Favorite Christmas Songs

'Tis the season for holiday traditions like 24 Hours of A Christmas Story on TBS, arguing with your drunken uncle Bill over aunt Sue's patented extra-dry turkey and, of course, Christmas music.

There are some great songs and some real stinkers. I personally detest any version of Little Drummer Boy with the heat of a thousand suns. Pa-rump-a-pum-pum ... WTF is that all about?

My absolute favorite Christmas song/version, though, is below the fold. Offer up your likes and dislikes in the comments.

Ahhh, Otis. What might've been if not for that plane crash ...

Merry Christmas, Morons and Moronettes.

Here's One That's Grown On Me [Ace]: Man do I love Billy Squire.

This one isn't technically about Christmas but it gets played with the Christmas songs.

Posted by: Andy at 01:47 PM



Comments

1 Dude, here's a very good version of Little Drummer Boy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsJgiJG-ic4

Posted by: holygoat at December 24, 2012 12:27 PM (XnwWl)

2 I mostly prefer the religious songs.

"Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel" is probably my favorite. Not a lot of fluff to it, and it gets right down to the point.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 24, 2012 12:27 PM (BeSEI)

3 i love little drummer boy

i hate hate hate silver bells

Posted by: phoenixgirl at December 24, 2012 12:29 PM (GVxQo)

4 "Christmas as Ground Zero"
"The Night Santa Went Crazy"

Posted by: Colorado Alex at December 24, 2012 12:29 PM (o1kXv)

5 Here's 2 of mine - one from an indispensable Christmas album that was impossible to find (Hybrid Kids) until finally picked up on digital:
http://youtu.be/wA7fw3UzfTQ
Brings me to tears.

Then another favorite also done by HK, but Jon wins this one:
http://youtu.be/Dshqox4lt1s

Of course I've got analog and digital of both of these.
Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at December 24, 2012 12:30 PM (Qxdfp)

6 Worst song: So This Is Christmas.

John Lennon's worst whiny leftard simpleton impulses, all dressed up as a holiday song. Even the tune sucks.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at December 24, 2012 12:31 PM (QKKT0)

7 I've always loved "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and especially the Stan Kenton version. Then again, the Stan Kenton Christmas album is by far my favorite Christmas album. Nothing really comes close to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNoqfL2Jwvo

Posted by: holygoat at December 24, 2012 12:31 PM (XnwWl)

8 1 -

Rawls could always bring it! One of the greatest, and most underrated singers of all time, but it's still the Little Drummer Boy, which is nauseating no matter who performs it.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 24, 2012 12:32 PM (BeSEI)

9 The Little Drummer Boy has always been one of my favorites, though I know YMMV.

It's nearly impossible for me to pick a favorite Christmas song because I like so MANY of them. The Medieaval Baebes version of "The Holly and the Ivy" is a favorite. So is Loreena McKennitt's version of "Good King Wenceslas." And Blackmore's Night has a gorgeous rendition of "O Come, Emmanuel" that I listen to year-round because it's just so great.

This year I've been listening a lot to "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" as sung by Feist. I love the slow, dreamlike quality and slightly more modern but minimal instrumentation.

I can't get to YouTube to find it, but I can GOOGLE it. So here's a link.

Feist - Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming: www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_1j0SL3u8k

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 12:33 PM (4df7R)

10 Stan Freberg, Green Christmas from 1958

The bit is dated, but the message is still true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSPGJ5-XAcM

Posted by: Blanco Basura at December 24, 2012 12:33 PM (xKC/c)

11 Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer


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

Posted by: fluffy at December 24, 2012 12:34 PM (z9HTb)

12 Quoting holygoat: "Dude, here's a very good version of Little Drummer Boy"

Cool version, probably the coolest I've heard. Thanks! But, alas, Andy said he personally detests "any version of Little Drummer Boy with the heat of a thousand suns."

What part of "heat of a thousand suns" did you not get?


Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 12:35 PM (CLkAH)

13 For actual Christmas songs, I'd have to go with God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, as well as Oh Come All Ye Faithful.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at December 24, 2012 12:35 PM (o1kXv)

14 I absolutely hate "The Twelve Days Of Christmas," but Kenton manages to make it really, really good:

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

Posted by: holygoat at December 24, 2012 12:35 PM (XnwWl)

15 Do not get A Christmas Story.

So many people love love love it. What are you seeing? I'm conviced people really do percieve things differently.

Posted by: eleven at December 24, 2012 12:35 PM (KXm42)

16

T Boney

Posted by: soothsayer at December 24, 2012 12:37 PM (Ba6aP)

17 Does anybody remember on a PBS christmas special, there was this black man singing a song about baby jesus. Maybe it was "away in a manger"? Don't really remember after all these years, but it left good memories.I think he was an opera singer. Have been looking for it for a long time with noluck.

Posted by: missg at December 24, 2012 12:37 PM (1F39x)

18 "What part of "heat of a thousand suns" did you not get?"

Well, it's December in Michigan, so I'm not really getting the heat of ANY suns at the moment.

Posted by: holygoat at December 24, 2012 12:37 PM (XnwWl)

19 If our intel agencies don't use "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney for enhanced interrogation/MKULTRA mental programming, they're missing an excellent opportunity. I'm sure it's inspired an ax murder or two.

Posted by: Professor Marius von Totenkopf (formerly Hoss Fuentes) at December 24, 2012 12:37 PM (aozUR)

20 "O Holy Night" is my favorite. I guess the version of it I like best is Martina McBride's. But Hall and Oates actually did a really nice version of it too.

My favorite modern Christmas albums are "When My Heart Finds Christmas" by Harry Connick, Jr. and an old one called "Jingle Ball Jazz" that has some wonderful swing and jazz versions of popular Christmas songs, starting with a fabulous version of "Sleigh Ride." These are played every Christmas morning in my house.

Posted by: rockmom at December 24, 2012 12:37 PM (qe2/V)

21 I like anything that Karen Carpenter sang - she died much too young. Dean Martin's version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is pretty good. If you want to hear something that is beautiful, go listen to "Mid-Winter" by members of Boston's Trinity Choir... very moving.

Hate any Christmas song done by anyone of the Beatles... want to smash my family jewels with a 12 pound sledgehammer when one of those songs is on the radio...

Merry Christmas to everyone at AoSHQ

Posted by: Mjölnir, the banhammer from the gates of Hell at December 24, 2012 12:37 PM (Jls4P)

22 I can listen to any Christmas song except for that one about shoes. Yeah, I'm glad that kid's mom is dying to make you feel better about yourself, dude.

Posted by: Shoot Me at December 24, 2012 12:38 PM (qiXMt)

23
King Wenceslas

Posted by: soothsayer at December 24, 2012 12:39 PM (+oin+)

24 God rest ye merry gentlemen. The version with Dio and Tony Iommi.

Posted by: Stephana at December 24, 2012 12:40 PM (530OM)

25 Worst song: So This Is Christmas.

Oh good grief, YES. *shudder* I hate that song so much. Whenever it comes on the radio I just want to punch a homeless person in the face.

Another song I HATE is that one that all the pop tartlets seem determined to sing, "Grown-Up Christmas List." Normally I like David Foster's songs, but that song is just so cloying and trite. The only version I've ever heard that I liked was by a Japanese singer, and the only reason I liked it was because I couldn't understand about 5/6 of the lyrics.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 12:40 PM (4df7R)

26 wait a second, I thought Otis Redding got knocked off by his dad who got way pissed off at all those dancing raisins hanging around the house all the time.

worst christmas songs of all times - anything by Burl Ives.

Posted by: Tom Servo at December 24, 2012 12:40 PM (hTDbY)

27 O Holy Night - Andy Williams style http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-RAnkH8Jxc

Posted by: Older than dust at December 24, 2012 12:40 PM (6oikt)

28 So many people love love love it. What are you seeing? I'm conviced people really do percieve things differently.
Posted by: eleven at December 24, 2012 12:35 PM (KXm42)


I'm with you, eleven. I can't stand that movie.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 12:40 PM (4df7R)

29 Joe Satriani: Heavy Metal Christmas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8EahBs-P58

Posted by: Invictus at December 24, 2012 12:40 PM (OQpzc)

30 Not a song, but a show with many songs which i am surprised very little people i know have seen...


Emmet otter's Jugband Christmas.


