What I am Listening to This Season.

When it comes to Christmas Songs I like the  old chestnuts from Frank and Dean and Andy and as well I like the traditional Christmas songs as much as the next guy but anyone who has read my material knows I am slightly twisted and that extends to my musical tastes as well. And in that vein I give you my list of favorite Christmas songs:  don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

Little Saint Nick: The Beach Boy’s…A peppy little song from the surf kings just sounds right.

Bing Crosby/David Bowie: Little Drummer Boy…2 very different performers but somehow this song never seems to amaze me.

Roy Woods Wizzard:I wish it could be Christmas every day….An infectious song and for anyone who knows who Roy woods is this just makes sense. The video for it is worth the look.

Jethro Tull: Ring Out Solstice bells…Add a flute to a Christmas song and you wind up humming along.

Bob and Doug McKensie: 12 Days of Christmas…Admit it, this one makes everybody smile.

Ray Charles and Nina Simone: Baby it’s cold outside…A little jazz and 2 distinct voices makes you feel like curling up next to the fire.

Eartha Kitt: Santa Baby…Like the above song this one spells erotic Christmas,meow.

Kinks: Father Christmas…What would a Christmas season be without the Kinks Classic about a Santa Claus getting beat up?

Slade: Merry Christmas Everybody…With Lyrics like”Look To The Future Now It’s Only Just Begun'”. this songs is as uplifting a song as Father Christmas is downbeat. And Noddy Holder is still one of the strangest voices in music.

Plastic Ono Band: Happy Xmas(war is over)…So this is Christmas, only Lennon could write a protest song that has become a Christmas Classic.

Greg Lake: I believe in Father Christmas…This song criticizes the Commercialization of Christmas and talks about the loss of Innocence and Childhood beliefs.

The Pogues: Fairytale of NewYork…Not really a Christmas song per se, it has become a standard around my house this time of year. Bickering and fighting on Christmas Eve, it doesn’t sugar coat anything.

Chris Rea:Driving home for Christmas…Another of those songs that just seems to glide along and before you know it the song has ended and you are left humming it for the rest of the day.

Simon and Garfunkel:7 o’clock news/silent Night…Not as well-known as their other songs,7 o’clock news/silent night is from the 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, . The track consists of an overdubbing of two contrasting recordings: a simple arrangement of the Christmas carol “Silent Night”, and a simulated “7 O’Clock News” bulletin of the actual events of 3 August 1966. It is an Eerie song that stays with you long after it is over. It can be hard to listen to but worth it in the end.

Gaudet: Steeleye Span..The song itself comes from the 16th century and not only does the band perform it accapella they also sing it in Latin.

There are so many more, i have not even mentioned the music from Mannheim steamroller and The Trans-Siberian orchestra, two sets of music that really needs to be heard to be appreciated. So Merry Christmas and may all your music be great.