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5 Christmas Songs To Get In The Holiday Mood

It’s that time of year again. With a mere four weeks to go before the big day what better way to get in the mood then listening to some classic Christmas songs. Well admittedly, if you’ve gone shopping in any store or mall, you’ve been hearing these songs since November 1… And I’m not sure that The Dollar Tree ever actually takes down their Christmas decorations.

As a teenager my favorite Christmas album was The Beach Boys Christmas Album. The local country station would play a marathon of Christmas songs starting on like December 23 and go through all of Christmas day. Over the years since then I’ve gotten more nostalgic and sentimental and I love Christmas time.

Christmas comes will all kinds of emotions. It’s supposed to be a magical time of year. Don’t try to get too caught up in buying presents, spend some time with your family or a loved one and watch a few Christmas classics.

Here’s 5 favorite Christmas songs (and a few bonus tracks) that will get you in the holiday spirit.

5. The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick

This is easily one of my favorites. The Beach Boys are one of my favorite bands in general and the fact that they have released so many Christmas songs is pretty crazy. I have the original album on vinyl, there’s been like fifteen re-releases of it, with extra tracks, remastered, etc. That’s the problem with a lot of these bands, but it’s something to look forward to on Christmas morning, newly remastered Beach Boys albums!!!

This is a pretty simple little song. I always liked it because it had my name in the title. Apparently, I’m narcissistic. It’s got the same basic concept of those early Beach Boys car songs but it’s about Santa’s sled and how awesome he is. If you like the Beach Boys, this is probably already in your rotation every year. If not, it should be. It’s just a fun song.

4. Michael Buble – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Buble can do no wrong. This isn’t even my favorite version of this song, but the song itself is hands down my favorite Christmas song. It reminds me of my childhood, very happy Christmases as a kid, missing my mom, all of our big Christmas eve parties. Pretty much any version of this song is awesome to me, except those smooth jazz versions. God smooth jazz sucks.

3. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve/Sarajevo

I don’t think most people know the name of this song. I usually see it mis-attributed to Metallica. They wish they thought of something this cool. For all the albums that TSO has released, this is probably their most known song and they’ve done some really work over the years.

I had absolutely no idea that there was an actual video to go along with this. It has a cat. So, basically… internet gold.

2. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Linus and Lucy 

Most people have no idea that this is actually called “Linus and Lucy” it’s usually simply “The Charlie Brown song.” This is just such a cool song. It’s very iconic. It’s pretty straight forward and there’s no lyrics.

There’s some cool covers to the song too, Stu Hamm, former bass player for Joe Satriani does a cover completely on his bass.

U2 – Baby, Please Come Home

Everyone and their brother has covered this song, originally done by Darlene Love for Phil Spector’s Christmas Album which is fantastic and should be owned by everyone, it’s official title is A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.

U2 is not a band you’d expect to do a Christmas song. Nor are they a band you’d expect to keep it short and sweet. But this is a perfect example that they can and did. It’s fun. It’s Bono mugging for the camera mostly but it’s all in good fun. It sort of helps take away from the fact that it’s about a couple who are no longer together…

Here’s Darlene Love singing it last year:

You might remember Darlene Love from her massive hit, “He’s a Rebel” and for playing Danny Glover’s wife in the Lethal Weapon movies.

Bonus:

Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

There’s no one better to do Christmas music then Bruce. I don’t know why but I just want him to do a whole Christmas album. But Bruce is the epitome of middle-working class folks and if Bruce can enjoy Christmas, so can’t the rest of us.

You’ll notice in the video that in the place of the Big Man is his nephew, Jake, who does a pretty good impression of his uncle. I love hearing this song yearly.

Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You 

I used the Jimmy Fallon with the Roots and Mariah using classroom instruments because it’s super fun. This is one of two major Christmas songs Mariah is known for. In fact these days it seems that her Christmas songs are all she’s known for, even though she’s been successful at R&B stuff for like 20 years. This was covered in “Love Actually” where Liam Neeson’s step son, played by Ferb of Phineas and Ferb, learns to play drums for a girl he likes for the Holiday talent show, who sings this song.

Apart from this, she’s released “Oh Santa!”

Not nearly as good, but it’s on the radio a bit.

