Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Top Christmas Songs of All-Time, December 19

Six days away, here are six more great ones.

"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
by Amy Grant

Although we associate this song with Andy Williams, Amy Grant did her own version on the album The Christmas Collection and it has been popular in its own right.  Great orchestral accompaniment.

"Frosty the Snowman"
by Jimmy Durante

Durante recorded two versions, one specifically for the animated feature of the same name.  Durante remains extremely popular; everything he does is likable.


Jester Hairston wrote "Amen" for the Sidney Poitier movie Lilies of the Field in 1963.  Curtis Mayfield of the Impressions saw the movie and was inspired to have the group record it.  It was the first Impressions song that Mayfield did not write.

"Silver and Gold"
by Burl Ives

This song appeared in the animated Christmas feature that has become a classic in our culture--Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, specifically written about Yukon's greedy behavior. Some people worship silver and gold, but, as Ives sings, the best use of silver and gold is when it adorns the Christmas tree.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
by Kenny G

Kenny's great talent is that he can hold a note forever.  In fact, he made the Guinness Book of World Records in that category, holding a note on his saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds in 1997.  He also plays with more feeling than many singers have.

"Jingle Bells"
by St. Nick

You get a bonus song today--just to put you in a good mood all day!

"A Marshmallow World"
by Dean Martin

Dean adds fun to Christmas with his swinging style to this song.  You can be depressed because of the snow and aggravated by it or you can embrace it.

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