At last we come to the end, with a song for all those that need an antidote to a month of forced merriment.
There may not be a more Ordinary Times-esque Holiday song.
My favorite rendition of Silent Night is the one sung by my mother.
Has there ever been a more ironically titled Christmas song than Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas? So saccharine is the promise of the phrase “merry little Christmas” that it was not until I was an adult that I realized how achingly sad its message truly is.
More than any other Christmas song, Good King Wenceslas is a mutt of an endeavor. Unlike other carols of more straightforward lineage, John Mason Neale’s classic is practically duct taped together.
Three very different versions of the classic French carol.
The greatest Christmas recording of all time, bar none. Also, a great companion piece to today’s post on the real War on Christmas.
Traditional carols which blended the imagery of bloody pagan sacrifices and the coming of Christ on the solstice are making a comeback.
A look at the Country Western Holiday hit that morphed into a Rock & Roll classic.
It’s one of those not so well known facts that Bing Crosby’s recording of White Christmas is the top single record of all time.
Guster somehow managed to take one of the most annoying songs ever recorded and turn it into a holiday staple.
The Smile of Rachel Ray is the best Christmas song you’ve never heard of.
Well. After a week of Holiday dysfunction, cynicism, plagiarism and early-morning drinking, I think we’re due to have a little good cheer, don’t you? And there aren’t many Holiday songs more bursting with happiness than Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow! Here’s the song’s signature recording, sung by the Chairman of…
If you have sheet music at home for Adeste Fideles , chances are it credits the wrong man as composer. Plus, a sampling of some (very) different versions of the song more commonly known as Oh Come All Ye Faithful for you to choose from.
Our first (and only) selection that is NSFW.
Merry Christmas Baby is the greatest Christmas song of the modern era.
Jingle Bells may be the world’s least interesting Christmas song, but it was written by Christmas music’s most interesting scoundrel.
A week into our Advent Calendar, it’s time to stop and take a Bah Humbug moment.
Time to celebrate this last day of Hanukah.
Frank Loesser’s addition to the Holiday canon happened entirely by accident.
Lennon’s anti-war protest song might be the most improbable Christmas classic ever.
Of all the traditional Christmas carols, none has been more misunderstood than God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen. None has been the victim of such periodic shoddy scholarship; none has so had its original joyous and raucous intent replaced by such somber plodding.
This year I’ve decided to do a virtual Advent Calendar celebrating the music of the season. Consider this post that calendar’s gaudy, brightly-colored wrapping.