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Andrew / December 19, 2007 11:50 PM

Sort of the flip side of the "least favorite" holiday songs question. Suggested by Lori.

Mine? Jingle Bells.

avant/chi / December 20, 2007 1:18 AM

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, You gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special

Wham! - Last Christmas - what else is there really?

milena / December 20, 2007 8:08 AM

Have to say that there is nothing better than listening to Burl Ives on Christmas morning while opening gifts and eating a big breakfast. Great stuff

KJ / December 20, 2007 9:18 AM

The soundtrack to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is my favorite.

We also have the Sufjan Stevens Christmas CD, so that will probably get some spins as well.

Spook / December 20, 2007 9:52 AM

Town of 500
by Marvin Tate off the
Family Swin CD

Its a very haunting song , like a dark snowy day

“Their once was girl who played clarinet, she practiced day and night till her palms begane to sweat,
But she will never make it out, of this town, of 500..”

dan / December 20, 2007 10:12 AM

That would be Rilo Kiley's "Xmas Cake" and, ye old standard "Fairytale of New York".

eep / December 20, 2007 10:53 AM

I just made a disc of "Christmas Awesomeness" for my friends last weekend. Some of the highlights are:

Happy Holidays (Beef Wellington Remix) - Bing Crosby
The Nutcracker Suite - The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Feliz Navidad - Los Straightjackets
Donde Esta Santa Claus? - Guster
(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag (Thunderball Mix) - Kay Starr
This Time of Year - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Back Door Santa - BB King & John Popper
Must Be Santa (Polka) - Brave Combo
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Lou Rawls
Winter Wonderland - Phantom Planet
The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
Auld Lang Syne - Bill Keith

annie / December 20, 2007 11:07 AM

I went to the Old Town School of Music sing a long concert last weekend and heard my new favorite Christmas song for the first time.
Children Go Where I send Thee, I bought every version I could find on Itunes, including Johnny Cash. Sufjan Stevens holiday album has been playing a bunch but the Muppets Christmas album is traditionally played on Christmas morning.

Josh / December 20, 2007 11:21 AM

Capitol Records - 3-Disc Ultimate Christmas Cocktails
Frank Sinatra - The Sinatra Christmas Album
Dean Martin - Christmas with Dino
Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas

And how can we not listen to...
Kay Martin & Her Bodyguards - I Know What He Wants For Christmas (But I Don't Know How To Wrap It)

kate / December 20, 2007 11:23 AM

John Denver & The Muppets Christmas album. I loves it.

Emmit Otter Jug Band Christmas. I wants it.

jennifer / December 20, 2007 6:40 PM

I'm with KJ.

listening to 'a charlie brown christmas' soundtrack makes me smile. I've already gotten compulsive and listened to it on repeat for a day.

boomer / December 21, 2007 8:54 AM

Bob Rivers:
"Chipmunks Roasting on a Open Fire"

And of course, Mr. Como.

Brandy / December 21, 2007 9:17 AM

My Xmas mix:
White Christmas - The Drifters
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Bing Crosby
Christmas Island - The Andrew Sisters
Sleigh Ride - The Ventures
No Place Like Home for the Holidays - Leon Redbone
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
We Wish You a Merry Christmas - John Denver and the Muppets
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald
The Christmas Song - Frank Sinatra
Swingle Jingle - Lionel Hampton
Here Comes Santa Claus - Gene Autry
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - The Cadillacs
Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
Baby, It's Cold Outside - Doris Day & Bing Crosby
Oh Tannenbaum - Vince Guaraldi
Winter Wonderland - Leon Redbone
Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Four Seasons
Everybody's Waiting for the Man with the Bag - Kay Star
Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
Frosty the Snowman - The Ventures
Deck the Halls - Nat King Cole
Marshmallow World - Brenda Lee
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! - Dean Martin
Happy New Year Baby - Jo Ann Campbell

I made it in 2002, 2001? Still totally works to get my Christmas on.

PMan / December 21, 2007 11:23 AM

I'm a big fan of "Bluegrass and White Snow", the Patty Loveless Christmas Album. Most of the time I'm as jaded and irony hungry as the average Chicagoan, but a few times during the holiday season, I like to let that go.

PMan / December 21, 2007 11:24 AM

I'm a big fan of "Bluegrass and White Snow", the Patty Loveless Christmas Album. Most of the time I'm as jaded and irony hungry as the average Chicagoan, but a few times during the holiday season, I like to let that go.

Bill V / December 21, 2007 1:35 PM

Fuck all of the xmas music, just give me some old-school punk rock to get me through the holidaze!

irisheyes1212 / December 21, 2007 2:09 PM

I'm a big fan of old standards by Crosby, Martin, etc. However I am also a fan of *gasp* country Xmas songs
Santa looked a lot like Daddy
Sugar Cookies
Two Step Round the Xmas Tree


Spook / December 21, 2007 2:11 PM

Dave Chapell's "R Kelly Piss on You Remix"

C-Note / December 22, 2007 7:27 AM

Gotta have the Vince Guaraldi Trio in there; another must-have is Bob Dorough, "Blue Xmas" with Miles and Gil Evans.

Lori / December 22, 2007 3:57 PM

my husbands been killing me with The Three Suns Ding Dong Dandy Christmas.

me? I love the Sufjan stuff, and Otis Redding singing White Christmas, Low's holiday songs, Nat King Cole, and pretty much anything that I can sing along with. Not so much the case with The 3 Suns, who felt that the tuba was a instrument that needed a solo in every ding dong dandy song.

skafiend / December 24, 2007 11:40 AM

"Slick Nick, You Devil You" by Fishbone.

Slick Nick stole a reindeer from the Zoo
Fell down my chimney with a keg of brew
Put my dog out in the cold
Ripped off the candy from my socks
Smokin' coal and drinkin' Scotch

Slick Nick you devil you
(Devil you, devil you)
Slick Nick you devil you
(Devil you, devil you)

Dressed in red and overweight boot
Stole the TV and the stereo
And the toys
The toys were broken too

You devil you
Slick Nick you devil you

I saw Slick Nick fall over the X-mas tree
He was a Whole different man from
What mom and dad told me
Spillin' Jack Daniels all over the drapes
Spray-painting a bad finger over the fireplace
Tatoos on his arms and knees
I never thought Santa Claus Would be such a sleaze ! But...

Also "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses (corny, but hey..) and Vince Guaraldi

adam / December 24, 2007 8:53 PM

I'm not a fan of Xmas music generally (most of it is terrible, and the same 10-15 songs repeated endlessly) but these albums make even this Grinch smile (of course, Vince G and Nat Cole are there too).

Two for Brazil - Two for Noel
Local musicians Greg Fishman and Paulinho Garcia take tenor sax, nylon guitar, and voice to some Xmas classics, and it's beautiful, relaxing and spiritual.

Booker T and the MGs - In The Christmas Spirit
What more do you need to know? Funky, cool, and perfect.

Jim Nayder - Annoying Music Show's Holiday CD
A palate cleanser.

C-Note, I want that Bob Dorough album; all his stuff is great.

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