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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

101 of the Best Holiday Songs (Updated with iTune links)

If a singer's career lasts long enough, they will almost certainly cut a Christmas (oops, Holiday) album at some point. Even Neil Diamond has (he's released three), and he's Jewish! I grant that the continuous playing of Christmas songs (and movies) can be a bit much this time of year, but for now I am, once again, caught up in the spirit of the season ("'Tis the Season") and enjoying listening to the songs the season has to offer. In keeping with that spirit, below are some of my favorite versions of 101 of holiday songs. There are a handful of changes from last year, but more importantly, they now include links to iTunes, so you can listen to (or at least preview) the songs yourself. They appear in alphabetical order (hopefully):
  1. Adestes Fideles - Frank Sinatra
  2. All I Want for Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
  3. Almost There - Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant
  4. Angels We Have Heard on High -- Glee Cast
  5. Auld Lang Syne - Colbie Caillat
  6. Ave Maria - The Carpenters
  7. Away in a Manger/Child in a Manger - Michael W. Smith
  8. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Dean Martin
  9. Believe - Josh Groban
  10. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
  11. Breath of Christmas - Amy Grant
  12. Carol of the Bells - The Carpenters
  13. Carols Sing - Michael W. Smith
  14. Celebrate Me Home - Kenny Loggins
  15. The Chanukah Song - Adam Sandler
  16. Christ is Born - The Carpenters
  17. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2
  18. Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away - Amy Grant
  19. Christmas Canon - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  20. Christmas Hymn - Amy Grant
  21. Christmas in Your Arms - Alabama
  22. Christmas in Heaven - Scotty McCreery
  23. Christmas in Hollis - Run D.M.C.
  24. Christmas is Coming - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  25. Christmas Island - Jimmy Buffett
  26. The Christmas Shoes - NewSong
  27. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
  28. Christmas Time is Here - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  29. Christmas Waltz - Michael W. Smith
  30. Christmas Was Meant for Children - Sandi Patti
  31. Christmastime - Michael W. Smith
  32. Cold December Night - Michael Bublé
  33. Deck the Rooftop - Glee Cast
  34. Do You Hear What I Hear? - Whitney Houston
  35. Do They Know It's Christmas - Glee Cast
  36. Emmanuel, God With Us - Amy Grant
  37. Extraordinary Merry Christmas - Glee Cast
  38. Feliz Navidad - José Feliciano
  39. The First Noel - Josh Groban & Faith Hill
  40. Frosty the Snowman - Jimmy Durante
  41. Go Tell It On The Mountain - James Taylor
  42. God is With Us - Casting Crowns
  43. Going Home For Christmas - Phil Coulter
  44. Good King Wenceslas - The Piano Guys
  45. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - Elmo & Patsy
  46. Greensleeves - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  47. Grown Up Christmas List - Amy Grant
  48. The Happiest Christmas - Michael W. Smith
  49. Happy Xmas (The War is Over) - John Lennon
  50. Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Diamond Rio
  51. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Vonda Shepard
  52. Hey Santa - Carnie and Wendy Wilson
  53. High Plains (Christmas on the High-Line) - Philip Aaberg
  54. Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
  55. I Believe in Father Christmas - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  56. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Casting Crowns
  57. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - John Mellencamp
  58. I Saw Three Ships - Craig Duncan
  59. I Wonder As I Wander - Sandi Patti
  60. I'll Be Home for Christmas - Michael Bublé
  61. In the Bleak Midwinter - Phil Coulter
  62. It Snowed - Meaghan Smith
  63. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams
  64. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Frank Sinatra
  65. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - Amy Grant
  66. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
  67. Jingle Bells - Michael Bublé
  68. Joy to the World - Amy Grant
  69. Last Christmas - Glee Cast
  70. Let it Snow - Dean Martin
  71. Linus and Lucy - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  72. Little Alter Boy - The Carpenters
  73. Little Drummer Boy - Bob Seger
  74. Manger 6 - Bob Rivers and Twisted Radio
  75. Merry Christmas Baby - Bruce Springsteen
  76. Merry Christmas Darling - The Carpenters
  77. Mister Santa - Amy Grant
  78. Mistletoe and Holly - Frank Sinatra
  79. Nothin' New for New Years - Harry Connick, Jr. & George Jones
  80. The Nutcracker Suite - Various
  81. Pat-a-pan - Various
  82. Please Come Home For Christmas - The Eagles
  83. River - Joni Mitchell
  84. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Burl Ives
  85. Santa Claus in Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen
  86. Santa Baby - Madonna
  87. Skating - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  88. Silent Night - Sarah McLachlan
  89. Sleigh Ride - The Carpenters
  90. Snoopy's Christmas - The Royal Guardsmen
  91. Snow - Bing Crosby, Danny Kay, Peggy Lee, and Trudy Stevens
  92. Song For A Winter's Night - Sarah McLachlan
  93. Sweet Little Jesus Boy - Casting Crowns
  94. Tennessee Christmas - Amy Grant
  95. There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays - Perry Como
  96. This Christmas - Vonda Shepard
  97. Walkin' Round in Women's Underwear - Bob Rivers and Twisted Radio
  98. What are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Ella Fitzgerald
  99. Where Are You Christmas? - Faith Hill
  100. White Christmas - Bing Crosby
  101. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft

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