C/D: Christmas music

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So much godawful crap out there, from Doris Day to Mariah. (The most butchered song ever: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.")

Yet some of the greatest songs ever to endure the test of time are Christmas songs, and they bring out some of the best performances, too. Your thoughts?

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 6 December 2002 07:34 (seventeen years ago) link

I'd also love to know your favorite recordings. Here are most of mine, from a compilation tape I recently made for my sister but haven't mailed yet:

Side one:
Run-DMC, Christmas in Hollis
Donny Hathaway, This Christmas
Nat King Cole, The Christmas Song
The New Christy Minstrels, Tell It On the Mountain
The Wailers, Sound the Trumpets
Elvis, Blue Christmas
The Pogues, Fairytale of New York
Bruce Springsteen, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Otis Redding, Merry Christmas, Baby
(exerpt) Pete Seeger, The First Noel
Low, Just Like Christmas
Joan Baez, Coventry Carol/Good King Winceslas
Vince Guaraldi, Christmas Time Is Here
Atmosphere, If I Was Santa Claus
Eek-A-Mouse, The Night Before Christmas
Tracy Chapman, O Holy Night
James Brown, Hey, America
Jose Feliciano, Felix Navidad
(experts) Bob Rivers, Osama Got Run Over By a Reindeer/The Mistletoe Disco Band, Winter Wonderland/Leon Redbone, There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Side two:
The Ramones, Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)
Band Aid, Do They Know It's Christmas?
Charles Brown, Please Come Home For Christmas
Elvis, Here Comes Santa Claus
Vince Guaraldi, O Tannenbaum
Nat King Cole, O Little Town of Bethlahem
Joe Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [good, but wish I had the Judy Garland version]
Clarence Carter, Backdoor Santa
Dark City Sisters, Jabulani Nonke
Low, Little Drummer Boy
Freddy Mc Gregor, Irie Christmas
Otis Redding, White Christmas
Elvis, Silent Night
The Sensations, Every Day Is a Holiday
TLC, Sleigh Ride
Trailer Trash, Welcome Here
Solomon Burke, Presents For Christmas
William Bell, Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday
(excerpt) Jackson 5, Up On the House Top

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 6 December 2002 07:37 (seventeen years ago) link

Let's see....

"Fuck Christmas" by Fear
"No Christmas" by the Wedding Present
"Step Into Christmas" (Elton John cover) by the Wedding Present
"Frosty the Snowman" by the Cocteau Twins
"There Ain't No Sanity Clause" by the Damned

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 6 December 2002 07:46 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, bring on the anti-Christmas songs!

By the way, in case anyone's shopping, or would like to talk about albums instead of songs, here are the records and CDs I took my songs from. The first ten double as my current favorite Christmas collections of all time:

Nat King Cole, The Christmas Song
Joan Baez, Noel
Elvis, The Complete 50's Masters
The New Christy Minstrels, Merry Christmas!
Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Original Soul Christmas
Low, Christmas
Slow Jams Christmas, Volume 1
Trailer Trash, Hell, It's X-Mas
Pete Seeger, Traditional Christmas Carols
James Brown, Santa's Got a Brand New Bag
Reggae Christmas from Studio One
Band Aid, Do They Know It's Christmas?
A Very Special Christmas
A Very Special Christmas Live From Washington, D.C.
MTV TRL Christmas
The Pogues, If I Should Fall From the Grace of God
Ramones Anthology: Hey Ho Let's Go!
Dark City Sisters and Flying Jazz Queens
A Reggae Christmas
'Tis the Sampler
Duke Reid's Treasure Chest: Treasure Isle
Atmosphere, Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere Ep's
A Motown Christmas Volume 2
Christmas at Rao's
Leon Redbone, Christmas Island
Christmas Disco
Bob Rivers, White Trash Christmas

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 6 December 2002 08:12 (seventeen years ago) link

I just heard "Do They Know it's Xmas" on the radio - that lyric "there won't be snow in Africa this Xmas" - well maybe that's because most of it is in the southern hemisphere?

dave q, Friday, 6 December 2002 08:59 (seventeen years ago) link

What about Margo Guryan: I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You?

