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25 Greatest Christmas Songs Countdown: #14 Christmas in Hollis

December 12, 2011 13 comments

That first disc in the A Very Special Christmas series… that turned out to be pretty huge for Christmas music. A lot of the songs on there have become standards, pretty much. Anybody know if the songs were recorded just for the album, or if the album was compiled from already existing material? I have the idea that the former is the case. There’s good stuff on the second and third albums in this series, too, but that’s where I got off the bus; didn’t see anything on the subsequent entries that made me want to buy ’em.

On that first disc, there was only one original song, and this is it. It’s also the song I’d save if I could only keep one. (A strong second: Madonna’s cover of “Santa Baby”. The more I hear Eartha Kitt’s original version, with Eartha droning on like she doesn’t understand what she’s singing, the more I appreciate Madonna’s audible playfulness. Yeah, I know a lot of people don’t like it.)

Enjoy some chicken and collard greens in honour of Run-DMC’s Christmas in Hollis.

#25: Sleigh Ride
#24: Huron Carol
#23: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!/Count Your Blessings/We Wish You a Merry Christmas
#22: The Twelve Days of Christmas
#21: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
#20: Fuck Christmas
#19: Jingle Bell Rock
#18: What’s This? & Making Christmas
#17: Oi! To the World
#16: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
#15: Blue Christmas

25 Greatest Christmas Songs Countdown: #15 Blue Christmas

December 11, 2011 16 comments

Back in the first entry of this list, I said that “Sleigh Ride” was one of two Christmas songs that there were, it seemed, no bad versions of. “Blue Christmas” is the other one.

Elvis Presley looms large here, of course; it’s kind of his song. But Elvis doesn’t seem all that Christmassy to me and I’ve heard many other versions I prefer. Not that Elvis does a bad job with it, or anything; if that’s your preference then I have no dispute with you. But you’ll be doing all right with someone else too.

We’ve got songs called “Blue Christmas”, “White Christmas,” “Green Christmas,” and I think there’s a horror movie called, “Black Christmas”. Have any other colours been covered? Is there a “Red Christmas”? (And if so, what the flip is it about?)

Let’s have a big hand for everyone who’s ever taken a stab at “Blue Christmas“, and many more.

#25: Sleigh Ride
#24: Huron Carol
#23: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!/Count Your Blessings/We Wish You a Merry Christmas
#22: The Twelve Days of Christmas
#21: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
#20: Fuck Christmas
#19: Jingle Bell Rock
#18: What’s This? & Making Christmas
#17: Oi! To the World
#16: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen