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Favourite Christmas Carols
Christmas time means many different things to many different people, but there are a few inalienable truths when it comes to things to enjoy about the silly season. These include time off school and work, delicious and indulgent food, both the giving and receiving of gifts, gorgeous Christmas decorations to make your world sparkle and last but not least, the Christmas themed music. We wait with baited breath all year round for December to begin so we can fill the airwaves of our office cubicles with Mariah Carey’s seminal Christmas album. We have put together a list of our favourite carols to enjoy this Christmas.
All I Want For Christmas by Mariah Carey
We mentioned it in the intro, so you knew it was coming. While a lot of Christmas carols are very beautiful but rather solemn, this track will kick any Christmas party to the next level, be it your office Christmas party, or lunch on Christmas Day with the family. Mimi’s highly influential Christmas album may be celebrating its 21st birthday this Christmas, but it’s still being enjoyed like a new release, and we love it.
Jingle Bell Rock by Joe Beal
Of course there are many, many, many versions of this song, but Joe Beal’s version is a bit more upbeat than a lot of the others, and really something you can get your feet tapping to. There is also a joy in his voice that is practically palpable, which we think captures the spirit of Christmas. And for the pop culture geeks out there, this is the song that The Plastics did their talent show piece to in Mean Girls. So, if you feel like entertaining your friends, why not do the dance for them. Just try not to kick a ghetto blaster in anyone’s face.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Bruce Springsteen
As much as we love Christmas and the carols that come along with it, it is generally lacking in the “cool” department. However, if anyone can take something with a bit of a naff reputation and make it cool, it’s The Boss. He brings his gruff voice and that awesome musical stylings of The E Street Band, complete with rocking piano and ballardesque saxophone that was so popular at the time that this song was recorded back in 1981.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Not really appropriate for our climate, but it’s such a great song, we couldn’t leave it off the list. This track is the perfect duet as it’s kind of like a casual conversation, with each singer starting their line just before the other one finishes, creating a fast-paced story that encourages the listener to want to know how it’s going to end – is she ever going to leave? Or is it really too cold outside? Another great version of this song is by Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten.
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
The whole sound of this song just takes you back to a simpler time of sock hops and soda shops – even if you weren’t alive during those simpler times. Still, we’ve seen it in the movies, so we know it happened. This track is lots of fun and there’s just something about the tempo that keeps your head bopping. What will make it even more fun is actually dancing around the Christmas tree while it plays. Who doesn’t love a bit of intertextuality?
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