Jez (Jez), Friday, 6 December 2002 09:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift For You

Baxter Wingnut, Friday, 6 December 2002 12:16 (seventeen years ago) link

whats the hannukah song beck did?

chaki (chaki), Friday, 6 December 2002 13:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Charlie Brown xmas-vince guaraldi trio-skating
bb king-merry xmas baby
Julie London-Id like you for xmas

kephm, Friday, 6 December 2002 13:52 (seventeen years ago) link

leon redbone and dr john-frosty the snowman//jethro tull-nother xmas song//george winston-the holly and the ivy//trans siberian orchestra-the sbow comes down//ferrante & teichner-sleigh ride//spike jones-nutcracker suite v1//ray anthony-xmas trumpets//mannheim steamroller-faeries//canadian brass-the huron carol//joy anderson and vangelis-oh holy night//luciano pavarotti-adeste fideles/mitchh miller-silver bells//rem-ghost reindeers in the sky//green day-xmas day(i know i know)//danny elfman-nightmare before xmas//departure lounge-xmas downer//ramones-merry xmas(i dont wanna fight tonight)//bob rivers comedy corp-the restroom door said gentelmen//vandals-dance of the sugar plum fairies//no doubt-oi to the world//big bad voodoo daddy-christmas time in tinsel town//morphine-sexy christmas baby mine(live)//the damned-there aint no snata claus//irish rovers-merry bloody xmas//stiff little fingers-white xmas// //mojo nixon-punk rock xmas//desChi-survivor//bob rivers-chipmunks roasting on an open fire//how the grinch stole xmas theme//pogues-fairytale...//rudolphs' island of misfit toys theme//rem-xmas griping//bing crosby-peace on earth,drummer boy//leon redbone-xmas ball blues//bob and doug mckenzie-twelve days of xmas//

kephm, Friday, 6 December 2002 14:05 (seventeen years ago) link

Red House Painters version of "Little Drummer Boy" is the shiznit.

Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 6 December 2002 14:21 (seventeen years ago) link

True story: Last week I was listening to Harmonia's Musik von Harmonia at work and one of my co-workers asked if it was the Mannheim Steamroller Xmas album.

I love all Christmas music, even the "bad" stuff. Only thing I can't tolerate is Kenny G and, yes, Mannheim Steamroller. Bad instrumentals, forget it. But all the other crap is great.

Mark (MarkR), Friday, 6 December 2002 14:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Celibate Rifles did a really good Christmas song, but I can't remember the name of it.

Christine "Green Leafy Dragon" Indigo (cindigo), Friday, 6 December 2002 14:27 (seventeen years ago) link

"Santa Claus Was My Lover" by Cultricide, a band who deal in the most primitive smapling ever, they just play a record and add their vocals and guiatr on top. "Santa Claus Was My Lover" is to the tune of Billy Jean.

tigerclawskank, Friday, 6 December 2002 14:59 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is a profoundly dumb but musically and culturally fascinating song.

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 6 December 2002 16:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Another Vote for ..Frosty the Snowman by the Cocteau Twins.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Friday, 6 December 2002 16:13 (seventeen years ago) link

It's all about Vince Guaraldi.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 6 December 2002 16:13 (seventeen years ago) link

The only track I have heard from the _Tarquin Records All-Star Holiday Extravaganza_ (Franklin Bruno's "Invisible Mistletoe") leads me to think that it would be a fine addition to anyone's Christmas music collection.

Ned's right, too. As are most of you. (Someone must've mentioned Wham's "Last Christmas" up in there, yes?)

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 6 December 2002 18:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Beck - little drum machine boy

A Nairn (moretap), Friday, 6 December 2002 19:44 (seventeen years ago) link

The Jimmy Smith Xmas record and the Esquivel xmas record are both pretty good.

Dave Beckhouse (Dave Beckhouse), Monday, 9 December 2002 00:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Why are there so many songs questioning the weather patterns in Africa? There's at least 2.

Ally (mlescaut), Monday, 9 December 2002 00:48 (seventeen years ago) link

Haha Ally. The Toto one and...? (or are you still talking about the Band Aid one there) I'm hoping that there ARE more.

Kim (Kim), Monday, 9 December 2002 04:58 (seventeen years ago) link

Is there no love for "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses? And did Patty Donohue die, or am I just imagining that? They weren't major, but I fondly remember all their singes.

Sean (Sean), Monday, 9 December 2002 05:57 (seventeen years ago) link


Sean (Sean), Monday, 9 December 2002 06:16 (seventeen years ago) link

three years pass...
Here is a brief ("official") obit for Patty Donahue of The Waitresses:

"Miss Donahue died on December 9, 1996 after a year-long battle with
lung cancer. She was 40. If you are ever in the Cleveland area and
would like to visit her grave site, she is buried in Holy Cross
Cemetery, Section 13, Lot 782."

