Christmas list

It’s that time of year, the time when the nip in the air is a little more welcome.  The time when people tend to smile a little more.  The time when there’s a soundtrack to your day…and it’s coming from every speaker within a 20 mile radius. 

Ah…Christmas!

In honor of my favorite time of year, I thought I’d make a Top Ten list of my favorite Christmas songs.  Feel free to sing along and enjoy!

 

Top 15 FAVORITE Christmas Songs (sorry, I just couldn’t narrow it down!):

 15. Grown-Up Christmas List, Kelly Clarkson (didn’t see that one comin’, did ya?)

14. The Christmas Waltz

13. I Want A Hippopatamus for Christmas

12. Snoopy vs. the Red Baron

11. The Man With the Bag

10. Jingle Bells (it’s placement in this list is entirely dependent upon at least the second verse being included)

9. Here Comes Santa Clause

8. Carol of the Bells, by the Trans Siberian Orchestra…of course

7. We Wish You the Merriest, by Bing & Frank…it’s utterly delightful

6. There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays, by Dean-o

5. (It Must’ve Been Ol’) Santa Claus, Harry Connick, Jr.

4. I’ll Be Home for Christmas, by Frank…gives me chills

3. In the Bleak Midwinter, James Taylor

2. White Christmas, by Bing…or The Drifters

1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, by anyone, at all, except Gloria Estephan

 

And, just so you know how awesome my favorites are, here are my absolute least favorites…I dare say some of them make me want to give up and say BAH-HUMBUG!  They take the pep right out of my Christmas step.  They tell my inner-child I’m on the naughty list.  They burn the metaphorical chestnuts right off that roasting fire. In other words, they simply ruin my Christmas spirit.

Top 10 LEAST FAVORITE Christmas Songs:

 10. Frosty the Snowman, unless it’s the Jackson Five or Willie Nelson

9. Any “cutesy” revision of The Twelve Days of Christmas…they all suck.  All of them.

8. O Holy Night, by Michael Crawford…it sounds like he’s swallowing his tongue

7. The Peanuts Song…not Christmas Time is Here, the OTHER Peanuts Song.  It doesn’t even SOUND Christmas-y!

6. O Holy Night, by Josh Groban…dude, he changes the words.  Don’t mess with a classic

5. This Christmas, by Gloria Estephan…it’s a song about gettin’ it on and she included a children’s chorus, that’s messed up

4. Christmas Through Your Eyes, again, by Gloria Estephan

3. The Little Drummer Boy, unless it’s by Mercy Me

2. The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy, What’s with the calypso beat? It’s Christmas, not spring break in the Bahamas.

1. Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming

4 Replies to “Christmas list”

  1. I am totally with you on the calypso beat song. I love the Bahamas, buy why???? Also, I would like to add Amy Grant’s version of It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year…she is selectively British about half the time she sings the word “most”, and it makes my skin crawl.

  2. I love this post! I need to take your favorites right over to my internet radio…and well, the least favorites, I totally haven’t heard some of them, so I need to listen to them too! You are too hilarious :-)I agree with most of the “cute” 12 Days songs, but I laugh every time at the one with all the unhappy people!

    I have to add, one of the most beautiful songs they never play enough is by Amy Grant, and I can never remember the name of it. It brings tears to my eyes every time. And the song (by a male country artist) from the point of view of Joseph. Those two get me every time.

  3. YES! I completely agree with you (especially about all of the Gloria Esteban songs – all horrible!). And it makes me feel like a bit of a Scrooge, but I absolutely despise “The Christmas Shoes” song. It just feels so cheesy, I turn the station every time.

  4. While I grew up not celebrating Christmas, there are certain songs that are burned irreparably into your skull thanks to visits to any JC Penny’s, Macy’s, Belk’s or a number of other estalishments. While reading your list I was appalled that Sleigh Ride (preferably by Ella Fitzgerald or Harry Connick Jr w/ vocals, John Williams and the Boston Pops without), Walking In A Winter Wonderland or Let It Snow both by Sinatra (then again, I’m partial to almost anything Sinatra) didnt make the list! I know they arent Christmas songs per se (then again, neither is Jingle Bells), but they are guilty by association lol

    To better understand your gripe with The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy, I went and attempted to listen to it… emphasis on ATTEMPTED! I laughed too much to really listen because the only version I could find quickly was by the MORMON Tabernacle Choir. And you know, the one thing I always associate with Mormon’s: Calypso music!! roflmao I fully understand your beef now!

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