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The Vorpal Tribble
2007-12-14, 04:26 PM
Ok, I do one of these threads every year, so to keep in the tradition, what are your favorite Christmas songs?

(And don't bother to post just to say, 'None, I don't like Christmas, waaaaaah!')

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My top 10 (and the preferred artist) include...

#1. Carol of the Bells - Any
#2. Wizards in Winter - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
#3. Breath of Heaven - Amy Grant
#4. Marry Did You Know? - Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd
#5. I Wonder As I Wander - Any
#6. Arabian Dance - The Nutcracker
#7. The Best Christmas - Christopher Cross
#8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - Randy Travis
#9. The Gift - Garth Brooks
#10. Where Are You Christmas - Faith Hill

There is also one I haven't heard in years that I'm desperately trying to remember the name of. Was beautiful but can't even recall the lyrics.

Funny favorites:
Who Put the Stump and The Restroom Door Said Gentleman - Bob Rivers
Ramahanukwanzmas - Glenn Beck
OH HOLY NIGHT! - Kimmer Christmas

Dihan
2007-12-14, 04:48 PM
I like the "Twelves Days After Christmas" song.

WarriorTribble
2007-12-14, 04:51 PM
I always had a soft spot for "It's the Most Fattening Time of the Year" (with Richard Simmons) parody of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" of course.

A Rainy Knight
2007-12-14, 04:55 PM
My top five, in no order:
Deck the Halls - Nat King Cole
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing - Nat King Cole
Jingle Bells - Anyone
Frosty the Snowman - Anyone
Have A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives

I love most of the really well known secular ones, minus Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Let it Snow, and versions made of traditional songs.

As of the religious songs, I really like Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.

@v Thank you.

VetMichael
2007-12-14, 05:04 PM
Burl Ives did "Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas" BTW:

My favorites:
Carol of the Aboleths
12 days of Abolethmas
I'm dreaming of a white Aboleth
Slimy the Aboleth
Slimy the red-eyed Aboleth
walking in an underwater Aboleth lair

Malus_Black
2007-12-14, 05:55 PM
#1. Carol of the Bells

Speaking of which. (http://www.cthulhulives.org/solsticecarol.html)

Mr. Mud
2007-12-14, 06:12 PM
The annual... *drum rolls* Metalica Christmas Special of course!! :smallbiggrin:

jmaccabeus
2007-12-14, 06:31 PM
As I sing more than I listen to Christmas music, I will instead give the ones I like to sing the most:


Cantique de NoŽl (O Holy Night)
I Wonder as I Wander
I syng of a mayden
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Stille Nacht (Silent Night)
NoŽl nouvelet
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Remember, O Thou Man
Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella


And a few technically non-Christmas songs that are lumped in with Christmas anyway:

Veni, veni, Emmanuel (O Come, O Come, Emannuel)
Lully, Lullay
Good King Wenceslas
We Three Kings



And pieces I like to listen to and can't sing:


The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovski
L'enfance du Christ by Hector Berlioz
Just about anything by Trans-Siberian Orchestra :smallbiggrin: *


*Well, okay, I can sing "Anno Domine".

Daze
2007-12-14, 07:54 PM
Well most of the traditional ones are good for a day or two, most already mentioned... especially the Nat King Cole stuff

But I always look forward to some of the special, humurous songs like:

Bob and Doug MacKenzie's Canadian version of the "12 Days of Christmas"
(and a beer in a tree...)

"Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer"

and my personal fave...

"Dominick the Christmas Donkey"
(hee haw, hee haw)

Happy Holidays Playground :)

XiaoTie
2007-12-14, 09:29 PM
My favorite Christmas song would be Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (is that the correct name?), performed by Frank Sinatra. :smallsmile:

Smeik
2007-12-15, 05:52 AM
It certainly has to be this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuvZ6isBwv4) or any other song from the "Die Roten Rosen" album.

Oh, and of course everything by Trans-Siberian Orchestra :smallbiggrin:

Kaelaroth
2007-12-15, 08:08 AM
Well, obviously: this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVSmT4nNEkQ)

I despised Mariah's version, but this is great.

