings first.

by Anonymousreply 6512/05/2017

The Caroleer Singers and Orchestra - Santa's Stuck in the Elevator Groovy

by Anonymousreply 6612/05/2017

The original version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Frank Sinatra was doing an album called "A Jolly Christmas" and thought some of the lyrics on HYAMLC were too downbeat, so he changed them from "We'll have to muddle through somehow" to the bland "Hang a shining star from the highest bough".

by Anonymousreply 6712/05/2017

The original, rejected, film lyrics were so bleak, r57, that Garland refused to sing them and Minnelli and the producers agreed with her:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

It may be your last

Next year we may all be living in the past

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Pop that champagne cork

Next year we may all be living in New York

No good times like the olden days

Happy golden days of yore

Faithful friends who were dear to us

Will be near to us no more


by Anonymousreply 6812/05/2017

^ Sorry, my reply above should have been addressed to r67, not r57.

by Anonymousreply 6912/05/2017

I love this song! It shows how electronic music can still convey emotion.

by Anonymousreply 7012/05/2017

OXOX to the Steeleye fans.

No Slade? Awww..!

by Anonymousreply 7112/05/2017

Let us not forget DL Icon Jan Terri. She never disappoints.

by Anonymousreply 7212/05/2017

I love that one too, R70. I think I’ll make a holiday playlist tomorrow.

by Anonymousreply 7312/05/2017

Mothers and Soul Brothers

by Anonymousreply 7412/05/2017

Gene Autry - Santa's Comin' In A Whirly Bird

by Anonymousreply 7512/05/2017

Love this one !

by Anonymousreply 7612/05/2017

You’ve inspired me OP - Thanks !

by Anonymousreply 7712/05/2017

I babysit my niece and she has a Care Bears Christmas album and it has a song on it called "Christmas in Care-a-lot"

The song is soooo cringy but soooo catchy. I sort of love it.

If you want a really random, unheard of, but not horrible, Christmas song... that would be one.

Feel free to judge, lol.

by Anonymousreply 7812/05/2017

^^^ Found it.

by Anonymousreply 7912/05/2017

Here Comes Fatty Claus

by Anonymousreply 8012/06/2017

The pomp and over-production are a bit much, R72

by Anonymousreply 8112/06/2017

R60 that is a brilliant share, thanks for Pearlie Mae.

So wonderfully optimistic and cynical at the same time.

by Anonymousreply 8212/06/2017

“Carol for Another Christmas” by Henry Mancini. It was written for a TV movie of the same name made by Rod Serling for CBS, an update of A Christmas Carol.

That film aired in 1964 but many saw it as Serling at his preachy, speechy worst and it was never re-broadcast.

So you’d think the lovely, bittersweet carol written for it by Mancini would similarly have faded into obscurity, but it was saved and has become a favorite thanks to an unlikely source — the Yule Log. The tune is the second-to-last to play before “Joy to the World” ends the three-hour broadcast. For many of us growing up in the New York metropolitan area, hearing it on Christmas Eve meant that the night’s worth of music and festive burning log was about to wrap up for another year.

by Anonymousreply 8312/06/2017

Ok it’s not a song, so sue me.

by Anonymousreply 8412/06/2017

Regis Philbin - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

by Anonymousreply 8512/06/2017

A little stocking stuffer to go along with sugar-free Gummi Bears.

by Anonymousreply 8612/06/2017

S Club 7 - Perfect Christmas

by Anonymousreply 8712/06/2017

A Knightrider Christmas - The Night KITT Saved Christmas

by Anonymousreply 8812/06/2017

So sweet. Each of these songs are so heart-warming.

by Anonymousreply 8912/06/2017
by Anonymousreply 9012/07/2017

Delectable Nana

by Anonymousreply 9112/07/2017

Joe Pesci - If It Doesn't Snow On Christmas

by Anonymousreply 9212/07/2017

and this gem

by Anonymousreply 9312/07/2017

Wonderful Johnny Mercer rarity from the late '30s. Needs to be better known.

by Anonymousreply 9412/07/2017

My favorite, swinging version of this often-played song.

"You gotta shout and you gotta swing out!"

by Anonymousreply 9512/07/2017

The true spirit of the holiday season.

by Anonymousreply 9612/07/2017

Joe Pesci?!

by Anonymousreply 9712/07/2017

Vince Vance and the Valiants featuring country singer Lisa Layne, "All I Want for Christmas Is You". It starts out pretty standard, but then Lisa really starts to get into it and she sounds like she wants to kick Santa Claus' ass. It's one of my favorites.

by Anonymousreply 9812/07/2017

^ I hear that one all the time on my local Xmas station

by Anonymousreply 9912/07/2017

“Baby Jesus” by Matthew Sweet

by Anonymousreply 10012/07/2017

I Saw Mommy Fucking Santa Claus

by Anonymousreply 10112/07/2017

It's not be the Star Wars Holiday Special it's- Christmas in the Stars

by Anonymousreply 10212/07/2017

G'day mate

by Anonymousreply 10312/07/2017

If you can get a Christmas hit, just one hit, you’ll be set for life.

by Anonymousreply 10412/07/2017

[quote] If you can get a Christmas hit, just one hit, you’ll be set for life.

