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December 18, 2015
Christmas Carols

Sharing some classic and new musical inspiration for your holiday playlist!

Danielle

I love Christmas music. I can remember when I was a kid I would bust out this ratty old book with carols in it and I would sing them all, all around the house. As I got older I added in some piano/keyboard in the background, joyfully jumping up and down every time I learned a new song! I also fondly remember the Christmas music that was played in our house, which was mostly Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas songs and this very interesting Christmas CD by Boney M which has the best vibe. As I got older, my love of Christmas music did not fade, instead it has grown and expanded! I am also thankful for the nifty Songza app/Web site with its great variety of Christmas music!

Here, though I have to share some Christmas songs that are not overplayed and some of my new favourites for you to listen to.

Queen – Thank God its Christmas

All I can say is thank God Queen made a Christmas song! This is by far one of the best original Christmas songs. If you’re tired of listening to 20 different versions of “Little Drummer Boy” (there’s probably more like 2,000 versions!) then listen to this one of a kind gem by one of the best bands of all time.

The Ventures – Sleigh Ride

I have to say I really enjoy the entire Christmas Album by The Ventures. I love having some instrumental music in my playlist and this song in particular has that beachy Hawaii vibe, which surprise, surprise goes really well with Christmas.

Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody

This is where that rock ‘n’ roll comes in that I was talking about. I could listen to rock ‘n’ roll anytime and Christmas is no exception. While not all rock ‘n’ roll, add ‘A Very Special Christmas‘ CD collection to your music for the holidays! This is not a typical Christmas bells song, but great to sing along to.


Band Aid 30 – Do They Know it’s Christmas?

What can I say, I’m a sucker for the supergroup concept, especially when charity is involved. The original version of this song by Band Aid in 1984 is so good and emotional. I like this new version because it features two of my favourites: Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goudling. Also it was actually produced while I was alive, which is a plus. If you still haven’t heard this version, take a listen (just don’t be surprised to hear a noticeable difference in Bono’s line).

The Shins – Wonderful Christmastime

I am so happy I found a good version of this song! Like rock ‘n’ roll I enjoy Indie music and when I heard this song on Songza, I was an instant fan. There are so many modern versions of classics that are great to listen to, this one is perfect for playing at work in the office.

 

Dana

Like Danielle, when I was little I would dance around the house singing carols. More specifically I liked to put on a little dance recital for my parents. They had this set of Christmas albums with all the classics by Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Burl Ives and more. I would go through every CD dancing around in the basement, I’d even put gold bows on my head and a red bow on my nose as I pretended to be Rudolph. Ah yes, the good ol’ days. It gets better with the year I lost my two front teeth (can you guess what I was singing?!) and I think there may even be video evidence of this somewhere in my parents house, singing and dancing to All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth.

I tend to play mostly old classics, but there are a few newer versions that make me sing and dance around like crazy! Here are some of my favourites you’ll want to add to your playlist.

Michael Bublé – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Now, I’m not a huge fan of Michael Bublé, but his Christmas album is fantastic!! His voice, the music, it is soothing and wonderful to listen to. A slight jazzy sound and something I love to sing along too!

Seth MacFarlane – Baby, It’s Cold Outside Ft. Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles is one of my favourite artists. When I heard this version with Seth MacFarlane and Sara Bareilles, I was so excited. They both have incredible voices. In 2013 when Seth MacFarlane hosted the Academy Awards, I couldn’t believe his voice! So talented.

Dean Martin – Let it Snow

A holiday classic. All of Dean Martin’s Christmas songs are so perfect. If you’re a fan as well, you should definitely check out Christmas With The Rat Pack, featuring Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Who listens to this song and automatically picture Macaulay Culkin dancing around hoping rope controlling manikins and cardboard people on toy trains moving around? I do!! A famous scene from a classic holiday movie!

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas

Yep, I know. I just recommended a Mariah Carey song. But haven’t you seen Love Actually?! Lately, if I’ve been feeling a little stressed or overwhelmed and want to get my dance on, I’ll put this tune on and go crazy! I bet you can’t help but dance around if you listen to it too!

We’d love to hear what some of your favourite Christmas songs are!

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