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Normandy6644
2004-Dec-19, 05:04 PM
I was just curious about holiday music and what people like. My favorite is probably Carol of the Bells, but specifically the Trans-Siberian Orchestra version. Anyone got others?

SpacedOut
2004-Dec-19, 05:44 PM
White Christmas - but a very tough call to pick just one - different songs fit different moods and time of season.

R.A.F.
2004-Dec-19, 06:01 PM
Deck the Halls...fa la la la la...:)

beck0311
2004-Dec-19, 06:16 PM
"Good King Wenceslas".

I don't know why, I just like it.

Jim
2004-Dec-19, 06:32 PM
White Christmas and TSO's Carol of the Bells are wonderful. Still...

The Christmas Song. ("Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...")

But, it should be either Nat Cole or Mel Torme singing it.

Parrothead
2004-Dec-20, 01:39 AM
TSO - Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24 (Carol of the Bells), This Christmas Eve, An Angel Returned, The Three Kings and I (What Really Happened), Christmas in the Air, For the Sake of Our Brother, What Child Is This? - covers the three Christmas releases lots of good stuff.

Bowie/Crosby - Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy

Off a compilation disc The Christmas Song - Mel Torme, Little Drummer Boy - Johnny Cash, O Come, All Ye Faithful - Jim Nabors, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear - Burl Ives

White Christmas - Bing Crosby (Sinatra does a good job with this song too)

Marvellous Toy - The (Irish) Rovers

Snoopy's Christmas ... and so much more :D

Andromeda321
2004-Dec-20, 05:27 AM
Feliz Navidad all the way! 8)
By the way, does anyone here know what the "fa la la la la" bit means in the Christmas carol? Basically back in the middle ages you put in fa la las in whenever there was a lyric that wasn't, ahem, suitable for all members of the audience. Sure changes the song once you know that doesn't it?

Kesh
2004-Dec-20, 05:28 AM
"Christmas at Ground Zero" by Weird Al Yankovic

... what? 8)

mike alexander
2004-Dec-20, 06:21 AM
Joe Feeney's rendition of "The Holy City" on the Lawrence Welk Show.

Classic Irish tenor doing a song that needs one for the best results.

Theta Orionis
2004-Dec-20, 06:33 AM
O Holy Night
by Perry Como.

ktesibios
2004-Dec-20, 06:44 AM
" Deck us all with Boston Charlie", of course. :D

Kaptain K
2004-Dec-20, 11:58 AM
" Deck us all with Boston Charlie", of course. :D
Falla-ralla-dollar and cauliflower! :wink:

Fram
2004-Dec-20, 12:38 PM
"In Dulci Jubilo" by Mike Oldfield.

HAVOC451
2004-Dec-20, 12:44 PM
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (Randy Brooks) :P

kucharek
2004-Dec-20, 12:50 PM
I've currently always this "Let it snow"-tune from "Die Harder" in my head... :o

frogesque
2004-Dec-20, 01:08 PM
For a slightly alternative view: Pogues, Fairy Tale Of New York

More mainstream: Bing and White Christmas

For a happy singalong with the kids, Jingle Bells

Carol (though I'm not religious) Silent Night.

Moose
2004-Dec-20, 01:28 PM
There are some specific arrangements of different pieces I like better, but Adeste Fideles tends to be my overall favorite.

mid
2004-Dec-20, 01:31 PM
It depends on mood, but one of

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York. Shane is greatest poet of his generation, and this captures the magic of Christmas in how the ordinary (or indeed downright miserable) can become strangely wonderful if you just look at it in a different frame of mind.

Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). Possibly the greatest use of the Wall Of Sound. Ever. That chorus just takes your head clean off.

The Flaming Lips - Christmas At The Zoo. Silly. Wonderful. Surreal, and yet somehow right. And I adore the (possibly misheard; the lyrics site I tried disagrees with me) line when the animals don't want to escape:


The elephants, orangutans, all the birds and kangaroos
all said "thanks but no thanks man, to be conserved is good"

Parrothead
2004-Dec-20, 01:35 PM
For a slightly alternative view: Pogues, Fairy Tale Of New York


I'd forgotten about that song, just dug out the If I Should Fall From Grace with God lp. Hearing Kirsty Maccoll's voice, has also led me to digging out a compilation disc containing her full length version of A New England (not Christmas, but it's been some time since I've heard that song).

Wally
2004-Dec-20, 01:39 PM
I'm surprised no one's mentioned Manheim Steamroller yet. Good stuff, what they do. . .

TimH
2004-Dec-20, 01:51 PM
Blue Christmas - Elvis
Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby and David Bowie

O Holy Night - Eric Cartman is pretty good too. :wink:

Yorkshireman
2004-Dec-20, 01:53 PM
My choice would have to be Greg Lake's I Believe in Father Christmas closely followed by Steeleye Span's Gaudete. Favourite Carol: probably the Holly and the Ivy. But at school I always loved singing Oh Come Let us Adore Him - great chorus!

pumpkinpie
2004-Dec-20, 02:11 PM
The Muppets singing "The Twelve Days of Chrismas."
Especially Miss Piggy's "Fi-ive Go-olden Riiiings.....Ba dum bum bum!"

gethen
2004-Dec-20, 02:28 PM
Behold a Rose, sung in German, by the Amherst men's glee club, circa 1970. On a worn out, scratched, noisy, vinyl 78. Sounds like a beautiful lullaby.

