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Old 12-07-2007, 01:32 PM   #1
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Christmas* music: your personal most and least favourite songs.

I like Christmas Music in general but one song makes me crazy.

While I can listen to "Christmastime is here" from the Charlie Brown Christmas CD forever and probably will, one measure of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" opens up a new circle of Hell.

What are your most and least favorite songs?


My favorite:

"I want a Hippopatamus for Christmas" and "Sleigh Ride"

Least:

The Grandma song above

* considering my recent run in with the Holiday Police I realize the risk I am taking. Feel free to mention your favorite not Christmas Holiday song here as well.
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I pretty much try to avoid any Christmas music. The few that I like are songs by Springsteen, U2, etc.
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Christmastime Is Here (instrumental) - Vince Guaraldi
Father Christmas - Kinks
Christmas At The Zoo - Flaming Lips
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traditional christmas music is easily the best. not just for in the season, but the melodies are some of the most fantastic you'll ever hear.

everything from hark the angels sing..., to angels we have heard on high, etc. etc.

so good.

commercial christmas music tends to be a bit dodgy, though of course there are exceptions. walking in a winter wonderland is a fine tune.
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:38 PM   #6
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forgot Run-DMC - Christmas In Hollis
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Favorite:

Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth --- David Bowie & Bing Crosby

Other faves:
Father Christmas -- The Kinks
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) -- U2
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town -- Springsteen
Christmas All Over Again -- Tom Petty
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas --- The Pretenders
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/We Three Kings --- Barenaked Ladies

And, of course, any of the classic renditions by Nat King Cole & Johnny Mathis.

Least favorite? Some stupid song that's on every year about meeting an old flame in a convenience store and catching up while drinking a six-pack in the car.
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That's not a Christmas song, but they play it anyway. It's by Dan Fogelberg.
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Favorite:

Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth --- David Bowie & Bing Crosby

Other faves:
Father Christmas -- The Kinks
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) -- U2
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town -- Springsteen
Christmas All Over Again -- Tom Petty
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas --- The Pretenders
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/We Three Kings --- Barenaked Ladies

And, of course, any of the classic renditions by Nat King Cole & Johnny Mathis.

Least favorite? Some stupid song that's on every year about meeting an old flame in a convenience store and catching up while drinking a six-pack in the car.

Some of the songs you mentioned I love, like the the BNL God rest ye merry gentlemen/we three kings and the U2 and Bruce Springsteen songs from the Very Special Christmas album. This year I bought 3 christmas albums: Christmas with the Beach Boys, The Holiday Collection by KT Tunstall (I think you can only get this at target) and Dig That Crazy Christmas by the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

I love christmas music and usually start listening to it in October. My favorites are the Carpenters Christmas cd's that I have. (Hey I know it's kinda corny but that is what I grew up with). I probably have about 15 christmas cd's and try to keep adding to that number every year. Last year I got A Santa Cause (A Punk Rock Christmas). It is really good and has songs both traditional and original from Fall Out Boy, MxPx, Acceptance, Something Coroprate and others.

As far as Christmas songs I don't like, I don't really care for Santa Baby (Madonna's version on A Very Special Christmas Makes Me Gag). I agree that Grandma got run over by a reindeer is a pretty lame and annoying song.

One of my favorite traditional songs is I heard the bells on Christmas Day. It is a very meloncholy song and most people don't sing it much but the message of love triumphing over hate is really a good way to celebrate Christmas for me.
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guys, guys, GUYS...

You cannot talk about xmas songs without mentioning Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses. There is none better.

Others who come close:

Last Christmas- Wham!
Merry Xmas Everybody- Slade
Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy- David Bowie & Bing Crosby
Fairytale of New York- The Pogues
Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland- Grandaddy
Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto- James Brown

and a favorite from last year...

I Wanna Rock You Hard This Christmas- The Dan Band
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I don't really like Xmas songs...
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Totally love "Christmas Wrapping," several versions of "Santa Baby" (Madonna and Everclear), "Christmas Baby Please Come Home" by U2, "Last Christmas" by Wham! and "I Will Be Hating You for Christmas" by Everclear. And all of Brian Setzer's Christmas stuff.

There are a lot of Christmas songs that totally grate (too many Christmases working retail with no other listening options) but I think "The Christmas Shoes" is the absolute worst, worst, worst.
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I love Christmas Wrapping, O Holy Night and Silent Night by anyone who can sing them properly, Nutcracker Suite, White Christmas by Bing Crosby, Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy, Charlie Brown Christmas, River by Sarah McLachlan on the Wintersong CD and everything else on that CD.

Least favorite is any bad remake of a classic, and the barking dogs
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I don't think I have any really strong favourites, though Trans-Siberian Orchestra's take on Christmas songs are always interesting.

However, if I never hear Santa Claus Is Coming To Town again, I will be very, very happy. Words cannot describe my disdain for that song. I'd never liked it in the first place, but a few years ago, I learnt to loathe it. One of my friends suckered me into operating a Lego train layout at a local church's Christmas display. I enjoyed running the trains, but they had this guy singing Christmas carols rather poorly. It felt like every second song he sung was Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. By the end, I was very tempted to lob a Lego locomotive at his head. I've never been able to stand the song since.
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The album "A Twisted Christmas" by Twisted Sister
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