The Ultimate Christmas Music CD

Christmas is quickly approaching.  People are rushing from store to store (or website to website) to find the perfect gift for family and friends.  Travel plans are being made (with a careful eye on the weather forecast).  And radio stations are playing Christmas music 24 hours a day.   It is the last item that got me thinking, “What is the ultimate Christmas music CD?”

As I sit here, listening to songs from the past six decades, I begin to realize just how many different Christmas songs there really are.  Some songs go back well over a century, while others are written just a few years ago.  And let’s not even get into how many times a single song has been performed by various artists – all with their own special twist on the music (see Mannheim Steamroller for example).

In putting together the Ultimate Christmas Music CD, I thought about grabbing key songs from multiple generations and putting together a collection that is both classic as well as upbeat.  If I were in charge, the following is the CD that you would be able to purchase this season (with links to the actual songs):

Leroy Anderson – Sleigh Ride (1948) instrumental
Bing Crosby – Do You Hear What I Hear? (1963)
– (alternate) Linda Eder – Do You Hear What I Hear? (2000)
Ray Conniff – Ring Christmas Bells (1962)
Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad (1970)
Percy Faith & His Orchestra – We Need A Little Christmas (1966)
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994)
Perry Como – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (1951)
– (alternate) Johnny Mathis – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (1986)
Boney M – Mary’s Boy Child (1978)
Paul Mccartney & Wings – Wonderful Christmastime (1979)
David Foster – Carol Of The Bells (1993)
Percy Faith & His Orchestra – Joy To The World (1954)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve, Sarajevo (1996)
Ray Conniff – Jolly Old St. Nicholas/Little Drummer Boy (1962)
Josh Groban – O Holy Night (2002)
The Carpenters – Sleigh Ride (1978)
Perry Como – Home for the Holidays (1954)

Like with any good CD, however, there needs to be a bonus disc.  In this case, I have five additional songs that captures the essence of youth for the Season:

Bonus CD
Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy’s Christmas (1967)
Lou Monte – Dominick the Donkey (1960)
Gene Autry – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949)
Gayla Peevey – I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (1953)
John Mellencamp – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1987)

If there is a song you think that should be included, make a recommendation below.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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3 Responses to The Ultimate Christmas Music CD

  1. Jenn says:

    Okay, there are so many songs you left off. And two I wouldn’t want to hear if you paid me. LOL

  2. Jennifer says:

    You forgot to add my all time favorite — Bing Crosby and David Bowie and their rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy”…. Here is a link to the video…

  3. MODU says:

    hahaha . . . which two are that, Jenn?

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