Does ANYONE here know what I'm talking about or are you huns and heathens?!?

Posted by: RWC at December 24, 2012 12:40 PM (sqp6o)

31 MWR: I've enjoyed the Medieval Baebes for a long time (love the name, particularly), but didn't hear their version of The Holly and the Ivy until your suggestion just now. VERY NICE!

Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 12:40 PM (CLkAH)

32

and I like to hear Glenn Beck say "Michael Boo-blay"

Posted by: soothsayer at December 24, 2012 12:41 PM (FC8Yl)

33 Agree with O Holy Night. I'm partial to Nat King Cole's rendition, maybe 'cause that's the one I've got.

Posted by: somebody else, not me at December 24, 2012 12:42 PM (nZvGM)

34 Little Drummer Boy is okay; chill out dude.

My favorite is Greensleeves by Mannheim Steamroller, followed by Johnny Mathis doing "Do You Hear What I Hear".

Merry Christmas 'rons and 'ettes.

Posted by: kijnlaw at December 24, 2012 12:42 PM (uLTng)

35 About "A Christmas Story"

I really detested the show growing up. People loved it. I thought it was boring, and the father character was mean.

Then I watched last year on the instance o the wife. The father was awesome. He is just like me. Children and families really haven't changed that much over the decades. Dad's have to act mean so the little brats listen, we aren't really mad, it is just the only way to keep order.

Anyway, I still don't really dig the show, I was just surprised at how much my perception had changed over the years.

Posted by: MrShad at December 24, 2012 12:42 PM (Xqfwb)

36 There is a new Christmas song by the Dropkick Murphy's called "The Season is Upon Us" Check it out on youtube, very funny!

Posted by: birdwatcher at December 24, 2012 12:42 PM (04ClO)

37 9 -

I have a recording of "Lo, How a Rose..." sung by a chorus that features someone very close to me who is no longer here. Sometimes I CAN'T listen to it, but sometime this evening I'm going to try.

Right now I have George Winston's "Holly and the Ivy" on... he did a great album, piano solos. Called "December," I think. Worth looking for if you don't have it.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 24, 2012 12:43 PM (BeSEI)

38 "Fairytale of New York" is my favorite by a mile.

Posted by: UGAdawg at December 24, 2012 12:44 PM (WYOrt)

39 As an antidote to saccharine secular Christmas songs I have a bargain bin CD with gems like "O Santa where art thou" and "Rudolph drank the moonshine" that I like. I've mislaid it at present and it was annoying for not having any musician or composer info but it was a bargain bin deal.

Posted by: Palerider at December 24, 2012 12:44 PM (m+nIW)

40 March of Cambreadth,
because Christmas is the time to slaughter your enemies in their sleep.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFi7bWkyRpA

Posted by: Invictus at December 24, 2012 12:44 PM (OQpzc)

41 For me, I HATE all secular songs about the season. They are so empty, and all the department stores play them way too much. My least favorite, is Jingle Bell Rock. Jingle Bells is bad enough, but JBR makes my skin crawl and my hair to fall out. (that's why its so thin on top)

Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 12:45 PM (CLkAH)

42 MWR: I've enjoyed the Medieval Baebes for a long time (love the name, particularly), but didn't hear their version of The Holly and the Ivy until your suggestion just now. VERY NICE!
Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 12:40 PM (CLkAH)


Another MB fan! *high five!*

It's a great rendition, isn't it? I like it because it's still got a very traditional sound, but the Baebes just give it a little something that makes it stand out.

At Easter I always listen to "Swete Sonne."

Thy feet nailed to the tree
Now may I no more thrive
For this werld withouten thee
Ne shall me maken blithe

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 12:45 PM (4df7R)

43
On my intensely disliked list -- "So This is Christmas / War is Over", sung by anyone, but especially its sniveling puke of an author.

On my well-loved list -- "Holly, Jolly Christmas", sung by Burl Ives

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at December 24, 2012 12:45 PM (Jcd0S)

44 Posted by: MrShad at December 24, 2012 12:42 PM (Xqfwb)

I liked the movie. But i got it for Christmas one year and thought....why?

I'd only watch it during the holidays anyhow and pretty sure i can find a channel running it 24/7.

Posted by: RWC at December 24, 2012 12:46 PM (sqp6o)

45
my favorite goes like this:

♪ jingle bells

Batman smells

Joker laid an egg

Posted by: soothsayer at December 24, 2012 12:46 PM (vzLhi)

46 my favorite goes like this:

♪ jingle bells

Batman smells

Joker laid an egg

Posted by: soothsayer at December 24, 2012 12:46 PM (vzLhi)



I learned it as:

Jingle Bells
Batman smells
Robin laid an egg
Batmobile lost a wheel
and Joker got away

Posted by: I lurk, therefore I am at December 24, 2012 12:48 PM (yrFRz)

47 One sort of version of the 12 Days of Christmas is Come And I Will Sing You. The lyrics are bit strange, but the tune is quite catchy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHx6Idga4ww

Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 12:48 PM (CLkAH)

48 Whoops - can't forget Jethro Tull's A Christmas Song:
http://youtu.be/aFvth5GWFSw

Hybrid Kids did a great version of "So This Is Christmas". Pulled its jellyfish spine out with the still beating heart attached. Totally listenable.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at December 24, 2012 12:48 PM (Qxdfp)

49
Another favorite -- "Mary's Boy Child" is a 1956 Christmas song, written by Jester Hairston

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at December 24, 2012 12:48 PM (Jcd0S)

50 If our intel agencies don't use "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul
McCartney for enhanced interrogation/MKULTRA mental programming, they're
missing an excellent opportunity. I'm sure it's inspired an ax murder
or two.


Good call. Truly truly awful. Those keyboards ughh.....

Posted by: eleven at December 24, 2012 12:48 PM (KXm42)

51
heh

Posted by: soothsayer at December 24, 2012 12:49 PM (KwX0v)

52 Joker laid an egg
Posted by: soothsayer at December 24, 2012 12:46 PM (vzLhi)

Batmobile lost a wheel

And Joker got away...

Seriously, March of Cambreadth has bagpipes and all kinds of good stuff.

Posted by: Invictus at December 24, 2012 12:49 PM (OQpzc)

53 Posted by: Palerider at December 24, 2012 12:44 PM (m+nIW)

On Amazon for 3 bucks.

Posted by: RWC at December 24, 2012 12:49 PM (sqp6o)

54
As for favorite movies (you didn't ask, but so what?), "Miracle on 34th Street", with Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood.

I cannot understand the appeal of "It's a Wonderful Life".

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at December 24, 2012 12:51 PM (Jcd0S)

55 I have a cd with performances of Bing doing a radio show, and some of his classics. In between songs you hear bells ringing in the background, and he says "it's the bells of 1945..." and goes on to talk about things being better next year. It gets to me, every time I hear it.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 24, 2012 12:51 PM (BeSEI)

56 45
my favorite goes like this:

♪ jingle bells

Batman smells

Joker laid an egg
Posted by: soothsayer at December 24, 2012 12:46 PM (vzLhi)

Is this not barrel worthy???

Posted by: RWC at December 24, 2012 12:51 PM (sqp6o)

57 This is a good'n too. Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar guys doing Christmas songs: http://youtu.be/_JujvtCHxmo

We have too many Christmas albums - never get through them all.

Of course when it comes to Christmas, I always think of a non-Christmas song related to Christmas by Vince Guaraldi - Skating:
http://youtu.be/nQPWDjfe4MI
Brilliant.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at December 24, 2012 12:51 PM (Qxdfp)

58
Little Drummer Boy is great, Andy, the point of the song is to bring what you have. It is the Christmas carol equivalent of the parable of the widow's mite.

