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Top 14 Holiday Songs|2016 Edition

Top Holiday Favorites Song List|  2016 Edition



Some of us just can’t get enough of this music in December, others would throw it out the window and run. If you need a dose here you go!

#1 | Merry Christmas Baby

For a toe tapping, body-swaying, still-hip rendition of Christmas fare, try Rod Stewart and Cee Lo Green’s version of Merry Christmas Baby.




 #2 |  The Magic of Christmas

Another newcomer to the Festive mix is The Magic of Christmas by  George Santino of Washington State. A retired fellow with original music on his mind. A bit Sinatraesque with extensive orchestration, I rather like it. How refreshing to hear a reality-based lyric.




#3|  Santa Samba by Ross Douglas

Ross Douglas of Pt. Roberts, Washington, introduced this song a few years ago. It’s been one of my favorites since. What’s Christmas without some samba? Dance away..



#4| The Boss… Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

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The ever classic Bruce Springsteen sings Santa Claus is Coming to Town, in concert.

#5| With Mariah Carey, and All I Want For Christmas is You!

Here with Michael Buble…singing the classic she wrote and made famous. Part of the film soundtrack of Love Actually.

 #6,#7|  Wilson Pickett Songs.

Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American R&B, soul and rock and roll singer and songwriter.

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Feeling soulful and ready to dance about it? Hanging out under the mistletoe?

Pickett’s forceful, passionate style of singing was developed in the church and on the streets of Detroit, under the influence of recording stars such as Little Richard, whom he referred to as “the architect of rock and roll.” Wikipedia

Here are some of my All time best Christmastime Youtube video versions of his songs.

Warning: You may abandon caution and start a dance-off. You’re on your own now.

Wilson Pickett’s Jingle Bells: Enough to blow your socks off. Heard in Portland in a Famous Dave’s BBQ. Oh my!


Wilson Pickett’s Silver Bells:


#8 | Michael Martin Murphy


Montana Christmas photo courtesy of

Cowboy Christmas Ball and Two Step Round the Christmas Tree.

Christmas Day, a day to enjoy friends, family and each other.

If you were out west of the Mississippi, say in Montana or Colorado, you might be having a Cowboy-style Christmas, even if I am not sure just what that means. But Michael Martin Murphy and Suzy Boggus convey the message. At the Cowboy Christmas Ball and Two Step Round the Christmas Tree.

Put on those boots, hike up your skirts and let’s dance. Or go for a hike. Or shovel the snow. Or go to the beach. Wherever you are it’s the right place. I’m dancing my way to the New Year–how about you?


#9 |  On Christmas Eve, Mahalia Jackson sings out, O Holy Night.


As a child I remember my father  recording his voice into a tape recorder each Christmastime  to send to his mother who lived 500 miles south in Los Angeles. Our family friend Irene Vranes, with her southern drawl, would play the most elegant accompaniment on the little church organ in the chapel of the Methodist Church. Each year Dad would sing Oh Holy Night in his lovely tenor voice. I have no idea what became of the recordings. He must have been inspired by Mahalia Jackson at some point.

“O Holy Night” is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem “Minuit, chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau (1808–1877), a wine merchant and poet, who had been asked by a parish priest to write a Christmas poem. Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight, editor of Dwight’s Journal of Music, created a singing edition based on Cappeau’s French text in 1855. In both the French original and in the two familiar English versions of the carol, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and of mankind’s redemption.

Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911 — January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer. Possessing a powerful contralto voice,[2] she was referred to as “The Queen of Gospel”. Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. She was described by entertainer Harry Belafonte as “the single most powerful black woman in the United States”. She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen “golds”—million-sellers.

“I sing God’s music because it makes me feel free,” Jackson once said about her choice of gospel, adding, “It gives me hope. With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues.



#10 |  Santa Baby |Eartha Kitt

Perhaps the Sexiest of all Christmastime Songs in this selection.


Santa Baby was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra in New York City on October 6, 1953. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5502 (in the USA), and by EMI on the His Master’s Voice label as catalog number B 10728. The song was a huge hit for Kitt, and she later said that it was one of her favorite songs to record; she reprised it in the 1954 film New Faces. Kitt also reprised the original song in a 1963 re-recording for Kapp Records, with a more uptempo arrangement. (Madonna’s popular rendition for the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas is based on this latter version.) In 1954, Eartha Kitt recorded a new version of the song with new lyrics titled “This Year’s Santa Baby”, to no commercial success. Writers listed did not change. The song was featured in the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy.

#11 #12    |   Two very danceable holiday songs.

Secular Christmas songs tend to be reflections on Santa and Reindeer. Today’s Country-infused selections touch on all.

Travis Tritt’s Version of  Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy.


And then there is Joe Diffie’s song: Leroy the Redneck Reindeer.  


#13 and #14 |

Lessor known perhaps, but beautiful Christmas themed songs,  sung  by women. They are haunting, soothing and might be what you need to balance the rollicking sounds of Christmastime bustle.

Maybe This Christmas | by Tracy Thorn



And finally Winter Song|   by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson and Sare Bareilles

One of the most beautiful duets ever.  The singing…well Winter Song speaks for its self. Soothing, beautiful, with longing.



May you all go with peace in your hearts. And perhaps call an old friend who misses you. You just never know who needs that call. Or Chocolate. Or Both.





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About the Author: Ann Bodle-Nash: A free-lance traveler since the age of 11 months, little moss grows on her soles. With relatives and friends scattered across the globe, she finds frequent excuses to travel. But travel in the West is best--those quiet corners of weirdness are like light to a moth, burning with intensity, encouraging curiosity and discovery. She imagines the glory of 30 days of continuous floating and fly fishing on the Yellowstone River after watching a documentary on same. Currently living in Washington State with her husband.

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