Thursday, December 17, 2009

Favorite Versions of Favorite Christmas Songs

I love Christmas music. I love that we have particular music for one time of year. I've been listening to WRVR non-stop for days just to hear Same Old Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg, just so I can call my sister and hold the phone up to the radio (or computer), and noted that there are a number of really terrible - Seriously. Really. Terrible. - Christmas songs out there. There are also terrible versions of my favorite songs. Here is a list of antidotes to the terribleness.
  1. Winter Wonderland - Johnny Mathis
  2. Baby, It's Cold Outside - tie between Dean Martin and Leon Redbone/Zooey Deschanel
  3. Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
  4. Five Pound Box of Money - Pearl Bailey
  5. Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi
  6. White Christmas - Bing Crosby
  7. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Jackson 5
  8. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) - Nat King Cole
  9. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
  10. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear - Johnny Mathis
  11. 'Zat You, Santa Claus? - Louis Armstrong
  12. something by Rosemary Clooney... probably Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas?
  13. O Holy Night - Johnny Mathis
  14. Do You Hear What I Hear - St. Louis School Choir circa 1985... we always rocked that song


Mel Spillman artwork said...

U know I loves me some Christmas music too!

This year Burl Ives' "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" makes me especially happy. I also L♥ve Prince's "Another Lonely Christmas".

Elizabeth Alley said...

Yes! That's a good one!

hamlett said...

wow, three, count them THREE, johnny mathis cuts. EA.

Elizabeth Alley said...

Heck Yeah! I should've just put all of "Merry Christmas Johnny Mathis" on there.

Secret Agent Mom said...

Critical additions: Springteen's "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," and Darlene Love's "It's Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)."

Elizabeth Alley said...

It would suit me just fine never to hear Springteen's "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" again. So played.

Also, I am fond of Ray Charles's "Winter Wonderland."

J.G. said...

What about Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You"? It's become one of my favorites.

Elizabeth Alley said...

JG, I prefer the version by the little girl in "Love Actually" ;)