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    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011
    It's that time of year. The month of gorging on fudge and being surrounded by green and red is nigh.

    Every year, I run into this dilemma. The air is filled with overly sentimental, awful, generic tunes. The worst bit is that you know every word, because you grew up singing the damn things.

    Somewhere out there, there is some Christmas music that expresses the joy of the season, that you actually want to sing along with, because it's actually good. Unfortunately, I don't have very much of this music. So I spend the month listening to one album on repeat.

    This year I have the addition of New Year's Eve by Tom Waits. But it's not enough. I want some jolly old tunes. I want music on the theme of my favorite fudge filled month. But I want it to be good.

    So, Whitechapel, recommendations?

    (This thread has happened previously with some success, but it has been a long time, and I feel like it's worth a revisit.)
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011 edited
    Not originally a Christmas song, but grandfathered in because of its traditional inclusion in the Christmas Revels show:
    John Langstaff's Version of Lord of the Dance
    • CommentAuthorZJVavrek
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011
    The Winter's Solstice collection from Windham Hill. The entire thing. (There are somewhere over half a dozen albums.)

    I grew up listening to A Winter's Solstice II, because my father's a fan of Windham Hill.
    The first song of that album.

    The related videos on the side of that YouTube page have many of the other songs from the album and some from the other albums. Through the series, they vary from closer and farther from a 'traditional' Christmas sound, but they are all excellent and lacking in that awful generic quality which so mars popular Christmas music.
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011
    Cool! I'll keep my eye on this. I previously bookmarked the Rovi Christmas Findr but haven't checked it out yet.

    Also, the Midwinter Music thread from last year might be worth mining.
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011
    I always enjoy the midlands glam rock of Slade and Wizzard at Christmas, which I'm sure you're familiar with. What you may not know is that Girls Aloud released a Christmas EP which (aside from covering the classics) added a few new tracks to the glam Christmas genre, which I rather like.
    Christmas Round at Ours Not Tonight Santa
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011 edited
    I'm a bit more of a traditionalist.


    What Child Is This? by Dead Heart Bloom
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    Good ol' Billy Idol

    And, of course, I can't get this to post the video... gimme a minute, I'll get it...
    There we go!
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011 edited
    Loreena McKennitt: One of Canada's greatest exports. I play this on my iPod when I'm walking down a snowy street with all the shoppers out.

    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011

    Fairytale of New York. Always.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011
    Does this count?
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011

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    I usually just put in a bunch of gregorian chant, or stuff by the anonymous four when the season comes around. Our local stations started playing christmas music after halloween and I've come to the conclusion that they only have like 10 songs between all the stations. But if it'll stop my coworkers from singing "I like big butts" like a mantra or Jingle Bells? I'm all for it.
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011
    These tend to be regulars on my yuletide playlists:

    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011
    My absolute favorite Christmas song is (not on YouTube, of course) "There Are Worse Things to Believe In"- Stephen Colbert and Elvis Costello. The entire soundtrack to A Colbert Christmas is pretty awesome, actually.

    Also, this:
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2011 edited
    Aw, you people have made me feel all full of cheer!

    This is the album I've listened to when wrapping gifts for the last few years. It's a tradition I enjoy very much.

    This I only heard about a week ago, but I love the sentiment:

    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2011
    • CommentAuthorOrpheus
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2011 edited
    Not really a christmas song person when it comes to it. If there would be music, I would rather have the normal playlest rater than the seasonal one.

    Having said that, Tim Wheeler (of Ash) and Emmy the great have released a chistmas album. Great things have ensued.

    I give you "Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing)"

    And a Spotify link to the album:
    This Is Christmas.