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klw
12-06-2008, 06:54 PM
As it is still early enough in the season not to have been driven completely batty by Christmmas songs, I thought it would be interesting to see what is everyone's favorite holiday song and what version of it.

For more traditional songs I have to go with the Bing Crosby/David Bowie version of "Little Drummer Boy".

For a modern song, as a Springsteen nut, I have to go with the unreleased song "Pilgrim in the Temple of Love" in which he tells the story of meeting Santa Claus in a NJ strip club.

For Christmas Eve services, I have to go with "Silent Night." Things are always so calm after leaving the church that the song resonates and always seems to bring a feeling of calm, so unlike the year I was working in a restaurant that played "Here comes Suzy Snowflake" until I was filled with rage.

OldRightHander
12-06-2008, 09:06 PM
For traditional songs, I like O Holy Night and Silent Night. As far as newer songs, I'm fond of Mary Did You Know and Michael Card's Joseph's Song.

paintmered
12-06-2008, 09:18 PM
I've always been partial to this rendition...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdovEOXEQeM

IowaRed
12-07-2008, 12:12 AM
Love the Bowie/Crosby version of "Little Drummer Boy"

I'm also a big fan of Band Aid's "Do They Know it's Christmas" from 1984

GAC
12-07-2008, 04:31 AM
Of course my all-time favorites come from my early childhood (early 60's) and my Dad's collection.

I bought this CD because I enjoyed it so much....

http://siriusbuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/bing-crosby-white-christmas.jpg

But I enjoy listening to practically any Christmas song from the 50s and 60's, from Nat King Cole, Burl Ives, Percy Faith, Dean Martin, etc.

But one of my favorite songs going back to childhood (again drawing on childhood memories) is Andre Kostelanetz' Sleigh Ride

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gGjRAd5RAE

MrCinatit
12-07-2008, 06:00 AM
So This is Christmas by John Lennon.
Father Christmas by Emerson Lake And Palmer.
2000 Miles by The Pretenders

sonny
12-07-2008, 09:28 AM
Anything Bing Crosby and Andy Williams. These two just evoke fond memories of waking up Christmas morning.

SunDeck
12-07-2008, 09:52 AM
Everything on this album.

http://images.landofnod.com/is/image/LandOfNod/1501692_CharlieBrownChristmas_06H?$fp$

PurplePanther73
12-07-2008, 09:59 AM
Oh Holy Night by Andy Williams
Little Drummer Boy by the Harry Simone Choir
Carol of the Bells
Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer performed by Dr. Elmo

camisadelgolf
12-07-2008, 11:54 AM
My favorite is easily "Blue Christmas" as sung by Elvis Presley.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUyuGFoiWJ0

paintmered
12-07-2008, 12:01 PM
Everything on this album.

http://images.landofnod.com/is/image/LandOfNod/1501692_CharlieBrownChristmas_06H?$fp$

Vince Guaraldi got me through college. No joke.

vaticanplum
12-07-2008, 12:17 PM
Holy crap, paint. That song and that version is my favorite Christmas song ever. No joke.

There are others that are better and/or more beautiful, but something about that one really gets to me. I love that whole album, but that's my all-time favorite.

Thanks for posting the video. I hadn't seen it since I was a kid.

Chip R
12-07-2008, 01:33 PM
This is a new favorite of mine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrBIpD2wtqo

nate
12-07-2008, 02:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJO_kdkrj1g

And

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oj3jixMGaw

klw
12-07-2008, 02:17 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9KpNznVLlY

Jack Burton
12-07-2008, 02:45 PM
Christmas in Hollis - RUN DMC

15fan
12-07-2008, 10:33 PM
Christmas in Hollis - RUN DMC

Word.

cumberlandreds
12-08-2008, 08:31 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9KpNznVLlY


I saw this when it originally aired. I think this was Bing's last Christmas special. He had died a couple of months before it had aired,IIRC. I thought at the time it was an odd combination but it really worked and has become a classic rendition of this song.

White Christmas by Bing is my all time favorite.

RedsBaron
12-08-2008, 10:27 AM
My favorite is easily "Blue Christmas" as sung by Elvis Presley.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUyuGFoiWJ0

Have you seen the new duet version of the song and video, with Martina McBride seeming to appear in Elvis's 1968 Comeback Special?

camisadelgolf
12-08-2008, 11:11 AM
Have you seen the new duet version of the song and video, with Martina McBride seeming to appear in Elvis's 1968 Comeback Special?

No, I haven't. I'll look for it right now.

camisadelgolf
12-08-2008, 11:28 AM
Very cool. Thank you, RedsBaron.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8yQLbMtPFA

RedsFan75
12-08-2008, 12:57 PM
All the ones listed previously are great, with one exception for me.

I NEVER could stand Elvis's rendition of Blue Christmas. I like a lot of Elvis songs but could never stand that one. I think it's the backup singers that do it to me, the Ooh-ahh-ooh's, combined with the, I'll aah haf -aah - bluuuuuue start from Elvis just grates on me! Oh well to each his own.


