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What are your favorite Christmas songs?

Asked by Foolaholic (5801points) November 28th, 2009

Brothers and sisters of the collective, it’s getting to be that time of year again. So instead of going to sleep, I have decided to start putting together my Christmas play-list for this year. Here’s what I have so far;
“Jingle Bells” off the Spongebob Yellow Album
“I Saw Three Ships” performed by The Barenaked Ladies
“Christmas” by Blues Traveler
“The Christmas Song” by Hootie & The Blowfish

What about you; what are your favorite songs for the Christmas season?

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holden's avatar

Noel and O Come, All Ye Faithful

skfinkel's avatar

Santa Baby.

absalom's avatar

‘O Holy Night’ for the ‘fall on your knees’ line.

Facade's avatar

I like pretty much all of them.

PapaLeo's avatar

Chestnuts Roasting on the Open Fire, Nat King Cole’s version.

YARNLADY's avatar

Way too many to count.

DominicX's avatar

The Holly and the Ivy (acapella version, piano version, etc.), Sleigh Ride (various verisons; Hilary Duff’s is pretty good), Psallite, Veni, Veni, Emanuel, In the Bleak Midwinter, Angels We Have Heard on High, Do You Hear What I Hear?, The First Noel, In Dulci Jubilo, and much more. :)

absalom's avatar

Oh, and this one.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

“Merry Christmas Darling” is my favorite. I was in chorus during high school and one year we visited a nursing home for the holidays. That was one of the songs we sang and halfway through the song, I glanced around the room, and noticed many people crying and getting choked up. It was so sad and touching. To this day I still get teary eyed when I hear that song.

AstroChuck's avatar

@absalom- That’s what makes the song for me as well.

rooeytoo's avatar

@absalom – that is an interesting rendition!

I like

We three kings of orient are
tried to smoke a rubber cigar
It was loaded and ex plo o ded
we two kings of orient are

I get so nostalgic and sentimental at this time of the year, hehehe!

Allie's avatar

I’m not a Christmas song person. I’d be perfectly happy going all year without hearing Christmas carols/songs. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t start playing in September.
For what it’s worth, I really like the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack.

augustlan's avatar

Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth by David Bowie & Bing Crosby

Buttonstc's avatar

Oh Come oh Come Emmanuel

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Once in Royal David’s City

Handel’s Messiah (yeah, I’m aware that it’s not just A song, but it’s just not the holiday season without hearing it through once)

PapaLeo's avatar

@augustlan LOL. What is it about Christmas that brings out the most twisted productions?

candylady's avatar

Andrea Bocelli has a great new Christmas CD. He does a duet with Mary J. Blige of What Child is This which is really good and one with Natalie Cole. What I don’t like is radio stations who change their format a month or more before Christmas to all Christmas music all the time. Before December arrives you are already sick of it. My favourite of all time is still Eartha Kitt’s Santa Baby.

Buttonstc's avatar

Lurve for the reminder of good old Weird Al.

That also reminds me of one I forgot for my list.

“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”

ubersiren's avatar

@absalom : One year some of my friends and I searched with the power of the internet for the perfect “fall on your knees” delivery. I think Mariah Carey won for most powerful. I love that song! It’s beautiful.

I love so many Christmas tunes. I absolutely adore Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I like funny ones, too. I think my all time favorite songs to hear around this time of year are the ones you’d hear in church. Particularly the Hallelujah chorus. I think the reason I went to church for so long was so I could sing the music there.

Side story: One summer I took a trip to OC Maryland and we were all out on the beach one night looking at the stars on a blanket. There were about 7 of us. One of us started singing “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Everyone else joined in, no questions asked. At the end we sang “Christ the Lord…” all in different, perfect harmonies. Then it was over. It was the strangest phenomenon… We were like, “Where the hell did that come from?” We still laugh about it to this day.

mattbrowne's avatar

Engel auf den Feldern singen (originally from France).

wildpotato's avatar

Christmas Eve Sarajevo by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

poofandmook's avatar

My Christmas playlist is so typical, it’s almost embarrassing:

