It's time for another Friday Five, and I can't think of a better way to usher in the month of December than to share with you five songs with December in the title.
The Four Seasons - December, 1963
As many of you know, I love my classic rock. This song came out in 1975. It was written by original Four Seasons keyboard player Bob Gaudio and his future wife Judy Parker, produced by Gaudio, and included on the group's album, Who Loves You. The song features drummer Gerry Polci on lead vocals, with the usual lead Frankie Valli singing the bridge sections and backing vocals, and bass player Don Ciccone (former lead singer of The Critters) singing the falsetto part (And I felt a rush like a rolling bolt of thunder / Spinning my head around and taking my body under).
Collective Soul - December
Written by singer/guitarist Ed Roland. Released on the band's 1995 eponymous album (Blue Album), the song peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for 9 straight weeks surpassing their prior hit, "Shine" by 1 week, as well as peaking at #2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart making their highest-charting single on that chart also surpassing "Shine" at #4.
Counting Crows - A Long December
Written by Adam Duritz, released in 1996 on their second album, Recovering The Satellites. In December 1995, Adam's friend had been run over by a car and had to spend quite a bit of time in the hospital. In January and February 1996, the band started to record their album. Duritz was spending his mornings and early afternoons at the hospital and then the rest of the day into the late night at the studio. Duritz states “It’s a song about looking back on your life and seeing changes happening, and for once for me, looking forward and thinking… ya know…things are gonna change for the better ‘maybe this year will be better than the last’ and uh… and so, like a lot of songs on the end of album it’s not about everything turning out great, but it at least is about hope…and the possibilities …”
Weezer - December
This song is from Weezer’s fourth album, Maladroit.
Taylor Swift - Back to December
Written and recorded by Taylor Swift for her third studio album, Speak Now (released 2010). According to Taylor Swift, this song is the first time she ever apologizes to someone in a song. It has been confirmed that the song is about Taylor Lautner, one of her many ex-boyfriends.
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What songs come to your mind when you think of December? Tell me about them in the comments below.