That said, nothing quite stirs my blood like O' Holy Night.

Posted by: boone at December 24, 2012 12:51 PM (ZEd6J)

59 I love "Away in a Manger," but I prefer the British melody to the American one. It's more... I don't know. I can't explain it except to say I prefer it.

Oh, and how could I forget to mention "Once in Royal David's City?" I've yet to hear a version of that song that I don't love to pieces. Petula Clark's rendition floors me every time, but you can never go wrong with any of the choral versions out there. King's College Choir is one of my go-to choirs for Christmas music. Their version of "Joys Seven" is another annual favorite, as is the "Sans Day Carol."

Sans Day Carol: www.youtube.com/watch?v=96decVNChdo
Joys Seven: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK27YRGtmQ4

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 12:52 PM (4df7R)

60 "Once in Royal David's City" must be a strictly British thing. I mention it to non-Episcopalians, and all I get is blank stares.

Posted by: Professor Marius von Totenkopf (formerly Hoss Fuentes) at December 24, 2012 12:53 PM (aozUR)

61

50
If our intel agencies don't use "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney for enhanced interrogation/MKULTRA mental programming, they're
missing an excellent opportunity. I'm sure it's inspired an ax murder
or two.
Good call. Truly truly awful. Those keyboards ughh.....
Posted by: eleven at December 24, 2012 12:48 PM (KXm42)

Agreed, many times over...

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at December 24, 2012 12:53 PM (Jcd0S)

62 Christmas for Cowboys, John Denver (don't hate me!) Totally cool song about a guy on his horse tending to cattle on Christmas day.

Posted by: concrete girl at December 24, 2012 12:53 PM (y2Ojs)

63 If our intel agencies don't use "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney for enhanced interrogation/MKULTRA mental programming, they're missing an excellent opportunity. I'm sure it's inspired an ax murder or two.

Christmastime is a boom time for Otolaryngologists because so many people end up stabbing themselves in the ear with knitting needles to escape that bloody song.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 12:54 PM (4df7R)

64 'Oh come all ye faithful' is pretty awesome no matter who sings it.

Posted by: RWC at December 24, 2012 12:54 PM (sqp6o)

65 Invictus: Man, the March of Cambreadth is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing. Best verse to me is the second:

Follow orders as you're told,

Make Their Yellow Blood Run Cold

Fight until you die or drop,

A Force Like Ours is Hard to Stop

Close your mind to stress and pain,

Fight till You're No Longer Sane

Let not one damn cur pass by,

How Many of Them Can We Make Die!

Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 12:54 PM (CLkAH)

66 64 -

I have Kings College Choir on right now, doing the heck out of it!

Posted by: BurtTC at December 24, 2012 12:55 PM (BeSEI)

67 The most horrific version of Little Drummer Boy by 2 favorite singers:
http://youtu.be/ADbJLo4x-tk
Bummed me out in 1977, bums me out now. Just a personal thing I guess.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at December 24, 2012 12:55 PM (Qxdfp)

68 This stuff is kind of fun when you're drinking...
Brian Setzer and the big band!

http://youtu.be/xU2bszEaTFM

Posted by: Dripdripdrip at December 24, 2012 12:56 PM (AHwsB)

69 Posted by: BurtTC at December 24, 2012 12:55 PM (BeSEI

Cool. It's on youtube.

Posted by: RWC at December 24, 2012 12:57 PM (sqp6o)

70 I cannot understand the appeal of "It's a Wonderful Life".
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at December 24, 2012 12:51 PM (Jcd0S)


When "It's a Wonderful Life" was actually in theaters, it only did mediocre box office. It certainly wasn't a hit. It didn't take off until TV networks needed something to fill space during their holiday broadcast days, and they could get the rights to show it for cheap (on account of it being a flop).

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 12:58 PM (4df7R)

71 MWR: High five back at ya!

Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 12:58 PM (CLkAH)

72 "Once in Royal David's City" must be a strictly British thing. I mention it to non-Episcopalians, and all I get is blank stares.
Posted by: Professor Marius von Totenkopf (formerly Hoss Fuentes) at December 24, 2012 12:53 PM (aozUR)


Really? How is that possible! It's such a good song!

Of course, my mom's British...

You might have a point.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 12:59 PM (4df7R)

73 Is this not barrel worthy???

C'mon, it's Christmas.

Blunt force trauma.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at December 24, 2012 12:59 PM (xKC/c)

74 Christmas for Cowboys, John Denver (don't hate me!) Totally cool song about a guy on his horse tending to cattle on Christmas day.
Posted by: concrete girl at December 24, 2012 12:53 PM (y2Ojs)


I love John Denver! He's one of the few singer/songwriters for whom I could put aside my political differences and just enjoy his music.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 01:00 PM (4df7R)

75
The carol that to me is the most fun is Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad", not because it's particularly good or bad, but because my brother and I were helping our sister move at the time of year decades ago and the radio station to which we were listening was encouraging listeners to phone in and sing along to it from their office parties. Much drunken hilarity ensued...

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at December 24, 2012 01:00 PM (Jcd0S)

76 I have Kings College Choir on right now, doing the heck out of it!
Posted by: BurtTC at December 24, 2012 12:55 PM (BeSEI)


Ooh, another great KCC rendition!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 01:01 PM (4df7R)

77 Clutch Cargo: I love Jethro Tull, and boy, is that a good Christmas tune! I wish Ian Anderson had put some flute to that tune, though.

Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 01:01 PM (CLkAH)

78 O Holy Night by Celtic Woman


http://tinyurl.com/cevv78s

Posted by: BCochran1981 at December 24, 2012 01:01 PM (GEICT)

79 the radio station to which we were listening was encouraging listeners to phone in and sing along to it from their office parties. Much drunken hilarity ensued...
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at December 24, 2012 01:00 PM (Jcd0S)


...

I would PAY to hear some of those call-ins.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 01:02 PM (4df7R)

80 MWR and Professor Marius von Totenkopf: My dad's side of the family is English, so there you go!

Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 01:04 PM (CLkAH)

81 How Many of Them Can We Make Die!
Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 12:54 PM (CLkAH)

Great! I am glad you liked it. That is my new theme song.

Posted by: Invictus at December 24, 2012 01:04 PM (OQpzc)

82 Run Run Rudolph - Chuck Berry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY4_d_JILH4

Posted by: Jones in CO at December 24, 2012 01:06 PM (8sCoq)

83 Rockin Around The Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVsc74O2sks


seriously, this is the one that does it for me

Posted by: Jones in CO at December 24, 2012 01:08 PM (8sCoq)

84 Merry Axemas... Great album and some terrific guitar work.

Here's a good one-
Joy to the World by Steve Morse

Drink, wrap, and enjoy!
http://youtu.be/mZjJJKL1wIY

Posted by: Dripdripdrip at December 24, 2012 01:08 PM (AHwsB)

85 Rockin Around The Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee has got SUCH a killer voice. Little Miss Dynamite indeed!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 01:09 PM (4df7R)

86 MWR and Professor Marius von Totenkopf: My dad's side of the family is English, so there you go!
Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 01:04 PM (CLkAH)


Care for a spot of tea, lads? I know it's early, but it's 4 o'clock somewhere!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at December 24, 2012 01:10 PM (4df7R)

87 Loreena Mckinnett's take on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is one of the best...

Posted by: phil at December 24, 2012 01:10 PM (x1Y2g)

88 last one


The Beach Boys- Little Saint Nick

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSynDh_K0EE

Posted by: Jones in CO at December 24, 2012 01:10 PM (8sCoq)

89 Christmas songs that would be banned forever if I were a nanny state do gooder who knows what I want is good for all mankind;

The Christmas Shoes - NewSong
I Heard the Bells At Christmastime (and fuck you Harry Belafonte)
Last Christmas - Wham, and now the cast of Glee
So This I Christmas/War is Over - John Lennon
Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
My Grownup Christmas List - Whitney Houston
Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
That's What Christmas Means to Me - Jessica Simpson
Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney



Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 01:11 PM (wwsoB)

90 Quoting Clutch Cargo: "The most horrific version of Little Drummer Boy by 2 favorite singers:
http://youtu.be/ADbJLo4x-tk
Bummed me out in 1977, bums me out now. Just a personal thing I guess."

