CHRISTMAS MUSIC IS AWESOME
We here at SLLS love Christmas. We brought out our new holiday look a week early because we could not wait any longer. We started listening to Christmas music to do “research” for this post well before a person should start listening to such music. We are making lists of cookies we need to bake and presents we need to buy. The holidays are here, kids, and were excited!!!
Because of the youtube heaviness of this post you must click to read more but I promise it will be awesome, I mean come on Wham! is after the jump people, Wham!
Have a jolly rockin drunkin Christmas
The Walkmen, Christmas Party
Melissa: This is my favorite Christmas song of all time. It feels like Christmas–the crazy parties, shopping madness, family awkwardness, and of course, drunkenness. My yearly first listen to it starts the holiday season. It is not in Spotify at all so enjoy this embedded video.
Katie: Melissa put this on a Year End mix one year and it instantly became one of my favorite Christmas songs.
Bruce Springsteen, Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Katie: I swear my mom and I used to just drive around listening to Christmas songs waiting for this to play.
Melissa: There is no better version of this song. Don’t try to find one. You can’t. [Bruce didn’t think so either, so it’s not available on Spotify and I had to find another version that’s not as good.]
Oh so 80s
The Waitresses, Christmas Wrapping
Melissa: This is such a fun song. Let’s dance, y’all!
Katie: I had totally forgotten about this song and this band until Melissa put it on the list. Thank you Melissa!
Wham!, Last Christmas
Katie: Best Christmas song ever!
Melissa: It’s not Christmastime until I’ve heard “Last Christmas” at least five times in one day.
Classic Red and Green
Johnny Mathis, White Christmas
Katie: I’m not sure I know of any non-Christmas Johnny Mathis songs.
Melissa: Well, Katie, I put one of his records in my thrifting post, but come to think of it, I haven’t heard any of his non-Christmas songs either. I bet they are terrible.
Nat King Cole, The Christmas Song
Katie: You can’t make a list like this without “The Christmas Song” and Nat King Cole.
Melissa: I could. It would be “Christmas Party” twenty times.
Darlene Love, Marshmallow World
Katie: This song is so cute and this version has an awesome 60s girl group vibe to it. (Now I must go hit my head against my desk cause I said “vibe” at least I didn’t say I’m “vibing” like the do on SiriXmu, GROSS!)
Melissa: This is on the Phil Spector Christmas album, which is all kinds of great.
Barbra Streisand, Jingle Bells
Melissa: Dedicated to my mother, who played the Barbra Streisand Christmas record to death when I was a kid. This is a fun version to sing. My friend Leslie and I bonded over how much we loved this song, which I will cherish always. Fun personal fact: my wedding anniversary is the same day as Babs’ birthday.
You will feel melancholy or downright depressed
Vince Guaraldi (Charlie Brown Christmas), Christmas Time Is Here
Katie: In all seriousness I do love Wham! but this is my actual favorite Christmas song because Christmas is a little sad guys and this song perfectly captures the melancholy one feels during Christmas.
Judy Garland (Meet Me in St. Louis), Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Katie: I don’t want to write a plot synopsis of Meet Me in St. Louis here but the way Judy sings this song captures all of the loss and heartache the family is going through. It’s so sad and ridiculously beautiful.
Melissa: I made my husband watch Meet Me in St. Louis on Christmas last year, it’s such a heartwarming little movie. I love the costumes and the sets. I wish I lived in that huge Victorian house in St. Louis!
Joni Mitchell, River
Katie: An excellent break-up song for those whose relationship does not last through Christmas. As usual the lyrics of this song are as poetically brilliant as only Joni can do.
Melissa: I never thought of this as a Christmas song but it’s on Tracey Thorn’s holiday record (also fantastic) and the themes really exemplify the sadder side of the holiday.
It’s for the children
The Chipmunks, The Chipmunk Song
Katie: This reminds me of spending Christmas with my Nanny, who played this album for me when I was little. I doubt she listens to this anymore since were all grown up.
Lou Monte, Dominick the Donkey
Melissa: I had never heard this until Katie put it on this list and I kinda think it’s racist? At least it’s entertaining.
Katie: My mom bought this Christmas music tape at the grocery store and it had all of these obscure classics on it and this was one of them, we LOVED singing “HeeHaw” at the top of our lungs.
Jackson Five, Up on the Rooftop
Katie: Michael Jackson is so good on this song and he was so little.
John Denver and the Muppets, The Twelve Days of Christmas
Melissa: The LP that meant Christmas to me as a kid was this Avon Christmas Treasury, a compilation of 12 holiday classics. I have the whole thing memorized and when I hear “Deck the Halls” by Julie Andrews I know it’s time for The Muppets! Fun personal fact: Beaker is my favorite Muppet.
Katie: Our friend Bobby swears there is no Christmas unless it’s a John Denver/Muppets Christmas.
Christmas Eve in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The Shins, Wonderful Christmas Time
Melissa: I just heard this version when Katie put it on the list, and it’s really good! Though nothing can compare to the Paul McCartney original, even though he is embarrassed by the song (really, dude? go count your money in a corner).
Katie: I just heard this the other day and it made me so happy. I think I actually like it better than the original, is that allowed?
She & Him, Christmas Waltz
Katie: I heart Zooey Deschanel’s voice and it was made for Christmas Songs.
Rufus Wainwright, What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
Melissa: I used to work at a chain bookstore (it’s where I met my husband!) and most of the CDs on the forced playlist were terrible. I loved The McGarrigle Christmas Hour so much I asked for the promo (bookstore work does not pay) and I listen to it every year. Rufus’ cover of this song is so touching and beautiful; if I hosted holiday parties I would play this song repeatedly.
Saturday Night Live Holiday Classics
SNL (Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sans, Chris Kattan, and Tracy Morgan), I Wish it was Christmas Today
Melissa: This is a true classic. It always makes me laugh.
Katie: I miss Horatio Sans, true story.
SNL (Adam Sandler), Hanukkah Song (the original as performed on Weekend Update, I miss you NORM!!!)
Katie: I love this song! It’s one of those holiday songs I love to sing at the top of my lungs when it comes on the radio!
Melissa: Remember when Adam Sander was actually funny? Sigh.
Songs that are not Christmas music…
“My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music! This is not a Christmas song! This is a my life sucks so I’m going to perk myself up by reminding myself of all the things I love song. This is a song I will sing to my seven adorable Austrian charges while they are scared of a thunderstorm. At no point does Maria Fucking Von Trapp say to the children I know it’s spring but I will sing to you this Christmas song because you are scared. Don’t fuck with the Sound of Music or I will cut you! -K