J. Vincent (JtheV), Friday, 23 December 2005 05:06 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Christmas 'portable' CD80 GO!

1. Vince Guaraldi Trio - O Tannenbaum

2. Bing Crosby - White Christmas

3. Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song

4. Frank Sinatra - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

5. Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock

6. Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

7. Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad

8. The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping

9. John Denver & The Muppets - Stille Nacht (Silent Night)

10. Burl Ives - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

11. Gene Autry - Here Comes Santa Claus

12. Burl Ives - Holly Jolly Christmas

13. Dean Martin - Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

14. Earth Kitt - Santa Baby

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

16. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York

17. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?

18. Belle & Sebastian - O Come O Come Emmanuel

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

20. John Coltrane - My Favorite Things

21. Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite Opus 71a: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy

22. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Time is Here

Spencer Chow, Monday, 24 December 2007 20:11 (twelve years ago) link

ze xmas is rockin my world right now y'know

I know, right?, Monday, 24 December 2007 20:13 (twelve years ago) link

"Christmas is Now Drawing Near" on Coil's "Winter Solstice" EP and the cover of "Old Toy Trains" that Sonic Boom posted on his website a couple of years ago are both lovely.

novaheat, Monday, 24 December 2007 20:19 (twelve years ago) link

Oh. I should've checked to see if the MP3 was even still posted. It's not. Sorry. You'll just have to take my word for it.

novaheat, Monday, 24 December 2007 20:20 (twelve years ago) link

Check out "Frohes Fest" by Unheilig. German carols in the style of Laibach or Rammstein, done totally straight and beautifully produced. If that sounds good, you need to download it now! "Kling, Glockchen, Klingelingeling!"

Soukesian, Monday, 24 December 2007 21:22 (twelve years ago) link

the best Christmas song =

Tom Waits, "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis"

stephen, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 00:16 (twelve years ago) link

Check out "Frohes Fest" by Unheilig. German carols in the style of Laibach or Rammstein, done totally straight and beautifully produced. If that sounds good, you need to download it now! "Kling, Glockchen, Klingelingeling!"

-- Soukesian, Monday, December 24, 2007 9:22 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

thanx 4 the tip

Lingbert, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 00:51 (twelve years ago) link

My Christmas present to yall is this song
Red Red Meat - Welcome Christmas

CaptainLorax, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 04:06 (twelve years ago) link

Also, I like the Yes singer's version of "The Holly and the Ivy" the best. (Jon Anderson)

CaptainLorax, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 04:09 (twelve years ago) link

HMHB own this thread.

Just got offed, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 04:22 (twelve years ago) link

eleven months pass...

uosdwis r ɹәwoh (PappaWheelie V), Saturday, 29 November 2008 21:52 (eleven years ago) link

ten months pass...

I've started listening to Christmas music. Have you? What are the Christmas releases you're looking forward to this year?

Concord has reissued Christmas with Sinatra and Friends and Ray Charles: The Spirit Of Christmas.

A Fine Frenzy (who?) "will be releasing the six-song EP Oh Blue Christmas, available exclusively at Target, Target.com and the Target area on iTunes."

What else?

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 24 October 2009 05:48 (ten years ago) link

Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan is a gorgeous collection of Christmas songs.

anagram, Saturday, 24 October 2009 07:05 (ten years ago) link

Sufjan Stevens - Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time!
Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Paul McCartney- Wonderful Christmas Time
Mariah Carey- All I Want for Christmas Is You
Slade - Merry Xmas Everyboy
Sufjan Stevens - Put the Lights on the Tree
Elton John - Step Into Christmas
John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War is Over)
The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song
Ron Sexsmith - Maybe This Christma
The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
Chris Rea - Driving Home for Christmas
Shakin Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry

Eels - Christmas is Going to the Dogs
Dean Martin - Let it Snow! x3
Sufjan Stevens - Amazing Grace
Bright Eyes - Away in a Manger
Mike Oldfield -In Dulee Jubilo
Bob Dylan - Little Drummer Boy
Diana Krall -Winter Wonderland
Frank Sinatra - The First Noel
Sufjan Stevens - O Come O Come Emmanuel
Bright Eyes - Blue Christmas
Frank Sinatra - Hard! The Herald Angles Sing
Sufjan Stevens - The First Noel
Mud - Lonely This Christmas

Josh L, Saturday, 24 October 2009 12:08 (ten years ago) link


abcfsk, Saturday, 24 October 2009 12:11 (ten years ago) link

jeez leave it till December YOU'RE RUINING IT FOR EVERYONE.

