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25 Greatest Christmas Songs Countdown: #19 Jingle Bell Rock

December 7, 2011 20 comments

I don’t blame you if you’re sick of it. They really do play it to death, don’t they? Then again, the version you’re probably sick of is the Bobby Helms original. I have nothing to say against Bobby Helms, who does a perfectly respectable version of the song. But if you really want to hear something, you need to get yourself a copy of A Very Special Christmas 2 and hear Randy Travis’s cover.

It’s one of those songs that, if you listen to it, rather than just letting it bounce off your forehead becaues you’ve heard it ten thousand times, you start to notice how the singer–Travis more than Helms–seems to be trying to put enough power into phrases like “in the frosty air” and “what a bright time” to make them symbols or something. Also, I’m a sucker for the false ending, which Travis does very well here.

Take whatever you have in your hand and bang it on the table for Randy Travis’s “Jingle Bell Rock”.

#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