Music Lists Are Us: Favorite Christmas songs with brief comments


My favorite Christmas songs with brief comments

Alone on Christmas Day by Mike Love (my least favorite Beach Boy, but this song is great)

Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing) by Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler (tangentially seasonal)

That Spirit of Christmas by Ray Charles (by Ray Charles; 'nuff said)

Baby Jesus by Matthew Sweet (strange lyrically, a little psychadelic musically, but beautiful)

Iesus Ahatonnia (The Huron Carol) by Bruce Cockburn  (the first Canadian Christmas hymn, written in the early 1600s)

2000 Miles by The Pretenders (one of my favorite Pretenders songs)

Christmas Time is Here (instrumental) by Vince Guaraldi (from A Charlie Brown Christmas)

Joy to the World by Whitney Houston (from The Preacher's Wife movie soundtrack)

Santa Will Find You by Mindy Smith (the only Santa focused title on this list)

The Little Wiped-Out Drummer Boy by The Spongetones (one of the better takes on "Drummer Boy")

River by Joni Mitchell (probably the greatest singer/songwriter of all time)

Shepherds (though I've also seen it written as "Shepards" ; it's spelled correctly on the album, so don't blame the songwriter) by Bruce Cockburn (alludes to the Biblical narrative but not too theological or preachy)

What Christmas Means To Me by Stevie Wonder (earnest and upbeat)

Snowflakes by Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler (I don't know any of their other albums but this is a great Christmas collection for people burned out on on the mindless overplay of the same 19 songs every December)

Jesus Christ by Teenage Fanclub (the original by Big Star is great, but I prefer this cover version by maybe my fave non-Beatles group--there are other good versions, too; including the one on the Monkees' Christmas album)

Just Like Christmas by Low (neither overtly religious, nor commercially compromised)

Jesus, Born On This Day by Mariah Carey (from Carey's 1994 album; original & classic at the same time)

Maybe This Christmas by Ron Sexsmith (title-track to a charity Christmas album for "Toys for Tots", but there are some other good versions of the song. Including one by Kerry Getz).

Skating by Vince Guaraldi (the whole A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack is still worthwhile)

This Time of the Year by Ray Charles (Brother Ray elevates an otherwise unremarkable song)

Home for the Holidays by Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler (about a Christmas visit to your hometown and seeing exes)

Song for a Winter's Night by Gordon Lightfoot (more Wintery rather than specifically Christmas-y)

Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarkson (the one instant classic on Kelly's 1st holiday album)

Goodbye Charles by Over The Rhine (They have 3 Christmas albums; the songs are mostly original)

Someday at Christmas by Stevie Wonder

Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) by The Smithereens (I'm sure that some prefer the original version by the Ramones, but I like this one just slightly more)

Down in Yon Forrest by Bruce Cockburn

Midnight Mass by Tom Chaplin (Chaplin is lead singer in the UK band, Keane; good holiday disc)

The Christmas Song by The Raveonettes (not the old "Chestnuts roasting..." song; I think they should have called it "The Other Christmas Song" in deference to the older classic)

Miss You Most (At Christmas Time) by Mariah Carey (her 1st Christmas album is her best album)

Let It Fall by Over the Rhine

Christmas Time is Here (vocal version) by Vince Guaraldi (from A Charlie Brown Christmas)

Christmas Moon by Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler

A Fairytale of New York by The Pogues & Kristy MacColl (some strong language; a very different approach to a holiday song)

Level 59
Dec 14, 2021
Good idea, but recommend talking at least one sentence about the songs.
Level 62
Dec 15, 2021
There are plenty of places on line to look for more info
Level 54
Dec 14, 2021
If I was making this list, I would add "Christmas Tree Farm" by Taylor Swift. Solid pop hook, plus she wrote and released in the span of a week or so.
Level 62
Dec 15, 2021
I don't usually consider how quickly a song is written when deciding how good it is. I like your suggestion, though I hadn't listened to it until I got your suggestion. It doesn't make my list this year, but maybe it will grow on me
Level 75
Dec 14, 2021
Trucking Trees for Christmas by the Playtones.
Level 62
Dec 15, 2021
I found several versions of this song on YouTube, but none by The Playtones
Level 73
Dec 14, 2021
I'm not a big fan of most Christmas music, but there are a good few that I enjoy. As far as original ones, Christmas Saves The Year by Twenty One Pilots, Merry Axe-Mas by Ice Nine Kills, and of course Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You are probably my favorites. I also really like Randall King's cover of Run Run Rudolph, and Cody Johnson's new album is the only Christmas album I've heard that I've enjoyed all the way through.
Level 62
Dec 15, 2021
I like the 21 Pilots song, I hadn't heard it before, but I may add it too my list. Cody Johnson seems fine, but probably won't make my list
Level 71
Dec 15, 2021
"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" is a classic
Level 62
Feb 18, 2022
I suppose that one has endured long enough to warrant the "classic" designation; certainly, longer than I would have predicted. However, I think it suffers from the same weaknesses as many novelty songs; the novelty wears off and it's really neither funny enough or beautiful enough, IMHO, to maintain my interest. But I'm glad you enjoy it. Thank you for reading and commenting