EDIT! - I just watched the Youtube with Martina, great vid, and with the background singers out, a MUCH better rendition.

Cool editing on that vid too!

klw
12-08-2008, 04:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSgEDKjmT5o&feature=related

redsfan1966
12-08-2008, 08:22 PM
"Christmas with the Devil" / Spinal Tap

GAC
12-08-2008, 08:47 PM
I always enjoyed this one by Greg Lake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqOfXumI18A

Redlegs82
12-08-2008, 09:03 PM
Elf's Lament - Barenaked Ladies. Decent Christmas album.

deltachi8
12-08-2008, 09:16 PM
"Christmas with the Devil" / Spinal Tap



The elves are dressed in leather
And the angels are in chains
(Christmas with the Devil)
The sugar plums are rancid
And the stockings are in flames
(Christmas with the Devil)
There's a demon in my belly
And a gremlin in my brain
There's someone up the chimney hole
And Satan is his name
The rats ate all the presents
And the reindeer ran away
(Christmas with the Devil)
There'll be no Father Christmas
'Cause it's Evils holiday
(Christmas with the Devil)
No bells in Hell
No snow below-
Silent Night, Violent Night
So come all ye unfaithful
Don't be left out in the cold
You don't need no invitation, no...
Your ticket is your soul

Betterread
12-08-2008, 09:48 PM
When I think of Christmas, two traditional musical sounds define it:
The fanfare of trumpets of "in dulci jubilo" (I like Praetorius but there many similiar versions)
and the banging timpani of "Jauchset, frohlocket" from the beginning of Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

For post-WWII christmas compositions, the little drummer boy is my favorite (favorite version is Low's - I feel surrounded by scottish bagpipes blaring in a snowy blizzard, yet very calm when I hear this.

RedsFan75
12-08-2008, 10:29 PM
Elf's Lament - Barenaked Ladies. Decent Christmas album.

We did the Barenaked Ladies version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen this week. It was a fun change of pace, and one of my favorite versions.

Emin3mShady07
12-08-2008, 10:45 PM
I am partial to Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Wizards in Winter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK90Ys2LhSo&feature=related

redsfan1966
12-08-2008, 11:38 PM
Very niiiiiice, deltachi8----those lyrics sum up pretty much my view of the "Holiday Season"....

wally post
12-08-2008, 11:49 PM
i played on a "quickie" Christmas album with Joan Osborne and actually enjoy listening to it. "Christmas Means Love" - it's available on itunes and I think it is available as a CD through Barnes and Noble. Neat record - Joan can really sing. Otherwise, there is a Duke Ellington record where he rearranged and his big band performs The Nutcracker. It is amazing! Incredible band and arrangements on a classic piece.

camisadelgolf
12-09-2008, 05:25 AM
Here are some 'non-classics' that I enjoy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHJNLorvhlY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEi_B69Hthk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX9zQzZzImM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy9_JjLnmZI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjZHepnEIxM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVIiLrpVWl0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-j_PZjst5U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTKT_hO-mWY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRkqnptWMKA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTPnLhRLBtM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRrwPmW8Hqk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPmijD6jqHs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feu5e5dRojI (I saved the best for last.)

BoydsOfSummer
12-09-2008, 04:14 PM
Mistress For Christmas--AC/DC

bucksfan
12-09-2008, 05:18 PM
From the classic side :
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- Silent Night

From the "other side" I honstly like some of the Johnny Marks "Rudolph theRed nosed Reindeer" songs, particularly :
- Holly Jolly Christmas
- SIlver and Gold
- The Most Wonderful Day of the Year

Also "Let it Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"

I guess they just bring back really really fond memories.

RedsBaron
12-09-2008, 08:02 PM
From the "other side" I honstly like some of the Johnny Marks "Rudolph theRed nosed Reindeer" songs, particularly :
- Holly Jolly Christmas
- SIlver and Gold
- The Most Wonderful Day of the Year



Burl Ives. I like "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Silver and Gold" too. It brings back memories as a kid, watching Rudolph.
My parents farmhouse burned down when I was 4 years old. Among the items lost were their record collection, so as a kid we had one Christmas record, a Perry Como album. Even now I like "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and other classics from that album.
I'm very much a traditionalist. I like Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" and "Count Your Blessings" (from the movie "White Christmas"), Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song", Judy Garland's "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (with the original lyrics), and everybody's version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (I sometimes think of Alan Alda's "Hawkeye" on "M*A*S*H* singing the song).
The Carpenters Christmas album is in my car's CD player now. One song just flows into the next. Karen Carpenter had a great voice.
I like Amy Grant's first Christmas album, especially "Tennessee Christmas," "Little Town" and "Emmanuel."
Martina McBride has a fun duet with Dean Martin on "Baby It's Cold Outside," a wonderful vocal on "What Child Is This?" and a great version of "O Holy Night." I've seen Martina sing "O Holy Night" accapella in concert--just fantastic.

wojo1025
12-09-2008, 08:43 PM
Bob Seger: Little Drummer Boy
Vince Vance and the Valiants: All I want for Christmas is You
Skip Ewing: My name is Christmas Carol

Sea Ray
12-10-2008, 10:59 AM
You folks have mentioned a lot of good ones like Bing and Bowie's Drummer Boy (how did those two ever get together anyway) and the Carpenters who were just magically designed for Christmas music but I haven't seen my favorite listed yet.

