RLITM Top Christmas Songs Ever...#40-21!

December 23, 2017

41.  2017 New addition:  Season Of Love -- 98 Degrees 

  • There were a handful of great new Chriotmas songs in 2017, and I think this was the best of them.  This will easily be played for the next         decade of holiday season!

40.  Winter Wonderland – Andy Williams

  • Love the abnormal key changes on this version

39.  Put One Foot In Front Of The Other – Rankin Bass Claymation Characters

  • Is there anything more memorable than goofy songs from Christmas shows?

38.  Be A Santa –  Living Voices

  • 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!