Yep. You are right. It's right down there with "So This is Christmas" for lyrics, and even with David Bowie and Bing Crosby, the singing is pretty bad, too. Here's a verse from this monstrosity:


Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can

I felt physical pain from listening to this tripe! I mean, Little Drummer Boy is about a poor boy giving his only gift to the baby Jesus, and they turned it into a love-your-brother message. Before the tune, David Bowie said that The Little Drummer Boy was his son's favorite tune. After that performance, I'll bet the kid picked another tune as his favorite!

Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 01:13 PM (CLkAH)

91 Here's one for the 'ronettes


"Sleigh Ride" by The Ronettes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku1CMW7Zkwg

Posted by: Jones in CO at December 24, 2012 01:13 PM (8sCoq)

92 I Believe in Father Christmas

Greg Lake

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

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 01:14 PM (wwsoB)

93 Care for a spot of tea, lads? I know it's early, but it's 4 o'clock somewhere!


Posted by: eleven at December 24, 2012 01:17 PM (KXm42)

94 Quoting phil: "Loreena Mckinnett's take on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is one of the best..."

She can make any tune mysterious and the awesome, and this version is downright stunning.

Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 01:18 PM (CLkAH)

95 So here's the last one-

in keeping with my Xmas Eve tradition of cheap frozen pizza and "Die Hard" (I went with the DiGiorno's supreme rising crust),

here's Vaughn Monroe and "Let It Snow"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvH0tXOzNwc

Posted by: Jones in CO at December 24, 2012 01:18 PM (8sCoq)

96 A piece that doesn't get played or performed very often in my neck of the woods is the Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Here's a performance by the Pasadena Master Chorale:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?=vTzToA6GfqRo

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 24, 2012 01:19 PM (zF6Iw)

97 Sarah McLachlan - River

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2t9J4YBI_0

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 01:21 PM (wwsoB)

98 Does ANYONE here know what I'm talking about or are you huns and heathens?!?

Posted by: RWC at December 24, 2012 12:40 PM (sqp6o)

I have a copy of that movie.

Posted by: Vic at December 24, 2012 01:22 PM (53z96)

99 Always liked this one KOST-FM in LA used to play

Cliff Richard - Little Town

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_NBkmfb8Fo

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 01:23 PM (wwsoB)

100 MWR and Professor Marius von Totenkopf: My dad's side of the family is English, so there you go!

Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 01:04 PM (CLkAH)

The chorus I was in during middle and high school did it every Christmas. Then again, it was an Episcopal school on the East Coast and an Anglophile admin English department.

Posted by: Professor Marius von Totenkopf (formerly Hoss Fuentes) at December 24, 2012 01:24 PM (aozUR)

101 Good King Wenceslas by Crash Test Dummies

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 24, 2012 01:25 PM (zF6Iw)

102 Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt.

And of course, anything Bing.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at December 24, 2012 01:27 PM (gmoEG)

103 Religious, I'll take Silent Night.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at December 24, 2012 01:28 PM (gmoEG)

104
there was a christmas song when i was a kid called santa and the purple people eater by sheb wooley.it had a very 50's rock and roll beat and was a shot at the russians.it seems santa's sleigh was on a collision course with sputnik and hw gets saved by a space alien.

Posted by: kj at December 24, 2012 01:30 PM (KpDjl)

105 http://tinyurl.com/b9gjnfw

Porky Pig's Blue Christmas

Posted by: Evilpens at December 24, 2012 01:30 PM (ck76k)

106 The GREATEST Christmas song EVER

All others pale before this masterpiece

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvn9NtaqoKM

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 01:30 PM (wwsoB)

107 Andy, I tend to agree with you about The Little Drummer Boy.

But I absolutely love this version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v93PJ_qhV3M

Posted by: Sgt. York at December 24, 2012 01:32 PM (WHcjL)

108 The three best Christmas albums of all time


http://is.gd/FhoBZr


http://is.gd/H1jgdg


http://is.gd/o0xlxz

Posted by: Vic at December 24, 2012 01:32 PM (53z96)

109 #26 - You're thinking of Marvin Gaye.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at December 24, 2012 01:33 PM (gmoEG)

110 Quoting Mikey NTH: "Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt."

One time, I picked a tune on the jukebox (I forgot what it was) at a local diner, and Santa Baby played instead. I love the song, but sure got some weird looks from the other patrons!

Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 01:33 PM (CLkAH)

111 102
Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt.

And of course, anything Bing.


Posted by: Mikey NTH at December 24, 2012 01:27 PM

This cover by Kellie Pickler will send morons to their bunks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LVffa5UDSQ

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 01:34 PM (wwsoB)

112 http://tinyurl.com/cdwdhcx

Walkin Round in women's underwear

Posted by: Evilpens at December 24, 2012 01:35 PM (ck76k)

113 Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt.

And of course, anything Bing.




Posted by: Mikey NTH at December 24, 2012 01:27 PM

This cover by Kellie Pickler will send morons to their bunks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LVffa5UDSQ


Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 01:34 PM (wwsoB)

We all decided last time that the Kylie Minogue version was the hawtest!

Posted by: Vic at December 24, 2012 01:39 PM (53z96)

114
carol of the bells

Posted by: kj at December 24, 2012 01:40 PM (KpDjl)

115 Required for every Moron Christmas playlist;

South Park - Merry Fuckin' Christmas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-OkYLTdiTs

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 01:41 PM (wwsoB)

116 kbdabear - well...that was somethin'.

If I wasn't laid up with strep and pinkeye I'd be getting terribly excited.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at December 24, 2012 01:41 PM (gmoEG)

117 http://tinyurl.com/c7e3svu

Bowie & Crosby

Posted by: Evilpens at December 24, 2012 01:44 PM (ck76k)

118 We all decided last time that the Kylie Minogue version was the hawtest!


Posted by: Vic at December 24, 2012 01:39 PM

And because I'm such a giving person;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWYgII7U8_U

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 01:45 PM (wwsoB)

119 http://tinyurl.com/3kmhoj6

\Sorry Andy !!

Bob Seger

Posted by: Evilpens at December 24, 2012 01:46 PM (ck76k)

120 Quoting Vic: "We all decided last time that the Kylie Minogue version was the hawtest!"

That leaves Eartha Kitt for me!

Posted by: Mr_Write at December 24, 2012 01:46 PM (CLkAH)

121 SIM-ply HAV-ing a WON-derful Christmastime ...

(Repeat 1000x, kill self)

Posted by: nobama2012 at December 24, 2012 01:47 PM (8sFfo)

122 I've heard OCome Emanuel the last 4 services (Sundays) at our church. Nothing else out of the Advent section of the hymnbook. I guess they're too lazy to make a pp of the words to put on screen. They only know about 14 hymns year round.

Posted by: Bill at December 24, 2012 01:47 PM (f664Y)

123 http://tinyurl.com/ap8khlo

TSO Carol of the Bells

Posted by: Evilpens at December 24, 2012 01:50 PM (ck76k)

124 Worst song: So This Is Christmas.

John Lennon's worst whiny leftard simpleton impulses, all dressed up as a holiday song. Even the tune sucks.


Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at December 24, 2012 12:31 PM (QKKT0)


I turn off the radio when this twatty turd comes on. Best song: "Sleigh Ride"(the old instrumental) and Nat King Cole's "Christmas Song"

Posted by: Captain Hate (more dagny and less curious) at December 24, 2012 01:50 PM (jnWzn)

125 South Park - I'm a Jew on Christmas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP1gNYU27Tk

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 01:51 PM (wwsoB)

126 <<Bummed me out in 1977, bums me out now. Just a personal thing I guess.>>

Not just you. Bowie felt the lyrics were boring and decided to add his own. Crosby felt it was wrong. Result was the trainwreck that got recorded. Bowie's a douche.

