Love the Charlie Brown. When I was a kid I thought it was called the "Snoopy Dance" because it seemed to be played whenever Snoopy danced, but it is titled "Linus & Lucy" there is a nice jazz version of it on the CD "Joe Cool's Blues" by Wynton Marsalis and Ellis Marsalis. All the songs are either songs are arrangements of songs from the Peanuts cartoons or they were inspired by them.
Since I work nights in retail, I'd have to say my favorite Christmas songs are the ones I don't have to hear hundreds of times between November 1st and Christmas.
I know the pain of which you speak. Amen!
Good call on Charlie Brown Christmas song, best rendition I ever heard of it was when I saw Dave Matthews Band play like a 12 minute live version. Man that must have been...over 13 years ago now. I suddenly feel old...
I'm with you on Carol of the Bells, but the rest of my top five list would be We Three Kings, O Holy Night, What Child Is This and It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
I'm sure my list has something to due with the fact that I'm Jewish (although we always did celebrate Christmas).
I'm a little late to the party, but it's been a crazy week...Off the top of my head, I like the Barenaked Ladies/Sarah McLachlan version of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen", and I like the entire Vince Guaraldi Trio "Charlie Brown Christmas" album, but what I particularly enjoy this time of year are the songs that subvert the whole genre in some way... For example:- Almost anything by Bob Rivers... Most people know "The Twelve Pains Of Christmas" even if they don't know who's behind it. I particular like "Jingle Hells Bells", "Twisted Chipmunk Song/Chipmunks roasting On An Open Fire", "Santa Claus Is Foolin' Around" and "Sled Zeppelin"- The Fab Four, a Beatles tribute band who do Christmas songs in Beatle arrangements, i.e. "Jingle Bells" done like "Tomorrow Never Knows".- "Suddenly, It's Christmas" by Loudon Wainwright III- "A Christmas Carol" by Tom Lehrer
A Christmas Carol by Tom Lehrer? I don't remember that one. I'll have to look it up.