Christmas Music

The Christmas season is a time of rich traditions. Music plays a big role in making it a special time of year. Certain songs can take you back in time and can evoke emotions. For instance, hearing Gene Autry or Alvin and the Chipmunks¬†takes me back to childhood¬†because we used to listen to their albums every Christmas; a particularly beautiful rendition of O Holy Night or Silent Night can actually get me a little misty (please don’t revoke my Man Club Membership).

In general, I prefer the more “traditional” renditions of Christmas songs. Having said that, I find Mannheim Steamroller’s unique arrangements (“18th century classical rock”) to be particularly soothing and uplifting to the soul. I also enjoy the parody hack jobs done by Bob Rivers.

However, in thinking about Christmas music, I realized that the rendition of a handful of songs by particular artists really epitomizes Christmas. That is, they have really become woven into the fabric that makes the season special. I’m not a big fan of federal mandates, but I’d almost be willing to support a federal law banning any further releases of these songs by other artists. So below is my list of songs that I think should be retired, because no one can possible do a better job than the artist listed.

  • White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  • The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Johnny Mathis
  • Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
  • Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  • Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
  • Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – Gene Autry

There are a few more songs that I think probably should be retired, but I’m not quite ready to lock them in. So the songs below are candidates for retirement in the future:

  • Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
  • Winter Wonderland – Tony Bennett
  • Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
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