FC Tom Tomsk Club (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 24 October 2009 12:19 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

No mention of Kurtis Blow yet?

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Saturday, 28 November 2009 19:12 (ten years ago) link

Thread bumped because it was a long car ride home with half the radio stations now switched over to full-time Christmas music.

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Saturday, 28 November 2009 19:12 (ten years ago) link

None of which played "Christmas Rappin"

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Saturday, 28 November 2009 19:13 (ten years ago) link

Josh L, mediafire your playlist pretty please with Xmas sugar on top.

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 28 November 2009 19:54 (ten years ago) link

Last couple Christmases, selections from Amahl and the Night Visitors was really doing it for me.

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Saturday, 28 November 2009 20:12 (ten years ago) link

Could somebody maybe share with me the Sonic Boom "Old Toy Trains" cover and the ZE Records comp?

Stevie D, Saturday, 28 November 2009 20:33 (ten years ago) link

Wait, nevermind, I found the Sonic Boom track (which was released as Dean & Britta f/ Sonic Boom, apparently).

Stevie D, Saturday, 28 November 2009 20:36 (ten years ago) link

You haven't lived until you've heard Cher and Rosie O'Donnell's "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" with Rosie's vocals autotuned or whatever that thing was on Cher's voice in "Believe":


Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 3 December 2009 02:58 (ten years ago) link

It's either Vince Guaraldi, Slade, the new Dylan for lols, or nuthin

Sock Puppet Queso Con Concentrate, Thursday, 3 December 2009 08:43 (ten years ago) link


i kinda love this album.
twee excess.
crimbo excess.
no shame.

mark e, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 01:13 (five years ago) link

a bit more xmas glam in the groove ..


mark e, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 01:14 (five years ago) link

and not one mention of the girls aloud xmas album !?

which i happen to think is rather bloody good.

mark e, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 01:19 (five years ago) link

My 2014 Advent Calendar / mix

Bobby Sherman - Prologue
01 The Bird and The Bee - A Christmas Compromise
02 Earth, Wind and Fire - December
03 Hot Chocolate - Brand New Christmas
04 Frank Sidebottom - Christmas is Really Fantastic
05 Kierra Sheard and Chrisette Michelle - Angels We Have Heard On High
06 The Soulful Strings - Snowfall
07 Kelly Clarkson - Underneath the Tree
08 Celia Cruz - Jingle Bells
09 Princess Superstar - Hope I Sell A Lot of Records at Christmas
10 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - Santa Claus is Coming To Town
11 Douglas Leedy - The Coventry Carol
12 Far East Movement feat. MNEK - Christmas in Downtown LA
13 Nina and Frederik - Christmas Time in London Town
14 Roland Kirk - We Free Kings
15 X Ray Pop - Fuzzy Christmas
16 Christopher Lee - Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing
17 Ariana Grande - Santa Tell Me
18 Susan Kay (w/ Tim Dinkins) - I Won't Let You Lick My Candy Bar
19 Raymond Scott - Siberian Sleighride
20 Donny Hathaway - This Christmas
21 Eric Winstone and His Band - Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?
22 Man Or Astroman? - Frosty the Snowman
23 William Shatner - Good King Wenceslas
24 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant
Bobby Sherman - Amen

Link to Spotify playlist - http://t.co/ehXNuIfcZf or http://spoti.fi/1wF8f64

Merry Chritsmas!

Jeff W, Wednesday, 24 December 2014 17:42 (five years ago) link


Οὖτις, Wednesday, 24 December 2014 18:43 (five years ago) link

ctrl-f indicates a lack of John Prine in this thread.


something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 24 December 2014 18:49 (five years ago) link

15 X Ray Pop - Fuzzy Christmas

so good

ticket to rmde (seandalai), Wednesday, 24 December 2014 19:53 (five years ago) link

Sarah McLachlan - Wintersong


Departure Lounge - Christmas Downer


you've got no fans you've got no ground (anagram), Wednesday, 24 December 2014 20:04 (five years ago) link

Feeling this right now

ticket to rmde (seandalai), Wednesday, 24 December 2014 20:08 (five years ago) link

Happy Holidays everyone.

