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Old 12-11-2012, 12:46 AM
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Default The carol that you sing: Talkin' 'bout Christmas music

It's come to my attention that some people around these parts are mad Scroogin', so I'm making this thread for purpose of demonstrating that Christmas music doesn't have to be terrible.

I'll start by quoting False's post over yonder, 'cause he knows what's up:

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Anyone who doesn't adore Nat King Cole singing The Christmas Song should kill themselves for being a soulless, heartless, sociopath!
Whoa! Strong words there, friend! But let's look at that link. Just look at this motherfucker. Have you ever seen anyone so happy to be singing about Christmas? No, you fucking haven't! It just isn't Christmas without good old Nat.

Even more essential, though, is one of his greatest contemporaries: Bing Crosby. And if the classic stuff isn't enough, you've always got him and Bowie doing the best Christmas song.

And while I'm on the subject of duets: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Frank and Cindi, which for my money is the best version of the song. Jackson 5 is a close second, though.

Speaking of, though! I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is pretty dumb and obnoxious, except when done by li'l Michael.

I really shouldn't make a thread like this without giving The King a few mentions.

Here's a really great one by Louis Armstrong that I feel really doesn't get enough attention: 'Zat You, Santa Claus?

I have a weakness for Do They Know It's Christmas, but I'm ready to admit that it's terrible and I'm a bad person.

This is just to start with; post your favorite Christmas/Holiday songs! I went pretty modern/pop heavy here, but I totally encourage people to get all classical too; I would but I don't know good versions of stuff like The Holly and The Ivy or Greensleeves(What Child Is This if you like Jesus or whatever) off the top of my head.

I didn't go with any obvious stuff like Vince Guaraldi or Muppets 'cause I figured those are kind of forgone conclusions around here. (People should still post them, though)
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:17 AM
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The best Christmas song.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:36 AM
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:51 AM
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I unashamedly love All I Want For Christmas Is You and this version is super adorable
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:25 AM
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No Christmas song written after World War II is worth listening to unless it's this one, this I declare.

NoŽl Nouvelet is from the the 1400s. It is my favorite.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:40 AM
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:48 AM
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I've always had a soft spot for Carol of the Bells in various and sundry versions. Also, White Christmas (Dhroo already linked Bing, which is like, what else do you need).

Also I can't shake this comic now that I've seen it. It hangs over me like a spectre whenever I hear Christmas songs. I think it has ruined Christmas.

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Old 12-11-2012, 05:23 AM
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:34 PM
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This entire album should be on everybody's Christmas music rotation.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:20 PM
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Speakin' of Christmasy Sonic music...

Also, this totally counts, right?
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:35 PM
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Nein! The odd thing is that the Genesis version had a better soundtrack, at least to me.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:32 PM
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also Carol of the Bells is the only good "real" Christmas song
Carol of the Bells is indeed great, but it was adapted in 1916 from a traditional Ukrainian New Years song. At the time the song was written, the new year began in what we now call March. It's definitely pre-Christian and probably prehistoric.

There are also songs about the other man in a red suit who can sometimes be found on rooftops and doesn't like it when people are naughty.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:31 PM
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Whenever people mention "All I Want For Christmas is You" they mean some version that doesn't have Vince Vance, and it's a crime. It's great even without the Benimaru hair.

Video game related: any ice level music in Croc.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:42 AM
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I fuckin' love Christmas music, but I fuckin' hate having it inflicted on me in early November when I'm shopping at the drugstrore or whatever. You have to choose your Chrimmas music carefully, too, because the bad stuff is really bad. But once December rolls around, you can bet that the following albums are going to be in heavy rotation at Casa Banjo:

Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas
Pretty much anything by Bing Crosby
Sufjan Stevens' Songs for Christmas
ExciteMike's Christmas mix CD The Silent Knight Returns (seriously, every year, even though it actually arrived after Christmas the year that it was in the exchange)

This year, I've picked up a couple of new albums to mix things up a bit. Cee Lo Green's Magic Moment is actually kind of disappointing because it's so by-the-numbers, I was hoping that he would knock it out of the park and he seems to have bunted instead. It still has a few songs that rise above the rest, though, and by skipping the few that I like the least it winds up being a pretty enjoyable listen (much like his Ladykiller album, actually). The other album that I bought was the new Sufjan Stevens collection, Silver and Gold. I wasn't expecting to like it very much, honestly, since many of the tracks have that sort of electronic music bent to them that Age of Adz had, but there are also a bunch that are more acoustic and heartfelt. Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree) is my favorite track so far, but I haven't listened to it very many times just yet.

