Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Its That Time of Year

Its the most wonderful time of year. Why? Not because Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are fast approaching. Not because of the beautiful lights and decorations that make us all feel so warm inside. And no, not because of the excitement in my sons eyes when we talk about Santa Clause coming to visit. Its because its time to start making lists. And lists are mint.

My first list of the season is the essential 12 (one for each day of Christmas?) holiday songs for any great holiday party mix. Enjoy.

1. Mele Kalikimaka - Bing Crosby
Not only does this song conjure up images of Chevy Chase imagining a swimming pool in Christmas Vacation, but it transports you to a relaxed tropical paradise for 2:54.
2. Christmastime is Here (Vocal)- Vince Guaraldi
This is probably my favorite of all time. Beautiful, serene, and hopeful.
3. Last Christmas - Wham!
What can I say? Its a classic.
4. Christmas All Over Again - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Probably the best blend of holiday and rock you can find anywhere.
5. Little Saint Nick - Beach Boys
Everyone loves it. And best of all people know the words and its an original.
6. Merry Christmas Baby - Bruce Springsteen
I wasn't sure about this song. I like it, but not sure if its top 12 material. Ultimately I decided that much like Petty, this song rocks and helps a mix.
7. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Jackson 5
Great song, and even greater lyrics. "Curly haired dolls that tootle and coo?" Really?
8. What Christmas Means to Me - Stevie Wonder
I have had to listen to the Jessica Simpson version of this song so much that I almost forget how awesome the original is.
9. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Mariah Carey
Don't mock me. Its fun.
10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Jimmy Sommers featuring Chris Botti
I'm a sucker for Jazz renditions of Christmas songs. This one is perfect.
11. Auld Lang Syne - James Taylor
My wife thought this song was called Old Man Time. And even if it was, it would still be awesome.
12. Christmas Must be Tonight - Hall & Oates
"Son of a carpenter. Mary carried the light." Nuff said.

*The She & Him and My Morning Jacket Holiday CD's are too new to consider for this list.

1 comment:

  1. Christmas music is something I take very seriously.

    Here's my list (based on a group enjoyment on a holiday mix)

    1. Father Christmas - The Kinks
    2. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
    3. Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie & Bing Crosby
    4. Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
    5. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
    6. The Most Wonderful Time of The Year - Andy Williams
    7. Thank God It's Christmas - Queen
    8. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2 (and yes, I like it better than Darlene Love's original)
    9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/We Three Kings - Barenakes Ladies w/ Sarah McLachlan
    Some of less heralded favorites

    1. Thanks for Christmas - XTC
    2. Christmas is a Time to Say I Love You - Billy Squire
    3. 2000 Miles - The Pretenders
    4. Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band or My Morning Jacket
    5. Joseph, Who Understood - The New Pornographers