December 11, 2016
With two weeks to go until Christmas, the songs of the season are playing all around us. Everything from the ones from our youth (no matter our age) to some that maybe aren’t as well known, but still are our personal favorites.
I have decided to put together my Christmas playlist. I only used two criteria. 1) It’s part of my music collection. 2) Even though it’s old fashion, only a CD length of songs (1 Hour 20 Minutes)
Let’s start the favorites of just every one. Those that have been recorded by what seems like everyone, but still are the ones we want to hear.
White Christmas – Recorded by everyone but originally done by Bing Crosby and after nearly 75 years is still a favorite.
Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer – Another song that many have done, but isn’t Burl Ives version a favorite for many.
Frosty the Snowman – My favorite version of this song was done Bing Crosby
The Christmas Song – Most would say Nat “King” Cole’s version is their favorite, but I really enjoy the copy I have by the song’s composer Mel Tormé
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – The original that is in the movie that introduced the world to the song “Meet me in St Louis” by Judy Garland
I’ll Be Home For Christmas – After Bing Crosby, Perry Como is my favorite voice of Christmas and I like his version.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Also by Perry Como, although Bruce Springsteen is a close second.
Blue Christmas – An Elvis Presley song has to be on the list.
Jingle Bells – A song that was written for Thanksgiving and Diana Krall’s version is great.
Twelve Days of Christmas – Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters did their arrangement in the late 40s and it’s been used bu others.
Feliz Navidad – Moving a little later, but still of Christmas of long ago is done José Feliciano
Merry Christmas Darling – One of the great classic done by The Carpenters
Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a modern favorite
And now to some of my favorites that you may or may not know
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – More of a Winter song than a Christmas song. My favorite version is the recently created duet with Dean Martin and Martina McBride
Carol Of The Bells – By Deana Carter
Sleigh Ride – I was a big fan of the Spice Girls and love their version even if it does use the same arrangement that Phil Spector did in the 60’s.
Mary, Did You Know – Kenny Rogers with Wynonna
I’d Like to Hitch a Ride with Santa Claus – The Andrews Sisters did quite a few Christmas songs and who wouldn’t want to take a ride with Santa Claus
I Believe In Father Christmas – This song by Greg Lake is made sadder with his recent death.
Put a Little Holiday In Your Heart – LeAnn Rimes
It’s Christmas Time – Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart did a Christmas release with as the Lovemongers and this tells the story of what Christmas Time is.
The Christmas Waltz – One of my favorite Christmas songs by Frank Sinatra
A Holly Jolly Christmas – Another by Burl Ives and Sam the Snowman
The Man with the Bag – I think this was introduced in a Christmas Commercial by Diana Krall
Santa Baby – First done by Eartha Kitt
Someday at Christmas – Stevie Wonder first did this song and a few other Motown Artist did it as well, including The Temptations. My favorite. Got to love the Bass sounds of Melvin Franklin.