Your Favorite Christmas Song-One only Please-


Let's hope a great list comes of this thread.

 

I get to start-

 

Mariah Carey- All I want for Christmas is You

 

Leads to my favorite Christmas Movie- Love Actually!

 

Okay beat that!!

 

 

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Christmas Was a Friend of Mine https://g.co/kgs/rdnmrf

Okay all seriousness aside. Those beauties are flushed.

 

I believe father Christmas Emerson Lake & Palmer

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Yoko Ono

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues

O Holy Night - (Adolphe Adam) Kings College Cambridge

The Pretenders - 2000 Miles

Jethro Tull, "The Christmas Song"

The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping. Just a fun, upbeat song that makes you wish what happens in the song would have happen to you. 

If I have to pick one…

Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer.

This Christmas - Donny Hathaway

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas - Gayla Peevey.

I dare not provide the link or someone may wish to skin a poor cat. 

Little Drummer Boy by "Andy Williams"

My Favorite Things, Tony Bennett

Dr. John & Leon Redbone -"Frosty the Snowman".

GREG LAKE - I Believe in Father Christmas, ( remastered in 4K)

 

Greg Lake with Ian Anderson

 

 

I like Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby” where she offers sex in exchange for furs, a car, etc.

CELTIC WOMAN - Carol of the Bells

 

There are some great tunes named here but for me the gold standard is Bing's White Christmas. 

Willie & Norah - Baby It's Cold Outside

Robert Earl Keen - Merry Christmas From The Family

I can give you 50 but not one...

aka_ca thanks for the videos 

I have never seen the one in the church 

@larryi you beat me to it. She was the original Cat Woman on Batman purrrr.

Run Run Rudolph!  Chuck Berry

Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi

(Instrumental Version)

 

Same as last year...

 

Also love:

o come emmanuel

The Little Drummer Boy

 

Bob Rivers - The 12 Pains Of Christmas ;-)

Sleigh Ride, almost any version, but Boston Pops does a great one

Beat Mariah Carey?  That's absurdly easy.

Just pick one?  Hmm...not so easy.

Might take some time soul searching and in-depth analysis.

 

On the other hand, how about the first one that to comes to mind?

 

Winter Wonderland-Johnny Mathis

Dogs singing jingle bells

There is only one worthwhile Xmas song, and this is it.  "Santa Baby", Eartha Kitt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk_GmhD053E

“Eighteen Cents (to spend for Christmas)” attributed to The Cricketones 

 

VERY obscure!

Christmas in the Trenches – John McDermott

Christmas in the Trenches " is a haunting ballad sung by a proud Canadian, John McDermott that tells the story of the 1914 Christmas Truce between the British and German lines on the Western Front during the Great War from the perspective of a fictional British soldier.

It is perhaps some measure of our humanity that the brief, partial, and entirely unauthorised, Christmas Truce of 1914, has become one of the most celebrated events of the First World War. It had no lasting impact upon the course of the conflict; no advantage was gained, no territory was won or lost. Yet this event, in many respects so normal and equally so bizarre, continues to attract our attention and many books and articles have been written about that first Christmas in the trenches.

Late on Christmas Eve 1914, men of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) heard German troops in the trenches opposite them singing carols and patriotic songs and saw lanterns and small fir trees along their trenches. elements of the Guards Division did actually leave their trenches and met up with the Germans in No Man’s Land.

The ballad is a first person narrative by Francis Tolliver, a fictional British soldier from Liverpool. He is relating the events that happened two years prior, while he was a soldier in the trenches of the Great War. He and his fellow soldiers are dug into their trench, where, as Tolliver relates, "the frost so bitter hung," while their German enemies occupy the trench at the opposite end of No Man’s Land.

The scene is one of quiet and cold; "the frozen fields of France were still; no songs of peace were sung." The men are reflecting on how their families back in England are toasting "their brave and glorious lads so far away", when from the German lines they suddenly hear a young German voice singing out clearly. He is soon joined by his comrades, and the sound of their carol fills the empty fields devastated by war.

When they finish, some of the British soldiers from Kent sing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," after which the Germans sing "Stille Nacht." The British soldiers accompany them, singing in English, "and in two tongues one song filled up the sky." The British troops are startled when their front line sentry cries out that a lone German figure has left their trench and is marching alone across No Man’s Land, unarmed and with a truce flag. Though all of the men aim their rifles at him, nobody fires, and soon all of the men on both sides are leaving their trenches and meeting their enemies unarmed in No Man’s Land. There, they trade chocolate and cigarettes and exchange photographs of their families back home, at which all of the men are struck by how similar their enemy is to themselves. One of the Germans plays his violin while a British soldier plays his squeezebox, and the men launch flares to light up the field in order to play a game of football. Later, with the first signs of daylight, Tolliver relates that "France was France once more; With sad farewells we each began to settle back to war." But, McCutcheon sings, "the question haunted every man who lived that wondrous night; ’whose family have I fixed within my sight?’"

It ends with the fictional Tolliver’s lessons gleaned from the experience; that "the ones who call the shots won’t be among the dead and lame- and on each end of the rifle we’re the same."

 

akg_ca,

Have not listened to Christmas in the Trenches in years.

Thanks for bringing it up. It is truly one of th he best. 

 

Album - Merry Axemas, Artist - Joe Satriani, Song - Silent Night/Holy Night.  7:20 of pure joy.  

"Es Sungen Drei Engel" by Gustav Mahler.

My Favorite Things - collaboration by Al Jarreau and Kathleen Battle

Peace on earth /The Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby and David Bowie

The Little Drummer Boy by Kenny Burrell 

I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus--Jimmy Boyd

This Is Christmas -  John Lenon

You must listen to Bing Crosby and the London philharmonic behind him incredible. You can stream on Amazon at 24/96 resolution

Just Like Christmas - Low

The Nutcracker Suite (many full versions and/or portions).

 

 

DeKay