Thursday, December 4, 2008

Top Christmas Carols

I will admit, that Christmas gets me giddy. I love the spirit, the decorations, the food, and yes the music. Not only the traditional carols, but modern interpretations and additions. After all, one can only take so much Bing Crosby in the malls. Below is my top list of admittedly standard and schmaltzy New Christmas Carols -- some well-publicized, and others not so much:

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Bruce Springsteen
"Little Saint Nick" by The Beach Boys
"Twelve Days of Christmas" by Bob and Doug McKenzie
"Christmas in Hollis" by RUN DMC
"Mad Russian's Tale" and "The Three Kings and I (What Really Happened) by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
"Sleigh Ride" and "Mary's Boy Child" and most anything by The Boston Pops
"Baby It's Cold Outside" by Tom Jones and Cerys
"Happy Xmas (War is Over)" by Melissa Etheridge
"Cantique de Noel" by Mannheim Steamroller
"Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley
"Joy to the World" by Diana Ross and the Supremes
"Go Tell it On the Mountain" and "Do you See What I See?" by Vanessa Williams
"You're a Mean One Mister Grinch" by Boris Karloff
"Christmas Auld Lang Syne" by Gloria Estefan

What about you?

PS: I will be disappointed if some music snob blog doesn't link to this post as an example of the pedestrian tastes of the hoi polloi who can't appreciate the cacophonous attempts at Christmas ennui by better artists.


noternie said...

Twelve Pains of Christmas

O Holy Night by Tevin Campbell (even thought I don't believe in god)

Little Drummer Boy by Bob Segar

Quriltai said...

Hmm..I'll admit I do like that "Christmas Lights" guy on Twelve Pains...."why the hell are they blinking?" He should have the whole song to himself.

Ryan said...

I used to love Christmas music, but around 2-3 years ago I realized that it was all the same music, sung over and over again... and that I was very, very bored of it.

I don't mind the occasional Christmas song or carol, though some are better than others, I just hate this trend toward all-the-time Christmas music on the radio (at least two stations in the Boston area switched to all x-mas music, all-the-time... and it really pissed me off. Needless to say, they lost a listener!)

Quriltai said...

Yeah. the thing were Oldies 103 goes all-Xmas all the time after Veteran's Day is ridiculous. I was on all-mp3 mode for a while.

My rules say no Christmas music before December 1. That's just the way I am.