Holiday Countdown 1-5
Aww… December. The month where no matter where you go, there is little escaping the sounds of the Christmas holiday. So why should this blog be of any exception?
Xmas Dolly, our fearless leader of Monday’s Music Moves Me, has declared this month to be dedicated to Christmas Music.
I’m using a source and will be doing a countdown of the top 20 tunes of Christmas.
Well, alrighty then… Let’s get to it!
Please enjoy this week’s playlist:
5. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town': Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi (2003)
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" was written in 1934 and first performed on Eddie Cantor's radio show. It was an instant hit. Bruce Springsteen has made it a traditional part of his live concerts during the holidays.
4. 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree': Brenda Lee (1958)
The first significant recording of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" was Brenda Lee's version released in 1958. It didn't become a hit single until Lee's pop breakthrough in 1960. The song has been a holiday favorite ever since.
3. 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)': John Lennon (1971)
One of Beatle John Lennon's dreams in the music industry was to create a classic Christmas song. Undoubtedly, he was successful with the song "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," which is simultaneously a holiday song and plea for world peace.
2. 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas': Judy Garland (1944)
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was introduced by Judy Garland in a poignant moment in the 1944 movie musical "Meet Me in St. Louis." The filmmakers complained that in the first version, the song's lyrics were too depressing and commissioned a rewrite that became the most popular interpretation.
1. 'The Christmas Song': Nat King Cole (1961)
Co-written by singer Mel Torme, "The Christmas Song" became one of the defining performances of Nat King Cole's career. He recorded the song at least three times, but the 1961 recording is often considered the best. Sometimes the song is referred to as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" from the lyrics in the song's first line.
And that wraps it up for the year. I do hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I also want to extend an invite to join me on Wednesdays beginning in January, for a weekly song challenge. Take a look at this week’s YouTube Roulette post (on Wednesday) for more details.
Today’s post is part of the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop, hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Stacy Uncorked, Curious as a Cathy. , and Ramblin with AM. Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants. If you have a MUSIC* post, feel free to join in the fun! *sorry non-music posts are not permitted in this blog hop.