The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
All right, ladies and gentlemen, start your engines — it’s time for the annual debate. What are your favorite
Christmas Holiday Season songs? Here’s my current top-ten list, to start things off.
1. Nat King Cole, The Christmas Song. The all-time classic. It’s old, comfortable, well-worn, and a great song. You can’t listen to the first line without automatically saying, “yep, it’s Christmas time.” (Alternate: Bing Crosby, Winter Wonderland.)
2. Gene Autry, Rudoplh the Red-Nosed Reindeer. A classic “fun” Christmas song. Fun to sing with the kids, yet not obnoxious or overbearing. (Alternate: Frosty the Snowman).
3. John Lennon, Happy X-Mas. Because nothing says holiday spirit quite like some festive anti-war activism. (Alternate: David Bowie, Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy. Peacenik lyrics: Check. Rock singer: Check.)
4. Martina McBride, Silver Bells. Because this list is lacking in women; and because the fusion of country-pop with Christmas music is, well, a little catchy. (Alternate: Mariah Carey, All I Want for Christmas is You.)
5. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Christmas Eve (Sarajevo). Christmas music never had more distortion or power chords; remarkably, the combination works, at least in the short term. Even headbangers like to celebrate the holidays. (Alternate: Metallica, Master of Puppets.)
6. Hallelujah Chorus, Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Christmas isn’t Christmas (at least, around my house) without a little MoTab. (Alternate: O Holy Night, Mormon Tabernacle Choir.)
7. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Christmas, Don’t Be Late. A little annoying, to be sure. Okay, a lot annoying. On the other hand, it’s kinda catchy. And it’s something I can sing along to — if I only have to do it one month of the year. (Alternate: Alvin and the Chipmunks, All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth.)
8. Adam Sandler, The Chanukah Song. Because we’re ecumenical like that. (Alternate: Um, hmm. Is there a good Kwanzaa song I should be aware of? Ramadan?)
9. Bing Crosby, I’ll Be Home for Christmas. The ultimate sad, nostalgic Christmas song. (Alternate: Elvis, Blue Christmas.)
10. Silent Night. Either choir or solo versions can be beautiful. The Tabernacle Choir does a great choir version; Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole all have great recordings of it as well.
What’s on your list?