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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone.

To celebrate, let’s do this video of what is, by some measures, the world’s most popular Christmas song.

Random music

The original version of this song is one of my niece’s favourites.

Also, the pianist is Canadian and plays her music by ear.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone.

Just like I said I would, here’s the video of one of the songs that I said would “surely make it” to my best Christmas songs list:

Sorry, the other one will have to wait until next Christmas Eve, (as befits the title).

Also, thank you to Vevo for making it possible to post the audio and not have to use a pretty crummy video with outtakes at the end.

Bad music

I found this list of songs reportedly used for the purposes of torture (via).

First of all, I have to say that no one, even the worst composer/songwriter, deserves to have their creative works used in the infliction of torture.

I’m not really going to revise my list of worst songs. Earlier this year, I remember thinking that one of the biggest recent songs, “All About That Bass” was one of the worst songs ever. Since then, having heard it several times more, I’ve decided that it is nowhere near as bad as the ones I’ve already listed. And indeed, I don’t really really mind hearing the songs I previously listed every so often; it’s really the genres rather than the songs per se.

However, since it is the holiday season, I do see fit to list what I see as some of the worst Christmas songs:

  • “River”: I’ve never liked this song.
  • “Last Christmas”: Actually, my problem isn’t with the song itself. The problem is that this song is so ridiculously overplayed that anyone can get sick of it.
  • The novelty ones: The worst novelty ones are “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”, “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth”. I’m lumping them together and won’t dignify them by giving them their own entries.
  • “The Christmas Shoes”: I interpret the last verse to be saying that God is killing someone’s mom in order to teach someone else the “true meaning of Christmas”. Enough already.
  • “Baby It’s Cold Outside”: The sooner this duet melts away the better. And has anyone actually listened to the lyrics? They ought to turn anyone off.

However, I will eventually have to revise my personal list of best Christmas songs. While the top three remain the same (in a different order) two other ones will surely make it. I’ll choose one and post a video of the “winner” tomorrow. The other one will have to wait until next year.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

To celebrate, why don’t I put on a video of one of the few cover songs to be better than the original?

Happy New Year

Happy New Year.

Let’s celebrate with some music. I considered a video of Auld Lang Syne, but couldn’t find really good video, so instead I’ll present a music video by a Swedish group who is one of the few winners of the Eurovision Song Contest that lots of people have heard of.

Top 5 Christmas Songs

Since like the holiday season is heading into full swing, Christmas music has been playing all the time. This got me thinking about what I think are the best Christmas songs, considering both the song and the performer together. If it helps, think of it as spending Christmas on a desert island, where you can only take 10–15 songs with you. I rank my top 5 and list the remainders at the end. This list is purely objective, and in essence boils down to a “list of Christmas songs I like better than others”. And it really does give a bit of a deep look into the kind/style of music I like.

  • #5 “It Snowed” – Meaghan Smith
    I really like the saxophone hook.
  • #4 “Santa Will Find You” – Mindy Smith
    The only non–Canadian in the top 5.
  • #3 “Mittens” – Carly Rae Jepsen
    Someone who is perhaps the most successful loser in Canadian history is the newest entry on this list, displacing my favourite singer and one of her best friends. This song is actually several years old, but only started getting airplay once Carly hit the jackpot south of the border.
  • #2 “Light of the Stable” – Tara MacLean
    It took me quite a while to find out who was singing this. I’m glad I found out.
  • #1 “The Gift” – Aselin Debison
    Longtime readers here knew this one was coming.

Some more thoughts on my top 5: There is no particular pattern regarding religious and secular Christmas songs. I consider  “Light of Stable” and “The Gift” to be religious, and “Santa Will Find You”, “Mittens”, and “It Snowed” to be secular. All but one of these songs are sung by Canadian women. Americans (and other foreigners), you just don’t know what you’re missing when you don’t hear my country’s great music. I have not necessarily heard or not heard any other version of the songs I listed. “Mittens” and “It Snowed” are too new to have cover versions. I have no idea about “Santa Will Find You”. I’ve never heard any alternative version of “Light of the Stable” but since it was written in the 1960s they certainly exist. I’ve only heard one other version of “The Gift”, and it is an atrocious version sung by some man, I don’t know (and don’t want to know) who.

The honourable mentions that didn’t make the top 5 (unranked):

  • “O Holy Night”† – Avril Lavigne f. Chantal Kreviazuk
  • “Children Go Where I Send Thee”† – Natalie Merchant*
  • “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Gloria in Excelsis Deo”† – Mariah Carey*
  • “Cold December Night” – Michael Bublé
  • “That’s What Christmas Means” – Amy Sky
  • “All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey*
  • “Make It Christmas Day”† – Jann Arden
  • “Song for a Winter’s Night” – Sarah McLachlan
  • “Your Love (Christmas version)” – Michelle Wright*
  • “Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord”† – Boney M.*

Songs with the † symbol are religious, and artists with the * are not Canadian.

My readers, what Christmas songs do you like best? Feel free to share.

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