Posted by: Sgt. York at December 24, 2012 01:51 PM (WHcjL)

127 I really hate The Little Drummer Boy. Hate it. Hate every version of it.

Pah rumpah bum blech.

Posted by: ace at December 24, 2012 01:51 PM (LCRYB)

128 This cover by Kellie Pickler will send morons to their bunks
kbdabear, you must have missed the morning thread a week or so back when Vic and I and a few of the other morons were fighting over who's SB was best. I said Pickler. Vic is old school Eartha. A few of the 'rons mentioned Kylie Minogue's version, but I couldn't get past the first five seconds of the tinny arrangement. YMMV, of course.

Not So Merry Christmas by Raul Malo. Sounds like a lost Spector track. Love it. Also Blue Christmas by The Mavericks.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 24, 2012 01:53 PM (zF6Iw)

129 South Park - Christmastime in Hell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmaMfXwlq90

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 01:53 PM (wwsoB)

130
Here's One That's Grown On Me [Ace]: Man do I love Billy Squire.


Can't say I really care for it. But I think it wouldn't be bad stuck into the rotation of the radio station here that does the Christmas music all December. At least it would be something different, instead of hearing them play their 3rd version of Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer in 4 hours.

Posted by: buzzion at December 24, 2012 01:54 PM (GULKT)

131 The Beach Boys - Santa's Got an Airplane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aHGvdamu1I

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 01:57 PM (wwsoB)

132 Adeste Fideles is a great song.

Even this jaded Christian-baby-blood-drinking Jew likes it.

http://tinyurl.com/ce388sq

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 24, 2012 01:57 PM (GsoHv)

133
130 comments and nobody got to Gramma Got Run Over by a Reindeer?
I HATE that song, I'd like to visit mayhem upon its authors.

Posted by: USS Diversity at December 24, 2012 01:59 PM (MPjT8)

134
133 130 comments and nobody got to Gramma Got Run Over by a Reindeer?I HATE that song, I'd like to visit mayhem upon its authors.
Posted by: USS Diversity at December 24, 2012 01:59 PM (MPjT


Would you prefer Gramma Got Half Eaten by a Zombie? http://tinyurl.com/c7f7rjc

Posted by: buzzion at December 24, 2012 02:01 PM (GULKT)

135 Elvis - Blue Christmas (live acoustic)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ODrPL9-kEs

Thanky vurra much!

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 02:02 PM (wwsoB)

136 "Who Put the Bomp in the Bomp Bomp Bomp Bomp Bomp" by Barry Mann


three months at the top of the charts in 1961...


who was that man


I'd like to shake his hand...


Posted by: Wally in Walla Walla at December 24, 2012 02:02 PM (Dll6b)

137 Ha Ha buzzion, infinitely.

Posted by: USS Diversity at December 24, 2012 02:03 PM (MPjT8)

138 "Carol of the bells" as performed by mummies. With bells strapped to their crotches. Played via hip thrust.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDiXPx2OqPI

Posted by: Cackfinger at December 24, 2012 02:03 PM (CCHli)

139 2,000 Miles by the Pretenders.

Posted by: Patrick H at December 24, 2012 02:04 PM (oWKta)

140 133

130 comments and nobody got to Gramma Got Run Over by a Reindeer?
I HATE that song, I'd like to visit mayhem upon its authors.

Posted by: USS Diversity at December 24, 2012 01:59 PM

See my comment #89. That's one of the Christmas songs that will be banned forever when I come to power

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 02:05 PM (wwsoB)

141 Jingle All The Way...

To Hell!

Posted by: Grumpy Ass Cat at December 24, 2012 02:06 PM (SOGo4)

142 See my comment #89. That's one of the Christmas songs that will be banned forever when I come to power


H8er.


I like to hear it once or twice every December.

Posted by: fluffy at December 24, 2012 02:08 PM (z9HTb)

143 Christmas With The Devil - Spinal Tap

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 24, 2012 02:08 PM (zF6Iw)

144 I love 'em all.


I love Patty Smith's version of We Three Kings, anyone's version of Silent Night, and The Cambridge Singers version of O Holy Night.


This I am enjoying Third Day's O Come Emanuel (traditionalists will be horrified)

http://tinyurl.com/cv849t6



I also love The Christmas Waltz, Silver Bells and the Christmas Canon by TSO.

Favorite Xmas albums include The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Sara Maclaclan, Oscar Peterson, Vince Guiraldi, Over-the-Rhine, Otmar Liebert, and DIana Krall, but again, I love 'em all.

No Christmas is ever complete without Bobby Keane's Classic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P37xPiRz1sg


Or the very naughty but absolutely ass-kickin' "It's Christmas Time" by Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials. The clothes come flyin' off at Chez Thor when he plays this one:

http://tinyurl.com/75ah66l

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at December 24, 2012 02:08 PM (66ST/)

145
See my comment #89. That's one of the Christmas songs that will be banned forever when I come to power



you got my vote. we'll ban that damned thing with force of arms, if necessary

Posted by: USS Diversity at December 24, 2012 02:08 PM (MPjT8)

146 Some very nice Christmas music:


Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orNSsxKPF5g

Posted by: fluffy at December 24, 2012 02:10 PM (z9HTb)

147 Worst Christmas song ever...there are two:

1. Any version of the 12 Days of Christmas and
2. That stupid ass song "Last Christmas" by WHAM...and its not even a Christmas song, still stupid as all get out.

Posted by: Jprs at December 24, 2012 02:11 PM (DGnMA)

148 Elvis blue Christmas
Entire Phil specter Christmas Akbum(rot in jail crazy cracka)
Nag King Cole The Christmas Song... Chestnuts roasting on an open fire....

God Bless you morons and every tiny moron too including the furry and scaled members of MoronHorde.

Yeah Maet I'd never forget you.

Posted by: ginaswo at December 24, 2012 02:13 PM (XE6P0)

149 Billy Squier and GHS class of 1981. God-damn I still remember the words tho i haven't heard the songs in thirty years... JanU were a bitch to me but before ilearned that when you kissed me it felt like fireworks all over my body. This blog must be run by indian givers. 'Cuz you're taking me back

Posted by: DAve at December 24, 2012 02:13 PM (XDC0v)

150 I like most Christmas songs. But the ones I like best are any that might piss a Liberal off. Now not sure how much that counts coming from a Jooo, but anyway

Posted by: Nevergiveup at December 24, 2012 02:13 PM (jE38p)

151 When it comes to that awful Christmas Shoes song, I was wondering why the family had no money for shoes with Christmas charities and all. Did Mama spend it all on Meth and die of an overdose?

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 02:14 PM (wwsoB)

152 I've come to dislike them all, simply because of the fact that 1/2 the goddamn radio stations around here start playing them the week of Thanksgiving and don't stop until sometime late this week. And Ifoam with hate overGeorge Michael's "Last Christmas" in all it forms. Especially the reggae mix.

Posted by: Liza Minelli, Woman Beater at December 24, 2012 02:15 PM (OJCL9)

153 OT:WoooHoo SCI channel has a Firefly marathon.

Gona drink beer and sip whiskey...and enjoy. Yes I ave the whole series on DVD, but this is fun.

Points of interest, my oponion is Mal's mother was a retired Companion, which is why he is both pissed an attracted to Inara. I would love a Movie on the exploits of Jane. Just him in the Verse trying to survive and profit...Later morons. Woooo Hooo!

Posted by: Paladin at December 24, 2012 02:15 PM (uQ4Oe)

154 Xmas Song I'd Like To Hear:

Frosty and Rudolph Get Killed





humbug

Posted by: Jones in CO at December 24, 2012 02:15 PM (8sCoq)

155 150
I like most Christmas songs. But the ones I like best are any that might
piss a Liberal off. Now not sure how much that counts coming from a
Jooo, but anyway

Posted by: Nevergiveup at December 24, 2012 02:13 PM

South Park - Dreidel Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIB2Wh0GFYU

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 02:16 PM (wwsoB)

156 GHS class of 1981......What's GHS?

Posted by: concrete girl at December 24, 2012 02:17 PM (y2Ojs)

157 Oh God yes, forget what I said about loving them all because that effing Christmas Shoes song is a crime against humanity.

