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Old 12-14-2008, 12:58 AM   #16
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Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody....
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I try to keep my Christmas music listening confined to only Christmas Day. Otherwise, I tend to get crazy listening to Last Christmas a million freakin' times.

I will admit, The Carpenters Christmas album from 1978 is pretty awesome. Karen had such a great voice.
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Choosing only 10 was very hard.

1. Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song

Those strings! That voice! This is the song that makes Christmas for me. No other version of the song comes close. The intro makes me swoon.

YouTube - The Christmas Song sung by Nat King Cole

2. The King's Singers - The Gift

This song makes me cry. So beautiful. When the simple piano line comes in after the first verse ... and then that violin .... their voices ... excuse me just a moment .... *sniffle* (The whole album is amazing.)

YouTube - The Gift (Simple Gifts)

3. Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas

Yeah, it's cheating to list the whole album, but I don't care. The whole thing is wonderful.

YouTube - The Peanuts Christmas Music

4. Vanessa Williams - What Child Is This

This is probably my favorite Christmas traditional carol, and I just love this arrangement. Really fun to sing, too.

YouTube - U-MV160 - Vanessa Williams - What Child Is This

5. Arthur Fiedler & the Boston Pops - Sleigh Ride

There are 5,603,634 versions of this song, but the first one I heard, and the one I grew up loving was this one.

YouTube - Sleigh Ride 2007

6. Band-Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas

I had the 45 of the single, and I loved the b-side, with the extended mix where all the artists said hello. Then one year I stepped on my beloved 45 and broke it.

YouTube - Do they know it's christmas

7. Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Yeah, I love the U2 version just as much, but I have to go with the original when making a list. The whole Phil Spector album this is on is great (save one or two really weird songs).

YouTube - Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby please come home)

8. Judy Garland - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I love this version not just because it's the original, but because it's the one version that's melancholy. It's not a happy song, and every other version I've heard takes away that sadness that's at the heart of the song. And it always changes the line "until then we'll have to muddle through somehow." People, that's an important line! Plus, it's Judy Garland.

YouTube - Judy Garland-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

9. Sting - Gabriel's Message

I love the carols you hardly ever hear. When I first heard this one on the Very Special Christmas CD, I fell in love with it. I love the carols that are dark and mysterious, because hello, the whole of the Christmas story is the mystery and wonder of the virgin birth and all that.

YouTube - U-MV160 - Sting - Gabriel's Message

10. Ella Fitzgerald - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Ella's Christmas CD is one of my favorites. I did actually want to put the Harry Connick Jr version on the list, but it's not on YouTube. (It's seriously swoon-worthy.)

YouTube - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve by Ella Fitzgerald
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I can't believe no one's mentioned Bowie and Bing's "Little Drummer Boy;" shit's way past classic.
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It would be in my top 20.
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I don't know if there is a definitive version of recent vintage, but, Silent Night is and always will be my favorite Christmas song. I've heard it in Latin, too, and even that's awesome.
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Hey Cori, I know where you can get a copy of that 45, in the sleeve for $3.50
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I was trying to find a YouTube version of my favorite Silent Night rendition, which is the Boyz II Men version from the second Very Special Christmas CD. The best I could do was this one, which is four guys singing in a hallway. They're very good, though.

YouTube - Legaci singing "Silent Night" cover by boyz to men

Skip to about :30 for the singing to start. Just a beautiful arrangement; amazing harmonies.

My other favorite version is the one by Mannheim Steamroller. I think most of their (his?) stuff is rather appallingly cheesy, but when they/he sticks to the more traditional type of thing, it's very nice.

YouTube - Still Nacht ~ Manheim Steamroller

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Tied for me for #1 of all time are the following 3:

YouTube - Bowie Meets Crosby

The Temptations - Silent Night - Free MP3 Stream on IMEEM Music



runners up:

Boys II Men "Silent Night" and "Let it Snow"



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YouTube - bob marley&wailers sound the trumpet(christmas is here)

YouTube - Go tell it on the Mountain-Bob Marley and the Wailers

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I was trying to find a YouTube version of my favorite Silent Night rendition, which is the Boyz II Men version from the second Very Special Christmas CD.
I tried to get that too...see my post they did it on Fresh Prince...which is half as good?

But surely The Temptations ranks up there for you too? I love that so much.
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I've never heard that Temptations version, so I'll have to check that out.
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I've never heard that Temptations version, so I'll have to check that out.

WHAT?!>?!?! isn't that like the #1 Silent Night of all time? I do love the Boys 2 Men very much also...

I just watched that live Let it Snow again. Wow. It's hard to not be in a great mood at this time of the year with music like that around
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This one will get me roasted, but fuck its great:

YouTube - all i want for christmas is you - mariah carey
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