Also, don't forget this old thread, featuring peoples' suggestions for game music that sounds wintery.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:41 AM
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Kate Bush - December Will Be Magic Again

Low - Just Like Christmas

Belle & Sebastian - O Come O Come Emmanuel



Malcolm Middleton - We're All Going To Die. Not technically about christmas, although the video does feature a Santa.

Wesley Willis - Merry Christmas

That should do it!
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:18 PM
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I love the joyful, party atmosphere.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:29 PM
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Uh... "Weird Al" Yankovic's - Christmas At Ground Zero? *shrug*

So now that I'm done with silliness and frivolity I'll offer the following (ear wormy) songs:
Suzy Snowflake
Hardrock, Coco and Joe
(Of course I'm very nostalgic for them so your mileage might vary.)

Oh man... That started out pretty damn cute but then the backup singers just sent it overboard. (For some reason the way the backup singers were integrated gave me a real Muppets vibe.)
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:15 AM
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Muppets or GTFO.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:23 AM
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I will say this: man, fuck Michael Bublť. His whole shtick is just taking the classic crooner songs from the 40s and 50s and rerecording them, only blander. He's Bing Crosby without the sincerity and Frank Sinatra without the style. The only thing he has on any of the classic singers is that he isn't dead, at least not biologically. I just heard about half of his Christmas album, and while most of it was fairly inoffensive, I almost lost it when I heard his version of Jingle Bells, which is exactly the arrangement that Crosby did with the Andrews Sisters almost 70 years ago. If your whole album consists of nothing but overplayed Christmas classics, at least try to come up with your own spin on them! Apparently, the album won the Juno award for best album of the year (not best holiday album, best OVERALL ALBUM), which just goes to show that there apparently does exist a major award with less meaning than the Grammy.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:59 PM
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Good news Christmas music haters, Christopher Lee has come to your rescue.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:53 AM
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I found the best cash-in for this holiday season.

Get one of Pop's greatest Christmas songs, with 2012's biggest hit and you get this...
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:43 AM
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:52 AM
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Muppets or GTFO.
This guy gets it. But only if you bring along John Denver.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:15 PM
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I'm not about the jesus' birthday aspect of Christmas any more, but goddamn I love some Hark the Herald Angel, and O Holy Night, and O Come Emmanuel.

the secular songs were usually just background music because omg jesus, but I had a very special connection with Winter Wonderland at one point.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:46 PM
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O Come Emmanuel
Yeah, I like that one, too. This is a special favorite version for me.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:23 PM
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I am very fond of Duke Ellington's rendition of The Nutcracker Suite. Listen to the Arabian Dance.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:50 PM
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Good news Christmas music haters, Christopher Lee has come to your rescue.
I picked it up for shits and giggles. It's so bad it's halfway good again. Christopher Lee has a great voice, but he's not a great singer. The arrangements are mediocre at best, and metal and Silent Night just don't go together. That said I can't help but crack a grin hearing pounding guitars downpicking power chords and Christopher Lee's voice booming "Pah-rum-pum-pum-pum!" I don't even really like "Little Drummer Boy".

My parents played all manner of Christmas songs from the good to the bad when I was growing up, starting from the first Sunday in Advent through January 6th. Besides the obvious Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas and Burl Ives' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soundtracks that I grew up with, I am also partial to Handel's Messiah - the whole thing, not just the "Hallelujah" chorus. Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song" has already been mentioned upthread.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:50 PM
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:47 PM
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A friend pointed me to a few Christmas pieces by Blackmore's Night: We Three Kings and Christmas Eve. I am reminded again that I really should buy something by them, Ritchie Blackmore is still a good guitarist.
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