Like I promised, here are some of my favorite Christmas songs and a little blurb about them. I looked at my Christmas music stash and I have over 300 songs that have some sort of holiday theme. If I had time, I would have broken down some numbers on the frequency of songs.
For example, I have Jingle Bells by Jimmy Buffet both in the Christmas Island CD as well as in Now, That’s What I Call Christmas Vol 1. Also, there is the number of different covers of a song. So for Jingle Bells, I have Jimmy Buffet, Singing Dogs, Harry Connick Jr., Bob Rivers and Snowy Mountain Jazz Cafe.
White Christmas – Bing Crosby: It’s what is emblazed in my mind when I think of Christmas. I would love to have a white Christmas “like the ones I used to know”.
Mary’s Boy Child – Harry Connick Jr.: This is a new fave of mind. I love the horns in this arrangement. Our church played this song with some horns as well and I have been finding myself humming along to it.
Christmas in Hollis – RUN DMC: Whether you like rap music or not, this is a great song about being rewarded about doing the right thing and family traditions.
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2: This is the song that starts the Christmas Season for me. It’s fast and fun. But Baby, Why aren’t you here?
Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano: I think that I like this song more because of the message that it sends. Don’t get me wrong, you can seriously get some funky jams going with this song.
Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses: I would patiently wait each year to hear this song. I had no idea who sang this song or how to get it (in the pre-internet era). It’s a Christmas song that’s on Speed and Caffeine, it always puts me into a good mood.
Christmas Through Your Eyes – Gloria Estefan: This is just a nice pretty song
I am Santa Claus – Bob Rivers: Nothing says Christmas like a parody of Black Sabbath’s Iron Man
Children Go Where I Send Thee – Natalie Merchant: Love the bass and it’s not a song you hear very often
I Saw Three Ships – Sting: Short, fun song usually paired up with Good King Wencelas, but his one works for me by itself.
Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney: Another one of those great Christmas songs.
Thanks for Christmas – XTC: I couldn’t leave any musical list without a song by my favorite group, XTC. I love this song because it suggests that we should have the Christmas spirit throughout the entire year!
I Wanna Hippopotamus for Christmas – Gayla Peevey: Really, who DOESN’T want one?
Rise Up Shepard and Follow – Acappella: This carol is very slow and purposeful and very well done.
O Holy Night
Little Drummer Boy
Trans-Siberian Orchestra SOngs (just introduced to them, so I can make a particular claim on any particular song, but I like what I hear.
Rock Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
Happy Xmas (War is Over)
12 Days of Christmas – The Muppets (Beaker steals the show)