Whether you're Team "stake of holly through his heart" or Team "let your heart be light," there’s no denying that music is a big part of the holiday season ("The holiday season - so hoop-de-doo, and dickory-dock, and don't forget to hang up your sock").
Every year, it seems "new" Christmas music consists of versions of songs we already know, including repackaged, re-mastered versions of old standbys like The Vince Guaraldi Trio's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" soundtrack and Nat King Cole's Christmas album.
Some of this year's selections include Lady Gaga's version of "White Christmas," Scarlett Johansson's "duet" with Dean Martin (talk about Ghosts of Christmas Past!) on "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and Justin Bieber's video for "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," in which the Biebs is given the Rankin-Bass treatment - he's animated in scenes with characters from the television special of the same name.
Playlists come and go, but when it comes to holiday tunes, it seems there are some songs - and even entire albums - that we must hear, or it just isn't 'Tis the Season.
For some it's The Carpenters' "Christmas Portrait" album, for others it's Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" album in its entirety, perhaps Mariah Carey's album "Merry Christmas" or the soundtrack to "Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas."
Here's my proverbial playlist of classic songs that never fails to get me hauling out the holly:
What are your "go to" holiday songs or albums - and why? Conversely, which tunes make you cringe, a la Mike and "Wonderful Christmastime"? Also, feel free to mock my selections mercilessly. I can take it.
Other than Nat King Cole your list is not very good. Anyone notice in the Beiber Santa Claus is Coming to Town video he tears up his face and pumps his arms – 1980s MJ style – as If he's singing about a broken heart? I was forced to watch the video with children. Does the song need that much theatrics? Really? You don't get the
Emmy for best lip sync!
Very rarely is there a "new" christmas song that has come out, i think the last origianl song was red shoes, hear that song and think of who has left you and this world, even the most cynical mind, will stop for a moment and feel alone!
Forgot to add that those two above are my favoirtes CD's. I don't really care for Justin Beiber or that Waitresses song. All old school Christmas tunes are ok with me. I like hearing Burl Ives and Jimmy Durante once per year. Its traditional. It is a nice break from the crap on the radio now a days.
Merry Christmas With love, Clay Aiken and
Jethro Tull Christmas
Little drummer boy
I wouldve thrown it in Karen Carpenter's butt hole. She was such a whure, she is greatly missed.
These are good ideas for holiday music and I would like to see more options listed. I'll probably just end up going to http://ratemusicart.blogspot.com
bahahahahahahha. I love that Mike got called out for this....I am sad Christmas is almost over because I'll have another 11 months to wait for Mike's rants.
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