Rockbird
2007-12-15, 08:44 AM
Speaking of which. (http://www.cthulhulives.org/solsticecarol.html)

That is just brilliant. :smallbiggrin:

Maroon
2007-12-15, 09:04 AM
My favorite carol. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux49UBie-w8)

DomaDoma
2007-12-15, 09:06 AM
If it's in a minor key, I like it. I suppose my favorite would be God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (or Hippogriffs), with the Carol of the Bells as a close second because the days of fandom-induced neurosis are behind me, thank you very much.

Ditto
2007-12-15, 01:03 PM
I like many, many Christmas songs (I think I've loaded 26 hours worth onto my computer, but never put an appreciable dent into it in listening time) - but one that MUST DIE a HORRIBLE MUSICAL DEATH is The Christmas Shoes.

They'd probably write "The Sad Tale of The Christmas Shoes Song", though, and we'd have a whole meta-level of crying listeners.

VeisuItaTyhjyys
2007-12-15, 01:09 PM
Fairytale of New York, by the Pogues.

Vespe Ratavo
2007-12-15, 01:18 PM
Mine would have to be...

*Father Christmas by the Kinks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjaPXihbORk)
*Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon and the Harlem Community Choir (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb2YSAVHmIE)
*Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird Al Yankovic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGdrMOttV_s)
*Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUyuGFoiWJ0)

Don't get me wrong, I love the traditional songs too (like this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HHm720d0_o&feature=related)), but those are without a doubt my favorites.

And I concur, The Christmas Shoes is probably the most depressing song I've ever heard, and I've heard Simple Plan and Fallout Boy before.

The Vorpal Tribble
2007-12-15, 01:21 PM
Gah, I never liked The Christmas Shoes. Not only is it depressing but from my first hearing I'm thinking, 'Your mother is dying and of all the things you want to give her you choose a pair of SHOES?!'

And whats annoying is how often it is requested on every single station playing Christmas music.

*murmurs*

kpenguin
2007-12-15, 01:44 PM
My favorite Christmas song would be Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (is that the correct name?), performed by Frank Sinatra. :smallsmile:

Or, for that matter, nearly any Christmas song performed by Frank Sinatra. There is a reason they called him "The Voice"

The Vorpal Tribble
2007-12-16, 01:19 PM
Hey, you guys gotta check out this one...

Carol of the Bells by Celtic Woman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKrx-4Awe70)

That may even surpass the Trans-Siberian Orchestra version that was my previous favorite.

TheThan
2007-12-16, 02:19 PM
Asside from a long list of Christmas carols, Iím particle to Snoopyís Christmas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlf---13Q0g) by the royal guardsmen.

Irenaeus
2007-12-16, 06:27 PM
I'll second both Snoopy's Christmas and Farytale of New York.

zeratul
2007-12-16, 06:30 PM
"Christmas is Interesting" and "Chiron Beta Prime" are fun christmas Jon Coulton songs. Aside from that I like all the classics for the most part.

Kitya
2007-12-17, 03:12 PM
Hmmm.. favorites...

Blue Christmas by Elvis
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, only I like the Judy Garland version myself.
Mistletoe & Holly - Frank Sinatra
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
Holly Jolly Christmas Burl Ives
It's Christmas - The Rovers
Do You hear what I Hear - Bobby Vinton
Silver Bells - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney

But my ultimate favorite that always leaves me in total awe is

Gabriel's Message by Sting. We sang that in choir when I was in college and it is the most beautiful song in the world.

I have lots of other hymn types that I love, but brain not functioning and I don't own a copy of the hymnal that has the ones I really like.

Kneenibble
2007-12-17, 03:31 PM
I like this clever medley.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fe11OlMiz8

That Celtic Woman Carol of the Bells was fantastic. Wow.

Emrylon
2007-12-17, 04:18 PM
I like Merry Christmas everybody by Slda alway gets people singing!

My favourite traditional Christmas song is a Welsh one that we used to sing in primary school. I's called Nadolig Llawen i chi gyd (Hapy Chrismas to you all)

The Vorpal Tribble
2007-12-18, 01:47 PM
Maaaan, this guy can SING. By the end he's got the whole place shaking.

