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A December Poll: “The 2022 Top Christmas Song”

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The week after Thanksgiving! It’s The Official Start of Christmas Music Season™ !

Well, according to my own rules, that is.

Makes sense. Although, Target prefers to use a different metric.

I know that many of you listen to this music year-round – and no criticism from me! You do you.

Why does it matter? Because with the official kickoff, mt58 and I are bringing back the competition!

Because who doesn’t like to cheer for their own favorites…

… and trash the rest?

However: There are So. Many. Christmas Songs.

The only possible way to set up a contest is to divide them into categories before having a final challenge among the winners in each category.

Confused? So are we.

But that’s okay. Just jump in and nominate your favorites. This week’s nominations are in the classic Christmas category. Looking for those songs that have been playing in the stores and on the radio for most, if not all, of your lifetime.

The background to dinner at your grandparents…

The ones that you learned for the school Christmas program…

You know the ones! Please limit your nominations to one. Multiple nominations for the same song by a different singer will be accepted. Mine are White Christmas by Bing Crosby and Silver Bells by Bob Hope.

The mechanics:

  • Nominate in the comments below.
  • Nominations close at the end of business on Thursday
  • A snappy looking poll will be posted on Friday
  • The results will be available that evening.
  • Bring your cocoa or other imbibement, hang with us, and see how your choice fared!

And a special thanks to Gary, for helping with the tabulations. We can always count on you!

Great. TIL that I’m working Friday night.

**Important caveat** The Christmas Shoes will not be accepted in any category because, as Chuck Small might say: “yuck.” And let the record show: we are not the first ones to feel this way.

Sorry, Nathan. It’s our poll, and we make the rules.

Thanks for participating, and we can’t wait to see your picks!


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cstolliver
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November 29, 2022 5:07 am

Well, since I was cited … 🙂

I liked most of the Phil Spector Christmas Album (as loathsome as its creator may have been), with Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” as the highlight.

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November 29, 2022 6:25 am

Does “classic” have a cutoff year? Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” is now considered a classic, but are we thinking 40s – 60s for classics here?

I’ll stick with some golden oldies for now:

Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song
Judy Garland: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Louis Armstrong: Winter Wonderland
Johnny Mathis: Sleigh Ride
Perry Como: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
The Ronettes: Frosty the Snowman (taking a cue from Chuck)

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November 29, 2022 6:57 am

Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song was going to be my choice as well.

I’m quite partial to Andy Williams’ “Happy Holiday” and “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Aside from a certain mic drop, walk off Christmas song I am obligated to rally for on behalf of all Hungry Little Schoolgirls everywhere (sounds like that’s a future category though), when I hear Andy Williams singing about the holidays I know it’s on. Never fails to give me warm fuzzies.

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November 29, 2022 7:12 am
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I’ll give you “Christmas Song,” and will take “O Little Town of Bethlehem” in its place. What really hits my Christmas sweet spot? Traditional carols. And if not sung by a choir, traditional carols sung by Nat.

Oh, and also, this classic needs a mention:

George Frederich Handel (performed by the Academy of Ancient Music): “For Unto Us a Child Is Born.”

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November 29, 2022 11:56 am

I would like to submit ‘O Holy Night’ in that case as well, as sung by a traditional choir, not anyone from the 20th or 21st century music scene….

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November 29, 2022 12:33 pm

Faith-based knife fight!

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November 29, 2022 7:56 pm
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“Arctic Cool” from North Side Story.

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November 29, 2022 9:57 am

My parents has most, if not all, of the Firestone Christmas albums, Volumes 1 – 7. Volume 5 was all Julie Andrews, so I nominate her version of “The Bells Of Christmas.”

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November 29, 2022 11:58 am
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That’s a Pleasant Reminder for the Day, totally forgot about those Firestone Christmas albums. My folks had some in their library as well.

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November 29, 2022 1:03 pm
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Did they also have the Four Roses albums?

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November 29, 2022 1:15 pm
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No, but they did have some pretty bitchin’ Burl Ives stuff.

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November 29, 2022 5:23 pm
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I’d like to start a petition to have Congress pass a law that all mentions of Burl Ives songs on the radio from this day forward MUST be preceeded by the word “Bitchin'”.

Shoot, let’s go for an amendment to the Constitution. I mean, it’s THAT important.

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November 30, 2022 8:35 am
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How is “Bitchin’ Burl Ives” not the name of a band?

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November 29, 2022 3:22 pm
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Oh my goodness do I love that album cover.

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November 29, 2022 11:50 am

We gotta get some Burl Ives up in this joint people. I give a slight nod to “Holly Jolly Christmas” over several other contenders (Rudolph and such).

https://youtu.be/e_AMTbO50vU

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November 29, 2022 5:25 pm
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Ahem.

That’s Bitchin’ Burl Ives, pauly.

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November 29, 2022 7:26 pm
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I stand corrected! 😁

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November 29, 2022 12:34 pm

All of these are wonderful picks. Here are my suggestions:

  1. Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt
  2. Merry Christmas Darling, The Carpenters
  3. Christmas Time Is Here, A Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack
  4. There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays, Perry Como or The Carpenters
  5. Felice Navidad, Jose Feliciano
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November 29, 2022 7:24 pm
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BTW, I’m avoiding your article today because I’m trying to evade spoilers. Hoping I’ll get my own copy of Tom’s book in my Xmas stocking! So don’t take my lack of engagement as lack of interest…

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November 29, 2022 12:43 pm

Firstly; The Christmas Shoes?! Its fair to say it hasn’t crossed the Atlantic. Never heard of it and based on your caveat I never want to hear it. Rather than sullying my ears I’ve had a quick scan of the lyrics and……well…… how to put it politely? They really do read like it must be quite something.

