I Enjoy Holiday Music

Christmas Day will always be
Just so long as we have we *


You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen

But do you recall
JD’s favorite holiday songs of all?

From my iPod Holiday Playlist of 137 songs, I have culled 48 songs to be featured on a special 2-volume “Have Yourself a Merry I Do Things Christmas” CD. Because I already took up half the Internet with my U2 post, I’m listing only my Top 8 Holiday Songs here.

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JD’s Top 8 Holiday Songs

1. “Walking in the Air”

This is a truly beautiful song from the classic British animated special based on Raymond Briggs‘s book The Snowman. Sung by Welsh choirboy Aled Jones, the song accompanies the most wonderful scene from the TV special. Watch the magic here and you’ll never look at flying snowmen the same way again.

2. “Welcome Christmas”

You may not recognize the title, but I’ll bet you all know this song. Here, let me sing a bit:

Fah who for-aze!
Dah who dor-aze!

Got it? Here’s another hint:

Every Who down in Who-ville,
the tall and the small,
Was singing!
Without any presents at all!

If you still haven’t guessed it, this might help. And if you still don’t know the song after watching the clip, pass me your servings of Who pudding and roast beast—this holiday’s not for Grinches like you.

3. “Christmas with the Devil”

The devil likes Christmas too, y’know, tho not everyone feels it’s appropriate to acknowledge it. Spinal Tap was supposed to sing this holiday favorite on their 1992 reunion special, but

NBC-TV refused to allow the band to perform it . . . saying its lyrics promoted evil, although Tap did perform the song on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1984. Derek: ‘We’re not advocating [Satanism]. Man’s relationship with the Supreme Evil One is a very private affair. The song is just a depiction, imagining what’s happening with Satan this time of year.’ Nigel: ‘Think about it from the devil’s point of view is all we’re saying.’

Thank YouTube (and, possibly, the devil) for the chance to watch this rare performance.

4. “Heat Miser”

Snow Miser or Heat Miser? People have fought for centuries over who makes the better Miser. They both have great songs, dance routines, and awesome back-up singers. I go with Heat Miser every time, maybe because of Snow Miser‘s eerie resemblance to John Kerry, but you decide for yourselves:

(I love that there’s a Wikipedia entry for Heat Miser):

His archnemesis is his half-brother, Snow Miser, and his mother is none other than Mother Nature. Father Time is believed to be their father.

5. “The Hanukkah Song”

See, that’s why this post is titled “Holiday Songs” instead of “Christmas Songs.” Holiday songs are for everyone, as this song so cleverly demonstrates: “You don’t need ‘Deck the Halls’ or ‘Jingle Bell Rock,’ ‘cuz you can spin the dreidle with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock—both Jewish!” Laugh along with Adam Sandler as he points out all the famous people who celebrate Hannukah.

6. “Jingle Bells as Interpreted by Barking Dogs”

This was a childhood favorite, as it annoyed our parents every time it came on the radio. Surprisingly, I find that many people today still find this song annoying. Weird. This site lists the lyrics as

Bark, bark, arf
Bark, bark, arf
Bark, bark, woof, woof, arf

Bark, bark, bark,
Arf, bark, bark, bark
Bark, woof, woof, woof, woof

which, as far as I’m concerned, translates to “Kids, play this song at full volume and annoy your parents, woof.” Sing along with the barking dogs and see how many people you can annoy.

7. “Do They Know It’s Christmas”

Remember when Boy George was popular? When George Michael wasn’t a perv? When Duran Duran was hot? This video will take you back to that happy time while also reminding you that the song, written by (Sir) Bob Geldof and Midge (Ultravox) Ure, raised money and awareness for Ethiopian famine relief.

Things to watch for:

  • Phil Collins takes this way too seriously
  • Sting sings “the bitter sting of tears”
  • Bono is really short
  • Midge Ure is sporting a rather unfortunate ponytail
  • It’s Bananarama!
8. “Little Drummer Boy” by David Bowie and Bing Crosby

The harmonies are just beautiful, David Bowie totally outshines Bing Crosby (sorry, old people!), and although the opening patter is corny and cringe-inducing, it’s a treat to hear these two cultures collide. The video is well worth watching for David Bowie’s pixie haircut and cool, scary, pre-veneers teeth. Pretty thing, indeed.

Tell me your favorite holiday songs. If you leave a comment mentioning a song I’ve never heard of, you will be eligible to win a copy of the aforementioned special 2-volume “Have Yourself a Merry I Do Things Christmas” CD.

* Today’s lyrics are courtesy of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

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21 Responses to “I Enjoy Holiday Music”

  1. 1 cardiogirl

    I really do not like Christmas music. I have tried to dig down deep to figure it out. I have tried to talk it out in therapy. And the answer alludes me. I don’t like Christmas music.

    SO I am overjoyed that you will enjoy Holiday Music so I don’t have to. Thanks JD!

  2. 2 Jeff

    Those were GREAT picks! I just sat here and watched them all and chuckled at your commentaries as well. Now, quit posting stuff like this when it’s time for bed!

