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Thursday, December 18, 2008

holiday hits

I decided a while ago that I would update my Christmas CD that I made in 2002. Here’s what made the cut for 08 (in order of appearance)…

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” (the one from the original and infinitely better cartoon, NOT from the ridiculous movie that did not do Dr. Seuss justice)
“The Christmas Song” by Stevie Wonder and India.Arie. It was on a Target commercial a long time ago, and it was one of the first songs I downloaded using shady Napster (before it got legit).
“What Christmas Means to Me” by Stevie Wonder. I usually take special care to keep singers from appearing back-to-back on my mix CDs, but this one slipped past me.
“Merry Christmas, Baby” by BB King. Who else would you trust to sing this one?
“Carol of the Bells” by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. And they sing the right words.
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Michael Buble. I think this is the best Christmas song he sings, and one of the best versions of this one out there.
“Ave Maria” by Jewel. I LOVE this composer’s version, and I think she does it really well. It was sung at my wedding (yes, I got married in May).
“Celebrate Me Home” by Kenny Loggins. Kell and I fought for a while over whether this was a Christmas song or not. Listen to the lyrics, and you be the judge. (I’m right.)
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Selah. Just one of many great numbers from their Rose of Bethlehem album.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by James Taylor. My fave Christmas song by one of my most favorite singers. What’s not to love?
“Little Drummer Boy” by Jars of Clay. This is my dad’s favorite Christmas song, and I especially love this version.
“Santa Claus” by Harry Connick, Jr. How much do we love this guy? I can just picture little Harry as the boy in this song.
“Step Into Christmas” by Elton John. It took me years to figure out what the name of this song was, but I loved it enough to keep investigating. Totally worth it.
“Where Are You, Christmas?” by Faith Hill. OK, so this song does come from the ridiculous Grinch movie, but it’s pretty much the only good thing that came out of it.
“O Holy Night” by Selah. I posted about this song yesterday, and I’m still not over it. I love it too much to get tired of it, so I won’t listen to it on repeat (which is what I really want to do).
“Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney. Cute song for a cute boy.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. These two are so great together – they make this song not cheesy.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Frank Sinatra. I know this song is already on the CD, but how could I deny the Chairman of the Board?

Any songs you love that I left off?

6 comments:

Katy Agnew said...

Have you heard "Merry Christmas, Baby" by the king of Motown Wilson Pickett? That is (in my opinion) the best version of that song... :) And don't forget Rudolph!

LT (and Max) said...

great list. some of those are on my itunes, but not all! i need to get to downloading more i think.
also...you forgot to mention mariah carey in your list! :)

mary-kathryn said...

you should send copies out as your christmas cards... some year! with a cute card sleeve!

mary straton said...

oh good idea, MK!!

Anonymous said...

Uh, Mary...what about my favorite "Hey, Santa" by Wilson Phillips? I'm kind of hurt! MOM

Lindsey & Jeremy said...

Hi, Mary Straton! Ok, I told you over Thanksgiving I was hooked, so I now have my own little piece of the world wide web at www.thehoskinsonfamilytx.blogspot/com
I hope y'all have a Merry Christmas, and we hope to see you & Kell soon!

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