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(Time)   Statistics from the U.S. copyright office tell us which Christmas songs are the biggest, can't explain why people STILL play "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" every year   (newsfeed.time.com ) divider line 52
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2013-12-19 08:43:15 AM  
I could go the rest of my life and never hear another Christmas song and a very, very happy boy.

/bah-humbug!
 
2013-12-19 08:58:13 AM  
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2013-12-19 09:04:04 AM  
Every shop in the city started playing christmas music in middle october.

And people wonder why i prefer to stay at home.
 
2013-12-19 09:06:32 AM  
I love Christmas songs, but not as much as my wife.  Starting on the evening of Thanksgiving, she listens to Christmas music exclusively until December 26th.
 
2013-12-19 09:07:17 AM  
*listening to his collection of punk Christmas songs and flipping everyone off*
 
2013-12-19 09:08:35 AM  
magazine.stevemadden.com

/the very next day, you gave it away
 
2013-12-19 09:09:13 AM  
Every year, I bring out The Vandals Oi to the World and am filled with much merriment.
 
2013-12-19 09:10:13 AM  
My 12 year old heard GGROBARD on the radio the other day and he says to me, "That song is such a classic!" It blew his mind when I told him that I could remember hearing that song when I was a kid. That, and Christmas at Kmart.
 
2013-12-19 09:11:36 AM  
Don't play me no damn Christmas Shoes though. That song chokes me up every damn time.
 
2013-12-19 09:13:19 AM  
The 12 Days of Christmas - 52

Does this number include all of the novelty versions of that song?
 
2013-12-19 09:16:24 AM  
I hope someone is in a third world prison over that version of jingle bells with the hard stop between jingle and all the way.
 
2013-12-19 09:23:02 AM  
Christmas music is the worst.  Also, love me some Dolly Parton, but her Christmas album is THE WORST.  She actually sings with kids on it.  It makes me want to sit on a giant spike.
 
2013-12-19 09:28:49 AM  
I know there will be haters about this... but some of these are very well done...and you can listen from their site or download them all for free... I downloaded all three year's albums... put them in a playlist and hit shuffle...

Bootie mashup Christmas albums.
 
2013-12-19 09:31:52 AM  

Sofa King Smart: I know there will be haters about this... but some of these are very well done...and you can listen from their site or download them all for free... I downloaded all three year's albums... put them in a playlist and hit shuffle...

Bootie mashup Christmas albums.


Thanks. I like the Bootie mashups. I'll check these out.
 
2013-12-19 09:37:06 AM  
Or why anyone plays the Seymour Swine version of "Blue Christmas" AT ALL.
 
2013-12-19 09:38:59 AM  
All of the Christmas songs I will ever want or need are right here.

i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-12-19 09:41:50 AM  
It's Christmas time in Hollis Queens. Mom's cooking chicken and collard greens.

/my holiday isn't complete until I hear it
 
2013-12-19 09:45:02 AM  

Pangea: Sofa King Smart: I know there will be haters about this... but some of these are very well done...and you can listen from their site or download them all for free... I downloaded all three year's albums... put them in a playlist and hit shuffle...

Bootie mashup Christmas albums.

Thanks. I like the Bootie mashups. I'll check these out.


they have Halloween mashups too.    http://bootiemashup.com/halloween/
 
2013-12-19 09:46:52 AM  
Obligatory:
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-12-19 10:06:00 AM  

fruitloop: The 12 Days of Christmas - 52

Does this number include all of the novelty versions of that song?


"On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... a beer ... in a tree."
 
2013-12-19 10:07:33 AM  
"Fairytale of New York" is always a nice Christmas song. Much better than the saccharine, anodine cold war era Christmas songs playing non-stop in every shop from October through the end of the year.
 
2013-12-19 10:09:01 AM  

menschenfresser: "Fairytale of New York" is always a nice Christmas song. Much better than the saccharine, anodine cold war era Christmas songs playing non-stop in every shop from October through the end of the year.


that should be "anodyne"... doh, I'm dumb.
 
2013-12-19 10:19:52 AM  
I'm actually listening to a CD of when my old band played at the Stone Pony in 2011.  One of the songs we did was the Springsteen version of Santa Clause is Coming to Town.

That was a first.
 
2013-12-19 10:22:00 AM  
I prefer Ludacris' version of GGROBARD - "Move Biatch"
 
2013-12-19 10:22:53 AM  
Can radio stations stop playing "Baby, It's Cold Outside", please?  That isn't a Christmas song, it's about date rape.
 
2013-12-19 10:29:13 AM  

DoctorWhat: Can radio stations stop playing "Baby, It's Cold Outside", please?  That isn't a Christmas song, it's about date rape.


Any song about cold weather, winter or snow is by definition a Christmas song.  See also "Walking In a Winter Wonderland", "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", "Sleigh Ride", "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm", "Button Up Your Overcoat", and the entire Immortal catalog.
 
