Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My Personal Favorite Christmas Songs

John Marine | 12/19/2012 06:11:00 PM | | | | | |
The Holiday Season has featured loads of Christmas songs created and played. I'm here to share with you some of my personal favorite Christmas songs- both traditional and non-traditional. Consider this blog post as my Christmas contribution for all of you. Get ready to check out a number of Christmas songs sure to get you in the holiday spirit (as if you aren't already). They are all among some of my personal favorite Christmas songs. Not to mention as many as I can remember. So let's do this one time!

Happy Holidays to all of my friends/family/fans worldwide!

--- My Personal Favorite Christmas Songs ---

Here are a few quick facts about me regarding Christmas songs before I begin:

My Most Favorite Traditional Christmas Song: either "Let it Snow" or "Silent Night"
My Least Favorite Traditional Christmas Song: "Little Drummer Boy"

This blog post consists of many YouTube videos. I would like to thank all YouTube channels that allowed their videos to be embedded. I have included a Jump Break later in this blog post to improve the performance of this blog as you're viewing it. If you can't view Flash media, I have included links to each of the featured YouTube videos so you can view them privately and add comments to them on YouTube. Each one was the best version of each song I could find and/or use.

Having said all of this, let's begin!

My Personal Favorite Christmas Songs.

Now on to some music! Please note that this is about my own personal picks for great Christmas songs. I am not just picking these just to get traffic to this blog post. The songs are not sorted or listed in any particular order.

• Wham! - "Last Christmas"
There's actually no shame in liking this song. I am so sick of '80s fandom, but I think this 1984 classic is one of my personal favorite songs. Taylor Swift made her own version of this song a few years ago. As much as I love Taylor Swift and her music, I'm sorry, Taylor... Wham! did this one MUCH better than you:

^ "Wham! - Last Christmas"

• Trans-Siberian Orchestra - "Carol of the Bells"
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is ready to rock with this classic.
I can't remember how long ago it was, but this song still resonates with me as one of the best songs I've ever heard for a Christmas song. Love you some guitars? Turn up the volume and rock out to this one! Here you go:

^ "Carol of the Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Higher Quality"

• Gayla Peevey - "I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas"
Kids want all kinds of things for Christmas, so why would Gayla Peevey want a hippopotamus? This may be one of the funniest and most creative Christmas songs ever made. It was originally done by John Rox. How can you not love this? Have a listen:

^ "I want a Hippopotamus For Christmas"

• Donny Hathaway - "This Christmas"
My mother's favorite Christmas song also happens to be one I like. That ESPECIALLY is when this fellow sings it. Time I take you back to 1970:

^ "Donny Hathaway - This Christmas"

For performance reasons, I will break off this post with a Jump Break. Too many embedded YouTube videos could slow down your viewing performance. So you may continue on by clicking "Read More" if you are not reading the full post. Or of course, disregard this paragraph if you are reading the full post.

• Vanessa Williams - "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
This one is also a personal favorite because of such smooth vocals and such great instrumentals. Get ready for a wonderful singing experience:

^ "Do You Hear What I Hear - Vanessa Williams"

• Dean Martin - "Let It Snow"
No one did "Let it Snow" better than Mr. Dean Martin. So listen to and enjoy this rendition of this song:

^ "Dean Martin - Let it Snow!"

• Elmo & Patsy - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
This is a funny song no matter how you put it. This 1984 classic is coming your way now!

^ "Elmo & Patsy - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer"

• Vince Guaraldi Trio - (several songs)
Last, but not least, I decided to pay tribute to various songs from the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Because let's face it- can you REALLY think of Christmas without these songs or the cartoon these songs come from? I can't envision Christmas without hearing these all-time classics. So rather than just one song, I will feature several from "A Charlie Brown Christmas." And rather than show lots of videos I will just feature links to the songs. I don't want to overload this section with videos. So here you go:

Vince Guaraldi Trio - O Tannenbaum
A Charlie Brown Christmas - What Child Is This?
"Linus and Lucy"
Skating « my personal favorite of these songs
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi
Christmas is Coming

These songs are among my own personal favorite Christmas songs. Are some or all of these songs your favorite(s) too?

Favorite Christmas Songs: Honorable Mentions.

I just want to show some love to these artists/bands and songs.

• Amy Barbera - "Silent Night" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
My personal favorite inspirational singer is none other than Amy Barbera. I would be remiss if I didn't feature the Maryland native's singing. Let this beautiful woman sing "Silent Night" for you:

^ "Amy Barbera-"Silent Night" Music Video 2011"

Here is her latest Christmas song. Consider this a bonus song I'm featuring from Amy Barbera:

^ "Amy Barbera- "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" Music Video 2012"

• Roconamente - "Christmas for You!"
It's a Roconamente Christmas! The duo of Yuki and Masato come together to present you with awesomeness that only they can provide. Here is some Christmas cheer to you... Japanese style! This is an original song from Roconamente I am presenting to you here. (WARNING: You may need to turn down the volume listening to this song. Or you should have turned it down a long time ago after hearing the Trans-Siberian Orchestra from earlier.)

^ "Christmas for You! - Roconamente (Original)"

• Yudai Satoh - "Jingle Bell"
So what if this is from a video game? Featured in Gran Turismo 5, Yudai Satoh made one of the most beautiful renditions of "Jingle Bells" I've ever heard. Listen to this jazzy piece:

^ "Jingle Bells - Gran Turismo 5"

• (Polyphony Digital Team) - "Silent Night"
Ever since I first heard this song in Gran Turismo 5 around Christmas time, I fell in love with it. Here is a fun fact- I sometimes listen to this song almost all year long. It doesn't have to be Christmas to enjoy this specific song. Have a listen to it, and you'll see (and hear) why I love listening to this rendition of this traditional Christmas song:


• CHEMISTRY Meets Skoop on Somebody - "My Gift to You"
Two of my personal favorite Japanese pop groups are CHEMISTRY and Skoop on Somebody. The two collaborated for this Christmas song here called "My Gift to You." JPOP loving coming your way:

^ "CHEMISTRY - My Gift to You"

• Lady Antebellum - "All I Want For Christmas is You"
Lady Antebellum has been one of my favorite bands of any genre in the past five years. Many more people relate to Mariah Carey's rendition of this song. Regardless, you can't fault the beautiful vocals Lady Antebellum provides. I blogged about Lady Antebellum long ago here on JBS. Want some Christmas loving from Lady Antebellum? Here you go:

^ "Lady Antebellum - All I Want For Christmas Is You (with lyrics on screen)"

• Eartha Kitt - "Santa Baby"
Rest in peace, Eartha Kitt... this one is perhaps my favorite work of hers. This is the sexiest and most sultry of the Christmas songs I will make mention of here in this post:

^ "Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby"

And there you have it.

Happy holidays to all of you and thank you for reading (and listening)!

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John Marine said...

My favorite christmas song has to be All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah! And a close 2nd is O Holy Night. Happy Holidays!

xo, Yi-chia
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