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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 #1

“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)”, Ramones, 1989

It feels fitting to close out 2021 with some punk rock.

Naturally, the Ramones make up for the song’s sentimentalism in the video:

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 #2

“Everyone’s a Kid at Christmastime”, Stevie Wonder, 1965

This is Stevie Wonder’s third song on my list. It’s upbeat, fun, and a reminder that it’s okay to let our inner child out to play every holiday season.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 #4

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, Frank Sinatra, 1957

From the “A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra” album, Ol’ Blue Eyes knocks this standard out of the park.

TRIVIA: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was written by Hugh Martin for the movie “Meet Me In St. Louis” starring Judy Garland. Some of the original lyrics were rewritten because they were found to be overly depressing. “Let your heart be light / Next year all our troubles will be out of sight” was originally “It may be your last / Next year we may all be living in the past.”

In 1957, Sinatra asked Martin to revise the line “Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow.” He told Martin, “The name of my album is A Jolly Christmas. Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?” The line became “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.” Sinatra’s version is also in the present tense.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 #5

“Zat You, Santa Claus?”, Louis Armstrong, 1953

I’ve spent most of my life living by myself so I can definitely relate to Louis Armstrong’s ode to something going bump in the night during the holiday.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 #6

“Underneath the Tree”, Kelly Clarkson, 2013

One of the more current pop tunes on this list, this one makes for a nice chaser after the over-the-top “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” by Mariah Carey.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 #7

“Ring Christmas Bells,” The Ray Conniff Singers, 1962

Whether you realize it or not, you have more than likely heard a Christmas tune by The Ray Conniff Singers. Ray’s two Christmas albums: “Christmas with Conniff” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” (from which this song comes from) each went platinum in 1959 and 1962.

Conniff’s “Ring Christmas Bells” is an arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” by Mykola Leontovych with lyrics added by Minna Louise Hohman.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 #8

“Merry Christmas All,” Denise Montana, 1976

Sometimes you can clearly tell when something comes from a particular time period and Merry Christmas All is definitely a product of the 1970s. I am as well, so that isn’t entirely a bad thing!

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 #9

“Driving Home for Christmas,” Chris Rea, 1986

I nearly always spend Christmas in my hometown, which is just over two hours away by car. It’s in South Texas, so I’ve never driven for days or through snow, but I can certainly relate to spending a little time on the interstate on the way to loved ones.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 #10

“The Little Drummer Boy,” Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, 1989

I had heard this rendition of the Christmas Classic for years before finally finding out who the singer was. Thank you, Shazam! I particularly love how the snare drum drives the song…having played the drums myself, though, I am slightly biased. 😉

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