Okay - at the risk of sounding like a complete Scrooge, I'm going to divulge my least favorite Christmas songs. I know you've all been wondering. Mike and I were discussing this the other night.
5. Feliz Navidad. I think there are about 10 words total in the entire song. Two minutes of 10 words over and over again...ugh. But I give Jose Feliciano credit for being able to turn those 10 words into an international hit.
4. Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time". Another song with about 10 words. But trippy music. This 1979 video is quality though.
3. John Lennon's "So This is Christmas". I'm not totally sure why, but this song just grates me. It's a really depressing song for this time of year.
2. Springsteen's "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". I seriously have to change the station if this song comes on. I'm not really a Bruce Springsteen fan to begin with, but this is extraordinarily painful to listen to. I mean...he's rarely in tune. Rarely.
1. Twelve Days of Christmas. I refuse to teach this song to my piano students. I welcome them to look at it on their own - I may even answer the occasional question, but it isn't something I'm going to devote lesson time to. There are only two versions of this song that I can currently stand. The "Looney Tunes" and "Alvin & the Chipmunks" versions. You can't go wrong with Daffy Duck or Foghorn Leghorn jabbering on about this ridiculously long song.
And that's currently the top five songs I could do without.
What do I like you ask?
5. Josh Groban with Brian McKnight "Angels We Have Heard on High". So pretty.
4. Harry Connick, Jr. This is a no brainer for those that know me - but my current favs off his three Christmas CDs are "The Happy Elf" and "I Come With Love".
3. Lately I'm enjoying the Looney tunes and Chipmunk CDs I bought last year as a fun thing to give the kids. Daffy Duck...I love Daffy Duck. I mean - I was a music major. I know quality when I hear it.
2. Anything Bing Crosby sings. Anything. I'll even sit through "The Twelve Days of Christmas". But the season wouldn't feel right without a little "Mele Kalikimaka" flowing through the air.
1. This pianistic wonder. She's awesome. You should definitely buy her CDs ($10+shipping). Your life will never be the same.
In fact I'm going to give away three of these amazing CDs.
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