2013-12-19 10:40:23 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: DoctorWhat: Can radio stations stop playing "Baby, It's Cold Outside", please?  That isn't a Christmas song, it's about date rape.

Any song about cold weather, winter or snow is by definition a Christmas song.  See also "Walking In a Winter Wonderland", "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", "Sleigh Ride", "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm", "Button Up Your Overcoat", and the entire Immortal catalog.


That would explain why "My Favorite Things" is a Christmas song.
 
2013-12-19 10:42:24 AM  
I'm surprised Big Star's "Jesus Christ" never struck big with the "put Christ back in Christmas" crowd; a catchy song with all the bells and whistles (and saxophone solos) of a Christmas pop hit that actually name-drops the season's reason and all.
 
2013-12-19 10:44:06 AM  

DoctorWhat: Can radio stations stop playing "Baby, It's Cold Outside", please?  That isn't a Christmas song, it's about date rape.


Would you believe I'd never heard (or paid attention) to that song until Zoe Dashenel and Wil Ferrel did it in Elf.  That was a actually a pretty good rendition.
 
2013-12-19 10:45:06 AM  

fruitloop: Pants full of macaroni!!: DoctorWhat: Can radio stations stop playing "Baby, It's Cold Outside", please?  That isn't a Christmas song, it's about date rape.

Any song about cold weather, winter or snow is by definition a Christmas song.  See also "Walking In a Winter Wonderland", "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", "Sleigh Ride", "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm", "Button Up Your Overcoat", and the entire Immortal catalog.

That would explain why "My Favorite Things" is a Christmas song.


Yup.  Warm woolly mittens and packages tied up with string.  That's loads of Christmas imagery right there.
 
2013-12-19 11:03:08 AM  
Gah - There are mornings when I feel old(er) after visiting Fark.

Seriously, how can you have a story about Christmas music and not mention Bing's 'White Christmas'. The man single-handedly caused a celluloid shortage; (or whatever it was they pressed records out of back then).

/Same with Guy Lombardo on New Year's Eve. After that you can listen to whatever the hell you want to.
//it's possible Bing may not have been the nicest person in the world; still want to hear WC every year at least a couple times.
///Family usually watches 'A Christmas Story' & 'Holiday Inn' on Xmas.
 
2013-12-19 11:04:59 AM  

Sybarite: /the very next day, you gave it away


Is this part of the Christmas canon now? Every year it seems to get played more and more. Hell, just look at how many YouTube views it has.
 
2013-12-19 11:10:04 AM  

durbnpoisn: DoctorWhat: Can radio stations stop playing "Baby, It's Cold Outside", please?  That isn't a Christmas song, it's about date rape.

Would you believe I'd never heard (or paid attention) to that song until Zoe Dashenel and Wil Ferrel did it in Elf.  That was a actually a pretty good rendition.


My favorite rendition was by Missy and Jase Robertson (yes, that means I bought the Duck the Halls album), nicely done with Jase asking at the end 'Where are going anyway, we're married?'.  To which she replied, 'I got things to do.'

Poke fun if you want, but the song Camouflage and Christmas Lights is not redneck.  It is for all those military personnel serving overseas during the Christmas season.  Thanks Reed for singing that one.
 
2013-12-19 11:16:41 AM  

Tired_of_the_BS: Gah - There are mornings when I feel old(er) after visiting Fark.

Seriously, how can you have a story about Christmas music and not mention Bing's 'White Christmas'. The man single-handedly caused a celluloid shortage; (or whatever it was they pressed records out of back then).

/Same with Guy Lombardo on New Year's Eve. After that you can listen to whatever the hell you want to.
//it's possible Bing may not have been the nicest person in the world; still want to hear WC every year at least a couple times.
///Family usually watches 'A Christmas Story' & 'Holiday Inn' on Xmas.


Not everyone likes that song.  A couple days ago, I watched a young man pushing carts into a store with the parking lot still covered in a little snow.  I asked him if he still remembers wanting a white, snowy Christmas when he was little and then added, "I bet not so much right now."  He smiled and almost looked like he would've laughed if he wasn't pushing with his whole weight at that moment.
 
2013-12-19 11:24:23 AM  

Tired_of_the_BS: ///Family usually watches 'A Christmas Story' & 'Holiday Inn' on Xmas.


Doh! I lied. Hate that I can't edit a post. I always mix up Bing's Xmas movies. The wife has a 'thing' for Fred Astaire - she watches 'Holiday Inn' a couple times a year. We watch 'White Christmas' - (with Danny Kaye) on Xmas.

/Daughter has seen 'Court Jester' and 'Inspector General' more than I have. She's a major Dr. Who/Sherlock fan; was majorly surprised/pleased she liked Kaye's stuff (Big MP & Black Adder fan too, but who isn't? :>p). She'll watch, but I can't get her hooked on Buster Keaton, Chaplin or Harold Lloyd. They. were. GODS!!!
 