NASA Fan
2004-Dec-20, 02:31 PM
A Danish group Shu-bi-dua has several Christmas songs that are all fun and enjoyable to listen to.

I have to agree with most of you tht there are lots of different songs that I enjoy for various reasons.

teddyv
2004-Dec-20, 03:21 PM
The 12 Days of Christmas by Bob and Doug Mckenzie.

mike alexander
2004-Dec-20, 04:39 PM
Deck us all with Boston Charlie", of course

Crud, I forgot all about that! If anybody's interested, I have the complete words for 'Boston Charlie', all verses, at home, from the original 'Pogo' strip.

Deck us all with Boston Charlie
Walla Walla Wash and Kalamazoo!
Nora's freezin' on the trolley
Swaller dollar cauliflower aligaroo!

LunarOrbit
2004-Dec-20, 05:55 PM
I've always liked John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)".

Jim
2004-Dec-20, 08:38 PM
ASCAP has issued their Top 25 list:
http://www.ascap.com/press/2004/holidaysongs_120204.html

BTW, turns out Carol of the Bells didn't start out as a Christmas song. It's an old Ukrainian folk song about the new year and a sparrow. A composer heard it being played in the early 1930s and it reminded him of bells, so he wrote new lyrics and gave it a new title.

ktesibios
2004-Dec-21, 04:01 AM
Deck us all with Boston Charlie", of course

Crud, I forgot all about that! If anybody's interested, I have the complete words for 'Boston Charlie', all verses, at home, from the original 'Pogo' strip.

Deck us all with Boston Charlie
Walla Walla Wash and Kalamazoo!
Nora's freezin' on the trolley
Swaller dollar cauliflower aligaroo!

Post 'em! (or PM me with them). I know the "Boston Charlie" you've quoted here by heart, but there are other versions, like "Bark Us All Bow-wows of Folly" that I can never remember. And I feel like doing a little singing...


Don't we know archaic barrel
Lullaby, lillaboy, Louisville Lou
Trolley Molly don't love Harold
Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!
:D

Celestial Mechanic
2004-Dec-21, 05:28 AM
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (Randy Brooks) :P
Mine too! For me the season just isn't officially here until I hear that song. Ok, so I'm a cretinous slime-fiend!

On a more serious note, I'm warming up to some of the Christmas music of John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers. I'm not completely incorrigible! :)

Celestial Mechanic
2004-Dec-21, 05:30 AM
I've always liked John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)".
I've always liked that song. It's the source of my sig!

Maksutov
2004-Dec-21, 05:40 AM
My favorite holiday song is by Simon & Garfunkel. It's first heard on December 26th and is called The Sound of Silence.

Jim
2004-Dec-21, 05:42 PM
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (Randy Brooks) :P

There was a report on the radio last week about a woman who stepped out of a Walmart (in Arkansas?) and was literally run over by a deer running through the parking lot. She wasn't hurt seriously... only a cut above one eye... but the EMT did ask her if she was a grandma.

She said she wasn't, but wished she were.

Popular song.

Nicolas
2004-Dec-21, 05:52 PM
"In Dulci Jubilo" by Mike Oldfield.

I was thinking of putting one of the Oldfield Christmas singles here too. Only his other Christmas singles don't have any connection with Christmas other than the time of release. So in that case, In Dulce Jubilo comes closest. But it ain't really a song, as it's an instrumental.

Choosing just a classic christmas song, take Rudolph teh Red Nosed Reindeer. Happy tune.

Tensor
2004-Dec-21, 06:04 PM
"A Christmas Carol" by Tom Lehrer

pghnative
2004-Dec-21, 06:25 PM
"Old City Bar" by TSO. You'd need the CD (Christmas Eve and other Stories) to hear it, since I don't think it ever gets radio airplay.

Fram
2004-Dec-22, 12:02 PM
"In Dulci Jubilo" by Mike Oldfield.

I was thinking of putting one of the Oldfield Christmas singles here too. Only his other Christmas singles don't have any connection with Christmas other than the time of release. So in that case, In Dulce Jubilo comes closest. But it ain't really a song, as it's an instrumental.

Choosing just a classic christmas song, take Rudolph teh Red Nosed Reindeer. Happy tune.

Well, he has made a version of Silent Night (as a B-side), and he has written Peace on Earth, which was a song, not an instrumental, but it wasn't a single.

mickal555
2004-Dec-22, 12:52 PM
This is my faverate

Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden Ute,
Kicking up the dust, esky in the boot,
Kelpie by my side, singing Christmas songs,
It's Summer time and I am in my singlet, shorts and thongs

Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut !,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute.

Engine's getting hot; we dodge the kangaroos,
The swaggie climbs aboard, he is welcome too.
All the family's there, sitting by the pool,
Christmas Day the Aussie way, by the barbecue.

Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute.

Come the afternoon, Grandpa has a doze,
The kids and Uncle Bruce, are swimming in their clothes.
The time comes 'round to go, we take the family snap,
Pack the car and all shoot through, before the washing up.

Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden ute


:D