Friday, December 21, 2018

Are These The 12 Best Christmas Songs EVER?

Putting aside traditional Christmas carols for a moment (and also eliminating more obvious classics) here are a dozen of the best (and most original) Christmas songs I know, listed in no particular order:

This Christmas - This song has been getting more airplay in recent years. There are two good versions; one by Harry Connick, Jr. and another by Danny Hathaway. Also by Connick -- his title track When My Heart Finds Christmas.

Goin Home For Christmas - This haunting piece by Merle Haggard summons up so much feeling. It's a perfect pastiche.

Santa Baby - Don't buy any updated versions. Trust only the original by Eartha Kitt.

Christmas In Dixie and Santa Claus (I Still Believe In You) - Both by Alabama and both on Alabama's first (red) Christmas album. These are two of the best songs and this is one of the best Christmas albums you will ever find.

Christmas Was Made For Children - I really like the Mel Torme version on his album, Christmas Songs.

Christmas in New Orleans and Christmas Night In Harlem - Both feature the great Louis Armstrong with the Benny Carter Orchestra. Check them out on The Best of Louis Armstrong and Friends, The Christmas Collection.

When It's Christmas Time In Texas - By King George himself, George Strait. Full of wonderful imagery!

New York City Christmas - By the Cover Girls. This may be hard to find but it's got plenty of high energy. It turns up on a lot of compilation albums.

Finally, Frank Sinatra's dreamy Whatever Happened To Christmas, a song that was actually way ahead of its time. Rich in meaning and sumptuously orchestrated!

As you can see I like Christmas songs that evoke certain times and places.
That's because Christmas is a time for memories, dreams and imagination.
And these songs trigger memories, enrich dreams and enliven imaginations.

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