Friday, December 7, 2012
Five Favorites on Friday: Christmas Songs
As a child I had an on going battle with my dad. He probably doesn't even remember it, but to me it was a big deal. When can I start listening to Christmas music??? (This was before the days of iPods and I certainly didn't have my own CD player, I had to listen on the stereo in the living room so it did affect the whole family) And I felt like every year the answer changed. Sometimes it was after Halloween, sometimes I had to wait until Thanksgiving. One year I wised up. I asked my dad and the answer that day was after Halloween. So I wrote a quick contract and had him sign it. I hope its still around. I hope I can find it someday. So funny.
I love all the classics and the religious Christmas songs, but these are the songs I like to jam to on my way to work. Today I'm counting backwards, bottom to top. Favorite to favoritest.
5. Mavis Staples: Christmas Vacation. I loved this song before I ever saw this movie.
4. Paul McCartney: Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime. I don't know why this song gets so much hate, but I love it (synthesizers and all!) If you've never seen the video, the angels with sunglasses singing in space it worth a watch, even if you hate this song. I heart Paul forever!!!
3. The Waitresses: Christmas Wrapping. Once I had a roommate who told me this song did not feel like a Christmas song. I said "Maybe not this year, but wait until next year. You'll learn to love it and when you hear it again it will bring back awesome Christmas memories." A year later she facebooked me to tell me I was right! (PS the video to this song is pretty weird, but it was better than the one that just had the lyrics. LAME)
2. Tran Siberian Orchestra: Carol of the Bells. This is not the whole song, but I seriously love this montage from The Office, because that's what this song feels like to me: CHRISTMAS!!!!
1. Bing Crosby and David Bowie: The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth. This song is just so beautiful, and the intro is just cute and touching. Plus I just love David Bowie.
And for fun, some of the worst Christmas songs off all time:
Elton John: Step into Christmas. I will change the station. I love me some Elton, but this just went so wrong.
Band Aid: Do They Know its Christmas. Pretty sure snow in Africa has nothing to do with poverty and every thing to do with climate.
New Song: Christmas Shoes. If I was dying I would not want my child running around town buying shoes, just sayin'.
What songs do you love or hate? I'm sure I've forgotten some good/awful ones!