Monday, we counted up from 40 to 21 on the RLITM Favorite Christmas song list. Hope you enjoyed my take on various songs, and totally understand if your list had little in common with mine. As I wrote on Monday, nothing is more polarizing than Christmas music. That said...let's go from 20 to 1. What song do you think it should be? No fair cutting to the end!
20. Last Christmas – Lea Michelle, Cast of Glee Great production, great vocals. A Christmas version of the best of Glee.
One of the best new Christmas songs of the past 5 years.
19. Angels – Jim Brickman From his "The Gift" album. Amazing instrumental take on
Angels We Have Heard On High. Soft start, powerful ending. Unique.
18. Hallelujah Chorus – Boston Pops Always have to crank this up! The bombast of the holiday filled with the
majesty of Handel's "The Messiah". Glorious!
17. All I Want For Christmas – Mariah Carey One of the best contemporary Christmas songs ever.
Brought back the Phil Spector sound, and challenged other artists to create new holiday songs.
16. I Can't Wait For Christmas – Mindi Abair The definition of Christmas cool and sexy with cocktails by the fire.
15. Holly Jolly Christmas -- Michael Buble
I LOVE Buble's TV Christmas specials. Campy and simply written the way the old
Andy Williams specials used to be. This version of Holly Jolly keeps up with the original
14. Santa Claus Is Back In Town – Elvis Presley Elvis's sneer jus before the piano solo…priceless.
You feel the raw energy of a live to tape studio performance
13. Christmas In The Sand – Colbie Caillat It's rare when a modern, non-traditional holidays songs cuts through
and fits nicely between classics. This one does. Sunshine in the dark of Winter!
12. (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home – U2 Recorded at a soundcheck during their 1987 tour, quite possibly the best rock Christmas song since
Springsteen's "Santa Claus" (see #30) at C.W. Post in the 70's.
A standout from the first Very Special Christmas CD (the red one!)
11. The Prayer – Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion Angelic. Can I hear this ll year? Makes time stand still.
10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Peanuts It's not Christmas till you hear this at the end of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
9. Soldier's Silent Night – Father Ted Berndt Can't stop crying. Can't turn it off. Greatest writing ever.
8. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer – Dean Martin "Rudy, the red beaked reindeer" as only Dean can sing it.
"Making Spirits Bright" is a must-have Christmas album
7. Sleigh Ride – Johnny Mathis Personal feelings for this song since Johnny was one of my favorite interviews ever.
He told great stories about recording this album in a sweaty New York studio
during the Summer of 1958. Percy Faith conducted, Mitch Miller produced.
Can't get any bigger than that.
6. Jingle Bells – Sammy Davis Jr. Lots of versions of this song…but none like Sammy's. Santa Claus meets the Vegas Strip.
Gotta sing along when he yells "Everybody!"
5. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams Holiday smiles all around. Uptempo, and everyone loves it.
An original that will be a smash if released today!
4. Silent Night – Any Traditional Version Growing up, always had a soft spot for the slow, traditional version of this hymn.
It was played during a Christmas church service my wife and I were attending, and when I looked over,
she was crying. Afterward, she said "Silent Night" always makes her cry. Me too.
3. Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra Another one that makes time stop. Majestic. Perfectly produced.
2. (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home – Darlene Love Classic and iconic, from the opening bass line to the Wall of Sound buildup to the opening lyrics.
Could have easily placed this at #1.
1. Happy Holiday – Andy Williams I didn't realize how perfect this song was till one of my Producer's pointed it out a few years ago.
Easy to sing along with... "He'll be coming down the chimney, down" deliciously 1960's produced pop!
How can you not put a song containing "whoop-de-do and hickory dock" in at #1?
The quintessential song for a downtown tree lighting with thousands, or your home gathering!
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