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Old 13 December 2018, 12:29 AM
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Icon106 What are your favorite Christmas songs and carols?

This isn't a thread for complaining about how annoying Christmas songs are. If ya wanna go bitchin', go bitch somewhere else.


This is a thread for celebrating the beautiful, the inspiring, the harmonious songs we truly enjoy.


I tend to like choral chants and old songs that conjure up imagery of an old Victorian Christmas party.



O Come, O Come Emmanuel
The Carol of the Bells
Deck the Halls
Here We Come A-Wassailing
The Holly and the Ivy
I Saw Three Ships
O Christmas Tree
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (comes with the territory if you're as big an A Christmas Carol fan as I am )
Silent Night
The First Noel



Those are some of my favorites. I prefer the old traditional stuff over the "Baby Boomer" era songs, but I don't turn those off when they come up in my Pandora Christmas Music station.
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Old 13 December 2018, 12:40 AM
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I pretty much love all Christmas Music, the oldies of all eras, including the goofy novelty tunes, and even some of the more recent offerings, with just a few exceptions.

With the old standards, sometimes it depends on who is performing, and the arrangement. Leon Redbone (or Michael Bublé using the same arrangement) vs Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas" for example - and I like all of those.

I have a sentimental attachment to the Alfred Burt Carols, and if you don't know the name, you probably know many of the carols.

PS: It's "Deck the Hall" and "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"[/nitpick]
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Old 13 December 2018, 12:58 AM
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I like the Bing Crosby/David Bowie Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth rendition as well.
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Old 13 December 2018, 01:07 AM
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My favourite is the Huron Carole, especially the Tom Jackson version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_cmnxep67k

Gets me every time.
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Old 13 December 2018, 01:24 AM
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This isn't a thread for complaining about how annoying Christmas songs are. If ya wanna go bitchin', go bitch somewhere else.
While I do find most Christmas music annoying, since this isn't the thread for that one of the few Christmas albums I actually do like is the soundtrack from A Charlie Brown Christmas, likely because I like jazz from that era in general anyway.
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Old 13 December 2018, 01:43 AM
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Good choice! I agree. The album they released is very soothing.
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Old 13 December 2018, 01:44 AM
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The Night Santa Went Crazy
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Old 13 December 2018, 03:49 AM
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Il est né, le divin enfant
In the Bleak Midwinter
Some Children See Him (although I will admit that it hasn't aged terribly well in terms of some of the descriptors)
Of the Father's Love Begotten
Go Where I Send Thee (Kingston Trio version in particular)
Old Toy Trains (especially the Nana Mouskouri recording)

...and lots, lots more.
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Old 13 December 2018, 06:23 AM
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A few of the (relatively) modern ones I like:

Someday at Christmas
I Believe in Father Christmas
Christmas Wrapping


There's also Chistmas by the Who, but despite the title/lyrics I don't really think of it as a Christmas song particularly.

Classics/standards include "Silent Night," "Carol of the Bells," and "Angels We Have Heard on High." I also have a slight soft spot for "The Little Drummer Boy," mainly as it's my father's favorite Christmas tune. (Also, of course, the Bing Crosby/David Bowie thing.)

The Mannheim Steamroller version of "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" is cool, though it has always seemed it should be accompanying an NFL highlights film....
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Old 13 December 2018, 07:18 AM
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Greg Lake's I Believe in Father Christmas, hands down.

I like the Bare Naked Ladies/Sarah McLachlan God Rest He Merry, Gentlemen/Three Kings mashup.
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Old 13 December 2018, 02:51 PM
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Minuit chretien
Adeste Fideles
I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas
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Old 13 December 2018, 02:58 PM
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I prefer the ones that aren't played as often (whichever songs those are this year), like Il est ne (musicgeek, did you know Souxie and the Banshees recorded that?), I Saw Three Ships, Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella, etc.

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Old 13 December 2018, 03:35 PM
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I have the Christmas album by Alabama. All original music, all good songs if you like country tunes.

My favourite it Thistlehair the Christmas Bear.
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Old 13 December 2018, 03:45 PM
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Actual Christmas song or a song complaining about the people whose shadow darkens the church doorstep only on Christmas?

I'm going to have to find it.
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Old 13 December 2018, 03:45 PM
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I prefer the ones that aren't played as often (whichever songs those are this year), like Il est ne (musicgeek, did you know Souxie and the Banshees recorded that?)
Now that I do, I'll be sure to check it out! I'm partial to the John Rutter arrangement as recorded by Chanticleer; my high school chamber choir has been singing it this season.

I also like some of the original Christmas rock songs out there - "I Believe In Father Christmas" has already been mentioned; I also like "A Christmas Song" by Jethro Tull. Can't believe I forgot one of my all-time favorites, "Father Christmas" by The Kinks.
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Old 13 December 2018, 05:45 PM
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I don't necessarily go for particular songs, but rather for songs by particular singers. That generally turns into particular albums.
My favorites are John Denver and the Muppets "A Christmas Together", the soundtrack to "A Muppet Christmas Carol", some of the songs on "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" (my favorite version of the Carol of the Bells), John Legend's "A Legendary Christmas", and a few older ones like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby Christmas albums.
If I were to narrow it down to my favorite songs, I'd say Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem doing "Little St. Nick", "It Feels Like Christmas" by the Muppet Christmas Carol Cast, John Denver and Rowlf doing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", and Satan doing "Christmastime in Hell".
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Old 13 December 2018, 06:26 PM
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Actual Christmas song or a song complaining about the people whose shadow darkens the church doorstep only on Christmas?

I'm going to have to find it.
I like the version by Fernand Gignac
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Old 13 December 2018, 07:42 PM
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Musicgeek (and anyone else old enough to appreciate hardcore punkers singing a religious, French, Christmas song), Siouxie and the Banshees.

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Old 13 December 2018, 08:27 PM
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Heh. Cool arrangement. I find it funny that YouTube commenters are ragging on her for her French pronunciation, but it's pretty spot-on as far as sung French (which differs from spoken French quite a bit, especially with regard to word endings) goes. (And I had totally forgotten that Robert Smith had played with them for a time!) Since we're sharing, here's the Chanticleer version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UxTjv9rLmE
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Old 14 December 2018, 02:55 PM
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Thanks!

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