about December 4th.
Mondays are dumb. Work is meh. Here are my top 10 favorite Christmas songs as of, I don’t know, a half hour ago. It was super hard to narrow it down, although #1 hasn’t changed in 23 years and I don’t expect it ever will.
10. Fairy Tale of New York by the Pogues. This song is a classic and a delight and I sort of feel like the holiday music season doesn’t officially start until I hear it.
9. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. WHAT. I love this song. Fight me.
8. Gabriel’s Message by Sting. Back in the 90’s, if you heard a song on the radio and you didn’t know what it was, you either had to just wait and hope you were listening when it played again, or you had to call the radio station and ask what it was. I called the radio station.
7. Carol of the Bells by BarlowGirl. Carol of the Bells is hands down my favorite traditional carol. I have something like 168 different versions of it in a Carol of the Bellses playlist. This one (it’s the acapella version) is amaaaaaazing.
6. The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. As straight up classics go, it doesn’t get much better than this.
5. Joy by George Winston. These are all my favorite individual songs, but if I had to pick a favorite album, it’s December. That album sits in my soul. Someday I’m going to learn how to play this song on the piano. Someday.
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Mannheim Steamroller. There’s actually two versions of GRYMG on their 1984 album, one right after the other, and I’m calling them one song. (If I HAVE to pick one, I’d pick the second one.) After all these years and a zillion Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums, it/they is/are still my favorite song/s of theirs.
3. O Come All Ye Faithful by Pentatonix. I walked around my birthday weekend in NYC last year with this song on repeat. It is glorious. I’ve been having a hard time mixing up my music in the car this year because I still just want to listen to this over and over.
2. Sleigh Ride by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. The only good versions of this song are instrumental versions, and this one is the best. If your heart does not soar when it syncopates, then God, Jed, I don’t even want to know you.
1. All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey. It’s perfect, the end, your argument is invalid. (All remakes are crap except the one that girl sings in Love Actually. Honestly, Michael Bublé, what were you thinking.)