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Thread started 10/19/17 7:32pm

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Best Christmas music?

Yes.... I know this is a tad bit early since halloween hasn't even happened yet but,,,,

What's your favorite Christmas music to listen to?

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Reply #1 posted 10/19/17 9:27pm

MickyDolenz

Jose Feliciano ~ Feliz Navidad
Paul McCartney ~ Wonderful Christmastime

Mabel Scott ~ Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers ~ Merry Christmas Baby
Bob Rivers ~ 12 Pains Of Christmas
The Emotions ~ What Do The Lonely Do

Hillside Singers ~ I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing

Brenda Lee ~ Rockin Around The Christmas Tree
O'Jays ~ Christmas Ain't Christmas, New Years Ain't New Years
O'Jays ~ I Can Hardly Wait For Christmas

The Whispers ~ Happy Holidays To You
Run DMC ~ Christmas In Hollis
Kurtis Blow ~ Christmas Rappin'
The Temptations ~ Silent Night (1980 version)
Mahalia Jackson ~ Go Tell It On The Mountain
Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
Bruce Springsteen ~ Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Three Stooges ~ All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
Chuck Berry ~ Run Rudolph Run
Wham! ~ Last Christmas

Donny Hathaway ~ This Christmas

Amos Milburn ~ Christmas (Comes But Once A Year)

Eagles ~ Please Come Home For Christmas

The Monkees ~ Riu Chiu

James Brown ~ Hey America
Gayla Peevey ~ I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
Marvin Gaye ~ I Want To Come Home For Christmas
Elton John ~ Step Into Christmas
Bryan Adams ~ Reggae Christmas
Stevie Wonder ~ Ave Maria

B.B. King ~ Christmas Celebration {1964}

Johnny Mathis ~ It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Jackson 5 ~ Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Elmo & Patsy ~ Grandma Got Run Over By A Raindeer
The Waitresses ~ Christmas Wrapping

Madonna / Eartha Kitt ~ Santa Baby

The Miracles ~ Christmas Everyday

Clarence Carter ~ Back Door Santa

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Reply #2 posted 10/19/17 10:50pm

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I usually listen to the same ones--Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Johny Mathis, and Nat King Cole for the standards. lol Image result for santa claus emoticon

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Reply #3 posted 10/20/17 1:42am

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My favourite Christmas song to listen to is Blue Christmas. I don't care if it's the Elvis one or the Shakin Stevens cover. Both are brilliant.

I'm also a big fan of Last Christmas by Wham. Some others I enjoy are Come Home For Christmas by Jon Bon Jovi, Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin Stevens, All Alone on Christmas by Darlene Love and Merry Fucking Christmas by Denis Leary.

Those are songs I enjoy listening to the most at Christmas. But they're not "the best". In my opinion, the absolute best Christmas song ever is December Song by George Michael. Two years in a row I started threads on here to explain how much that song means to me. I don't intend to do it again a third time but let's just say that it's a great song which seems to sum up my own personal experiences perfectly.
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Reply #4 posted 10/20/17 8:55am

namepeace

Selected Albums

Vince Guaraldi Trio -- A Charlie Brown Christmas
Ella Fitzgerald -- Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas
Wynton Marsalis -- Crescent City Christmas Carol
Anonymous 4 -- On Yoolis Night

Selected Compilations

A Motown Christmas (Motown)
Jingle Bell Jazz
(Columbia)
The Very Best of Christmas Jazz (Verve)
In The Christmas Groove (Strut)

Selected Originals

"This Christmas" -- Donny Hathaway
"Another Lonely Christmas" -- Prince and The Revolution
"Purple Snowflakes" -- Marvin Gaye
"Christmas In Hollis" -- Run-DMC
"Hard Candy Christmas" -- Dolly Parton
"Carol of St. Benjamin The Bearded One" -- Sufjan Stevens
"It Snowed" -- Meaghan Smith
"Dana Dane Is Coming To Town" -- Dana Dane
"You Don't Have To Be A Santa Claus" -- The Mills Brothers
"Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)" -- Miles Davis
"Merry Christmas All" -- Salsoul Orchestra (discovered in this forum!)

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Reply #5 posted 10/20/17 8:57am

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MickyDolenz said:

Jose Feliciano ~ Feliz Navidad
Paul McCartney ~ Wonderful Christmastime

The Emotions ~ What Do The Lonely Do

Run DMC ~ Christmas In Hollis
Marvin Gaye ~ I Want To Come Home For Christmas
The Waitresses ~ Christmas Wrapping



All on the playlist

Good night, sweet Prince | 7 June 1958 - 21 April 2016

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Reply #6 posted 10/20/17 9:38am

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Every year, at least once with a cup of cocoa, its time for "A Motown Christmas" and "Jingle Bell Jazz".

