@2many2no damn, i always miss one on my “exception to the horrible, horrible rule of xmas music” list. good catch. it doesn’t fit the poll, true, but i assumed this thread would include General Xmas Music That Doesn’t Suck so, i’m still happy to see it
I’ll give you two. A funny one: Merry Christmas From the Family (funny and yet full of heart) by Montgomery Gently. A serious one: White Wine in the Sun (may make you fairly somber) by Tim Minchin. Videos below.
Side note, if you like White Wine in the Sun, and you purchase a copy of it on iTunes, the money will be donated to the Australian charity for Autism. He does this for all purchases in Nov, Dec, and Jan for the past 6 years.
I had to check but David Bowie-Bing Crosby Little Drummer Boy was released 1982 although recorded a few years earlier. Dave Matthews Christmas Song if you actually want a “modern” Christmas song. Also really like Sufjan Stevens Sister Winter which most likely have not heard.
I don’t really like Christmas music, but I have to go with “All I Want for Christmas”. It’s just perfect. This is an interesting video about it. Also interesting to me: the 2nd most streamed Christmas song in 2015 was “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, which is hot, steaming garbage.
@jrwofuga yes!!! This is the one I was going to post. One year in Wal-Mart, they accidentally played the not safe for public version. Hearing the F word said so loudly with all those oblivious ppl was hilarious.
True story. I was working at a restaurant in Dublin, Ireland in 2000 as a waiter. Top tourist spot in town. About once a week, this real old looking guy would wander by the windows while we would be closing. One night, he brushed by me and garbled “excuse me”, obviously drunk. The girl I was closing with told me it was Shane McGowan, lead singer of The Pogues. Turned out he was living in a hotel in downtown Dublin because he had run up an incredible tab there and they wouldn’t let him check out before he paid the bill. Time had not been kind to him.
Almost anything from Mannheim Steamroller. There are simply too many to list…though my list would include ‘Hark! The Herald Trumpets (Angels) Sing’, ‘Deck the Halls’, ‘Faeries’, and ‘Carol of the Bells’.
@PooltoyWolf I prefer the original Christmas and Fresh Aire Christmas to the newer albums, but agree. Also, the first Narada Christmas album was wonderful (the second had nice arrangements but just didn’t reach the same level).
How can one vote for a Christmas song with improper grammar in the title??? I Wish It Was Christmas Today by Julian Casablancas. Julian ! It’s WERE - I wish it were Christmas. Mrs. Raad, your 8th grade English teacher.
I’ve always liked Charlie Brown Christmas the best:
My wife and I talked last year how both our moms always listened to Amy Grant’s “Home for Christmas” every December for at least the ten more years til we moved out. So we started listening to it ironically for nostalgia’s sake. I think it stopped being ironic when we knew all the words. I should add neither of us is religious.
@evbarnstormer recently at an after party i decided to “jokingly” play an amy grant song amid our other 90s favorites…but it turned out i’m not the only atheist that grew up loving that cassette tape! we all knew the words
A few years ago, Ronnie James Dio & Toni Iommi from Black Sabbath did a metal version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” that really hit me!! Just love it & look forward to pulling it out this time of year! Check it out if you’re interested…