 

[mobile_content] => It’s that time of year again. With a mere five weeks to go before the big day what better way to get in the mood then listening to some classic Christmas songs. Well admittedly, if you’ve gone shopping in any store or mall, you’ve been hearing these songs since November 1… And I’m not sure that The Dollar Tree ever actually takes down their Christmas decorations. As a teenager my favorite Christmas album was The Beach Boys Christmas Album. Simple title, beautiful songs. I liked it when the local NH country station WOKQ would play a marathon of Christmas songs starting on like December 23 and go through all of Christmas day. Some silly songs are fantastic, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” was a classic for me. Over the years since being a teenager I’ve gotten more nostalgic and sentimental and I love Christmas time. I’m already listening to Christmas music in the car (94.9, 95.3, and 96.1 in southern NH all play Christmas 24/7 already), though I will switch it up to WEEI or something when a song I truly dislike comes on. Christmas comes will all kinds of emotions. Hopefully they’re good, they should be, it’s supposed to be a magical time of year. Don’t try to get too caught up in buying presents, spend some time with your family or a loved one. Watch a few Christmas classics (I’ll work on that post in the coming weeks). I love the lights, the decorations, all of it. I’m a dork and I can admit it. Anyway, here’s my top 5 favorite Christmas songs, they’re in no specific order. There’ll be a few bonus tracks. 5. The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick This. This is easily one of my favorites. The Beach Boys are one of my favorite bands in general and the fact that they have released so many Christmas songs is pretty crazy. I have the original album on vinyl, there’s been like fifteen re-releases of it, with extra tracks, remastered, etc. That’s the problem with a lot of these bands, but it’s something to look forward to on Christmas morning, newly remastered Beach Boys albums!!! This is a pretty simple little song. I always liked it because it had my name in the title. Apparently, I’m narcissistic. It’s got the same basic concept of those early Beach Boys car songs but it’s about Santa’s sled and how awesome he is. If you like the Beach Boys, this is probably already in your rotation every year. If not, it should be. It’s just a fun song. 4. Michael Buble – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Buble can do no wrong. This isn’t even my favorite version of this song, but the song itself is hands down my favorite Christmas song. It reminds me of my childhood, very happy Christmases as a kid, missing my mom, all of our big Christmas eve parties. Pretty much any version of this song is awesome to me, except those smooth jazz versions. God smooth jazz sucks. 3. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve/Sarajevo I don’t think most people know the name of this song. I usually see it mis-attributed to Metallica. They wish they thought of something this cool. For all the albums that TSO has released, this is probably their most known song and they’ve done some really work over the years. The guys in the band are probably more known for this then their actual bands that they all used to be in and I think are still in through out most of the year. I had absolutely no idea that there was an actual video to go along with this. It has a cat. So, basically… internet gold. 2. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Linus and Lucy  Most people have no idea that this is actually called “Linus and Lucy” it’s usually simply “The Charlie Brown song.” This is just such a cool song. It’s very iconic. It’s pretty straight forward and there’s no lyrics. There’s some cool covers to the song too, Stu Hamm, former bass player for Joe Satriani does a cover completely on his bass. U2 – Baby, Please Come Home Everyone and their brother has covered this song, originally done by Darlene Love for Phil Spector’s Christmas Album which is fantastic and should be owned by everyone, it’s official title is A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. U2 is not a band you’d expect to do a Christmas song. Nor are they a band you’d expect to keep it short and sweet. But this is a perfect example that they can and did. It’s fun. It’s Bono mugging for the camera mostly but it’s all in good fun. It sort of helps take away from the fact that it’s about a couple who are no longer together… Here’s Darlene Love singing it last year: You might remember Darlene Love from her massive hit, “He’s a Rebel” and for playing Danny Glover’s wife in the Lethal Weapon movies. Bonus: Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town There’s no one better to do Christmas music then Bruce. I don’t know why but I just want him to do a whole Christmas album. But Bruce is the epitome of middle-working class folks and if Bruce can enjoy Christmas, so can’t the rest of us. You’ll notice in the video that in the place of the Big Man is his nephew, Jake, who does a pretty good impression of his uncle. I love hearing this song yearly. Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You  I used the Jimmy Fallon with the Roots and Mariah using classroom instruments because it’s super fun. This is one of two major Christmas songs Mariah is known for. In fact these days it seems that her Christmas songs are all she’s known for, even though she’s been successful at R&B stuff for like 20 years. This was covered in “Love Actually” where Liam Neeson’s step son, played by Ferb of Phineas and Ferb, learns to play drums for a girl he likes for the Holiday talent show, who sings this song. Apart from this, she’s released “Oh Santa!” Not nearly as good, but it’s on the radio a bit. 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5 Christmas Songs To Get In The Holiday Mood

It’s that time of year again. With a mere four weeks to go before the big day what better way to get in the mood then listening to some classic Christmas songs. Well admittedly, if you’ve gone shopping in any store or mall, you’ve been hearing these songs since November 1… And I’m not sure that The Dollar Tree ever actually takes down their Christmas decorations.

