Music for the Holidays - Take Two


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Well its that time of year again and I dug out this old thread to watch some Christmas videos (and to get the links for Beatle Christmas music for my other site). When I clicked on most of the links, the videos had either been removed by the poster or were taken out due to terms of use violations. I know its all capitalism.... but still.... Bummer!!

I will try to fix the dead links to the suggested songs and link them in the list below. Underlines will appear as the links are fixed. Feel free to add your favorite Christmas songs, too.

Have a great holiday!

Kat

Beatles

Christmas Greetings - The Beatles

Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney

Ding Dong - George Harrison

The Little Drummer Boy - Ringo Starr

Rockin' Christmas

2000 Miles - The Pretenders

It's Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2

Christmas Eve Serejevo (house lights) - Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Mad Russian Christmas - Trans-Siberian Orchestra

First Snow - Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Dueling houses Lightshow to TSO

Sleigh Ride - Brian Setzer Orchestra

Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen

Jingle Bell Rock - Billy Idol

Christmas Song - Dave Matthews Band

Reggae Christmas - Bryan Adams

Fairytale of New York - Pogues

Winter Wonderland - Ozzy Osbourne & Jessica Simpson

Christmas in America - Pat Benetar

Classic Christmas

White Christmas - Bing Crosby

Frank Sinatra

The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole

Blue Christmas - Elvis

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland

Little Drummer Boy - Bing and Bowie

Frosty the Snowman - Leon Redbone and Dr. John

Contemporary Christmas

Jingle Bells - Diana Krall

Santa Baby - Kylie Minogue

The Christmas Song - Christina Aguliera

Put a Little Love in Your Heart (Scrooged) - Al Green & Annie Lennox

Comic Christmas

Larry the Cable Guy - Rudolph Revisited

Merry Xmas - Eric Idle

The Chanakah Song - Adam Sandler

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  • 11 years later...

What are the most underplayed Christmas song? “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” in 1962, is underplayed.

What’s naughty? “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt. All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey and Rosemary Clooney’s “He'll Be Coming Down The Chimney Tonight.”

Funny and good? “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” with Ariana Grande on Saturday Night Live. All she does is wiggle her butt.

What is the best Christmas song? Perhaps, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” by Nat King Cole. What are your favorites? Peter

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This isn’t necessarily for the holidays but what love song or any song has the best ending? Go listen to this on You Tube. The lead singer has surprisingly, high pitched voice that sounds great.  

“Lost in Love” by Air Supply, songwriter: Graham Russell

I realize the best part of love is the thinnest slice
And it don't count for much
But I'm not letting go
I believe there's still much to believe in

So lift your eyes if you feel you can
Reach for a star and I'll show you a plan
I figured it out
What I needed was someone to show me

You know you can't fool me
I've been loving you too long
It started so easy
You want to carry on

Lost in love and I don't know much
Was I thinking aloud and fell out of touch?
But I'm back on my feet and eager to be what you wanted

So lift your eyes if you feel you can
Reach for a star and I'll show you a plan
I figured it out
What I needed was someone to show me

You know you can't fool me
I've been loving you too long
It started so easy
You want to carry on

Lost in love and I don't know much
Was I thinking aloud and fell out of touch?
But I'm back on my feet and eager to be what you wanted

You know you can't fool me
I've been loving you too long
It started so easy
You want to carry on

Lost in love and I don't know much
Was I thinking aloud and fell out of touch?
But I'm back on my feet and eager to be what you wanted

Now I'm lost, lost in love, lost in love, lost in love
Now I'm lost, lost in love, lost in love, lost in love
Lost in love, lost in love, lost in love
Lost in love, lost in love, lost in love.

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A good, but goofy  Christmas song? “White Christmas” by the Drifters in 1954. "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney is a bit goofy and nice too.

You may have already guessed it. I am listening to a cable Christmas songs. Some good pop Christmas songs? REO Speedwagon’s, “I believe in Santa Clause,” and "My Only Wish (This Year)" by Britney Spears.

Broadway sounding, little person song? Kristin Chenoweth, “The Christmas Waltz.”

Christmas for non-Christians? From Wikipedia. Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. Originally created by author Daniel O'Keefe, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 Seinfeld episode “The Strike,” which O'Keefe's son, Dan O'Keefe, co-wrote. The non-commercial holiday's celebration, as depicted on Seinfeld, occurs on December 23 and includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength", and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles".[3] The episode refers to it as "a Festivus for the rest of us". It has been described both as a parody holiday festival and as a form of playful consumer resistance. Journalist Allen Salkin describes it as "the perfect secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering".

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Can you imagine a country where it is a tradition to watch Donald Duck cartoons on Christmas? Peter

Christmas Eve, known as Julafton in Swedish, is also very important in Sweden. Christmas Eve dinner includes dried fish, Christmas ham, boiled potatoes, pork sausage, herring salad, spiced bread, and lots of sweets. A popular Christmas tradition in Sweden is to serve Risgryngrot, a special rice porridge cooked with one almond in it and the person who finds the almond in his or her bowl gets to make a wish. Another popular and important Christmas tradition in Sweden is that many Swedes on Christmas Eve afternoon watch Donald Duck. This slightly odd tradition of religiously watching the same 1950s Disney cartoons over and over again started back in 1959 at 3.00pm on Christmas Eve, when the TV station TV1 showed the Disney special “From All of Us to All of You” or in Swedish “Kalle Anka och hans vanner onskar God Jul” meaning “Donald Duck and his friends wish you a Merry Christmas.”

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Oh. By the way. Merry Christmas! Or Festivus.

From the net. Why don't Jehovah's witnesses celebrate Christmas? Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas simply because Christmas has pagan origins and associations; Christmas is based upon falsehoods and Christmas also promotes idolatry, a practice the Bible condemns. Famous people, who were or are JW’s are Michael Jackson. Prince. Ja Rule. Dave Mustaine. Dwight Eisenhower. Venus and Serena Williams. Naomi Campbell. Donald Glover. end quote

Dwight Eisenhower? No way. He ain’t black!

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Very good, Jon Anderson! And I like “Oh Holy Night” by Asia’s songbird. Regina Velasquez, The Filipino singer. And I like Josh Groban’s “Oh Holy Night,”  and “The First Noel.” Though it's not a Christmas song I get nostalgic when hearing "Memories" by Barbra Streisand.  

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I always thought it was great how Anderson hired black gospel singer/preacher Sandra Crouch to sing the final lines:

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name

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