Norman Greenbaum was in a bad car accident a few years back. When asked if he had been ready to meet "the spirit in the sky," he laughed and said he never needed to work another day in his life due to that one song.

by Anonymousreply 10512/07/2017

Happy Holidays, You Bastards!

by Anonymousreply 10612/07/2017

Dusty Towne Christmas Special

by Anonymousreply 10712/07/2017

Leon Redbone—Christmas on Christmas Island

by Anonymousreply 10812/07/2017

Julie London

by Anonymousreply 10912/07/2017

R108, You reminded me of this one. Leon Redbone And Dr. John - Frosty The Snowman

by Anonymousreply 11012/08/2017

My favorite Xmas song of all time

by Anonymousreply 11112/08/2017

My Christmas is incomplete without listening to this Robert Goulet masterpiece at least a few times during the holidays. Recommended with copious amounts of spiked eggnog.

by Anonymousreply 11212/08/2017

In The Bleak Midwinter

by Anonymousreply 11312/10/2017

Many of the songs on my Holiday playlist created for Gap's official Spotify channel are lesser knowns (not all) :

1. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Luscious Jackson

2. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams

3. Christmas All Over Again - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

4. Happy Holiday - Peggy Lee

5. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) - Elvis Presley

6. Walk Out To Winter - Aztec Camera

7. Cool Yule - Louis Armstrong & The Commanders

8. I Was Born On Christmas Day - Saint Etienne

9. The Merriest - June Christy

10. Frosty The Snowman - Cocteau Twins

11. (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag - Kay Starr

12. Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt

13. Jingle Bell Rock - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

14. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Shawn Colvin

15. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Supremes

16. Christmastime - The Smashing Pumpkins

17. Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses

18. Shake Hands With Santa Claus - Louis Prima

19. TLC - Sleigh Ride

20. Sun Valley Ski Run - Esquivel

21. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Billie Holiday

22. Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas - Eels

23. Jingle Bells - Ella Fitzgerald

24. What Christmas Means To Me - Hanson

25. Baby, It’s Cold Outside - Dean Martin

26. It's a Joi to Go Skating With You (My First Christmas With You) - Joi Cardwell

27. My Favorite Things - Tony Bennett

28. Warm December - Julie London

29. Winter Weather - Squirrel Nut Zippers

30. Soulful Christmas - James Brown

31. Winter Wonderland - Eurythmics

32. Here Comes Santa Claus - The Ramsey Lewis Trio

33. Papa Noel - Brenda Lee

34. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Smithereens

35. Mistletoe And Holly - Frank Sinatra

36. Silent Night (Happy Holiday Mix) - En Vogue

37. Just Like Christmas - Low

by Anonymousreply 11412/10/2017

Gays and hypocritical Christians find common ground for the holidays

by Anonymousreply 11512/10/2017

They can never play this song enough!

by Anonymousreply 11612/10/2017

I'm guessing no-one outside Europe knows this one ....

by Anonymousreply 11712/10/2017

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Carpenters...the only time I've ever heard this song done as a ballad.

by Anonymousreply 11812/10/2017

The Rocking Carol, Old Czech Carol.

by Anonymousreply 11912/10/2017

Marvin Gaye, 'Purple Snowflakes' (which is not, in fact, a song about the denizens of Datalounge):

by Anonymousreply 12012/10/2017

Hayley Westenra, 'Corpus Christi Carol' - Jeff Buckley did a wonderful version of this, but for Christmas, I prefer this one - love the delicate arrangement and the purity of her voice.

by Anonymousreply 12112/10/2017

Rufus Thomas, 'I'll Be Your Santa, Baby' - what would the holidays be without a filthy Christmas song that begins, 'I'll slide down your chimney and bring you lots of joy...'

by Anonymousreply 12212/10/2017

"Purple Snowflakes" is a GAP Holiday staple...

by Anonymousreply 12312/11/2017

The Stock Aitken Waterman version of Do They Know Its Christmas!

by Anonymousreply 12412/11/2017

[quote]The Stock Aitken Waterman version of Do They Know Its Christmas!

Spoiler alert: We DON'T

by Anonymousreply 12512/11/2017

r125, I love you

by Anonymousreply 12612/11/2017

My favorite is Toyland by Doris Day. It is a really lovely (and sad) song. I downloaded this year- really great.

by Anonymousreply 12712/11/2017

"I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" by The 3 Stooges

by Anonymousreply 12812/11/2017

Julie Andrews singing "Joy to the World" with a 100-man choir!

by Anonymousreply 12912/11/2017

Two songs I'd like to nominate for this category are both by Natalie Merchant: Children, Go Where I Send Thee - and Wonder (which is about Mother Mary in Modern Dress)

by Anonymousreply 13012/11/2017

Did anyone else have this album? I loved it, and thought the garland dress was so innovative!!

They didn't make this on cd and it's not on Spotify. I miss it.

by Anonymousreply 13112/13/2017

"December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas)" by George Michael

by Anonymousreply 13212/13/2017

This is my childhood. I think my parents had every Mitch Miller album, definitely all his Christmas music. The high tenor voice you hear soaring at the end is none other than Sesame Street's Bob McGrath.

by Anonymousreply 13312/13/2017
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