Favorite Soul/R&B Album: The Weeknd, "Beauty Behind The Madness"
Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group: One Direction
Favorite Country Male Artist: Luke Bryan
Top Soundtrack: "Pitch Perfect 2"
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Nicki Minaj, "The Pinkprint"
New Artist of the Year: Sam Hunt
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Ariana Grande
Favorite Country Female Artist: Carrie Underwood
Collaboration of the Year: Skrillex and Diplo Featuring Justin Bieber, "Where Are U Now"
Favorite Alternative Rock Artist: Fall Out Boy
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
Artist of the Year: One Direction
You probably don't know this one. We don't play it, cuz I don't think it exists anywhere but on vinyl.
My family had the Living Voices "Little Drummer Boy" album when I was growing up.
Great memories. Click the song title if you wanna see a YouTube video
37. Christmas Memories – Frank Sinatra "I close my eyes and see shining faces, Of all the children who now have children of their own." Priceless!
36. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley Classic. No other version comes close.
35 Skating – Vince Guaraldi Trio Visions of Pig Pen creating dust on ice!
34. Merry Christmas Everyone – Slade/Rockettes The original SLADE version is rough and bawdy…Christmas in a bar.
The Rockettes version makes you think of Christmas in Rockefeller Center!
33. Pine Cones And Holly Berries/We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Living Voices See #38
32. Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson The quintessential Christmas instrumental
31. Run, Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry Quite possibly the original guitar-rock Christmas song. Wish I had the original Chess records 45.
30. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band I've tired of this over the years, but it's gotta be on the list simply because it's live and raw,
including wicked great mic feedback just before the sax solo!
29. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – Dean Martin Awesome brushes on drums!
28. Winter Wonderland – Brian Setzer Orchestra Brian's Boogie Woogie Christmas album simply rocks. This cut: rockin' smooth!
27. That Holiday Feeling – Michael Civisca and Mary Stahl It's rare that you get a local production that sounds as good as anything out of a big time studio.
Hard to believe Michaels "And Friends" album is now 15 years old! Mary and Mike wail!
26. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Rod Stewart I thought Rod's Christmas CD of 2012 was an unespected surprise.
Even as a huge Stewart fan, it surpassed my expectations.
25. Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano Unique. Not another version of the song even comes close.
24. Merry Christmas Darling – Carpenters Christmas Portrait. One of the great albums of any genre or era. Buy the Special Edition with 21 songs!
23. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie & Bing Crosby Bing died just 5 weeks after they taped this somewhat bizarre duet. I remembering seeing it the first time it
played in 1977. At the time, I knew a lot about Bowie, not as much about Bing!
22. Winter Wonderland -- Darlene Love The first Phil Spector production on the list. Intoxicating. 'Nuf said.
21. Christmastime All Over The World – Sammy Davis Jr. Love it cuz it's schmaltzy, overproduced, and (again) unique.
Full Album Honorable Mention: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Christmas Album A newly remastered version came out in 2005. A must have. Put it on, and let it roll.
Perfect background (along with STAR 102.5 music) for any holiday happening!
Coming Friday: Rob Lucas Top 20 Favorite Christmas Songs ever ever ever!
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!
Yelp has put together the Top 100 Places To Eat In Buffalo. Click here for the article. At first glance we're thinking, wow, we've never heard of some of these places (like #1 on the list!) Others are some of the most well known in the city. But that's the beauty of Buffalo being a fabulous restaurant town!
Justin Bieber starts his 50+ city PURPOSE WORLD TOUR beginning next March and hits Buffalo July 12th! Of course, STAR 102.5 will have your pre-sale info and ticket giveaways! General public tickets for all shows will begin to go on-sale Friday, November 20 at 10 a.m at www.aeglive.com and tickets.com.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets for the U.S. shows before the general public beginning Monday, November 16 at noon through Thursday, November 19 at 10 p.m.
Justin Bieber – Purpose World Tour 2016 Dates
**All dates, venues and on-sale information are subject to change.
Date City Venue On-Sale (local time) March 9, 2016 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. March 11, 2016 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live! at Rogers Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. March 13, 2016 Portland, OR Moda Center at the Rose Quarter Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. March 15, 2016 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. March 17, 2016 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. March 18, 2016 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. March 20, 2016 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. March 21, 2016 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. March 25, 2016 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. March 26, 2016 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. March 29, 2016 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. March 30, 2016 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 2, 2016 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 4, 2016 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 6, 2016 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 7, 2016 Tulsa, OK BOK Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 9, 2016 Houston, TX Toyota Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 10, 2016 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 12, 2016 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 19, 2016 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 20, 2016 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 22, 2016 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 23, 2016 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 25, 2016 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 26, 2016 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 28, 2016 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. April 29, 2016 Washington, DC Verizon Center Saturday, Nov. 21 @ 10 a.m. May 4, 2016 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ noon May 5, 2016 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ noon May 7, 2016 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. May 10, 2016 Boston, MA TD Garden Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. May 13, 2016 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. May 14, 2016 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. May 16, 2016 Montreal, QC Bell Centre Saturday, Nov. 21 @ noon May 18, 2016 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. May 19, 2016 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. June 11, 2016 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. June 13, 2016 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. June 14, 2016 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. June 16, 2016 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. June 18, 2016 Fargo, ND FARGODOME Saturday, Nov. 21 @ 10 a.m. June 19, 2016 Minneapolis, MN Target Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. June 21, 2016 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. June 22, 2016 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. June 24, 2016 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ noon June 25, 2016 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. June 27, 2016 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 9 a.m. June 29, 2016 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. June 30, 2016 Orlando, FL Amway Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. July 2, 2016 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. July 6, 2016 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. July 7, 2016 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena Saturday, Nov. 21 @ 10 a.m. July 9, 2016 Newark, NJ Prudential Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ noon July 10, 2016 Hartford, CT XL Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. July 12, 2016 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. July 13, 2016 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. July 15, 2016 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall Friday, Nov. 20 @ 10 a.m. July 18, 2016 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden Friday, Nov. 20 @ noon
Remember these childhood games?? Twister, Super Soaker, and The puppet were all inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame! The National Hall of Fame is located just down the road in Rochester, NY and makes for a great weekend getaway! Relive your childhood and read more about the winners here!
MAJOR CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT! Maroon 5 with special guests Tove Lo & R.City are coming to First Niagara Center next September 26th.
Tickets on sale Saturday, November 14th at 10am. Get them online at LiveNation.com, Tickets.com, the First Niagara Center Box Office or charge by phone at 1-888-223-6000. Orrrr win them with Rob Lucas Monday AM!
Well, now that we have eaten all of our kids Halloween candy it's time to put down the comfort foods! The comfort foods we all love, can actually drag us down. Here are 9 Food Choices That Will Boost Your Mood. Do these and your mood will automatically be boosted!
Feeling well rested after that extra hour of sleep? Rob thinks it would be great if we set our clocks back on a monthly basis. Except by the time July hits, it would be dark be 1 pm! Guess he didn't think that through...