Five Favorite Holiday Songs

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    Holiday Songs are an American invention from the Golden Age of American Popular song. They laud the winter holiday. It is a totally secular side of the holiday season. We all have our own personal favorites . I would like to start it out with five of my own quirky personal favorites...

    Wonderful Christmastime

    Though this song recorded by Paul McCartney didnt comeinto being before1979 it is actually too late to qualify but I happen to love it.

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

    Cool Yule

    This was recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1953 and later by Bette Midler.It is a swinging stockingful...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFBbLHZD7qA

    The Merriest

    Recorded in 1958 by Canadian songstress June Christy it is all that a beat holiday could ask for...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4RHNVT1U94

    Violets for your furs

    This has been recorded by many great artist so I will let you hear Frank Sinatra's version. Very Urban and sophisticated sketch of winter in Manhattan...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6WKCrcZZ38

    Have yourself a merry christmas

    Written in a very somber note Judy Garland had the writers change it to the more up beat version we all know and love...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g4lY8Y3eoo

    enjoy and add your own personal favorites...
     
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    Mele Kalikimaka by Martin Pahinui
    I'll Be Home For Christmas by Janet Seidel
    Home For The Holidays by Barry Manilow
    White Christmas by Placido Domingo
    Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt
     
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    Christmas Mouse!!!! Play it again play it again!!!
     
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    I couldn't possibly choose only FIVE so in the spirit of the holiday I have chosen my top 12

    The 12th day of Xmas

    Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Carol of the Bells

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvNmOc1QirY


    The 11th day of Xmas

    NAT KING COLE - Xmas Song

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cubgWvBfs24


    The 10th day of Xmas

    JESSYE NORMAN - Stille Nacht (silent night)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb9Tyy7Icu8


    The 9th day of Xmas

    MARIAH CAREY - All I want for Xmas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5bo4VDEH-U


    The 8th day of Xmas

    KRISTIN CHENOWETH - I'll be home for Xmas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rZfRXXAErI


    The 7th day of Xmas

    JOSH GROBAN - Believe

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn0_I_GDGpg


    The 6th day of Xmas

    BARBRA STREISAND - Ave Maria

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrKIBM6ywOg


    The 5th day of Xmas

    LONDON GAY MENS CHORUS - Coming out at Xmas - to the tune of Hark the herald angels sing

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWPMkDDAb7w


    The 4th day of Xmas

    RENEE FLEMING - O Holy Night

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


    The 3rd day of Xmas

    BARBRA STREISAND - Grown up Xmas list

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSnL7PECUR0


    The 2nd day of Xmas

    MELISSA ETHERDIGE - Happy Xmas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G04sfz48P20


    The 1st day of Xmas and my fave Xmas song

    BAND AID - Do they know it's Xmas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jEnTSQStGE


    There you have it, hope you enjoy as much as I do !

    HH
     
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    i believe in father christmas- Greg Lake
    i wish it could be Christmas every day- Wizzard
    Christmas is awesome- Rueben
    Merry Christmas everbody- Slade
    Fairytale of new york- the pogues
     
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    Angels We Have Heard on High -- done right, like here, it's exceptional (if a bit John Williams in this version) though I wish they had a huge honking organ because it should shake the foundations when the whole thing gets going. One of the most underrated carols.

    We Three Kings -- I've just always loved it. I love it when it's done on ancient instruments or given an "oriental" theme.

    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    -- Another fave for which I have no explanation but Loreena, as usual, has a lovely version of unique and compelling orchestration.

    Carol of the Bells -- So melancholy. I love it.

    It's not Christmas without these two guys. Modern classics!
     
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    I'm in awe of "The Christmas Donkey" by Ed Ames. probably recorded in the 1960s and out of print for many years.
     
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    Fairy tale of new york, fairy tale of new york, fairy tale of new york, fairy tale of new york

    i think i have made my opinions made clear on the matter.
     
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    I hate the vast, vast, vast majority of Xmas music, though there are some songs that I do like.

    "Father Christmas" by The Kinks
    "Christmas at Ground Zero" by Weird Al
    "A Christmas Song" by Jethro Tull
    "Ring Out Solstice Bells" by Jethro Tull
    The entirety of The Jethro Tull Christmas Album

    That's it, I think.
     
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    I'm often amused when hearing songs in the stores around this time of year like "White Christmas" and "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow", while going Christmas shopping in a T-shirt and shorts. :biggrin1: However, it actually has been cold here the last few days and even had a few snowflakes today (supposedly... I didn't see them though! I was at work with no windows where I was!) Plus, I won't be Christmas shopping at all this year, regardless of the weather.

    I actually do like Christmas music/holiday music for the most part although some of it gets way overplayed and especially if you work in retail (oddly, the store where I work doesn't play Christmas music even now! Where I worked last year did though. I got tired of some of it but other songs were ok.)
     
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    My first had some of my favorite secular holiday songs. But then I thought I would add five Contemporary religious holiday songs.


    1) The Best Gift of All
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF8YU3n9HcQ

    2) Breath of Heaven -Amy Grant (Donna Summer does the best version however)

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

    3) All is Well (Clay Aiken doing a Michael W. Smith classic)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvxLhCATdwE

    4) Mary did you know?- Donny Osmond

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii9JvTyeL1Y

    5)Joseph's Song- Michael Card

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BARVAg0gl6w
     
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    I am on a roll today. Here are five more secular Holiday songs...


    1) Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas - This time with a little soul...done by the late great Luther Vandross

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hzN3Xrv47M

    2) This Christmas -by Halle's infamous ex Eric Benet (with his fine assed self! LOL! )

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqe0VpUdbVI

    3)Merry Christmas, Baby - Charles Brown , a classic
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0pjd3jbWiA

    4)What are you doing New Year's? - Nancy Wilson

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1YbfCQmr4o


    5) Mistletoe and Holly -Frank Sinatra

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVbU31zmuHc
     
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