2013-12-19 11:24:45 AM  

Sofa King Smart: I know there will be haters about this... but some of these are very well done...and you can listen from their site or download them all for free... I downloaded all three year's albums... put them in a playlist and hit shuffle...

Bootie mashup Christmas albums.


They get a let repetitive with the Jacksons, but I do enjoy a bootie Christmas.

also, look up DJ Riko and the merry mixmas, he's put one out every year since 2000.

I'm mobile right now, otherwise I would link
 
2013-12-19 11:26:48 AM  
The problem with Christmas songs is the radio stations always play the same song but consider it variety if they have each song covered by 10 different people.  Here's the songs we SHOULD be listening to:

Bob Rivers - It's The Most Fattening Time Of The Year

Yogi Yorgesson - I Yust Go Nuts at Christmas

Grandaddy - Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland

Stan Freberg - I'm Gettin' Nuttin' For Christmas

Heywood Banks - You Ain't Gettin' Diddly Squat

Bob Rivers - Didn't I Get This Last Year

SurfaceTension: I could go the rest of my life and never hear another Christmas song and a very, very happy boy.

/bah-humbug!


Click the links in the above list, especially the second link.
 
2013-12-19 11:31:45 AM  
No hippos.
 
2013-12-19 11:32:57 AM  
To determine secularity, TIME measured the likelihood that a song appears on the same album with either "What Child Is This?", a decidedly devout 1865 tune, or "Jingle Bell Rock," roughly it's polar opposite. (The choice of those two songs is rather arbitrary, but proved in trial and error to offer the clearest dichotomy.)

Ok, so it's not the most rigorous methodology in the world. But I have to concede that they probably did manage to find the most extreme examples of religious and secular Christmas songs.

That being said, their methodology appears to classify "Joy to the World" as "mildly secular." This is a song whose first two lines are: "Joy to the world, the Lord is come!/Let earth receive her King" and goes on to talk about how "the Savior reigns," "He comes to make His blessings flow," and "The glories of His righteousness." I've read Bibles that were more secular than that.

/then again, maybe they're talking about the "Jeremiah was a bullfrog" one
 
2013-12-19 12:27:21 PM  
Obnoxious to the extreme, xmas music is the f'n worst.
 
2013-12-19 12:38:18 PM  

Uzzah: /then again, maybe they're talking about the "Jeremiah was a bullfrog" one


Or Chuck Negron's recording that combines the two.
 
2013-12-19 12:42:00 PM  
As long as I don't have to listen to "Happy Birthday, Jesus," I can stand it.  Start that song, and there's gonna be a fight.
 
2013-12-19 12:44:08 PM  
What about grandpa got runned over by a john deere?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I1CfiIRz6Y">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=-I1CfiIRz6Y
 
2013-12-19 01:09:04 PM  
 
2013-12-19 01:17:50 PM  
The best traditional Christmas song.

And   Christmas festival video that will haunt your dreams (the followup procession associated with the above).
 
2013-12-19 01:33:44 PM  

Foxxinnia: Sybarite: /the very next day, you gave it away

Is this part of the Christmas canon now? Every year it seems to get played more and more. Hell, just look at how many YouTube views it has.



It bizarrely seems to have become so. I'm pretty sure there are younger people alive today that could sing that song word for word and couldn't tell you who either of the those guys in the picture is.
 
2013-12-19 02:59:42 PM  
I love most Christmas songs... but Feliz Navidad makes me all stabby.
 
2013-12-19 03:07:06 PM  

dbrunker: The problem with Christmas songs is the radio stations always play the same song but consider it variety if they have each song covered by 10 different people.  Here's the songs we SHOULD be listening to:

Bob Rivers - It's The Most Fattening Time Of The Year

Yogi Yorgesson - I Yust Go Nuts at Christmas

Grandaddy - Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland

Stan Freberg - I'm Gettin' Nuttin' For Christmas

Heywood Banks - You Ain't Gettin' Diddly Squat

Bob Rivers - Didn't I Get This Last Year

SurfaceTension: I could go the rest of my life and never hear another Christmas song and a very, very happy boy.

/bah-humbug!

Click the links in the above list, especially the second link.


Yes, I got some 20-40 gb's worth of Christmas music. But, I havent bought a new release christmas album in about 15 years because there simply isn't any originality and we have a hundred or more years worth of christmas music to mine still.

The cartoon is acurate. The Radio stations only play 10 christmas songs all performed by differnt artist. It's no wonder people get sick of it all to the point of anger.

Hell, the other day I put the Spanish "songs of the season" channel on the cable radio.
it was the same thing, the same damn ten songs that the english language stations play, but now performed in spanish... not even really any spanish.. flair added to any of it. I didn't even not hear donde es santa claus once.
 
2013-12-19 03:29:36 PM  
 
2013-12-19 03:29:50 PM  
You'd think that biatch would learn.
 
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