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5 Fandom Friday: My Favorite Holiday Songs to Spread Cheer

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Like many people, Christmas is my favorite time of year! But I’m still in disbelief that 2014 is nearly over so I’ve been a bit bah humbug-ish. Thankfully, this week’s 5 Fandom Friday prompt is to share our favorite holiday songs, so maybe this’ll snap me out of Scrooge mode.

1. “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” – *NSYNC

This is a no brainer! It may not be the best song off of *NSYNC’s holiday album Home For Christmas (that would probably be their a cappella version of “O Holy Night”), but this song is just so damn infectious with holiday cheer!

2. “Last Christmas” – Wham

Okay, so this isn’t the cheeriest Christmas song ever written. It may be the saddest. It probably IS the saddest Christmas song ever. But it’s always been one of my favorite Christmas songs, so it makes perfect sense to have it on this list. It doesn’t feel like Christmas time unless I hear this song while I’m out and about.

3. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause” –  The Jackson 5

I remember listening to “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” by The Jackson 5 while helping my parents decorate the freshly cut Christmas tree in the living room. Such a classic!

4. “All I Want For Christmas (Is You)” – Mariah Carey

How could I make a list of Christmas songs and not include Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”? I found the song kind of depressing last year since my ex and I broke up a couple weeks before Christmas (who breaks up with someone before Christmas? A$$HOLES, that’s who), but now I’m able to listen to it without wanting to throw my face into a tub of ice cream. Now I just think of Benjamin McKenzie or Tom Hiddleston when I hear it. 😀

5. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Michael Buble

Remember how I said that Wham’s “Last Christmas” is probably the saddest Christmas song ever written? Well, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is pretty sad too. WHY AM I PICKING ALL THE SAD CHRISTMAS SONGS? I was first introduced to this song by Hanson’s Christmas album Snowed In, but my favorite version is Michael Buble’s.

SCROOGE FOREVER. SAD SONGS FOREVER.

Or like Sally Sparrow said in that one episode of Doctor Who “it’s happy for deep people.”

I tried, you guys. I tried. * le sigh *

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs — happy or sad, contemporary or classic?

Cheers,
Nina


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Jingle Jams

Christmas is in 10 days!!! To get into the holiday spirit, I thought I would share some of my all-time  favorite Christmas tunes. And I know I’ve mentioned my love for The Sound of Music in previous posts, but don’t expect to find any rendition of “A Few of My Favorite Things” on this list. IT IS NOT A CHRISTMAS SONG. I’m sorry, I just get peeved whenever I find it on Christmas compilations — probably because when someone other than Julie Andrews sings it, it sounds so wrong.

But anywho, here are my favorite Christmas songs (in no particular order):

“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” – Berlin Symphony Orchestra

I first heard this on Ugly Betty‘s first Christmas episode. I went crazy trying to find it online. It’s a fun take on a classic that gives me visions of urbanite sugar plum fairies shakin’ and breakin’.

“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” – Jackson 5

When I was little, my parents and sister would drive to some place where you can actually cut down your own Christmas tree. On the way there we’d always listen to the Jackson 5’s Christmas album and The Carpenters (Christmas and greatest hits album), so this song is associated with happy times. 🙂

“On Top of the World” – The Carpenters

Okay, so this isn’t a Christmas song. It’s not even close to being a Christmas song (or is it?). But since my mom always played their albums on our way to get a Christmas tree, I thought that their regular songs were Christmas songs. I will always associate The Carpenters with Christmas.

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Michael Buble

Michael Buble’s take on this modern-day Christmas song is by far my favorite version. I’ve always loved this song, maybe because it has this sense of forlorn. I’m a sucker for forlorn ditties (hence why Death Cab For Cutie is my favorite band of all evers), and it often made me homesick for my phantom boyfriend in my single days. Now that I have one, Christmas is gonna suck even more if I hear this song since I’ll be away from him AND my dog next Saturday. 😦

“Last Christmas” – Wham!

Need I explain this? Me thinks not.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey

Need I explain this one too? Me thinks not either!

“Carol of the Bells” – The Bird and The Bee

I love The Bird and The Bee — Inara George’s voice is so luxe. I found this via iTunes when it was a free download a few years ago.

“O Holy Night” – *NSYNC

Oh, *NSYNC. I love their whole Christmas album. I’d put all the songs on here if I could. Actually, I CAN, but I am choosing not to because I want variety on this list. It was really hard to pick just one song of theirs to put on this list, but I love their version of “O Holy Night” since it’s a cappella and really shows off their vocal talent.

“Little Saint Nick” – The Beach Boys

Probably one of the happiest sounding Christmas songs ever made, which is why I love it so much.

“Funky, Funky Christmas” – New Kids on the Block

Not particularly one of my favorite Christmas songs, but I felt the need to put it on this list! I remember my listening to this album with my sister and cousins at our grandma’s house. Good times. Good times.

I’m willing to be that after I post this, I’m going to think of 10 other songs that I should’ve put on here. Oi! But, I’ll just leave it as is and wish all my readers a Happy Holiday. 😀