TNT’s Top 5
5. “Twelve Pains of Christmas” by Bob Rivers Comedy Troupe – You can’t appreciate Christmas without acknowledging all the pains…especially rigging up the light.
4. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid – Over-played? Perhaps…but it’s still one of my favorites. Plus, we still need to feed the world.
3. “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses - I get so happy when I hear this song, it had to make the list!
2. “Father Christmas” by The Kinks – It’s a little sad how true this song becomes as you get older. I still love toys, but money is always a great fit.
1. “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon – World peace is by far the best Christmas present ever. Even if Santa can’t leave this in my stocking, I find some peace and solace by repeating the line ‘War is over, if you want it.’
Honorable Mentions: “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt – I love this song, always fun to sing. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms – Reminds me of my great grandma, this was her favorite. <3
Hoverbee’s Top 5
5. “Christmas in Hollis” by Run-D.M.C. – It’s Christmas time in Hollis, Queens. Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens. Enough said.
4. “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Thurl Ravenscroft - I love Dr. Seuss and the lyrics he has composed for this song. It contains the most wonderful insults! Your heart’s a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots.
3. “Christmas Don’t Be Late” by The Chipmunks (Ross Bagdasarian Sr.)- It’s like hyped up kids sucked helium in anticipation of the big event. Me, I want a hula hoop!
2. “Cool Yule” by Louis Armstrong – This song just makes me want to kick up my heels and dance! So dig, Santa comes on big!
1. “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley – Not everyone is happy on Christmas. You’ll be doing alright with your Christmas of white, but I’ll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas.
Honorable mentions: “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry, “Mele Kalikimaka” by Bing Crosby, “Christmas All Over Again” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and “Father Christmas” by The Kinks.
Klone’s Top 5
5. “Carol of the Bells” by Mykola Leontovych – Nothing like a Christmas song that also kinda sounds like a horror-movie score. I don’t know how else to describe this one, but there’s something about the intensity that makes it resonate with me.
4. “Mozart and Memories” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra – These guys are awesome, and in this track they take the best of their world and combine it with a memorable section of Mozart’s “Requiem”, and the result is auditory ecstasy.
3. “The First Noel” performed by Crash Test Dummies – A holiday classic crooned by the deep voice we all came to know and love from their hit “Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm”. The deep vocals give this song a new reverence.
2. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid – A lasting impression from the 1980s, this instant classic from a megaband of stars on a mission to feed the world’s starving children has never lost a moment of relevance to me, and the anthemic jingle quality to the song has always made it easy to listen to and even easier to love.
1. “Christmas Eve Sarajevo” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Back to the intensity and darkness, but in such a beautiful way as only the Trans-Siberian Orchestra can. Combining a full symphony orchestra with Metallica inspired guitars and drums, this group has certainly left its mark on the holidays, and now I know my holiday season is not complete without hearing “Christmas Eve Sarajevo” at least once.
Daniel-Edward’s Top 5
5. “Oi To The World” by No Doubt
4. “The Chanukah Song” by Adam Sandler
3. “Twelve Pains of Christmas” by Bob Rivers Comedy Troupe
2. “What’s This?” by Danny Elfman
1. “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses
Mark’s Top 5
5. “Merry F#%$in’ Christmas” by Denis Leary - Always remember these words of wisdom from wise Mr. Leary, “Spread good cheer or burn in hell.” Funny as hell and a great song to take the edge off of the pressures of Christmas.
4. “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” by Irish Rovers - I actually like this horrifically over-played tune, but only because the picturing of a drunken Grandmother getting run over by flying reindeer never fails to make me laugh.
3. “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney - Yes it is an insanely cheesy synth led Christmas tune, written in a style of music that one wouldn’t normally expect from a former Beatle. But its happy-go-lucky delivery is exactly what makes this poorly aging song such a fun listen.
2. “Christmas Eve Sarajevo” by Savatage - This is one of the few mainstream radio holiday staples that I don’t mind hearing over and over. What better way to signal the coming of Christmas than by an epic Metal song?
1. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” by Alvin and the Chipmunks - One of the greatest Christmas songs EVER! The whole Christmas with the Chipmunks album is worth a listen, but it is this song in particular that helps set the mood for the upcoming Christmas festivities. And I still want my Hoola-Hoop.
4. “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) by The Ramones
3. “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey