Christmas Songs

My twitter comment asking which Christmas band was worsel Trans Siberian Orchestra or Manheim Steamroller sparked some replies in favor and some calling me crazy.  One follower asked what I thought was good Christmas music so I decided to do this non-food related post.
 
Every year my favorite Christmas songs change.  There are some staples that will always be on this list (Pogues, Ramones, RunDMC, Johnny Mathis) but the others fluctuate. Some years I am really into the Phil Spector Christmas album and other years I don’t even listen to it.  Same with Elvis.  Christmas music is great fo cooking to.  Its gets you in the mood for making cookies, appetizers for parties, or your Christmas dinner. 
Here are some the songs/albums I have been digging this holiday season:
 Johnny Mathis – Sleigh Ride (or pretty much anything)
RunDMC – Christmas in Hollis
Smashing Pumpkins – Christmastime 
Cindy Lauper – Feels Like Christmas
Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)
Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone – Baby It’s Cold Outside
Pogues – Fairytale of New York
Blink 182 – I Won’t be Home for Christmas
Burl Ives – Holly Jolly Christmas
Harry Connick Jr. – (It Must Have Been Ol’) Santa Claus 
Any of the Pomplamoose Christmas tunes (the band from the Hyundai commercials)
 
Here are some tunes that I cannot stand:
Josh Groban – O Holy Night (this guys voice is good if you like that kind of music. I don’t) 
Trans Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve/Sarajevo (everything they play just sucks, its Manheim Steamroller but Metal-ly, this is just their most overplayed song)
Manheim Steamroller – Deck The Halls or Angels We Have Heard on High (everything they play just sucks, its Trans Siberian Orchestra but Smooth-Jazzy, these are just their most overplayed songs)
John Lennon – Happy Christmas (War is Over) – – This song grates on me.  Yoko Ono’s singing doesn’t help matters
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime  – Not to be outdone by Lennon, Paul created this equally horrible Christmas song.
Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You –  I just don’t like her as a person or a singer.
Pretty much any version of Blue Christmas except for Elvis’
Kenny G – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – The holiday staple of dentist offices around the world.
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