With the passing of Thanksgiving the air waves have now been filled with the delectable sounds of Christmas. Who am I kidding? Christmas music starts playing in some stores right after Halloween.
I’m a sucker for a good festive holiday tune. Other than just the warm feelings a good Christmas song can stir, I love how Christmas songs are a time capsule of the era they were sung or written in. It’s amazing so many people can sing the same song and most of them sound different. Either it be a band leader driven classic to a more heavy metal infused revival to a smooth R&B standard, there is a Christmas song for everybody.
Here are some of my favorites, at least dictated by availability on YouTube and my limit of 5. Maybe I’ll do another 5 within the month.
1. A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives (1965)
I guess my first exposer to Ives was like most kids of the ’70s and ’80s, through his stop-motion counterpart in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He just seems like a cool and gentle-souled dude and it comes across in this jolly tune.
2. Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby & David Bowie (1977)
The blending of Crosby’s earthly crooner tones with the ethereal singing of Bowie make this a timeless classic. Whatever stories you read about what happened behind the scenes of this meeting doesn’t matter because what these two did was magic.
3. Carol of the Bells – August Burns Red (2009)
I just couldn’t do a musical list without adding some metal to the scene. Carol of the Bells is a hauntingly beautiful Christmas song but what August Burns Red adds to their version is a aura of fun, if your into metal at least. I love the change-ups in this tune!
4. Last Christmas – WHAM! (1986)
Yup, along with bringing the metal I also have to bring the ’80s!! Ever since the song came out I’ve been a fan. I have to be honest, when this song comes on I have to sing it as loud and obnoxiously as possible just because it bugs mu daughter.
5. Christmas In Hollis – RUN-DMC (1987)
What a fun song! A modern (for 1987) and wholly original Christmas song that in my option still brings the jolly, the merry, and the fun of the season.
Have a happy Friday folks…see you Monday for the next installment of Christmas Monstrous Monday.