My Favorite Christmas Songs 2017 #7

“Up On The Housetop,” Gene Autry, 1953

This is Gene’s third (and well-deserved) entry on this list.  Who wouldn’t go?

TRIVIA: The song was written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864.  In addition to being a songwriter, Benjamin was also involved in the Underground Railroad.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2015 #1-6

As I looked over my list of Christmas songs from last year, I realized that I left out quite a few good ones in my effort to highlight songs and covers that folks may not have heard of.  Thus, I’ll start out this year playing catch up with some standards:

#1 – “The Christmas Song,” Nat King Cole, 1946
How else could I start?
#2 – “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” Burl Ives, 1964
Counting “There’s Always Tomorrow” from last year, this makes the second song on my list from the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” holiday special.  The song was originally to be sung by the character of Yukon Cornelius.  Yeah, I can’t see it, either.
#3 – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Gene Autry, 1949
The original version of the story of “Santa’s 9th Reindeer.”  I remember singing it in Cub Scouts and the troop all goofing with it; repeating the ‘reindeer’ in the chorus and adding words to the lyrics.
#4 – “Happy Holidays/Holiday Season,” Andy Williams, 1963

“Happy Holiday” was originally sung by Bing Crosby in the 1942 film “Holiday Inn” A medley, “The Holiday Season” was added later to make this classic.

#5 – “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Andy Williams, 1963
Another wonderful standard from Andy Williams.  I’ve always wondered: Was telling ghost stories at Christmas time really a thing way back when?
#6 – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Brenda Lee
To my ears, Brenda Lee sounds as if she’s singing about ‘punkin’ pie’ but that only adds to the song’s charm.

My Favorite Christmas Songs #4

“If It Doesn’t Snow on Christmas,” Gene Autry, 1949

Singing cowboy Gene Autry is very well known for Christmas music, in addition to recording several standards, he wrote “Here Comes Santa Claus.”  A B-side for the more well-known “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “If It Doesn’t Snow on Christmas” is interesting because for whatever reason, it seems to ignore the fact that Santa’s reindeer can fly.