My Top 5 Christmas Songs – What are yours?

I followed a link that took me to a link that took me to a lovely blog called “These Precious Things” and a Listography of her Top 5 Christmas Songs.   People are invited to link up and spread the joy.    It was great reading what others had listed as their all time favourite Christmas songs  and the reasons behind their choices.  Even better most had added You Tube links so I was also able to listen to them.

There are so many rousing Christmas songs as well as very many well known carols.  Each and every one that becomes a favourite has a reason and a memory behind it.  I love the standard Christmas carols, such as:

Deck the Halls,

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

In The Bleak  Midwinter

As the years go by newer Christmas songs come our way along with reminiscences, some sad but mostly happy.  It’s been difficult to choose only 5 but after great deliberation I have decided to share the following:-

1.  Il est  ne le divin enfant

I used to sing this when I was at school, and hadn’t heard it for, quite a few years until my children sang it at their school carol concert one year and that too was a long time ago.   It brings back happy memories of Christmas time at school and the excitement of singing a song in a different language.  I wonder if my grandchildren will sing it one day, I do hope so.

By way of a twist, when I was looking for a You Tube video to add to this blog, I came across a version of Siouxsie and the Banshees.   It never occurred to me that they would ever be signing my favourite carol, and she didn’t kill it either, although children do tend to sing it slightly faster.

2.  The Pretenders – 2000 Miles:

I have always been an avid Pretenders fan and the voice of Chrissie Hynde has a haunting quality to it.   2000 miles is often one of the first pieces of music I play at this time of the year to get me into the seasonal mood.   It was released in the UK in 1983 and I bought it as a 12″ remix – aaah, vinyl records, that’s a memory in itself.

3.  Christmas in New York –  The Pogues and Kirsty McColl

Now, this is a becoming a classic and I don’t think there can be many Christmas lists without  The Pogues and Kirsty McColl included.   Although I can understand that you could  either love it or hate it.   To me it is a quintessential Christmas song that we all know the words to and join in loudly, especially if slightly inebriated, to spread the Christmas cheer.

4.   White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes

White Winter Hymnal is more of a Winter song but I always play it around this time of the year.  I find something hypnotic about this song and think I must be quite sad really because I can put it on repeat and listen to it over and over again and float around the room.

5. The Little Drummer Boy – Bob Seger

My Mum used to sing this song to me when I was little.    Again it’s another song that has very many memories.   There are so many versions sung by famous singers so to choose a video to go with this I was spoilt for choice.   I decided on Bob Seger, he has a slightly gravelly voice which I like.   The video is well worth watching too.

I have just realised that the 5 I have on my list are sung by Rock bands.  That says a lot about me and the type of music I like doesn’t it?  Clearly a Rock Chick at heart!

Why don’t you link up at These Precious Things with your all time favourite Christmas songs?

I am going to cheat and add one more that I found which touched my heart.  Take time to listen to the words they are very special at any time of the year but especially now.

The Muppets – Bless us All

Happy Christmas everyone!

12 thoughts on “My Top 5 Christmas Songs – What are yours?

  1. Siouxsie and the Banshees? Now that’s a walk down memory lane… I love Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire and than the usual suspects… 😆

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  2. Have to add that I love the Bing Crosby / David Bowie version of Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth). And, thanks for introducing me to the one by the Pogues – standard over there, but not over here across the pond (I don’t think … I’m not very hip, though :)).

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  3. Hi Ronnie,

    I’ve never heard of the first song… I’ve certainly never sung it as a child in choir and such… I wonder if it’ll come back into fashion? Unless of course it’s just me who hasn’t heard it before.

    Mmm, I do like the Pogues, although I do feel it’s well overplayed and in fact I tend not to listen to it myself anymore! Although it is on my christmas song playlist it is one I’ll sometimes skip in favour of something else. These days I find myself looking more toward the US for alternative christmas songs since we only ever get to listen to the same ones year in year out here. My most favourite discovery is ‘do you hear what I hear’ which is a more modern christmas song and I think originated in the US so isn’t often heard over here, as well as having soundtracks to various favourite christmas movies such as the Muppets and Nightmare before Christmas 😀

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    1. That’s interesting, I always thought it was a standard school carol, especially as my daughters sang it 25+ years after I first sang it. I wonder if it was something to do with going to Catholic schools…. just a thought! The Muppets Christmas Carol movie has some great songs and because of your reminderabout the Muppets I went back to listen to some of them and have added one to the end of my post. 🙂

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      1. Hi again Ronnie,

        Hrm, I didn’t go to a Catholic school but our primary definitely had christian hyms such as ‘go tell it on the mountain’ and various other songs. I’ll ask my mum if she’s ever heard of it, as she tends to know a lot of hyms and such.
        I’m not a religious person though, so I do tend to forget a lot of the songs beyond the classics of Away in a Manger 😀

        I love the Muppets movie! lol, I had to get the soundtrack so I could listen to some of the songs… Fun memories of watching it every year on the last day before christmas hols when teachers just put movies on and let us pretty much do nothing.

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