Monday, December 8, 2008

Jingle All The Way

I’m sure you all have a radio station similar to Richmond’s Lite 98. They play soft rock, top 40’s, and a few oldies. On Thanksgiving Day, they happily announce that for the next month, they’ll be playing nothing but Christmas music.

This statement is immediately followed by a groan from my other half. He can’t stand the barrage of joyful tunes. I clap and smile. I’m always ready and willing to sing along to a holiday tune.

Still, there are a few I can’t stand. Seriously. I have to change the station or simply turn the radio off. Here they are:

1. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) – I can’t stand this song. I don’t think it’s cute. The voices are annoying, and Alvin’s tardy lead-in to each stanza in maddening. Not only that, but for the rest of the day I’m walking around squeaking, “Me? I want a hula hoop.” It’s like getting the Meow Mix song stuck in your head (sorry if I just did that to you).

2. All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth – Cute idea that goes on way too long.

3. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer – Okay, the first time I heard it I laughed, but that was enough.

Now that I’ve listed my least favorites, I’ve got to try and narrow down my top three. Much, much harder.

1. All-time favorite Christmas Song…drumroll….O Holy Night (I like the Michael Crawford and Clay Aiken versions, but I’ll get teary-eyed to almost any version)

2. The Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie and Bing Crosby

3. Do You Hear What I Hear – Whitney Houston or the Faith Hill version

(For fun, I’d add You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch song, because how many times a year do you get to sing the lyric, “Given the choice between the two of you I’d take the seasick crocodile.” Or “stink, stank, stunk!”

Your turn! Share your favorites and the ones that make you cringe. I promise to listen to any I haven’t heard of before on YouTube.

Jingle all the way…


Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

JB, you're top 2 favs are also mine. But I prefer O Holy Night sung by Pavoratti. Incredible.

And I'll add to the list The Messiah - all of it, not just The Halleujah Chorus.

Gotta dig out those CDs.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Jess Lourey said...

I like any Christmas song Elvis (white trash Pavoratti) sings, and I am personally offended by the song "Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer." Who okayed that?

Mark Combes said...


I can side with your husband to a certain extent - too much of a good thing ruins it for me. But I do have a few that I'll hum to whenever I hear them:

1. Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow
The Michael Buble version is quite nice - it's good to see the kids keeping the crooner thing alive!
2. The Christmas Song
Mel Torme wrote this song and I think his
version is great
3. Anything by Nat King Cole.

Oh, and don't forget "Ho, Ho, Ho, and a bottle of Rhum" by the incomparable Jimmy Buffett!

Terri Thayer said...

I love holiday music. One of my favorites is the Joanie Mitchell song, "River" song by Robert Downey, Jr. He will break your heart.

Also U2's version of "Christmas Baby Please Come Home" is another favorite. It's a Darlene Love song. Bono totally commits.

Keith Raffel said...

I'm with JB's hubby. Enough with the enforced good cheer! But I've always got a kick out of the intro to White Xmas which is seldom sung:

The sun is shining
The grass is green
The orange and palm trees sway.
I've never seen such a day
In Beverly Hills LA.
But it's December the 24th
And I am longing to be up North.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Etc., etc.

jbstanley said...

Terri, i forgot about that song - must get a copy of that. Strangely, I love In The Bleak Midwinter too. Same kind of haunting words and melody.

G.M. Malliet said...

There is no excuse whatsoever for the song Jingle Bell Rock. (It's pretty much on a level with Go Away Little Girl, which has to be the worst song ever written, of any type, along with Honey I Miss You.)

I like to really belt out O Come All Ye Faithful when no one's around to listen.

Terri Thayer said...

My brother used to torment my sister by singing "Honey." She'd retaliate with "Sugar, Sugar" through her tears. He hated that song.

Both were okay with Jingle Bell Rock, as far as I know.