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at December 24, 2012 02:18 PM (66ST/)

158 15. When I watch A Christmas story I see America

It was just the edges of what I had as a kid in the 70s but it for me is like getting to live what it would've been for me had my grandparents, Greatest Generation. Had been my parents

This is how my Dad God Bless his soul, grew up & experienced Christmas in America. It's just awesome to me

You know we get to see how boomers had America as kids

I love it
I miss it and I didn't live most of it
I want it for my kids

JMOYMMV

Posted by: ginaswo at December 24, 2012 02:18 PM (XE6P0)

159 Now not sure how much that counts coming from a
Jooo, but anyway


Posted by: Nevergiveup at December 24, 2012 02:13 PM



It counts triple !!!

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at December 24, 2012 02:19 PM (66ST/)

160 Gay High School

Posted by: Wally in Walla Walla at December 24, 2012 02:20 PM (Dll6b)

161 "Father Christmas" by the Kinks

Posted by: Stu-22 at December 24, 2012 02:20 PM (86OWr)

162 In non-Christmas news I see that some NY paper has published an interactive map with names and addresses of everyone in certain NY counties with a gun permit.

They put them up on a map like sex offender maps.

Obviously an attempt to intimidate gun owners. Might backfire, though. Do you want to be one of the few houses on your block without a gun when any criminal can pull up google maps of your neighborhood and see which house is packing?

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at December 24, 2012 02:20 PM (R+6Q+)

163 Mary, did you know?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFPHIK9ann8

Kathy Mattea version.

Posted by: huerfano at December 24, 2012 02:21 PM (bAGA/)

164 152 -

Yeah, there's not much worse than walking through a grocery store while George Michael sings about the guy he picked up last year, had sex with, and ended up being lied to, so this year he's going to go out on Christmas, find another guy to have sex with, and hope this guy doesn't just use him for another one-night stand.

Bleech!

Posted by: BurtTC at December 24, 2012 02:21 PM (BeSEI)

165 Gainesville High School?

Posted by: dantesed at December 24, 2012 02:21 PM (GmsM/)

166 And here's the lovely Faith Hill singing "A Baby Changes Everything" live

Beautiful song sung by a beautiful woman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3wujkozv9E

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 02:21 PM (wwsoB)

167
147 Worst Christmas song ever...there are two:1. Any version of the 12 Days of Christmas and2. That stupid ass song "Last Christmas" by WHAM...and its not even a Christmas song, still stupid as all get out.
Posted by: Jprs at December 24, 2012 02:11 PM (DGnMA)


I give to you the 12 days of christmas rant. I think you will enjoy it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLZR9IJqcgc

Posted by: buzzion at December 24, 2012 02:21 PM (GULKT)

168 "Once in Royal David's City" must be a strictly British thing. I mention it to non-Episcopalians, and all I get is blank stares.
Posted by: Professor Marius von Totenkopf (formerly Hoss Fuentes) at December 24, 2012 12:53 PM (aozUR)

Good Baptist/PResbyterian here, and I love that song. Granted, I sang it years ago in a Christmas pantomime run by Brits, so that is possibly why.

I also love The Holly Bears a Berry, the Chieftain's version. Actually, The Chieftain's Christmas album is my favorite Christmas music.

To sing, though, it's the Christmas Hymns. Gloria in Excelsis, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, Adeste Fideles, mercy, all of them.

Speaking of, the childrens choir director is sick, and I get to lead them in the Christmas eve service tonight. Would REALLY appreciate prayers for this. I had one in the service yesterday who is a moron in training.

Posted by: moki at December 24, 2012 02:23 PM (wi/sM)

169 6 Worst song: So This Is Christmas.John Lennon's worst whiny leftard simpleton impulses, all dressed up as a holiday song. Even the tune sucks.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at December 24, 2012 12:31 PM (QKKT0)

__________________________________


I think Paul out did him with "Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time" or whatever the name of it was.

Posted by: Uncle Milty at December 24, 2012 02:26 PM (YsFN3)

170 Might backfire, though. Do you want to be one of the few houses on your block without a gun when any criminal can pull up google maps of your neighborhood and see which house is packing?
Posted by: Flatbush Joe at December 24, 2012 02:20 PM (R+6Q+)


Exactly what I was thinking also. Go ahead make my day

Posted by: Nevergiveup at December 24, 2012 02:27 PM (jE38p)

171 I think Paul out did him with "Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time" or whatever the name of it was.

Posted by: Uncle Milty at December 24, 2012 02:26 PM

I call it "Simpleton having a wonderful Christmas Time"

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 02:27 PM (wwsoB)

172 Good luck tonight, Moki.... I'm sure that it will be a wonderful performance.

Posted by: Mjölnir, the banhammer from the gates of Hell at December 24, 2012 02:28 PM (Jls4P)

173 167


147 Worst Christmas song ever...there are two:1. Any version of the
12 Days of Christmas and2. That stupid ass song "Last Christmas" by
WHAM...and its not even a Christmas song, still stupid as all get out.

Posted by: Jprs at December 24, 2012 02:11 PM (DGnMA)



I give to you the 12 days of christmas rant. I think you will enjoy it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLZR9IJqcgc
Posted by: buzzion at December 24, 2012 02:21 PM (GULKT)

Glad I'm not the only one!

I have to agree with others though....John Lennon's and Paul McCarthy's Christmas Songs bite. Should have added them to my list.

Posted by: Jprs at December 24, 2012 02:29 PM (DGnMA)

174 Some faves and some hates:

LOVE:

The Little Drummer Boy, when done right, preferably high energy, more on the drums than on the "rum-pum-pum-pum"s. Still waiting to find a version with a kickin', In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida-style drum solo. Great ones: Audio Adrenaline, The Echoing Green, Joan Jett.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, particularly recent versions by Pillar and Viva Voce. Brian Setzer Orchestra does a really good instrumental version as well.

Joy to the World -- love the lyrics, fave version is the O.C. Supertones'.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel -- one of my mom's faves, again I love the lyrics. Third Day and Chasing Furies both have great versions.

O Come All Ye Faithful -- my favorite version recently is by, of all bands, Twisted Sister, who mashes up their own "We're Not Gonna Take It" solo into the song. For a straighter, but still rockin' version, check out Third Day.

O Little Town of Bethlehem, especially as performed by Hangnail.

O Holy Night -- I LOVE this song, but have yet to find a version that I really like. I did a techno/remix, Echoing Green-style version a couple of Christmases ago that comes pretty close. BarlowGirl's version is decent, as is Mariah Carey's. Wish more people would record the second verse, especially the pre-chorus and chorus:

"The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials, born to be our Friend
He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!"

As far as secular Christmas songs, I like "12 Days", in moderation, particularly the Relient K version.

"Winter Wonderland", as reimagined by Fleming and John (and crammed into the shape of "Misty Mountain Hop"), or the version by Stryper.



HATE (yes that's strong, but accurate):

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
The Christmas Shoes
Grown-Up Christmas List

INDIFFERENT:

Don't particularly care to hear Rudolph or Frosty more than once or twice in the season -- not that I hate them, but seriously overplayed. And I'm really not hip on a lot of the early-20th century cuts ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "White Christmas", "Silver Bells", "Sleigh Ride", or especially "The Christmas Song", etc) that seem to take up too much of the airwaves this time of year.

TL;DR version: Stick to the sacred classics and rock them out, and you win in my book.

Posted by: Josh Marihugh at December 24, 2012 02:29 PM (jSkhh)

175 A staple of my childhood school Christmas concerts in western Canada (when we still actually sang Christmas carols at school!) was The Huron Carol, also known as "Twas in the Moon of Wintertime."

http://tinyurl.com/cqnkb6y

Posted by: I lurk, therefore I am at December 24, 2012 02:30 PM (yrFRz)

176 I love the South Park version of O Holy Night where Kyle gets to shock Cartman with a cattle prod whenever he forgets the words.