  3. 3 Kathy

    I have to agree with Cardiogirl. Not a huge fan of certain Christmas music, although I do love the Crosby/Bowie song. I currently have one nice Christmas song running through my head with a lyric “It’s the holiday season….”, but believe it or not, I think it’s from a commercial. I know. I’m weird.

    p.s. The Sandler song is catchy and classic!

    Kathy’s last blog post..I’m Forgetful, I’m Stupid, and I’m Old

  4. 4 Kathy

    OK, got it. That song “It’s the Holiday Season” is a real Christmas song. The version I’m thinking of is done by the Manhattan Transfer. It’s not a commercial!

    Kathy’s last blog post..I’m Forgetful, I’m Stupid, and I’m Old

  5. 5 JD

    Cardiogirl: That’s what I’m here for. You need never worry about enjoying Christmas music again.

    Kathy: You may be winning yet ANOTHER prize…stay tuned!

    Jeff: So glad you enjoyed the holiday videos. I hope you didn’t lose any sleep over them. So not worth it!

    JD’s last blog post..I Enjoy Holiday Music so you don’t have to

  6. 6 Canucklehead

    Great collection!
    I’m not a HUGE holiday music fan but there are a few good ones. the wife LOVES them though and I cannot help but laugh when ‘Little Drummer Boy’ comes on – she cried every time. Anyway, happy holidays!

  7. 7 Tim

    Boy am I glad you enjoy this stuff, cause like cardiogirl I can’t stand it! I try to like it, but unless it’s Bob and Doug McKenzie singing the Twelve Beers of Christmas, you’ve lost me.

    Tim’s last blog post..What’s on The Menu

  8. 8 piper

    Hi, Julia!

    3-day walker and crew member….I crewed with Ann many years ago on the 3-Day in Chicago. Was sent your URL and am delightedly browsing through your site.

    piper’s last blog post..one more from the observatory…

  9. 9 JD

    Canucklehead: Tell your wife I always cry during the animated special (rarely on TV anymore) when the Little Drummer Boy starts playing his drum for the leetle baby. Gets me every time.

    Tim: Wow, I didn’t realize how many people didn’t share my love of Christmas songs! You do know what you’ve let yourself into, don’t you? I expect to see a video of you and ERNIE singing “The Twelve Beers of Christmas” STAT!

    JD’s last blog post..I Enjoy Holiday Music so you don’t have to

  10. 10 JD

    Piper!: I had to think a minute…Piper? But then I went to your site and realized who you are! That’s awesome that you found me! I’ll tell my mom; she’ll be tickled.

    Thanks for reading. Your blog looks amazing, by the way. Can’t wait to dig in a little more.

    JD’s last blog post..I Enjoy Holiday Music so you don’t have to

  11. 11 piper

    Thanks, Julia! :-)

    Super to be in touch and I look forward to reading more of your work as well…



    piper’s last blog post..one more from the observatory…

  12. 12 bsilvia

    I don’t like Christmas music too. And I can’t stand “Do they know it’s Christmas” and “Last Christmas” by George Michael! :-P

    Thank you, thank you, thank you JD! What a relief!


    bsilvia’s last blog post..Don’t spend a dime for Christmas!

  13. 13 Elle

    Okay, I’m in the minority. The only Christmas music that I can honestly say I CAN’T stand is “Hard Candy Christmas”, which was ruined for me by 63-thousand reps by the muzak in the mall the year I had the unfortunate fragrance model gig. My total favorite however is: “Children, Go Where I Send Thee,” preferably sung by a kindergarten class.

    Elle’s last blog post..The Best Drugs In The World on Sedated Airlines

  14. 14 JD

    Silvia and Elle: Wow, I had no idea so many people out there hated Christmas music! What is wrong with you people?! I do appreciate the honesty, tho, and that you stopped by even after reading the post title.

    Elle: fragrance model? Must hear more.

    Silvia: I agree about “Last Christmas.” That is a heinous song.

    JD’s last blog post..I Enjoy Holiday Music so you don’t have to

  15. 15 bsilvia

    Well, OK, I’m listening to Sinatra’s “White Christmas”


    bsilvia’s last blog post..Don’t spend a dime for Christmas!

  16. 16 Ernie

    “Christmas With the Devil” rocks. Have you ever heard of Bob Rivers’ Twisted Christmas?

    Ernie’s last blog post..Not Your Typical Philologist

  17. 17 JD

    Ernie: That’s what I love about Spinal Tap (and Tenacious D, for that matter): their songs are stupid and funny but they do ROCK! I’ll check out “Twisted Christmas.” You may have stumped me!

    JD’s last blog post..I Had Surger . . . a Procedure so you don’t have to

  18. 18 annakat

    My husband and I love the barking dogs Christmas song. Every time it comes on we try to have out maltese with us as he loves to sing with the song. It is hilarious to listen to the dogs bark and our little baby bark along with the song.

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