I cannot be arsed to do a year in review post this year, so here’s some Christmas music I like

I am really looking forward to this year being over. I don’t feel up to doing our usual navel-gazing year in review post this year. So here’s some Christmas music I like. Come for Eartha Kitt and The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, stay for The Ramones, Judy Garland, and a surprise appearance by a Nobel Prize winner. Thanks for reading and commenting this year, hope you and yours are safe and well, see you in 2021.

First, some pairs of contrasting covers that I like.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Tommy Dorsey vs. Bruce Springsteen:

Santa Baby, Earth Kitt vs. Postmodern Jukebox vs. Rev Run and the Christmas All-Stars:

O Holy Night, Tracy Chapman vs. Rickie Lee Jones and the Chieftains:

Baby Please Come Home: Darlene Love vs. U2:

And some of my other favorites:

Wren In the Furze – The Chieftains:

You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch:

Sleigh Ride – Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain:

Early Christmas Morning – Cyndi Lauper:

Father Christmas – The Kinks:

Oi To the World – No Doubt:

Santa’s Beard – They Might Be Giants:

I Want You For Christmas – Dick Robertson:

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight) – The Ramones:

Must Be Santa – Bob Dylan (yes, really):

Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses:

I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas – Gayla Peevey:

Silent Night – Paul Robeson:

2000 Miles – The Pretenders:

And finally, it seems appropriate to end 2020 with this:

11 thoughts on “I cannot be arsed to do a year in review post this year, so here’s some Christmas music I like

  1. Bonus recommendations I didn’t include in original post for various reasons:
    The ultimate in Christmas counterprogramming isn’t “Die Hard”, it’s “St. Stephen’s Day Murders” by Elvis Costello and The Chieftains:

    Postmodern Jukebox’s version of Last Christmas is great, I love how they use the lady in the red dress to represent “sad last Christmas, happy this Christmas”:

    The lyrics of Chuck Berry’s Run Rudolph Run are very much of their time, but I still like the song, and I think this cartoon video does a nice job of updating it:

    Finally, Baby, It’s Cold Outside is a great song, but unfortunately it’s of it’s time in ways that cause lots of today’s listeners to misunderstand it (https://bigbutterandeggman.tumblr.com/post/154013148291). Here’s a good version:

  2. Garland: Yeah, the wartime Christmas songs have an extra kick for me right now. For weeks I had “There’s no place like home for the holidays” on repeat in my head. No. That’s quite enough of *that*, brain.

    • Yeah, I can’t really listen to “There’s no place like home for the holidays” this year either. And while Garland resonates, I find I can’t listen to it too much. It fits my default mood, but I find myself wanting music that takes me out of my current default mood, however temporarily. I need escapism this year. So I’ve been listening to the more upbeat, uptempo Christmas songs a lot. Bring on Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, and No Doubt.

    • Thanks, but don’t be too impressed. đŸ™‚ For instance, the only Irish music I listen to is the Chieftains. I hardly listen to any jazz or swing, I just happen to know and like this one Tommy Dorsey recording. What you’re seeing in this post isn’t the tip of a huge eclectic Christmas music iceberg; it’s like 50% of the entire iceberg.

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