(Just posted this on a thread for Nico at ILM, but maybe I should have posted it here?)


am.curious.sometimes, Thursday, 25 December 2014 02:19 (five years ago) link

oh hey I never heard that version before

ticket to rmde (seandalai), Thursday, 25 December 2014 03:21 (five years ago) link

real talk there is no better Christmas song than "Morning Christmas"

ticket to rmde (seandalai), Thursday, 25 December 2014 03:24 (five years ago) link

Fantastic Everlasting Gobstopper - Schoolgirl Psychedelia


yusef latifah (unregistered), Thursday, 25 December 2014 03:35 (five years ago) link

that Dennis Wilson song is amazing!

yusef latifah (unregistered), Thursday, 25 December 2014 03:38 (five years ago) link

The Flirtations - Christmas Time Is Here Again


yusef latifah (unregistered), Thursday, 25 December 2014 03:46 (five years ago) link

Kathy & Carol - Brightest and Best


yusef latifah (unregistered), Thursday, 25 December 2014 03:48 (five years ago) link

Chauntelle DuPree - Walking in the Air


I've never even seen The Snowman, but this is beautiful

yusef latifah (unregistered), Thursday, 25 December 2014 04:06 (five years ago) link

I must be the only person I know who does not like Phil Spector's Christmas Album.

Give me Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis any day. They remind me of my grandfather's Oldsmobile and his Benson & Hadges.

Threat Assessment Division (I M Losted), Thursday, 25 December 2014 22:14 (five years ago) link

eleven months pass...

It is mentioned a few times itt, but I just got Jimmy Smith's Christmas album and highly recommend it. Groovy.

something totally new, it’s the AOR of the twenty first century (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 28 November 2015 16:46 (four years ago) link

Off thread topic, but his Dynamic Duo lp with Wes Montgomery is also essential.

xelab, Saturday, 28 November 2015 17:19 (four years ago) link

Actually it contains the seasonal Baby, Its Cold Outside so sort of on topic

xelab, Saturday, 28 November 2015 17:23 (four years ago) link

I bought the Air Supply christmas album for $3. Yet to find out if I overpaid

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 28 November 2015 17:30 (four years ago) link

this thread has reminded me of my own posting re the xmas album by the boy least likely to.
had totally forgotten about it.
off to go a digging.
the tim wheeler/emmy the great xmas album is a lot of fun aswell.
that said, my fave, is still the girls aloud mini-lp that came with early editions of 'chemistry'.
love that way more than all the over exposed classics.

mark e, Saturday, 28 November 2015 18:10 (four years ago) link

that beach boys song seandalai posted last christmas is fab.

not really into the festive tune spirit yet tho, usually i'm already itching to put together an all-christmas playlist by mid-november :'(

Merdeyeux, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 10:11 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

2015 Mix.
Take It Russ Clark Griswold
What Christmas Means to Me CeeLo Green
Merry Christmas, Baby Beach Boys
Dear Santa Mr. Little Jeans
I Was Born On Christmas Day Saint Etienne
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Lou Rawls
Run Run Rudolph Dwight Yoakam
Must Be Santa Bob Dylan
Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus George Jones & Tammy Wynette
Countdown to Christmas Anchovy
Silver Bells Raul Malo
Only You (with James Corden) Kylie Minogue
Silent Night Nick Lowe
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Darlene Love
Mistletoe Justin Bieber
It's ChristmasTime Yo La Tengo
Sleigh Ride The Soulful Strings
Winter Night Eydie Gormé
Christmas Time's A Coming Emmylou Harris
Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop) Adam Faith
Christmas Wrapping The Waitresses
Christmas Blues Charles Brown with Bill Doggett
Hang a String of Lights Great Lake Swimmers
Only Dust Behind Allo Darlin'
Children Go Where I Send You Nina Simone
Christmas Eve Firefox AK & Tiger Lou

campreverb, Wednesday, 16 December 2015 22:27 (four years ago) link

Los Straitjackets pretty reliably kill it on Christmas tunes.


something totally new, it’s the AOR of the twenty first century (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 16 December 2015 23:57 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

thanks to Stevie D for the XTC 'Countdown To Christmas' recommendation (7 years ago lol) it's amazing.

piscesx, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:30 (three years ago) link

haven't started on this yet

wanderly braggin' (seandalai), Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:49 (three years ago) link

all the talk about the free folk scene a little bit back got me listening to richard youngs' "festival of carols" from '92. pretty good!

