[I really meant to post this much earlier today but it took a lot longer than I expected to find the right videos for these songs. Nor did I realize I was looking for vids to 21 songs when I got started but I don't want to pull any of these from the playlist. I love them all too much. -Peng]
Updated 2 January: Holy crap! The load time for all of these videos is a killer! Unfortunately WordPress doesn’t support embedding a YouTube playlist so you’ll have to go to YouTube to see the videos from here out. Sorry about trying to make your computers run home to mama.
I’ve been enjoying Christmas songs on my media player since the day after Thanksgiving and I’ve been toying with the idea of posting a list of my favorite Christmas songs. I’ve found a couple of great Christmas song videos the last few days so I decided I’d take some time this Christmas morning to put together a Christmas video playlist. I’ll also make it available on YouTube for those who want to let their computer provide some entertainment today and haven’t found a good audio stream. Some may not be proper music videos because they simply don’t exist. Yet.
You can see my entire Chrismukkuh 2010 playlist on YouTube here. Here’s the info on the videos I selected:
The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
This is my all-time fav Chrismukkuh song. For me it isn’t the holiday season until I hear it, and this year I threw it on my media player to make sure I could hear it early and often. Unfortunately there’s no video of The Waitresses doing this song because they didn’t make one when the band was together. There’s a nice story on American Public Media’s Marketplace about the song from their Christmas Eve show.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Cannon Rock
I’m not big on the TSO’s newest couple of releases, but this song from their 2004 release The Lost Christmas Eve is probably the best version of Pachelbel’s Canon that has ever been recorded.
Pomplamoose – Deck The Halls
I love Pomplamoose. They do an amazing job on both their own songs as well as covers of other people’s songs. Hyundai hired them to create some new holiday commercials for them, giving the duo complete artistic control, and I think the results are amazing. You’ll have to forgive the vlog post at the end of the song, but you can always skip to the next vid if you’d rather not sit through it.
Relient K – Sleigh Ride
The video is even more fun than the song itself, and definitely belongs on any Christmas video playlist. Granted, I don’t think Santa Claus would conjure a Snow Monster to get back at some pesky kids who borrowed his sleigh for a joy ride, but it’s still a very cute video.
The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy’s Christmas
And old favorite, this song is a follow-up to the Guardsmen’s original song about Snoops and the dreaded Red Baron. Once again I haven’t found an official video but this is the best vid I could find.
Trio West – O Tannenbaum
I’m not sure where I came across this song but I suspect it was in a new/free MP3 email from Amazon. It quickly became one of my favs and I bet even people who aren’t that big on jazz will love it.
The City of New Orleans – O Holy Night
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip only lasted a single season but Aaron Sorkin didn’t let that stop him from bringing us some damned fine hours of television. This is from the show’s Christmas episode, set right after Hurricane Katrina did a number on the real city of New Orleans. I had really hoped to find a video I had found a number of years back that used audio from this video came from an MP3 that NBC was kind enough to make available to viewers, but it seems that it’s no longer online.
Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody
This song appeared in the first two Doctor Who Christmas special (since the Beeb brought back the series in 2005) and has become somewhat of a tradition for us. You can also find a video of Slade performing the song here.
Benny Grunch and the Bunch – The 12 Yats of Christmas
You don’t have to be from N’awlins to love this song, but it’s a great trip down Memory Lane for me between crawdads, Mr. Bingle, McKenzie’s, K&B, Schwegmans, and the best tamales anywhere. There’s just one big problem with this bid. Now I really want some crawfish.
Ray Stevens – Santa Claus is Watching You
This isn’t the version of the song I have on Christmas in Dementia but you have to love Ray Stevens and Clyde for Christmas.
Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Coming To Town
The Boss and a Christmas classic. I call that a double WIN.
Cheech & Chong – Santa Claus and his Old Lady
I dare anyone to not smile as they hear this song, no matter how bad the video may be. It’s another song I’ve loved for eons and I wish I could find a proper version of it but this vid will have to do.
Rebecca St. James – Emmanuel
You may not like Rebecca St. James’ music but I don’t think I’ve ever found a better version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Good King Joy
I first saw this song on the TSO’s 1999 The Ghosts of Christmas Eve and immediately loved it. This video isn’t from that release but it’s an official video from TSO.
Bob Rivers – The 12 Pains of Christmas
Another song I’d love to find an official video for but it doesn’t seem to exist. Pity. For the longest time it was my favorite version of the holiday classic, until I discovered Benny Gunch’s version.
Barenaked Ladies – Elf’s Lament
This is a song I discovered when Amazon offered a free download for it. I think it’s a great song from the perspective of Santa’s helpers.
Louis Armstrong – Christmas in New Orleans
Hats off to Music of Treme on Facebook for bringing this and many other great videos to my attention. You can’t do a N’awlins video playlist without this number from Sachmo.
Bob & Doug McKenzie – The 12 Days of Christmas
One of my favorite versions of 12 Days ever, I managed to find a video without the promotional spot for the McKenzie’s animated tv show. You can see the entire video on Animax’s YouTube channel.
Weird Al Yankovic – Christmas at Ground Zero
This is another Christmas tune that has become a nice little tradition for us. Written way before September 11th it’s a nice nostalgic parody. Please forgive me if an ad pops up first, I tried to get a direct link for y’all.
James & Kling – A Terrorist Christmas
Before anyone flames me for this video, it’s a parody that I heard many moons ago on the Dr. Demento Show. It’s supposed to be funny, not taken seriously, and anyone who likes to blow things up in video games will love this song. Everyone else, please just chill and move on to the next vid.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve – Sarajevo 12-24
Another song I love in The Ghosts of Christmas Eve but rather than a performance by the TSO I’ll share a video someone made of their automated Christmas lights. It’s so beautiful I wish I could do something like this, in SecondLife if not in RL.
That’s all the videos I have, although there are songs I would have loved to find videos for songs like Carol of the Bells by The Proclivities, John Mehler’s rocking good Little Drummer Boy, and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones’ Medley from their Jingle All the Way album.
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