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12.07.2005

christmas songs, high fidelity style.

alright people, time to get in the christmas spirit (holiday shmoliday. it's christmas)

my top five christmas songs, in order of preference are as follows:

1. christmas time is here - a charlie brown christmas. i would put this entire album, but it's not that kinda list. best christmas album ever. period. triple stamp.
2. merry christmas, baby - the beach boys, the beach boys' christmas album. you can't put two songs from one album on the same list, and this one edges out little saint nick by a hair.
3. oh, holy night - andy williams, andy williams christmas album (the red one). i get goosebumps and tears well up every time i hear this.
4. mele kalikimaka - bing crosby, white christmas. not the best song on the record, but it makes the list for one reason: christmas vacation. "sorry uncle clark, shittin' rocks."
5. hark! the herald angels sing - frank sinatra, a jolly christmas from frank sinatra. you don't have to explain frank.

that's my top 5 for now. what's your top 5?

8 Comments:

At 9:38 PM , Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

1. "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby. It may be cliche, but it belongs there.

2. "Baby Please Come Home" by Darline Love. I even like the U2 version, but Bono is not Darlene Love.

3. "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues. Only an Irish band could have a line like, "You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot
Happy Christmas your arse, I pray God it's our last" in a Christmas song and still make it beautiful.

4. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Dean Martin. It's Deano.

5. "Jesus, the Missing Years" by John Prine. It isn't a Christmas song really, but we need to remember the birthday boy.

 
At 10:40 PM , Blogger D. Wooderson said...

1. "White Christmas" by the Drifters. If it was good enough for that Culkin kid, it's good enough for me, man.

2. "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" by Alvin and the Chipmunks. Me? I want a hula hoop, ya'll.

3. "Christmas Time is Here" - A Charlie Brown Christmas. Hate to duplicate, but it's always been one of the best.

4. "Christmas in Hollis" by Run DMC. I quote, "The rhymes you hear are the rhymes of Darryl's, but each and every year we bust Chrsitmas carols."

5. "Carol of the Bells." by everyone I've ever heard sing/play it.

Honorable mention: "Silent Night" by Mahalia Jackson. It'll give you goosebumps, my friends.

 
At 11:37 PM , Blogger TKP said...

1. "Do You Hear What I Hear?" by Copeland. I've liked this song for awhile, and this is a great version.

2. "O Come O Come Emmanuel" by whomever sang it on the Veggie Tales' "The Star of Christmas" DVD. Don't make fun, it was good.

3. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by Death Cab For Cutie. Even better than U2's version.

4. "Grown Up Christmas List" by Michael Buble.

5. "Peace" by Norah Jones

 
At 12:03 PM , Blogger John said...

1) "The Star Carol." This is an overlooked gem. The version I'm most familiar with is an old record by Tennessee Ernie Ford, but what I'm most concerned with here is the song, not the performance. People have forgotten about this beautiful song, which is a crime.

2) "Baby Please Come Home" by Darlene Love. I look forward to Letterman's last show before Christmas each year because he always has her on to sing this.

3) "Christmas At Denny's" by Randy Stonehill. A strangely-moving tale of a man whose life has been ruined and who finds himself spending the blessed holiday at a lunch counter with the rest of the losers.

4) "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by anyone.

5) "Joy" by David Phelps. A wonderful, cheery melody.

 
At 12:15 PM , Anonymous ciaobella said...

Oh fun! I just decorated my house and listened to Christmas tunes last night.

1)"Oh Holy Night" – My favorite. I’ll take any version of it but props to Celine Dion.
2)"Please Come Home For Christmas" – The Eagles
3)"Have A Holly Jolly Christmas" - Burl Ives
4)"Santa Baby" – Eartha Kitt
5)"The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) – Nat King Cole

The few that just missed the cut:

"Silver Bells" - Harry Connick Jr.
"Rockin' Around" The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (whoever sings the female version) and
"The Chipmunk Song" - The Chipmunks

 
At 1:30 PM , Blogger newton dominey said...

that's 2 entries for fairytale of new york between here and the nashville is talking site. maybe i needs to checks it out.

pretty cool how everyone's got a little new and a little old...

keep the lists coming! maybe i'll make me a new playlist.

 
At 10:31 PM , Blogger Stella said...

Here's my comp from last year, Christmas '04, that I made for everyone for Christmas. Served in a homemade record bowl with candy.

1. Winter Wonderland/Misty Mountain Hop - Fleming & John

2. Christmas All Over Again - Tom Petty

3. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms

4. Mele Kelikimaka - Bing Crosby

5. Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald

6. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley

7. You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Sixpence None The Richer

8. A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives

9. (It Must Have Been 'Ol) Santa Claus - Harry Connick, Jr.

10. Christmastime - Smashing Pumpkins

11. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Death Cab For Cutie

12. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee

13. Santa Claus Is Back In Town - Johnny Lang

14. Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney

15. Frosty The Snowman - Willie Nelson

16. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Dolly Parton

17. Let It Snow! - Dean Martin

18. Happy Christmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko

19. I Saw Three Ships - Sting

20. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - Viva Voce

21. Do They Know It's Christmas - Pete Yorn

22. Little Saint Nick - The Beach Boys

23. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Jaci Velasquez

24. Trim Up The Tree - The Who's from Who-ville

25. Feliz Navidad - Bobby Rodriguez

(c) 2004 SheSaid Records

 
At 11:23 PM , Blogger newton dominey said...

as we say in smashville, you went top shelf on that one mrs. shesaid. nicely done. wish i'd remembered me some petty (and a 2nd forehead smack for leaving out christmas in hollis. dammit!)

 

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