With Christmas cheer and plenty of holiday festivities ahead (loosen the belt buckle – just do it), we thought we’d share our top 10 favourite “Christmas songs”. Clearly a subjective list, feel free to let us know which must-haves the band should add!
Here we go:
10. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Judy Garland (1944) Judy Garland.. need we say more?
9. “Jingle Bell Rock” – Bobby Helms (1957) …did anyone else just think of “Mean Girls” ?!
8. “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” – John Lennon (1971) An important moment in world and musical history, us musos definitely like this one
7. A bit of a controversial one “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” first recorded in 1952 by Jimmy Boyd came under a lot of scrutiny by the Catholic Church in Boston. John Mellencamp didn’t really care about this when he remade the song in 1987 cementing it's place as a Christmas anthem.
6. “12 Days of Christmas” – Bob and Doug McKenzie (1981) “…. and a partridge in a pear tree”
5. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” – written by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker (1962). Not only a beautiful song but also written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile crisis.
4. “Santa Baby” – Eartha Kitt (1953) and more recently by our very own Australian sweetheart Kylie Minogue in 2003
3. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” originally written in 1934 but we might have sang the 2003 Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi version ;) Maybe.
2. "O Holy Night" (1847). Do you also wait to hear which artist is going to cover O Holy Night at the Carols performances each year and practice the high notes? No? Oh neither do we.
Drumroll…… and the top spot, without fail goes to:
1. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey (1994) Yep!! It's a standard, it's not going anywhere and don't even pretend you haven't sung it and practiced the runs! Embrace it, love it and respect the 4 million + copies sold worldwide. Go on - you know you want to.
That brings us to the end of our short list which you can add to your playlist for Christmas but if you run out of time to do so - never fear!! Michael Buble has thought about us all in advance (he’s a good man) and has you all sorted with his album “Christmas” (2012).
Maybe it’s because we’re primarily a wedding band (just maybe) but we do love ourselves some Buble. You the man Buble.
Ruby Keys Band :)
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