I'm a big fan of Broadway (even though I've never been to NY) and my favorite is "We Need a Little Christmas" from the show Auntie Mame. Angela Lansberry does a nice version but any sophisticated saprano that can reach those high notes will do justice to this song. It really embodies a family Christmas as her nieces/nephews have lines in it. The song also is appropriate for this year as many families struggling through this economy are likely saying we do, indeed, need a little Christmas.

M2
12-10-2008, 01:09 PM
Nothing says Christmas like Noddy Holder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niIJ9Yb-xwQ

Or perhaps Ray Davies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjaPXihbORk

The Dandy Warhols also do two versions of "Little Drummer Boy." The more common version has got more of a dreamy soundwash vibe. The version I like, and that I can't find anywhere but on a cassette I taped off a radio broadcast in 1995, has got a bleating guitar riff and just soars into rock 'n' roll excess at the end.

DoogMinAmo
12-10-2008, 01:32 PM
Jingle Bell Rock
White Christmas
All I Want for Christmas is You (a guilty pleasure)
Baby It's Cold Outside
I'll Be Home for Christmas

You know, it is rare to go wrong with Christmas Songs (originals, that is).

Handofdeath
12-11-2008, 01:12 AM
There is no finer song that describes the holiday season than "Merry Christmas From The Family" by Robert Earl Keen.

919191
12-11-2008, 02:54 AM
Robert Earl Keen is the best. I was sorely tempted to make the 4-5 hour trip to see him and his buddy Todd Snider at the Ryman in Tennessee last month, but I'm all grown up now and have a job and responsibilities and a family.......


Ray Wylie is pretty cool too.

mth123
12-13-2008, 07:26 AM
For me its Bing singing "White Christmas."

But my favorite song is "Oh Holy Night" there just isn't a specific version I can point to, I like it when somebody who can really sing does it. Pavarotti or some one like that.

Another I like is Perry Como "There's No PLace Like Home For The Holidays"

paintmered
12-13-2008, 10:58 AM
But my favorite song is "Oh Holy Night" there just isn't a specific version I can point to, I like it when somebody who can really sing does it. Pavarotti or some one like that.

Like this version?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_xSbiGWzuQ

mth123
12-13-2008, 02:59 PM
Like this version?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_xSbiGWzuQ

Oh my. Why would anybody put that out there for all to see? He must have lost a bet. I may need to re-think my song choices.

paintmered
12-13-2008, 03:02 PM
Oh my. Why would anybody put that out there for all to see? He must have lost a bet. I may need to re-think my song choices.

The guy in the video is obviously lip-syncing. The story I heard a few years ago on WLW was that it was recorded by the head of music at a church. The singer supposedly was a prominent member of the church and nobody had the heart to tell him he couldn't sing. The lady who recorded it found it so hilarious that she had to distribute it.

RBA
12-13-2008, 03:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB3_ya5ISkk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHTaPjVUtYw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8HGswf584E

mth123
12-14-2008, 04:54 AM
The guy in the video is obviously lip-syncing. The story I heard a few years ago on WLW was that it was recorded by the head of music at a church. The singer supposedly was a prominent member of the church and nobody had the heart to tell him he couldn't sing. The lady who recorded it found it so hilarious that she had to distribute it.

Sounds like an episode of Andy Griffith. I didn't watch long enough to pick-up on the lip -syncing.

vaticanplum
12-14-2008, 01:10 PM
Who is the country-ish singer guy who talks through songs about the homeless family on Christmas and the little boy waiting for his dad to come home from jail while Mom drinks herself to death on Christmas Even and so on? It is riotous stuff. Does anybody have any idea what I'm talking about?

edit: The album is called Christmas with Red Sovine. Tracklisting as follows:

BLUE CHRISTMAS-THAT NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM-A BED FOR BABY JESUS-WHITE CHIRSTMAS-CHRISTMAS IS FOR KIDS-THE LEGEND OF A CHRISTMAS ROSE-SANTA IS A TEXAS COWBOY-FAITH IN SANTA-RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER-WHAT DOES CHRISTMAS LOOK LIKE-HERE IT IS CHRISTMAS

I found a link to the song "Here It Is Christmas" on a website -- the middle column near the bottom of the page here (http://www.bubblegum-machine.com/week64.html). Holy cannoli is this amazing. I forgot just how awesome it is. And this is far from the most amazing song on the album.

edabbs44
12-14-2008, 06:52 PM
Christmas in Hollis
Jingle Bells (Sinatra version, J-I-N-G-L-E Bells)
Do they Know It's Christmas
Happy Holidays - Holiday Season (Andy Williams)