Behold, I (zack) give you my top 10 Christmas songs compilation. Stoke the fire, spike the eggnog, and settle down for a long winter’s nap with this playing in the background.
1. Michael Buble – Santa Claus is Coming to Town: This song serves as a reminder to us all: screw up and Santa’s watching. From the moment the meandering bass line starts, there’s no doubt that Santa is a bad ass. It used to be a simple children’s song but now we know that this town belongs to Kris Kringle, the kind of guy who makes Frank Sinatra remember he’s just a little guy named Francis who used to wet the bed.
2. The Drifters – White Christmas: Sorry Bing, this song belongs to The Drifters. An Army buddy of mine thinks the Crosby movie is completely ridiculous because “hundreds of former soldiers are not going to travel across the country just because some retired general is feeling sad.” If you’re like me, it probably conjures up images of Macaulay Culkin, but hey, don’t we all love Home Alone? “This is my house. I have to defend it!”
3. Bing Crosby – Mele Kalikimaka: Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, and a whole lot of hilarity come to mind with this classic, but its so much more. When the cold and snow have gotten the best of you, when your Christmas bonus is in the shitter and your family is driving you crazy, well, there’s always a nice tropical retreat far far away from it all.
4. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmastime is Here (Instrumental): Charlie Brown comics should be required reading for all children. Today’s kids always hear about how awesome they are, but good ol’ Charlie Brown just can’t seem to win. He’s a refreshing dose of reality to our maladjusted self-absorbed youth. Vince Guaraldi composed a masterpiece with this one.
5. Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting…): Nat King Cole’s middle name is really Adams. King was a nickname he earned while performing at jazz clubs. I don’t really have any funny anecdotes or remarks for this one. He’s just awesome.
6. James Taylor – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: I admit, I have a certain affinity for the more somber oriented Christmas songs. They bring a nice respite from all the stupidity of the holiday season. So while the masses are busy fighting and robbing over the new Air Jordans, James Taylor and I are relaxing at home with family.
7. Ray Charles – Little Drummer Boy: The original is a weird little song to begin with but throw in the dispute the Mrs and I had the other day and we have a new contender for strangest song on the list. I really don’t understand why this song is as commonly known as it is. Drummers are an odd bunch and I keep imagining Rick Allen of Def Leppard singing this to the baby Jesus. Fortunately Ray took an otherwise odd song and made it awesome.
8. Sufjan Stevens – O Come Emmanuel: Wikipedia says that “It is believed that the traditional music stems from a 15th Century French processional for Franciscan nuns, but it may also have 8th Century Gregorian origins.” Funny. That’s exactly what I was thinking about it. Seriously though, Sufjan is a genius.
9. George Winston – Carol of the Bells: Also known as The Ukrainian Bell Carol, this song is one of Sarah’s favorites, and this version makes me wish I hadn’t quit piano lessons when I was a kid. (Sorry Mom and Dad, you were right, I do regret it.)
10. Mannheim Steamroller – Stille Nacht (Silent Night): Mannheim Steamroller was a Christmas staple in my household growing up, so I may be biased, but this version of Silent Night is the best of all time.
To all of you out there in Bloggo-land*, we wish you a very merry Christmas.
Peace on Earth and good will to men.
Zack and Sarah
*this is in no way a reference to or endorsement of Rod Blagojevich.