I typically begin listening to Christmas music sometime in mid- to late-November…whenever it is that my car’s satellite radio starts playing it on the 40’s station…yes, that’s right I said it: the 40’s station. How can you not love it? You know there won’t be any course or vulgar language, it’s always got a catchy tune with words you can easily catch on to…sure it may be WWII propaganda but that’s nothing compared to so much of what’s on the radio these days.
Anyway…I had no idea until a few years ago truly how many Christmas songs there are out there…and how many versions. As a child, I only remember having two Christmas albums…yeah, I said albums: Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis. If those don’t scream 1970’s, I’m really not sure what does.
But our family is loyal if nothing else…once cassette tapes came into vogue, I recall that my dad took those two albums and recorded them onto tapes so we could continue to listen, without having to be so archaic as to use a record player.
I don’t remember ever owning any other Christmas music until Mannheim Steamroller became popular in the late 1980’s. And that was cutting edge stuff, to be sure.Oh, and when I was either in high school or college, my mom bought the Time/Life Series of CDs “Home for the Holidays” I believe is what it was called…that was exciting too. The very first song on the CD is “Sleigh Ride”.
And not that I ever saw it myself (because that would be weird…she is my mother), I can picture her (in black and white of course because they apparently didn’t have color back then…and yes, by this I mean I picture HER in black and white, not just the television…sorry, Mom) sitting in front of the television watching other children go sit on Santa’s lap. She said that song would play in the background while kids were paraded in to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.
Clearly television has come a long way. Either that or she did not have enough activities with which to occupy her free time.
So amid this revelation that there is a multitude of Christmas music from which to choose, I realized that there are some songs I love but cannot stand the singer…and likewise: there are some songs in which I love the singer but cannot tolerate hearing a particular song they sing.
That being said, today’s Listicles by Stasha was Ten Holiday Songs. I considered ten Hanukah Songs, but wasn’t truly well-versed enough in them to make a well-informed decision. Granted, I have been listening to a schtickle (and I’m fairly certain I mis-spelled that) of Hanukah music on satellite, helping get us into the spirit of the Hanukah lessons the PBA dove into this December, but I am not at all educated enough in the music to make that kind of assessment.
I am, however, somewhat educated in Christmas music, so that’s what I went with. And not being someone who could simply do one list of ten, I have selected to do two… one list of 10 Christmas songs I hate and one list of 10 Christmas songs I love.
We’ll start off with the hate and end with the love. And just to be clear…I do not LOVE to HATE them…I simply HATE them. I do not necessarily hate the artist…so PLEASE do not contact me and plead you case for how amazing the artist is. Some of them on here I would consider to be questionable as an artist, but I’m not telling you which ones I feel that way about. You’re a fairly bright…I mean TERRIBLY bright… audience so I would venture to guess you can all make the proper assessment for yourself. My list is simply about the songs themselves.
These, BTW, are in no particular order…
Ten Christmas Songs I HateMarshmallow World by Brenda Lee
Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer by Elmo and Patsy
Mama Liked the Roses by Elvis
Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey by Lou Monte
The Christmas Shoes by Newsong
The Cat Carol by someone who I shall not name…I actually don’t know the name of the person, but if I wrote a train wreck like that, I don’t think I would confess it to anyone…
River by Joni Mitchell
Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid
Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney
Pretty Paper by Roy Orbison
Ten (ok Eleven…Math’s Not Really My Thing) Christmas Songs I LOVESanta Baby by Earth Kitt
Favorite Things by Julie Andrews (I mean seriously…who DOESN’T love “The Sound of Music” and this song?!? Probably lots of people but I cannot fathom it.
Little Drummer Boy by Johnny Mathis
O Come, Emmanuel by The Piano Guys
Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack…all of it (Yes I know I said songs but it's my list...go with it. Here’s just one selection from the Vince Guaraldi CD.)
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft
Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Ella Fitzgerald
The Chipmunk Song by… well, it seems obvious to tell you, but it’s by The Chipmunks
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams
Twelve Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas by Bing Crosby