xiphoid beetlebum (rushomancy), Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:24 (three years ago) link

see also: https://www.discogs.com/Various-A-Glasgow-Wassail/release/1158092

wanderly braggin' (seandalai), Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:48 (three years ago) link

Any "classical" Christmas recommendations?

djh, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 19:51 (three years ago) link

Annual plug for my big playlist of classic (not classical) but underloved Christmas songs: https://open.spotify.com/user/seandalai/playlist/1c1STHtL9vh4ZDHgvwYNoc

wanderly braggin' (seandalai), Saturday, 10 December 2016 19:32 (three years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Rostam has a pretty nice version of 'Fairytale of New York' on Spotify. https://open.spotify.com/album/2mMLPgz8Z83RQ4aDSDHxdN
Love to know who is singing with him.

campreverb, Thursday, 30 November 2017 15:23 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

here's this year's rotation. Starting to realize I have a lot of xmas music!

Beatles - Christmas singles
Vince Guaraldi - Charlie Brown Christmas
V/A - Ultra Lounge: Christmas Cocktails
Enya - Christmas EP
V/A - Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records
Carpenters - Christmas Portrait
Carpenters - An Old Fashioned Christmas
V/A - Christmas with the Rat Pack
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite (Karajan, Berlin)
Lawrence Welk - Jingle Bells
Lawrence Welk - Merry Christmas
Jackie Gleason Orchestra - Merry Christmas
Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters - A Merry Christmas With
Beach Boys - Christmas Album
Elvis Presley - various Christmas songs
and several random xmas singles (Wham, Queen, Prince, James Brown, Mariah Carey, etc)

Dominique, Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:38 (two years ago) link

god I can't wait until I don't have to write anything else and can start listening to my Christmas music

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:38 (two years ago) link

girls aloud vs xmas : mini-lp : perfection.

mark e, Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:48 (two years ago) link

oh, as i have said before.

mark e, Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:48 (two years ago) link

Only very recently realized how many wonderful Xmas classics came from the Phil Spector album. Dude's a total POS but boy could he make some music.

Oiled Launch (Old Lunch), Thursday, 14 December 2017 23:50 (two years ago) link

They've been playing the I Heart Radio Christmas channel at work this week, and I swear it's just a 2 hour mix looped over and over. I mostly can't hear it at my desk, only when I'm walking around, but I'm sure I've heard Bobby Helms "Jingle Bell Rock" and Darlene Love "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" at least 3 times each day.

Hideous Lump, Friday, 15 December 2017 04:21 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

This is the worst Christmas song I've heard in a long while. I heard it in a store and almost had to drop everything and get out of there.


Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:11 (one year ago) link

This, on the other hand, is great:


groovypanda, Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:31 (one year ago) link

I wish “a Minor Threat Christmas” was a thing

calstars, Sunday, 23 December 2018 19:38 (one year ago) link

skronk Christmas in an Albert Ayler style: https://marswilliams.bandcamp.com/album/mars-williams-presents-an-ayler-xmas-vol-2

seandalai, Tuesday, 25 December 2018 22:30 (one year ago) link

yeah, was blasting out 16 minute xmas medley off that this morning - very good.

calzino, Tuesday, 25 December 2018 22:44 (one year ago) link

Probably not a popular opinion around here, but I picked up Diana Krall’s Christmas Songs in a charity shop, and maybe I’m just a sucker for a contralto voice but I’ve listened to it daily for the last couple weeks.

Hakuna Mutato (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 02:23 (one year ago) link

A Christmas Gift to You from Phil Spector
The New Possibility by John Fahey
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade
Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC

Ae$op Rocky (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 02:44 (one year ago) link

Bleak AF.

I Feel Bad About My Butt (j.lu), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 02:59 (one year ago) link

Probably not a popular opinion around here, but I picked up Diana Krall’s /Christmas Songs/ in a charity shop, and maybe I’m just a sucker for a contralto voice but I’ve listened to it daily for the last couple weeks.

I used to steer clear, but have been more willing to give a chance as of recently

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 02:59 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

Seems like I've heard a couple different covers of William Bell's "Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday" on Holiday Muzaks so far this year, and I am so here for it getting added to the Great Xmas Songbook.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 18:18 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

At a crafts & arts store: an album of acappella + beatboxing songs, featuring a rendition of Cohen's Hallelujah.

Pataphysician, Thursday, 12 December 2019 22:01 (eight months ago) link

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