I have a confession to make: I am not a fan of Christmas music.
Let me restate that. It’s not that I don’t like Christmas music – I just don’t care to hear the same songs sung by 50 different bands 50 different ways. I’m a creature of habit; therefore, when I hear one version I like then I’m done, thank you. I don’t want to hear someone else ‘make it their own’, dawg. Unless of course I love the new version which will require my tossing the old one forever. There’s no room for two Silent Night’s in my iPod.
If you are following me at all here, then it should make a little sense to you that I do enjoy original Christmas tracks for the simple fact I don’t have to choose who sings it best. I also don’t like restaurants with overly-large menus or furniture stores with 37 different sofas. I’m a featured item girl which is why I thrive at places like Sam’s Club where I’m pitched an item, I can decide yes or no to that one and then move on.
Now that I’ve given you yet one more glimpse into my illogical thought patterns, I will pitch to you my Top Ten Christmas Songs of all time. Or of 2009 – whichever expires first. These are the songs (some hymns, some not) by the bands that I will love forever until I don’t anymore.
1. Little Drummer Boy : Faith Hill. One of my two all-time favorite Christmas songs. I cry every single time even though my mind is troubled by the historicity of a drummer boy being at the home of baby Jesus. Something about Mary bobbing her head to the beat of a drum makes me love her even more though. If it really happened. Which I doubt. (But I wish it did.) Faith Hill’s version is beautifully simple. My other favorites (I know I said I could only like one but here is my exception) are the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Jackson 5. And of course it was hard to turn away New Kids on the Block or Jimi Hendrix but I didn’t get the feeling they believed what they were singing. Or guitaring.
2. Go Tell it on the Mountain – Need to Breathe: A newcomer to the list but I am crazy for this band’s sound. For that reason, I now love this song that hasn’t necessarily been one of my favorites. Until now.
These next three are on Casting Crowns’ Peace on Earth so perhaps you can tell they are my favorite band. These songs are classics for me and I just couldn’t leave a single one off my Top Ten:
3. I Heard the Bells – Casting Crowns “God is not dead, nor doth he sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, With peace on earth, good will to men.”
4. While You Were Sleeping – Casting Crowns: “And while you’re lying in the dark, There shines an everlasting light, For the King has left His throne, And is sleeping in a manger tonight…”
5. God With Us – Casting Crowns: “God is in us, God with with us, God is for us, Emmanuel…”
6. Ring the Bells – Travis Cottrell and Natalie Grant: “Heaven bends to earth below…” Man, I love this song. Especially the African-sounding singing at the end. Very Selah-ish.
7. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan: I first fell in love with this song on Elf (my favorite Christmas movie) and almost chose that version but who can possibly beat Ella Fitzgerald? For real.
8. O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Sugarland: I’m not a fan of country music but Jennifer Nettles is flawless in this version.
9. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Third Day: This song reminds me of being a little girl. I don’t know why. Can’t recall a specific time of hearing this song as a child but it’s pure and I love it. The Third Day rendering is fabulous.
10. O Holy Night – Celine Dion: My other most favorite Christmas song. Celine sings it but doesn’t overpower the lyrics with her booming voice. Just gorgeous.
Okay, so now y’all have my favorites. What are some of yours?
What??? No Elvis-Blue Christmas? HAHAHA
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I love Casting Crowns, too. They’re awesome! But, I like ALL Christmas music :)
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Celebrate the Day – Reliant K
Mary Did You Know? – Reba
In the First Light – Travis Cottrell
I absolutely love Casting Crowns too and While You Were Sleeping happens to be one of my favorites. =)
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I like, and don’t judge me for this… “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” by Bare Naked Ladies.
It play on our radio station and I love the arrangement.
And Faith Hill, A Baby Changes Everything makes me cry.
And Celine is awesome and I love Baby It’s Cold Outside. Me and my girl sing it all the time.
You’re the second person in a week that’s told me about Need to Breathe. Need to check em out.
I also love O Come O Come Emanuel. Has always been a favorite. Mark Lowry’s original Mary Did You Know. Only the writer of this song can sing it the right way!!! Welcome to Our World, Chris Rice. Missing singing these songs at church this year. Cindy
And I’m a Christmas music fanatic…. we have one station that starts playing it on November first… it’s all we listen too.
One of my girl’s ‘ non Spiritual fav’s” “I Wanna Hippopotamus For Christmas.”
AND MINE… Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
I will stop now.
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What?!… No “Mary did you know”? LOL
Have you heard Barlow Girl’s “Hallelujah, Light has come”? It’s a good one
Girl…that’s a sweet list! I am a huge Casting Crowns fan. Mark Hall went to seminary with my hubby way back when!
So….I love seeing his success! And it’s well deserved!
I agree….I’m not a multiple Christmas song liker either! Give it to me once…then buzz off!
I mean that with all the love in my heart…really! :)
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anything Christmas sung by Bing Crosby — something about his voice and the scratchiness of the old music (even on cd sound) just makes me remember being little when my grandparents would come over early Christmas morning to see us discover what Santa brought.
Oh, what happy memories!
— I looove Third Day ANYTHING, so Christmas music by them, BRING IT.
— Celine Dion’s and Andrea Bocelli’s The Prayer on her Christmas cd
— Baby It’s Cold Outside by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan DEFINITELY
— Mary, Did You Know (it doesn’t matter who sings it. I love it because my son, even at 12, cries every time he hears it. That alone, makes it one of my favorites.)
— and hands down, my very favorite Christmas sound happens when I close my eyes and I so very clearly hear my Grandmama singing “Away In A Manger” and “Silent Night” standing next to me in church. I remember the feel of her hand in mine, her distinctive, sweet soprano voice… there’s nothing as beautiful to me on the radio or in my cd player. This will be my 3rd Christmas without hearing her sing beside me in church and at the piano in the living room….
okay, gonna go now and change my facebook picture to me and her.
and maybe cry a spell.
An older song, “Child of Bethlehem” by Wayne Watson on his CD “One Christmas Eve” has been my favorite for quite a few years.
I am totalling loving the version of “Chrismastime is Here” by Mercy Me although the original version on the Charlie Brown Christmas Special is still far better!
I also love the Christmas Album that Sufjan Stevens did. There are some traditional tracks but many are original and awesome. There is a version of Holy, Holy, Holy that is exsquisite!!!
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I LOVE the song “How Many Kings” by Downhere. You can listen to it for free on google. Just type the title in and it’s the first thing that pops up. It’s amazing!
My other favorite is “Sleigh Ride” probably by anyone but Neil Diamond might top my list. :)
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I LOVE Elf too! “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite” Baby It’s Cold Outside it probably my favorite secular Christmas song.
My all time favorite Christmas hymn is O Holy Night.
“The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend.
Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born.”
Now that is some good stuff.
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I recently posted a list of my faves. http://breathoflifeministries.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-game.html
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There are so many good Christmas songs to choose from, but for me the one that stands out the most is Reba Maccentire’s version of “The Christmas Guest”. Although she’s not the original singer, she sings it the best. The song to me is more of a story that is told/sung with stunning beauty and emotion.