As for my Christmas classic. It may be heresy but I could quite happily never hear another Christmas song again. Familiarity breeds apathy. Its not that I’m a complete Grinch, I love Christmas, just that I can live without the musical accompaniment.

That said, if I absolutely had to pick one to accompany me through eternity I’m on board with Chuck, its Darlene with Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home).

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November 29, 2022 1:18 pm

OK. Attention please. This is not a drill.

I’m invoking the N.O.S.H.O.E.S. Protocol.

JJ is to be extricated from the scene immediately before further damage is done.

Tell him that it’s a matter of national security, and use the secret countersign. “Yorkshire Pudding.”

If the terror of The Christmas Shoes is not contained, and is released upon an unsuspecting UK, we can only imagine the panic. It could potentially effect the results of The Annual British Christmas Number One. And we can’t have that.

Good luck, all. We’re counting on you. This message will self-destruct in 5 sec-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0tNw4jNp28

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Phylum of Alexandria
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November 29, 2022 1:36 pm

“Christmas Shoes” really has to be heard to be believed. It’s like a grisly accident you just can’t help gawking at.

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November 29, 2022 2:19 pm

Like JJ, I have somehow never heard Christmas Shoes, so I just asked my son about it. He jumped and said, “Oh God, no! Don’t listen to it!”

Instead, he played me this video. It explains the song without ever playing it. And now I understand.

https://youtu.be/iq10bz3PxyY

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November 29, 2022 4:08 pm

“Profane, yet hilarious.”

I’m pretty sure I heard that once at a wine tasting.

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November 29, 2022 4:58 pm
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Ohhhh, that song. Thank you VDog Jr for allowing me to place that song without actually having to listen to it. 😁

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November 29, 2022 1:36 pm

I nominate “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms

If that’s not considered “classic”, then I nominate “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)” by Nat King Cole

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November 29, 2022 1:51 pm

I’m not big fan of Christmas music, but I’ll go with “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano (why not, it’s easy to sing in both languages), Wham’s “Last Christmas”, Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime”, Mariah’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) by The Ramones, and Run-DMC’s “Christmas In Hollis”.

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November 29, 2022 3:29 pm

This is like deciding which of my children I like best. I really love Christmas music.

The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole was already mentioned, which is good, cause it’s my personal choice, too. Others:

Bing Crosby: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Leroy Anderson/Boston Pops: Sleigh Ride (gotta have an instrumental)
The Drifters: White Christmas

I would nominate Gayla Peevey’s “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” because I LOVE that song, but I feel it would quickly be hammered down. (It’s certainly not my favorite).

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November 29, 2022 5:01 pm

Unless you’re Canadian, then it would be “Abot a Typo”.

Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week, don’t forget to tip your server….

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November 29, 2022 4:48 pm

Haven’t heard “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee mentioned yet… Required listening for all Home Alone fans!

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November 29, 2022 7:54 pm

That grandmother is so Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People.

Okay. I read the criteria. No Waitresses.

1) Silent Night
2) The Little Drummer Boy

Okay. Those first two are legit. Third choice is based on not repeating what was already nominated.

3) I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Phylum of Alexandria
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November 29, 2022 8:48 pm

A few more oldies:

Traditional (Mormon Tabernacle Choir): Carol of the Bells
Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Snowflakes
Jimmy Durante: Frosty the Snowman
Dinah Washington: Ole Santa

And let’s not forget this gem!

The Chipmunks: Christmas Don’t Be Late

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November 29, 2022 9:26 pm

If anybody could find the emotional truth of “The Christmas Shoes”, it was Mimi Parker.

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November 30, 2022 9:34 am
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 😭 

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November 29, 2022 10:08 pm

Does Thurl Ravenscroft’s “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” qualify as classic?

It’s GRRRR-REAT!!

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November 30, 2022 8:35 am

My entry will lose in the first round, but I have an Irrational Love for “Love Is” by Percy Faith. I’m hoping Link will show it some love.

https://youtu.be/IsSQuMd7oJ8

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November 30, 2022 4:31 pm

Love this concept. (ba-dum-tss)
My nominees are (using “1970 and earlier” as my criteria):
“Deck the Halls” by Nat King Cole — the best antidote to artists dragging out Christmas songs way longer than they need to be.* 1 minute, 8 seconds and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Winter Wonderland” by Darlene Love
“What Christmas Means to Me” by Stevie Wonder

*See: any version of “Jingle Bells” that’s like 3 minutes long and only has the 1 verse + chorus. Okay, we get it, Frank, you love those J-I-N-G-L-E bells… you know the song has at least 2 other verses you could be singing instead, right?

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Speaking of bells on bobtail:

If I never have to hear Barbra Streisand’s version of JB ever again, I will consider it to be a fortuitous stroke of good luck.

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December 1, 2022 11:34 am

Lots of good ones so far. A few others to consider, if not already mentioned

“Let It Snow” – Dean Martin
“Home for the Holidays” – Perry Como
“O Come All Ye Faithful” – Nat King Cole
“Its’ Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” – Johnny Mathis

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