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Jingle Bell Jazz (re-issued as Christmas Jazz) is a collection of jazz versions of Christmas songs recorded between 1959 and 1962 by some of the most popular artists on the Columbia label. It was released on October 17, 1962.

Side One

  1. "Jingle Bells" – Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
  2. "White Christmas" – Lionel Hampton
  3. "Winter Wonderland" – Chico Hamilton
  4. "The Christmas Song" – Carmen McRae
  5. "Rudolph the Red–Nosed Reindeer" – Pony Poindexter
  6. "We Three Kings of Orient Are" – Paul Horn

Side Two

  1. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" – Dave Brubeck
  2. "Deck Us All with Boston Charlie" – Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
  3. "Frosty the Snowman" – Dukes of Dixieland
  4. "If I Were a Bell" – Manhattan Jazz All–Stars
  5. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" – Marlowe Morris
  6. "Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)" – Miles Davis (Bob Dorough, vocal)

The 1973 (Harmony ) and 1980 (Columbia) reissues replace side 2, track 3 with "Deck the Halls" by Herbie Hancock, recorded in 1969.

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Reply #7 posted 10/20/17 9:57am

namepeace

StrangeButTrue said:

Every year, at least once with a cup of cocoa, its time for "A Motown Christmas" and "Jingle Bell Jazz".

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Jingle Bell Jazz (re-issued as Christmas Jazz) is a collection of jazz versions of Christmas songs recorded between 1959 and 1962 by some of the most popular artists on the Columbia label. It was released on October 17, 1962.

Side One

  1. "Jingle Bells" – Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
  2. "White Christmas" – Lionel Hampton
  3. "Winter Wonderland" – Chico Hamilton
  4. "The Christmas Song" – Carmen McRae
  5. "Rudolph the Red–Nosed Reindeer" – Pony Poindexter
  6. "We Three Kings of Orient Are" – Paul Horn

Side Two

  1. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" – Dave Brubeck
  2. "Deck Us All with Boston Charlie" – Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
  3. "Frosty the Snowman" – Dukes of Dixieland
  4. "If I Were a Bell" – Manhattan Jazz All–Stars
  5. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" – Marlowe Morris
  6. "Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)" – Miles Davis (Bob Dorough, vocal)

The 1973 (Harmony ) and 1980 (Columbia) reissues replace side 2, track 3 with "Deck the Halls" by Herbie Hancock, recorded in 1969.


A CD reissue in the 90's features tracks by Dexter Gordon ("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"); Arthur Blythe Quintet ("The Christmas Song"), The Heath Brothers ("Our Little Town"), Paquito D'Rivera ("God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen"), and the Wynton Marsalis Quintet ("We Three Kings").

Good night, sweet Prince | 7 June 1958 - 21 April 2016

Props will be withheld until the showing and proving has commenced. -- Aaron McGruder
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Reply #8 posted 10/20/17 10:07am

namepeace

Another nice collection is Christmas In The Holy Land, featuring a variety of ancient songs from Orthodox, Coptic, Catholic and other churches in Jerusalem. The recordings date back to the 1950's and 60's I think.

It takes you back to the roots and is worth a listen.

Good night, sweet Prince | 7 June 1958 - 21 April 2016

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Reply #9 posted 10/20/17 10:23am

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...and this one.

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Reply #10 posted 10/20/17 10:35am

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Also LaFace Christmas has a few good cuts (Toni Braxton, Outkast) and TLC's classic "Sleigh Ride". Last year I happened upon a Starbucks during Holiday season that was blaring Sleigh Ride and it made me wanna break out the 90s dance steps. Its a cute throwback, I wasn't too jazzed about it back in their heyday but now its got a bit of a vintage to it.

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Reply #11 posted 10/20/17 12:50pm

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I'm not a big "Christmas person", but I've softened a bit to the holiday in recent years. Last year, I believe, I bought Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings' Holiday Soul Party, and I loved it. Will definitely play it a few times this December too heart

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Reply #12 posted 10/20/17 1:19pm

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thekidsgirl said:

I'm not a big "Christmas person", but I've softened a bit to the holiday in recent years. Last year, I believe, I bought Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings' Holiday Soul Party, and I loved it. Will definitely play it a few times this December too heart

Didn't know about this one! I'll definitely add it to the holiday play list...

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Reply #13 posted 10/20/17 4:05pm

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I genuinely love Here Comes Santa and Little Drummer Boy Bob Dylan's versions.

