Scroll down for this year’s count-up of Christmas cheer, or listen to them all on YouTube!
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“Up On The Housetop,” Gene Autry, 1953
This is Gene’s third (and well-deserved) entry on this list. Who wouldn’t go?
TRIVIA: The song was written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864. In addition to being a songwriter, Benjamin was also involved in the Underground Railroad.
“Hard Candy Christmas,” Dolly Parton, 1982
Originally written for the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” the song is sung by the ladies of the brothel as they prepare to leave after its being shut down. Dolly Parton recorded a solo version of the song which has become a Christmas staple.
TRIVIA: A ‘hard candy Christmas’ means rough times, such as when a family can only afford to give their children hard candy as a Christmas gift.
“Here We Come a-Wassailing,” Under the Streetlamp, 2012
These guys take the staid old English carol and kick it up with some American rockabilly!
“All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Vince Vance and the Valiants (feat. Lisa Layne), 1989
Vince Vance and the Valiants are a novelty group that broke style for this country ode to Yuletide desires. This was their only song to chart, but what a song!
“Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home),” Darlene Love, 1963
This classic often accompanies Christmas scenes in movies, and why shouldn’t it? It’s a wonderful song.
TRIVIA: Darlene Love appeared on David Letterman’s late night show nearly every year from 1986-2014 to perform this song.
“Christmas Time,” Bryan Adams, 1985
I’m surprised this one doesn’t get more love; it’s a wonderful ode to the Christmas spirit.
“Dominick The Donkey,” Lou Monte, 1960
Starting off 2017 with a cute bouncy song that musically seems to borrow a little from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. It’s about a donkey that gives Santa a hand because his “reindeer cannot climb the hills of Italy.”