As a teenager my favorite Christmas album was The Beach Boys Christmas Album. The local country station would play a marathon of Christmas songs starting on like December 23 and go through all of Christmas day. Over the years since then I’ve gotten more nostalgic and sentimental and I love Christmas time.

Christmas comes will all kinds of emotions. It’s supposed to be a magical time of year. Don’t try to get too caught up in buying presents, spend some time with your family or a loved one and watch a few Christmas classics.

Here’s 5 favorite Christmas songs (and a few bonus tracks) that will get you in the holiday spirit.

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5. The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick

This is easily one of my favorites. The Beach Boys are one of my favorite bands in general and the fact that they have released so many Christmas songs is pretty crazy. I have the original album on vinyl, there’s been like fifteen re-releases of it, with extra tracks, remastered, etc. That’s the problem with a lot of these bands, but it’s something to look forward to on Christmas morning, newly remastered Beach Boys albums!!!

This is a pretty simple little song. I always liked it because it had my name in the title. Apparently, I’m narcissistic. It’s got the same basic concept of those early Beach Boys car songs but it’s about Santa’s sled and how awesome he is. If you like the Beach Boys, this is probably already in your rotation every year. If not, it should be. It’s just a fun song.

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4. Michael Buble – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Buble can do no wrong. This isn’t even my favorite version of this song, but the song itself is hands down my favorite Christmas song. It reminds me of my childhood, very happy Christmases as a kid, missing my mom, all of our big Christmas eve parties. Pretty much any version of this song is awesome to me, except those smooth jazz versions. God smooth jazz sucks.

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3. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve/Sarajevo

I don’t think most people know the name of this song. I usually see it mis-attributed to Metallica. They wish they thought of something this cool. For all the albums that TSO has released, this is probably their most known song and they’ve done some really work over the years.

I had absolutely no idea that there was an actual video to go along with this. It has a cat. So, basically… internet gold.

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2. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Linus and Lucy 

Most people have no idea that this is actually called “Linus and Lucy” it’s usually simply “The Charlie Brown song.” This is just such a cool song. It’s very iconic. It’s pretty straight forward and there’s no lyrics.

There’s some cool covers to the song too, Stu Hamm, former bass player for Joe Satriani does a cover completely on his bass.

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U2 – Baby, Please Come Home

Everyone and their brother has covered this song, originally done by Darlene Love for Phil Spector’s Christmas Album which is fantastic and should be owned by everyone, it’s official title is A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.

U2 is not a band you’d expect to do a Christmas song. Nor are they a band you’d expect to keep it short and sweet. But this is a perfect example that they can and did. It’s fun. It’s Bono mugging for the camera mostly but it’s all in good fun. It sort of helps take away from the fact that it’s about a couple who are no longer together…

Here’s Darlene Love singing it last year:

You might remember Darlene Love from her massive hit, “He’s a Rebel” and for playing Danny Glover’s wife in the Lethal Weapon movies.

Bonus:

Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

There’s no one better to do Christmas music then Bruce. I don’t know why but I just want him to do a whole Christmas album. But Bruce is the epitome of middle-working class folks and if Bruce can enjoy Christmas, so can’t the rest of us.

You’ll notice in the video that in the place of the Big Man is his nephew, Jake, who does a pretty good impression of his uncle. I love hearing this song yearly.

Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You 

I used the Jimmy Fallon with the Roots and Mariah using classroom instruments because it’s super fun. This is one of two major Christmas songs Mariah is known for. In fact these days it seems that her Christmas songs are all she’s known for, even though she’s been successful at R&B stuff for like 20 years. This was covered in “Love Actually” where Liam Neeson’s step son, played by Ferb of Phineas and Ferb, learns to play drums for a girl he likes for the Holiday talent show, who sings this song.

Apart from this, she’s released “Oh Santa!”

Not nearly as good, but it’s on the radio a bit.

 

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