Happy Christmas (War Is Over by John & Yoko
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas as performed by Frank Sinatra
Carol of the Bells as performed by the Trans Siberian Orchestra
Mr. Grinch as performed by Boris Karloff
12 Pains of Christmas
Dominic The Italian Christmas Donkey
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree as performed by Brenda Lee
Nutcracker Suite as performed by the Trans Siberian Orchestra
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (live) as performed by Bruce Springsteen
Holly Jolly Christmas as performed by Burl Ives (my all-time favorite)
Jingle Bell Rock as performed by Burl Ives (I think it’s him… that’s what my mp3 says)
White Christmas as performed by Bing Crosby
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer as performed by Burl Ives
It’s Christmas All Over (Again) by Tom Petty
Christmastime Is Here (vocal) by Vince Guaraldi
Skating by Vince Guaraldi

I’m also partial to All I Want For Christmas Is You (is that the name?) by Mariah Carey, even though I can’t really stand her. I have to be in the mood.

Also, some remix of a Final Fantasy song that someone added bells to and it sounds Christmas-y… lol… I don’t know which song or which Final Fantasy.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Christmas in Hollis by Run-DMC; the gag being that Hollis, Queens is where I will have my Christmas, at a relative’s home that’s a few blocks away from where Rev. Run’s (and LL Cool J’s) parents still live.

deni's avatar

@jonsblond oh YES!!!!!!!!!!!

I love “hark the herald”....angel sings? whatever the title is. rockin around the christmas tree. little drummer boy (especially mannheim steamroller’s version)....wizards in winter…basically anything Trans Siberian Orchestra. the 12 days of christmas, especially john denver’s version with the muppets. Some of Raffi’s Christmas songs are pretty fuckin good too. Oh so many more. I live for christmas music.

deni's avatar

oh goodness me. i forgot “god rest ye merry gentlemen”...i LOVE TO SING THAT SONG. in such a deep gruff voice.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Let’s have a ding dong!

Ding dong! merrily on high!
In heav’n the bells are ringing:
Ding dong! verily the sky
Is riv’n with angels singing!
Glo-oh-oh-ohohoh-oh-oh-ohoh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ohohoh-oh-ria, Hosanna in excelsis!

OpryLeigh's avatar

Perfect Christmas Night by Patti Russo
Once In Royal David City
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Mary Did You Know (I don’t know who sang the original but I love Lea Salonga’s version)
Mary’s Boy Child
Fairy Tale of New York (The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl of course!)

wildpotato's avatar

There’s also Santa’s Super Sleigh, but it only exists in the world of the movie About a Boy.

augustlan's avatar

I don’t know how I forgot this one… one of my favorite songs, period.

The Rebel Jesus by Jackson Browne

faye's avatar

White Christmas by Bing Crosby and all the rest of the songson that tape yes, tape, I so need a CD player

aprilsimnel's avatar

Five Pound Box of Money by Pearl Bailey
Blue Xmas by Miles Davis, vocals by Bob Dorough
This Christmas by Donny Hathaway
Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth by Bing Crosby and David Bowie
Greensleeves (Traditional) as performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
Dong Dong Merrily on High Even if it hadn’t been in a Python sketch, I’d like it!
The Christmas Song Both Nat King Cole’s and Mel Tormé‘s versions
Riu Chiu (Spanish traditional) as performed by The Monkees On record, not on the show
Merry Xmas/War Is Over by The Plastic Ono Band (i.e. John Lennon and Yoko Ono)

deni's avatar

i would like to scratch all of what i said in my earlier posts and say that Blue Christmas by Elvis is definitely my favorite without a doubt. ooooooooooooooooooooooh elvis

Buttonstc's avatar


Have you seen the T-Shirt with the blue M+M character strumming a guitar and the caption “Blue Christmas ” ?

I bought it at Walmart last hr. Too cute.

sjmc1989's avatar

I can’t believe I forgot Bruce! Merry Christmas Baby

OpryLeigh's avatar

I can’t believe I forgot “Another Rock n Roll Christmas, Another Christmas Rock n Roll…..”

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