Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas music

I LOVE CHRISTMAS MUSIC. Absolutely, no reservations, love it - though I'm picky. Not just any Christmas music will do.
This was my 2008 Christmas playlist.

1. Pet Shop Boys, "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas"
2. Ronettes, "Frosty the Snowman"
3. Wham!, "Last Christmas"
4. Cassetteboy, "Up the Chimney"
5. Queen, "Thank God It's Christmas"
6. Johnny Mathis, "Sleigh Ride"#
7. Ronnie Milsap, "Silver Bells"
8. En Vogue, "Silent Night (Happy Holiday Mix)"
9. Boyz II Men, "Let It Snow"
10. Alison Moyet, "The Coventry Carol"
11. Vince Guaraldi, "Skating"
12. Dwight Yoakam, "Here Comes Santa Claus"
13. John Cougar Mellencamp, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
14. Elvis Presley, "Blue Christmas"#
15. Andy Williams, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"~
16. Waitresses, "Christmas Wrapping"
17. Daryl Hall & John Oates, "Jingle Bell Rock"
18. The Fall, "Jingle Bell Rock"
19. Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, "Fairytale of New York"%
20. Pretenders, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"#
21. Vince Guaraldi, "My Little Drum"
22. Dolly Parton, "Hard Candy Christmas"^
23. Aretha Franklin, "O Christmas Tree"
24. Kirk Franklin & the Family, "Silver & Gold (Remix)"
25. Prince, "Another Lonely Christmas"^
26. Al Green, "I'll Be Home for Christmas"#
27. Run-D.M.C., "Christmas in Hollis"
28. Stevie Wonder, "What Christmas Means to Me"
29. Elton John, "Step into Christmas"
30. Crystals, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
31. Dan Tyminski, "Frosty the Snowman"
32. Brenda Lee, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
33. Alan Jackson, "A Holly Jolly Christmas"
34. U2, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
35. Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
36. Cassetteboy, "Happy Cliffmas"
37. bit shifter, "let it snow"
38. Yello, "Jingle Bells"
39. Celine Dion, "Feliz Navidad"**
40. Mariah Carey, "All I Want for Christmas Is You"
41. Kirk Franklin & the Family, "Jesus Is the Reason for the Season"
42. TLC, "Sleigh Ride"
43. James Brown, "Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto"
44. Vince Guaraldi, "Christmas is Coming"
45. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, "A Christmas to Remember"
46. A Plus D, "Xmas Dick in a Box (street version)"
47. Kate Bush, "December Will Be Magic Again"
48. Patty Loveless, "O Come All Ye Faithful"
49. Whitney Houston, "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
50. Vanessa Williams, "What Child Is This?"#
51. Cocteau Twins, "Frosty the Snowman"
52. Willie Nelson, "Pretty Paper"^
53. Sting, "Gabriel's Message"
54. Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
55. TBC Poundsystem, "Don't Lose My Funky Sledge"@
56. Angela Lansbury and company, "We Need A Little Christmas (from Mame)"
57. JIROB v Paul McCartney, "Pipes of Peace (Gentle Remix)*
58. Paul McCartney, "Wonderful Christmastime"
59. Brian McKnight, "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
60. Carpenters, "Merry Christmas Darling"#
61. Donny Hathaway, "This Christmas"#
62. Kenny Loggins, "Celebrate Me Home"
63. Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "The Power of Love"
64. Bing Crosby and David Bowie, "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy"
65. Vince Guaraldi, "Christmastime Is Here (Vocal)"#
66. Nat "King" Cole, "The Christmas Song"#
67. Various Artists/DJ Rotten Robbie, "Holiday Greetings Mix '06"
68. Barry Manilow, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve"
69. Dan Fogelberg, "Same Old Lang Syne"

#The definitive version of this chestnut. Period.
~Released in 1982! I'd always assumed, since it was Andy Williams, it was a late-'60s record, but no.
%It truly fascinates me how this has become a cherished Christmas classic in the UK. Can anyone shed any light on why this is?
^Not all good Christmas songs have to be happy ones.
**This might possibly be the most bizarre song on this playlist; hearing any French-Canadian singing "Feliz Navidad," let alone the world's most famous one - including her exultation "We're just getting hot!" at 1:08 - is delightfully WEIRD. If music is the international language, then Celine is like ESL in every language. I had a chance encounter with this version a couple of weeks back - somehow fittingly that it was in a taqueria in the Castro. How did this come out a decade ago (on These Are Special Times) and I'd never heard it until now?!
@I love the vocalist on this track...

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