Posted by: RoadRunner at December 24, 2012 02:31 PM (B1qPY)

177 Josh, that 3rd Day is one of my faves, too...posted a link to it up aways. Glad to know I am not the only one who likes it!


moki, I'm laughing but will certainly say a little extra prayer for you!

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at December 24, 2012 02:32 PM (66ST/)

178 Not a fan of the 12 days of Christmas, but if I'm forced to listen to it, I prefer the version by Reliant K.

Posted by: Vizzini at December 24, 2012 02:32 PM (O7Q1u)

179 Christmas classic with sweater puppies

Jewel - Ave Maria

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


Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 02:32 PM (wwsoB)

180 THanks mjolnir-how are you doing these days?? I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday.

Posted by: moki at December 24, 2012 02:33 PM (wi/sM)

181 Lately I kind of been laughing my ass off at "Ding fries are done".

Posted by: Berserker at December 24, 2012 02:34 PM (FMbng)

182 Any Christmas song written after like 1950. Sucks.

Posted by: USS Diversity at December 24, 2012 02:34 PM (MPjT8)

183 Laughing with you Tammy! He was hilarious, but at the same time, we had begged the kids to be well behaved, and he made sure he did nothing of the sort. Even the other little troublemakers were hacked off at him!!! My husband was crying on the back row from laughing so hard.

Seriously, if this kid could sing pantsless, he would do it. He is so cut out for this blog.

Oh, I forgot Mary, Did you know? That's a modern hymn that is both sweet, and poignant.

Posted by: moki at December 24, 2012 02:35 PM (wi/sM)

184 I went toxic on Christmas songs in the early '90s. The religions/traditional stuff I still like, but it's pleasant background and I doubt I could pick one out now.

The pop stuff can go rot, tho I agree with last night's comments re "Christmas Wrapping", if only because I can find it unobjectionable...which says a lot these days.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of the Sacred Ampersands at December 24, 2012 02:37 PM (vkUBG)

185
In non-Christmas news I see that some NY paper has published an
interactive map with names and addresses of everyone in certain NY
counties with a gun permit.



They put them up on a map like sex offender maps.



Posted by: Flatbush Joe at December 24, 2012 02:20 PM


Maybe its time to list the addresses of all the assholes that work at these newspapers, along with their assets, and a nice red star on the ones that aren't armed.

Posted by: Berserker at December 24, 2012 02:37 PM (FMbng)

186 This is a nice version of:

"The Boar's Head"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS0rEr2wvdQ


Medieval Christmas feast music beautifully sung.

Posted by: naturalfake at December 24, 2012 02:38 PM (G9qZk)

187 Oh, and agreed with those who would rid the world of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" -- vapid twaddle. Rebecca St. James has an otherwise decent Christmas album, but she recorded this pile of crap on it.

I can handle "Wonderful Christmastime" in moderation.

For a great rock Christmas experience, check out Halford's _Winter Songs_ album.

Posted by: Josh Marihugh at December 24, 2012 02:39 PM (jSkhh)

188 Oh yeah, add to that the hours they work and are away from their houses, and list any vacation properties and the times they aren't occupied. Squatters need a home too ya know.

Posted by: Berserker at December 24, 2012 02:39 PM (FMbng)

189 "Baby it's Cold Outside" is one of my Christmas favorites because it's a metaphor for us morons trying to score with an ette worried about what her mama thinks, worried about what people think. To which we say: "baby it's cold outside..."

Posted by: Danny at December 24, 2012 02:41 PM (kVL0Z)

190 Thanks, Moki... been working on my MBA (not really into doing any reading or writing today) and keeping busy with work. Sending wishes to you and yours this Christmas - may it be full of peace and joy, even in these trying times.

Posted by: Mjölnir, the banhammer from the gates of Hell at December 24, 2012 02:43 PM (Jls4P)

191 The BEST Christmas songs are:

1: Religious
2: Old
3: Even better in the original German.

Posted by: Al at December 24, 2012 02:45 PM (V70Uh)

192 163
Mary, did you know?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFPHIK9ann8

Kathy Mattea version.


Posted by: huerfano at December 24, 2012 02:21 PM

She has a fantastic voice, great song. Thanks

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 02:47 PM (wwsoB)

193 My favorite Christmas carol is "Adoration" by the Newsboys. For some reason even the Christian radio stations don't play it, choosing to play "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" 20 times a day.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at December 24, 2012 02:47 PM (wbeNt)

194 191
The BEST Christmas songs are:

1: Religious
2: Old
3: Even better in the original German.


Posted by: Al at December 24, 2012 02:45 PM

Because I'm such a giving person

Stille Nacht

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtAMu36IoPU

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 02:48 PM (wwsoB)

195 I have this CD called "A Jazzy Wonderland"

There is a tune on it. I swear that it is played for and by demons in Hell.

Posted by: Al at December 24, 2012 02:50 PM (V70Uh)

196 The original of this song always brings out the quiet loneliness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtAMu36IoPU

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 02:50 PM (wwsoB)

197 My Christmas is scheduled to go to hell, and it's nobody's fault.

I'm visiting family in the ATL area, but live in central AL. Wednesday it's back to work, so I have to go back last Tuesday. Which shouldn't really be an issue, time for presents and food and family...

Unless you've seen the weather forecasts for my area over the next 48 hours.

Only way to travel safely is to leave tomorrow morning and have no Christmas.

Bloody hell.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of the Sacred Ampersands at December 24, 2012 02:50 PM (vkUBG)

198 182 -

Possible exception: Mindy Smith...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVsD4CeT5o0

Posted by: BurtTC at December 24, 2012 02:51 PM (BeSEI)

199 196 - my apologies, forgot to copy new link

Bing Crosby - I'll Be Home For Christmas

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtAMu36IoPU

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 02:51 PM (wwsoB)

200 Late Tuesday, not last. Dammit.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of the Sacred Ampersands at December 24, 2012 02:52 PM (vkUBG)

201 I have too many. The one that gets me every.time is O Holy Night, Nat King Cole. That particular album is the best when it comes to remembering what Christmas is about...

Love some of the modern tunes as well...Love the 1st Very Special Christmas...Run Run Rudolph, Sting and Alison Moyet. Superb.
Boston Pops too...

Merry Christmas!!

Posted by: DefendUSA at December 24, 2012 02:52 PM (nAHMK)

202 Here's another great Drummer Boy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUsKszESp5c

Posted by: North Dallas Thirty at December 24, 2012 02:52 PM (lUkFQ)

203 Sigh ... one more time .. .double checked this time

Bing - I'll be home for Christmas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q0kXr-cj0o

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 02:54 PM (wwsoB)

204 I really love the Vince Guaraldi tunes. They are so Christmasy despite being non-traditional.

Of the traditional tunes, I love the Lettermen's version of O Holy Night.

Posted by: Y-not at December 24, 2012 02:58 PM (5H6zj)

205 Nothing gets me in the spirit like this though...

http://tinyurl.com/ckhl2bg



Posted by: RWC at December 24, 2012 03:02 PM (sqp6o)

206 Eric Cartman - O Holy Night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA_foybUBk8

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 03:03 PM (wwsoB)

207 Baby, It's Cold Outside

http://tinyurl.com/casl4db

Homer and Jethro with June Carter.
You just thought you'd heard this song before.

