But, we're here for one thing, and that is Christmas music. Here are some great Christmas songs that just didn't make the cut (many brought to my attention over Thanksgiving break):
- "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" - Josh Groban
- "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" - Frank Sinatra
- "Winter's Dream (Brandon's Song)" - Kelly Clarkson
- "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - John Mellencamp
- "Winter Wonderland" - Johnny Mathis
- "Frosty the Snowman" - Jimmy Durante
- "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" - Elmo & Patsy
- "Wonderful Christmastime" - Paul McCartney
- "Do They Know It's Christmas?" - Band Aid
- "Santa Tell Me" - Ariana Grande
- "You're as cuddly as a cactus"
- "You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel"
- "Your brain is full of spiders"
- "I wouldn't touch you with a 39 1/2 foot pole"
- "You have termites in your smile"
- "Your heart's a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots"
- "You're a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce"
- "Your soul is an appalling dump heap, overflowing the most disgraceful assortment of rubbish imaginable, mangled up in tangled up knots"
5) "Believe" - Josh Groban
4) "Oh Holy Night"
We're once again at the point where I give you a multiplicity of interpretations to choose from because almost every great artist has decided to cover this powerful Christmas song.
Personally, I prefer either the Kelly Clarkson or Celine Dion version. I think it's because of how simplistic the arrangements of the song were kept. Therefore, the song's arrangement mirrors the humble birth of Jesus in a manger. It's one of those moments that is meant to be kept simple and as if everything were just right in the world for that moment. However, if you prefer the big arrangement, Christina Aguilera's gospel take is certain the way you should go.
3) "All I Want for Christmas is You" - Mariah Carey
This Christmas classic has now been reigning at the top of the Christmas charts for the past two decades. When the snow starts to fall, the song is inescapable and for good reasons. First of all, it's an uptempo pop song that puts you in a good mood. It's got your recognizable music box intro, sleigh bells, chimes, background harmonies, and the distinctive Mariah Carey whistle notes. With "All I Want for Christmas is You," they were able to craft a signature Christmas song using a perfected pop formula. Well done. Well done.
2) "Underneath the Tree" - Kelly Clarkson
the recorded version
or the music video which features the live version
Last year, Kelly Clarkson set out to cement herself as a figure for many Christmases yet to come by tackling some of the biggest Christmas songs while also penning a few of her own. Using the same formula as Mariah Carey almost 20 years earlier, Clarkson scored big on "Underneath the Tree." The song reached #1 on the Mediabase's Holiday Songs Chart, #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts, and #8 on Billboard's Holiday songs chart. Although, what could you expect from a song with a music box opening, sleigh bells, an amazing drum beat, background harmonies, a sax solo, a bells solo, and those signature Kelly Clarkson riffs the last time through the chorus.
Thanks to Spotify statistics, I can confirm this is my most listened to Christmas song of the year.
1) "My Grown Up Christmas List" - Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson, Amy Grant, it wouldn't have matter if Kelly Clarkson would have never recorded a version of this song because the message is so great. (Except, don't listen to the Michael Buble version. There's almost no feeling in his voice ever.) The song perfectly reflects the transition from a child's Christmas to an adult's Christmas. In times when people are so materialistic, this song is able to move the focus to what we should really want at Christmas. My favorite lines are "But heaven only knows that packages and bows can never heal a hurting human soul" and "Maybe only in our blind belief can we ever find the truth." Therefore, I think it's important that we heed the song's message and keep ourselves in check this Christmas.
No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown up Christmas list.
Though probably predictable, I hope you truly enjoy this song and all the other songs as much as I do. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.