Bill Nighy as Billy Mack in Love Actually, performing Christmas is All Around

Tag: Favorite Christmas Songs

Everyone’s been doing this, so I just thought I’d throw in my version of this holiday post! I missed Tag Tuesday yesterday, so I’ll just do a late Tag Wednesday.

I am generally a bit of a Scrooge, as I have my birthday in November and I can’t stand it when stores and radio stations are playing Christmas music before it. But, I am pretty much OK with Christmas and other holiday music in December!

Here are some of my favorites from my Christmas playlist, new and old:

Jack Johnson, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. I love this slightly re-written version of the classic song.

Guster, “¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?”.

Roxette, “It Must Have Been Love”. Can you believe they meant this as a Christmas song? Its full title is “It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken-Hearted)”. SO depressing. But I adore it.

Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby”. I think this one is just perfect!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFMyF9fDKzE

Badly Drawn Boy, “Donna & Blitzen”. Used in the movie About a Boy.

Gayla Peevey, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”.

Adam Sandler, “The Chanukah Song”. I watched SNL religiously in my teens.

Brenda Lee, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”. If only because I always hear the line “later we’ll have some pumpkin pie” as “later we’ll have some f*ckin’ pie”.

The Beach Boys, “Little Saint Nick”.

Wham!, “Last Christmas”. Of course.

Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas is You”. I was the biggest Mariah fan as a tween! Young Olivia Olson did a creditable job covering this song in the movie Love Actually, as well.

Speaking of that movie…. Bill Nighy as fictional singer Billy Mack, “Christmas is All Around”. Hilarious adaptation of Wet Wet Wet’s “Love is All Around” into a Christmas song, from Love Actually. I just love the constant awkwardness of him cramming in the two-syllabled “Christmas” in place of “Love”.

The Raveonettes, “The Christmas Song”.

Thurl Ravenscroft, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”. Made even more perfect by the singer’s name.

Elmo & Patsy, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”. I heard this on the radio non-stop as a kid.

‘Cause I have no shame: S Club 7, “Perfect Christmas”.

David Seville & The Chipmunks, “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”.

And, finally, for New Year’s Day, Canadian Chantal Kreviazuk’s “This Year”, used in the movie Serendipity.

Hope everyone’s having a great December so far!

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18 thoughts on “Tag: Favorite Christmas Songs

  1. What? I had no idea about “It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken-Hearted)”! I love that song but NO clue about that. HUH!
    Haha “The Chanukah Song” is a classic now.
    Oooh Wet Wet Wet’s “Love is All Around” is such a throwback! And S Club 7 hahaha…
    I canNOT believe that the Chipmunks are yet ANOTHER movie coming out! They must be profitable…

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    • Isn’t it bizarre? They never actually released the song as a Christmas single; eventually it ended up on the Pretty Woman soundtrack and the rest is history!

      The new Chipmunks movies creep me out. Not a fan of these weird 3D-ish versions of my favorite 2D cartoons! The exception seems to be the new Peanuts movie – that one looks all right.

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