Posted by: comatus at December 24, 2012 03:11 PM (qaVK+)

208 The Season's Upon Us - Dropkick Murphy's (new song)

http://bit.ly/VZlHdX

A flavor:

"The season's upon us, it's that time of year
Brandy and eggnog, there's plenty of cheer
There's lights on the trees and there's wreaths to be hung
There's mischief and mayhem and songs to be sung

There's bells and there's holly, the kids are gung-ho
True love finds a kiss beneath fresh mistletoe
Some families are messed up while others are fine
If you think yours is crazy, well you should see mine

My sisters are wackjobs, I wish I had none
Their husbands are losers and so are their sons
My nephew's a horrible wise little twit
He once gave me a nice gift-wrapped box full of shit

He likes to pelt carolers with icy snowballs
I'd like to take him out back and deck more than the halls
With family like this I would have to confess
I'd be better off lonely, distraught and depressed"

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at December 24, 2012 03:13 PM (vUK/h)

209 Now for a little cul-chah ...

Handel's Messiah - Overture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnK8V3BZNeM

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 03:14 PM (wwsoB)

210 The old songs are the best songs, I always say.

http://tinyurl.com/34bjwdh


Posted by: comatus at December 24, 2012 03:15 PM (qaVK+)

211
Elvis.

Including his Gospel music, which can bring me to joyful tears.

Posted by: Dancing and Swooning at December 24, 2012 03:18 PM (LpQbZ)

212 Always wanted Bugs Bunny to do this;

Handel's Messiah : Comfort Ye, My People

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT-pClK46G4

Posted by: kbdabear at December 24, 2012 03:19 PM (wwsoB)

213 Mele Kalikimaka, saps.

youtube.com/watch?v=hEvGKUXW0iI

Posted by: Fritz at December 24, 2012 03:28 PM (w3+gB)

214 I love Christmas carols so these are just 2 of my favorites. I'll post a few more later. Once In Royal Davids City and A Fairytale of New York (The Pogues). I'll be at work tonight so you morons be careful and Merry Christmas!I'll probably pop in now and then to post something completly ignorablelater.

Posted by: puddleglum at December 24, 2012 03:37 PM (R3pl2)

215 Elvis, Blue Christmas

It's 75 degrees outside and I'm skipping Christmas again this year, but I played that one. Classic.

Posted by: brak at December 24, 2012 03:43 PM (RBQss)

216 O Holy Night is my favorite provided I'm not doing the singing.

Posted by: Northern Lurker at December 24, 2012 03:45 PM (GME55)

217
Carol of the Bells

http://tinyurl.com/cf7j6v9

Posted by: The Political Hat at December 24, 2012 03:45 PM (/YkzI)

218 Oh and I like The Chieftans version of Once in Royal David's City.

Posted by: puddleglum at December 24, 2012 03:50 PM (R3pl2)

219 (1935) Silent Night - Bing http://tinyurl.com/boaab8p
Silver Bells - Dean Martin http://tinyurl.com/crkxu37
Can't think of anymore this minute.

Posted by: Baldy at December 24, 2012 04:04 PM (opS9C)

220
I agree with rockmom that Martina McBride's rendition of "O Holy Night" is her favorite. I couldn't agree more. As a matter of fact, Martina's whole White Christmas album is quite exceptional.

Posted by: Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 at December 24, 2012 04:06 PM (BHM5V)

221 My mistake.

It is Chick Corea's "God Rest ye merry, gentlemen." on the "A GRP Christmas Collection." Demons in Hell.


Posted by: Al at December 24, 2012 04:07 PM (V70Uh)

222
Christmas Canon by TSO is a version of this classic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQxVE6d3Yj8

Posted by: Frankly at December 24, 2012 04:11 PM (/HQvQ)

223 Wilson Pickett's version of "Silver Bells" laid over a bed very similar to "834-6789." GOOD God, y'all.

Posted by: Dino Spumoni at December 24, 2012 04:23 PM (1V1zm)

224 The BEST Christmas songs are:

3: Even better in the original German.



Posted by: Al at December 24, 2012 02:45 PM

You haven't heard them in their original Klingon

Posted by: General Ch'ang at December 24, 2012 04:32 PM (wwsoB)

225
I love Christmas and most Christmas songs. But Little Drummer Boy is near the bottom of the list right before So This is Christmas and people modernizing traditional carols. As for A Christmas Story the movie, I like it because I can relate to it, it's my generation. I can remember dressing in those heavy woolen snow suits, my father fighting the coal furnace, and going downtown to see the store windows and Santa at Higbees. Other than that it isn't the greatest Christmas movie.



Songs...again it's my childhood and teens so.... Gene Autry singing Here Comes Santa Claus(by the way, Gene wrote the song),
Dean Martin singing Baby It's Cold Outside,
Frank Sinatra singing I'll Be home For Christmas,
Judy Garland singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,
the Andy Williams Christmas Album,
Eddie Arnold spelling CHRISTMAS, and
well just about any Christmas song thatis song as I remember it.

Posted by: Deanna at December 24, 2012 04:42 PM (I0pAo)

226 Put me in the anti-Drummer Boy camp. And pretty much any contemporary pop singer doing Christmas songs, original or traditional. They don't sing them properly -- too much forced emotion, or else too much irony.

Favorites? Luciano Pavarotti singing Italian Christmas songs, any boys' choir singing Silent Night . . .

. . . and, of course, "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer," the most important cultural product of the past thousand years.

Posted by: Trimegistus at December 24, 2012 05:00 PM (pwcU2)

227 O Magnum Mysterium, by Lauridsen.

Posted by: not the droid you seek at December 24, 2012 05:27 PM (6L4Ey)

228 Thank you for giving me the opportunity to say that I too hate that blasted song, The Little Drummer Boy. Although I think that I think the Joan Jett version actually doesn't make me want to kill myself.

And here's another awful one: Dominick the Christma Donkey, which was a regional hit in the NYC area so we still get to hear it nowadays. Forget ring-a-ding or tra-la-la this is HEE HAW HEE HAW all the way!

Perhaps it had appeal here to the ethnic catholic population but oh boy is it a bad song.

This is a great thread, btw. So many good recommendations here.

We are having a pretty crqappy post Sandy Christmas which is such a shame because it is our first Christmas with a grandchild. We are trying to make the best of it, hubby is doing a great job.

Best to everyone on this site and hopes for a better 2013, dim hopes to be sure, but hopes!

Posted by: Jocon307 at December 24, 2012 05:35 PM (nk1wP)

229 I like Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives.
And to me, the definitive version of "Baby, It's cold outside" - Miss Piggy and Rudolf Nureyev.

Posted by: Nancy at December 24, 2012 06:09 PM (CH3mr)

230 "My absolute favorite Christmas song/version, though, is below the fold."

Mine would have to be Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here" from the original Charlie Brown special: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvI_FNrczzQ

(yes, I did see the original broadcast; I was in 1st grade)

Posted by: Blacque Jacques Shellacque at December 25, 2012 01:13 AM (A3ftE)

231 call me crazy, or maybe it's just because I'm an old punk rocker but my two favorite Christmas songs are "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses and "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues with Kristy MacColl

Posted by: coal power at December 25, 2012 04:17 AM (e1gTJ)

232
The Weepies: All that I want:
http://alturl.com/dvekj

Posted by: Frankly at December 25, 2012 11:23 AM (zHLQa)

233 Went to Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert two weeks ago in Tampa. The female soloist sang O Come All Ye Faithful; it was an absolute barnburner! She sang the living *()%#^ out of it. It's probably influenced me for all time that that song - done well - is mighty.

Posted by: Roscoe at December 25, 2012 08:55 PM (yXzCQ)

234 Stille Nacht (Silent Night) sung quietly in German. It always puts me in the place I need to be at Christmas.

Posted by: DebZeppelin at December 25, 2012 10:31 PM (/8gSG)

235 There are some great songs and some real stinkers. I personally detest any version of Little Drummer Boy with the heat of a thousand suns. Pa-rump-a-pum-pum ... WTF is that all about?

--The Vince Guaraldi/Charlie Brown Christmas version is great.

Posted by: logprof at December 26, 2012 12:10 AM (r3Yh3)

236 Own the entire trilogy by TSO, and I break it out in early November I love it so much.

And if you ever get a chance to see them live, beg, borrow, or steal to get tickets. Think The Who plays Jim Steinman, under a light show that rivals Times Square.

Posted by: Darkangel at December 27, 2012 12:24 AM (lanbi)






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