The 12 Songs of Christmas

December 15, 2009

I’m in the up-to-my-eyeballs midst of a somewhat tedious project right now, so engaging in procrastination in the guise of motivation, I’m finally letting myself tune in to tunes of yule. And while this duet in this brilliant album will probably always remain my favorite, here are the top 12 seasonal sounds I’m playing on a loop this year in no particular order. Enjoy!

1. All I Want For Christmas Is You: Mariah Carey. Okay, I’ll admit it, Mariah isn’t all bad.

2. Sleigh Ride: Ella Fitzgerald. Mmm, can’t you just taste the gin?

3. What Christmas Means to Me: Hansen. Honestly, I hate my own guts that I love Hansen’s version of this song the very very most.

4. Winter Wonderland: Ray Charles. Yes. Perfect.

5. Hark the Herald Angels/Angels We Have Heard: Straight No Chaser. I love the poetry of the phrasing.

6. Oh Holy Night: Kelly Clarkson. Gorgeous.

7. All Is Well: Micheal W. Smith. Let there be peace.

8. Christmastime is Here: Tony Braxton. When I grow up, I want to be Tony B.

9. 8 Days of Christmas: Destiny’s Child. You go, Houston girls!

10. Christmas: Jon Bon Jovi. Come on, admit it, we all totally dig New Jersey.

11. Joy To the World: Whitney Houston. Crazy can sing.

12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Diana Krall. From my house, to yours.

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  • Reply Isabel @AlphaMom December 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    LOVE IT! I love Xmas time and music. I usually start the day after Thanksgiving.Here's my list of– wait for it– 30 Xmas tunes. year my fave was Christmas Wrapping. This year, it's a tie b/w "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Zooey D. and "Come on! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!" by Sufjan Stevens.

  • Reply Chris @ MarriageConfessions December 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Very Nice. Very Nice. My all time favorite is The Carpenters Xmas album. That album is amazing. And good call at the end there with the Diana Krall song. Again very nice. 🙂

  • Reply Barchbo December 15, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    While I love Alpha Mom's list, this one has my faves on it so I love it best. Mariah, Whitney, and Kelly C. must all be represented to make my pop music Chrismas album complete.

  • Reply Girl con Queso December 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Barchbo, don't forget Hansen. Hansen?!

  • Reply Barchbo December 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    My co-worker is an atheist and even she has to admit that the Hansen Christmas Album ROCKS!

  • Reply Amanda December 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    LOVE LOVE this list! You should totally check out "The Season of Romance" on Lee Ann Womack's christmas album…it's one of my favs

  • Reply Breann December 19, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Try Mele Kelekimaka by Jimmy Buffett. Makes you want a drink with an umbrella in it while you wrap presents!

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