(NOTE: “My Grown Up Christmas List” does NOT make the cut! I dislike it muchly…)
In an attempt to counterbalance my Grinchy-ness about Christmas, I thought I would share the songs that I do want to hear; however, I refuse to make myself a playlist or CD: it has to just happen.
“Christmas Wrapping” The Waitresses
I don’t know why…I just love this one and it’s not the holidays without it. Maybe because it’s relatively obscure.
“O Holy Night” Josh Groban ONLY
I can sing it one octave up and feel like a freaking opera star…and let’s face it: Josh is pretty!
“God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen/ We Three Kings” Barenaked Ladies w/ Sarah McLachlan
Seriously…my favorite band and they do such a great job with this song…it’s fun and funky
“Do They Know it’s Christmas” by the stars of Band Aid.
Because nothing screams Happy Holidays like starving children in Africa! Whatevs, it’s still a good song. My sister in law’s fave, so it needs to be on the list.
“Little Drummer Boy” Pentatonix
…because wow! This a cappella group is the bomb diggity!
“The 12 Days of Christmas” Straight No Chaser
How can you go wrong with an a cappella group of men who reference Toto’s “Africa”?
“You’re a Mean One, Mister Grinch” by Thurle Ravenscroft.
You read that right…the guy who sang it in the original animated feature. A couple of other guys have done an okay job of it– but there’s nothing like the original.
“Better Days” Goo Goo Dolls
Don’t tell me this isn’t a Christmas song! It gets played on the pop stations all year, but it’s about baby Jesus and gifts and resolutions and shut up your face…Christmas!
“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” but I don’t know who sings it
…but with a title like that, who cares? It’s adorable.
“Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey” Lou Monte (thanks, hon!)
At least no one had been stupid enough to remake it and muck it up.
“Wonderful Christmastime” Paul McCartney
It’s just nice to hear. And hello! Paul McCartney!
I think that’s pretty much it…I’ll add more as I remember them.
EDIT: fixed typos, added Lou Monte and Paul McCartney, and I also wanted to mention that I actually heard BNL w/ Sarah McLachlan today on my way to pick up the Christmas Cards! I call it an ‘organic’ listening experience: it just started playing on the radio– I like to think I was rewarded for taking the long way ’round to the store.