<<Warning: Spooooky religious references :smalltongue: >>
End of the Beginning (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9G0lyInl3Y)


Btw, where might I find these welsh and irish christmas songs you guys have been referencing? I can't find them anywheres.

sciencemile
2007-12-18, 01:56 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR_8kmOmxyk

"It feels like Christmas" - my favorite Christmas song, from my favorite Christmas Movie.

Vaire
2007-12-19, 04:19 PM
"Joy to the World" has always seemed to sum up the totality of what Christmas is about.

Close second for me is "The Holly and the Ivy" because when I was a kid I loved to sing it.

But then I go on to the Jon Anderson Three Ships album. I love everything on there.

Tweekinator
2007-12-19, 04:30 PM
Gah, I never liked The Christmas Shoes. Not only is it depressing but from my first hearing I'm thinking, 'Your mother is dying and of all the things you want to give her you choose a pair of SHOES?!'

And whats annoying is how often it is requested on every single station playing Christmas music.

*murmurs*

Is that the country-type one where he keeps going on about a kid and shoes? I hate that song with a passion. Guess what, Little Timmy? No one cares about your damn shoes.

ZombieRockStar
2007-12-20, 01:02 AM
"O Holy Night" as sung by pretty much anybody who isn't Josh Groban. I personally love singing this one. I wish someone would do a choral arrangement instead of constantly being solo. I think the minor fall before the chorus would be absolutely haunting done like that.

Hmm...*runs off to play with Finale*

CaptainSam
2007-12-20, 03:37 AM
How about The little boy that Santa Claus forgot (http://www.lyricsfreak.com/n/nat+king+cole/the+little+boy+that+santa+claus+forgot_20098103.ht ml)?

Heard this on the radio the other night. The DJ was campaigning to get it to number one for christmas. Bad, bad man.

Googlywirdo
2007-12-20, 11:08 PM
I have to second the 12 Days After Christmas. Other holiday songs I like are:
I'm Getting Nothin' for Christmas
Christmas at Home
Deck the Halls
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Alarra
2007-12-21, 01:30 AM
I love christmas carols...

I don't really know what are my favorites though.

I like...
Hark the herald angels sing
Silent Night
First Noel
Marshmallow world?
Silver Bells
Let it snow

and for some reason can't think of any more I like, although I know they're there.

And the carols done by the celtic women....wow....

Logic
2007-12-21, 01:45 AM
1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Rosemary Clooney
2. Carol of the Bells- Any
3. White Christmas- Bing Crosby
4. I'll Be Home for Christmas- Frank Sinatra
5. God Rest Ye merry Gentlemen- Almost anyone

Mr_Saturn
2007-12-21, 01:52 AM
Gah, I never liked The Christmas Shoes. Not only is it depressing but from my first hearing I'm thinking, 'Your mother is dying and of all the things you want to give her you choose a pair of SHOES?!'

And whats annoying is how often it is requested on every single station playing Christmas music.

*murmurs*

Ditto X100000

Top Songs:
Oh Holy Night
How Many Kings - downhere <---- Really cool song. :smallbiggrin:
Silent Night
Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Among others. :smallsmile:

The Vorpal Tribble
2007-12-25, 04:28 PM
Hey, I've never heard How Many Kings. Thats a really awesome song.

Castaras
2007-12-25, 04:32 PM
1. A Spaceman Came Travelling - Chris De Burgh
2. ...

...

I'm no good at these list things, am I? :smallsigh:

I do like Merry Xmas Everyone - Slade, and Wizards in Winter - Trans-Siberian Orchestra....But I dunno which one would come first.

Other than that...*shrugs* Ring out Solstice Bells - Jethro Tull?

Edit: Favourite Carol, would be that "Lu le lu la, thou little tiny child, bye bye lu le lu ley..." one....Can't for my life remember it's name though...

ZombieRockStar
2007-12-25, 04:35 PM
Also, "Taladh Chriosda (The Christ Child's Lullaby)" by anyone. There are a couple of melodies to this, but one in particular is hugely beautiful with amazing harmonies and one of the few songs that can make me cry.

EDIT: I just realized that the melody I'm thinking of is probably descendant from the same basic Scots melody that Leadbelly's "In the Pines" is from (i.e. "Where Did You Sleep Last Night", as Nirvana called it). I have a thing for the simple beauty of old Gaelic melodies.