Which Songs Make Your Spirits Bright?

Which songs bring out your festive mood?  Audiogon member, SonicBeauty, posed that question after discovering Faith Hill’s Joy To The World CD. Despite not being a huge country fan and preferring the classics (Nat “King” Cole and Bing Crosby), “Faith Hill is just glowing with incredible class.”

I have always enjoyed Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas Symphony and Christmas In The Aire…

The David Foster Christmas Album… IMHO Michael Crawford’s “Oh Holy Night” is by far the most powerful and moving rendition ever! YMMV

Nat King Cole’s Album “A Christmas Song” is a classic that will forever be played in my home!

To all have a safe and blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I ‘m a sucker for The McGarrigle Christmas Hour! Also love Sugarland singing the title song Gold and Green. And every version of O Come O Come Emmanuel .

I really like the “A Very Special Christmas” series of albums. I think I have them all.

I just received and listened to the new Kelly Clarkson “Wrapped In Red” Christmas album which I like a lot too.

Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas music and of course, Bing Crosby’s as well. To be honest, I am not a big fan of Christmas music. I play it mostly for my wife around the Holidays and when we are both trimming the tree.

Jesse Norman’s Christmas CD is just amazing. Great arrangements, great sonics, and well, it’s just the best IMO. She captures the “magic” of Christmas like few others I have heard.

Elvis. Carpenters. Beach Boys. Linda Ronstadt. Selected tracks from various other LPs/CDs.

We prefer Christmas music a bit earlier (say, Thanksgiving) through New Years Eve. Here are a few new ones from this year’s iTunes:

The Christmas Song – James Taylor
The Christmas Song – Pentatonix
Peace – Norah Jones
Let it Snow – Sam Jones

You can also go to Pandora and type “Jazz Holidays” from some great interpretations of the classics…

…and I never tire of Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas music.

Charles Brown Cool Christmas Blues.

I am not a fan of Faith Hill’s, per se, but she sang with such conviction and her voice was absolutely lovely. It really took me totally by surprise.
The “other” christmasy music I love is mainly classical which gets me in the mood more than anything else. a good choral arrangement also makes my ears perk up. Any mention of “chestnuts” however makes me clap my hands over my ears…

Bah freakin’ humbug, I hate xmas music. Well, the Chimpmunks are pretty special.

I LOVE Christmas albums. I tend to play a lot of Christmas music between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Along with the standards from Bing, Nat, Brenda Lee, Jose Feliciano, Johnny Mathis, Elvis, Burl Ives, et al, that I have to hear each year for Christmas to be complete (though you tend to hear these everywhere at Christmas), I tend to play these albums a lot at Christmastime:

Leon Redbone – Christmas Island – Whole album is good, a different sound to stir in to the classics
A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector
Andy Williams – The Andy Williams Christmas Album – My very favorite as a little kid. Don’t know why.
Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked for the Holidays – fun arrangements of the classics
Odetta – Christmas Spirituals – I love Odetta, she’s a commanding soul
Carolyn Wonderland – Fireside Songs for the Soul – Fun album
The Irish Tenors – We Three Kings – Love all their Christmas albums
Danny Wright – An Intimate Christmas – Interesting piano arrangements I like to mix in
Pink Martini – Joy to the World – Interesting and international
Jewel – Joy: A Holiday Collection – Jewel being Jewel
Martina McBride – White Christmas – I was surprised by how much I like to play this whole album. Simply done well.
Willie Nelson – Pretty Paper – Pretty Paper is one of my favorite Christmas songs
Twisted Sister – A Twisted Christmas – crazy, but Dee’s thunderous vocals make O Come All Ye Faithful sound like a Christian call to arms. An absolute blast to crank this.
The Messiah – London Philharmonic – Hallelujah is too triumphant to not rise to
Whitney Houston – Do You Hear What I Hear – She set a new standard on this song for me

I’ll have fun checking out everyone else’s list too!

I have this Faith Hill CD and will have to listen to it again. I don’t remember being that impressed, but it is in with my stack of Christmas that is out year around. I enjoy The Priests, The Canadian Tenors, and even Celtic Thunder for Christmas albums.

An Austin Rhythm And Blues Christmas

A New Possibility – John Fahey’s Christmas Album

The only two I listen to.

James Brown- Funky Christmas

Audiogoners, what’s on your playlists this season?  This is a non-denominational question, so even if you prefer 70’s Punk at the punchbowl, let us know in the comments!

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