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Reply #14 posted 10/20/17 5:21pm

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I am definitely getting that Sharon Jones album this year. Once when living in Miami I took a Christmas road trip with a friend to the Keys and we listened to the Beach Boys Christmas Album. It's kind of an xmas guilty pleasure. Same with the Monkees tune listed above.
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Reply #15 posted 10/22/17 10:09am

MickyDolenz

Weird Al ~ Christmas At Ground Zero / The Night Santa Went Crazy

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Reply #16 posted 10/22/17 6:19pm

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Wow. Thanks people! I have a lot of music to check out
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Reply #17 posted 10/22/17 8:17pm

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Still the best arrangement of an Xmas song of all time


Have yourself a merry little Christmas

It may be your last

Next year we may all be living in the past
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Reply #18 posted 10/22/17 9:12pm

SoulAlive

The Temptations did a superb Christmas album in 1980.Their version of "Silent Night" is heavenly music

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Reply #19 posted 10/22/17 9:53pm

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Christmas with Babyface
Christmas All Over the World- New Edition
In the Swing of Christmas -Barry Manilow
My Gift to You -Alexander O'Neal
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Reply #20 posted 10/23/17 1:14pm

namepeace

My favorite versions of Christmas classics:

"Angels We Have Heard on High" -- Ella Fitzgerald

"Away In A Manger" -- Nat "King" Cole

"The Christmas Song" -- Nat "King" Cole

"Deck The Halls" -- The Miracles

"The First Noel" -- Mahalia Jackson

"Greensleeves" -- Vince Guaraldi Trio

"My Favorite Things" -- The Supremes

"Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer" -- The Temptations

"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" -- Jackson 5

"'Twas The Night Before Christmas" -- Wynton Marsalis

"What Child Is This?" -- Vanessa Williams

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Reply #21 posted 10/23/17 4:57pm

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namepeace said:

My favorite versions of Christmas classics:

"Angels We Have Heard on High" -- Ella Fitzgerald

"Away In A Manger" -- Nat "King" Cole

"The Christmas Song" -- Nat "King" Cole

"Deck The Halls" -- The Miracles

"The First Noel" -- Mahalia Jackson

"Greensleeves" -- Vince Guaraldi Trio

"My Favorite Things" -- The Supremes

"Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer" -- The Temptations

"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" -- Jackson 5

"'Twas The Night Before Christmas" -- Wynton Marsalis

"What Child Is This?" -- Vanessa Williams

The last one is a great song.

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Reply #22 posted 10/24/17 8:01am

namepeace

214 said:

namepeace said:

"What Child Is This?" -- Vanessa Williams


The last one is a great song.


Of the hundreds of Christmas songs I play every year, this version is in my top 20.

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Reply #23 posted 10/24/17 12:57pm

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namepeace said:

214 said:


The last one is a great song.


Of the hundreds of Christmas songs I play every year, this version is in my top 20.

It's a beautiful song.

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Reply #24 posted 10/30/17 4:50pm

MickyDolenz

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Reply #25 posted 10/30/17 8:32pm

RJOrion

Donny Hathaway - "This Christmas"

"The Jackson 5 Christmas Album"

if youre from a black family and you didnt have these joints playing at your crib on Dec. 24-Dec. 25, you wasnt doing it right... no disrespect...

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Reply #26 posted 10/31/17 2:51pm

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RJOrion said:

Donny Hathaway - "This Christmas"



"The Jackson 5 Christmas Album"




if youre from a black family and you didnt have these joints playing at your crib on Dec. 24-Dec. 25, you wasnt doing it right... no disrespect...



I know a dude who said his family having "Back Door Santa" on repeat during the holidays
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Reply #27 posted 10/31/17 7:15pm

namepeace

RJOrion said:

Donny Hathaway - "This Christmas"

"The Jackson 5 Christmas Album"

if youre from a black family and you didnt have these joints playing at your crib on Dec. 24-Dec. 25, you wasnt doing it right... no disrespect...


We did it even better. We had "This Christmas" and A Motown Christmas, the best Christmas anthology ever compiled.

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Reply #28 posted 10/31/17 8:07pm

RJOrion

namepeace said:

RJOrion said:

Donny Hathaway - "This Christmas"

"The Jackson 5 Christmas Album"

if youre from a black family and you didnt have these joints playing at your crib on Dec. 24-Dec. 25, you wasnt doing it right... no disrespect...


We did it even better. We had "This Christmas" and A Motown Christmas, the best Christmas anthology ever compiled.

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word...you already know.... that was one of the first double i remember from my youth... "Rudolph" by The Temptations..."Silver Bells" by Diana Ross & The Supremes....and Jermaine closing it out singing lead on "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"....good times...

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With the exception of Bing Crosby's White Christmas, Christmas music sucks a long fat hairy one! smile

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