10 Songs for the Season

No matter what you celebrate, December is a good time to hang out with your family, do something nostalgic, play boardgames, go on walks, cook and bake and eat, and write run-on sentences apparently.

With that in mind, we’ve each come up with our Five Favorite Holiday Songs.  Enjoy!

Rachel’s list

5. Fairytale of New York (The Pogues)

Any song that includes a maggot/faggot rhyme is all right by me.

4.Adeste Fideles/O Come, All Ye Faithful (Andrea Bocelli)

One of my favourite traditional carols sung by one of my favourite classical singers. ‘Nuff said.

3.Carol of the Bells (The Nylons)

The Nylons’ whole Christmas album is pretty fantastic, but I think this one lends itself particularly well to The Nylons’ mad a capella skills.

2.Mary’s Boy Child (Boney M)

Why do I love Boney M?

 

That’s why.

1.Do They Know it’s Christmas (Bandaid)

I remember hearing ‘And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time,’ as a kid and being quite perplexed as to why that was something to be sad about, and I still haven’t quite figured it out. So the lyrics are a bit shite, but it’s kind of a classic. Plus, young Bono and Sting rock out so hard in the video.

Ahimsa’s list.

Looking at it now, it seems like all my favorites are from movies and specials that I watched while growing up with the family. For me, Christmas is quite a nostalgic event, but I think it was even while growing up, which doesn’t really make sense but is true.

5. Fish Men (Cthulhu Carol)

All the Cthulhu Carols are great, but this one is even more clever than the rest, and the video really puts it over the top.  The Cthulhu carols are a great indication of how the solstice/xmas/etc has become something everyone can celebrate in their own way.

4. The Closing of the Year

Okay, I still maintain that Toys is an underrated movie. Even its detractors, and there are many, usually admit that this is a sweet ass song.

3. Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Scrooged is probably my favorite holiday movie, and this end is perfect. It’s a catchy song too, and one with a message that, while a little bossy, is non-holiday specific and quite nice.

2. Holly Jolly Christmas

Rudolph was pretty formative for me, and a few songs could have ended up here (ahem, Silver and Gold for instance.) With Burl Ives, the voice of the holidays, this song is one that everyone can get behind. Even Bumbles.

1. Christmas Time is Here (Instrumental)

Yeah, the religious themes are way over the top and his manky tree gets suspiciously better at the end.  Don’t care; this is far and away my favorite song of the season.

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