Sunday, December 10, 2006

Christmas Tunage

JennySlash pointed out that the digital music selection on our cable has two Christmas channels - their usual "Sounds of the Seasons' channel and the "Traditional" Christmas music, which JS calls the Bing Crosby and Christina Aguilera channel. As I thought about that and listened to Captain Sensible's One Christmas Catalogue being played throughout Southpoint Mall, I pondered (as I am wont to do this time of year) about what IS traditional Christmas music? When I was growing up, it was stuff like Away in a Manger and O Little Town of Bethlehem and there were already people bemoaning the secularization of Christmas as evidenced by Silver Bells and Run Rudolph Run. I have no idea if kids growing up today will think of all of the cookie-cutter urban rapper/soul/R&B crap that passes for holiday music today as traditional, but here's my Top 10 Christmas songs that I can't make it through the season without (in no particular order):

1. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
2. The Closing of the Year - The Musical Cast of "Toys"
3. Winter Wonderland - Johnny Mathis (pretty much this whole album could go on the list)
4. Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - T-Bone Burnette (the Barenaked Ladies/Sarah Maclachlan version is a close second)
6. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft
7. Linus and Lucy - The Vince Guaraldi Trio
8. Home for the Holidays - the dBs
9. All I Want For Christmas - Timbuk 3
10. Mary X-Mess - Sun 60

Now that I look at it, that's pretty traditional - as much as I enjoy stuff like Root Boy Slim's Christmas at K-Mart and Wall of Voodoo's Shouldn't Have Given Him a Gun for Christmas, the stuff on the list is the stuff that I can't go through the holiday without. What about you guys?

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