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2013-12-23 04:15:00 PM  
Meh, Slide show. Is Beggar's Banquet on it? Or Let it Bleed?
 
2013-12-23 04:41:46 PM  
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2013-12-23 04:55:32 PM  
Skipping album titles when it's an individual singer....

40: Cee-Lo
39: Aimee Mann
38: Nat King Cole
37: Oscar Peterson
36: BB King
35: Rosie Thomas
34: Hanson
33: Some random Lower East Side artists' collection that happens to have Christmas Wrapping
32: Ray Charles
31: Choir of King's COllege Cambridge
30: Louis Armstrong
29: David Sedaris
28: Reggae Christmas
27: THe Ventures (of Hawaii Five-0 fame)
26: Tracy Thorn
25: Blue Yule (blues album)
24: Johnny Cash
23: Bells of Dublin
22: Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection
21: Kate & Anna McGarrigle
20: Jimmy Smith
19: Emmylou Harris
18: Low
17: Nick Lowe
16: Random stuff from 78 RPM records in your grandma's attic
15: Frank Sinatra
14: Sufjan Stevens
13: A Very Special Christmas
12: Bing Crosby's White CHristmas
11: Beach Boys
10: The Beatles
9: Willie Nelson
8: Christmas in Soulsville
7: George Jones/Tammy Wynette
6: Vince Guaraldi Trio
5: Elvis Presley
4: James Brown
3: The Staple Singers
2: PHil Spector's A Christmas Gift for You
1: Ella Fitzgerald

About 2/3 to 3/4 of that list is horrible.  I appreciate a few of them, but to put Nat King Cole 38th is an insult to Christmas music.  Even more so than including Cee-Lo on that list.  (Not too happy with my favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas, being sixth either.)

\at least it doesn't include Mannheim Steamroller
\\wish it had Christmas Eve & Other Stories, though
 
2013-12-23 04:56:35 PM  
(And by the way, you're welcome for me keeping you from having to click on a slideshow RS link.)
 
2013-12-23 05:01:48 PM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: [upload.wikimedia.org image 350x348]


That is one of my all-time favorite albums and has my favorite Christmas song, but I don't know that I consider it a "Christmas album."
 
2013-12-23 05:02:10 PM  
Halford winter songs is the best Xmas album ever
 
2013-12-23 05:05:00 PM  
I think I speak for most of us when I say...

LIST FAILS WITHOUT JOHN DENVER AND THE MUPPETS AT #1.

(wait...they're not on there at all?)

SHUN! SHUN THE UNBELIEVER!

Wait til Animal hears about this...
 
2013-12-23 05:05:45 PM  

FriarReb98: 33: Some random Lower East Side artists' collection that happens to have Christmas Wrapping


You shut it, heathen! The Ze Christmas Record has August Darnell's "Christmas On Riverside Drive". Brilliant.
 
2013-12-23 05:07:45 PM  
boomstickcomics.com
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www.washingtonpost.com
 
2013-12-23 05:08:19 PM  
www.vinylphilemag.com

/thread
 
2013-12-23 05:08:29 PM  

Nabb1: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: [upload.wikimedia.org image 350x348]

That is one of my all-time favorite albums and has my favorite Christmas song, but I don't know that I consider it a "Christmas album."


No, but Fairytale of New York is obligatory in discussion of Christmas music. I REGRET NOTHING!
 
2013-12-23 05:12:23 PM  
 

PabloHosehead: I think I speak for most of us when I say...

LIST FAILS WITHOUT JOHN DENVER AND THE MUPPETS AT #1.


I agree.  There's also no Trans-Siberian Orchestra for Christmas Eve & Other Stories.Jethro Tull and Blackmore's Night are two of my other favorite Christmas albums.

As for those on the list, my favorite is Vince Guaraldi Trio.  Linus & Lucy is overplayed, but the rest of the album is wonderful fireside listening.
 
2013-12-23 05:14:00 PM  
 
2013-12-23 05:15:26 PM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Nabb1: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: [upload.wikimedia.org image 350x348]

That is one of my all-time favorite albums and has my favorite Christmas song, but I don't know that I consider it a "Christmas album."

No, but Fairytale of New York is obligatory in discussion of Christmas music. I REGRET NOTHING!


 beat me to it.
 
2013-12-23 05:16:22 PM  
Top three:

1. Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas (That verison of The Christmas Song is wonderful)
2. Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift for You (The Ronettes & Darlene Love. Doesn't get much better than that.)
3. The Edge of Christmas. Compilation with "Fairytale Of New York", "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight)", and other gems.
 
2013-12-23 05:16:28 PM  
No Jethro Tull? Or N'Sync? Tsk!!

CeeLo's is still my new favorite. Also plumb tickled Hanson's set squeaked in.
 
2013-12-23 05:20:44 PM  
No Mojo Nixon? That's disappointing....
 
2013-12-23 05:26:58 PM  
There's no reason Bing Crosby's "Merry Christmas" should be at only #12, and especially not beneath a collection of Christmas messages from the Beatles to their fan club. I've heard some of those messages and I like them, but... no. I mean, unless you're coming at Christmas records from a pretentious academic angle. But then you'd just be some kind of tool.
 
2013-12-23 05:27:33 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: Halford winter songs is the best Xmas album ever


This
 
2013-12-23 05:28:21 PM  

hogans: How was this one missed?


Better than much of the list
 
2013-12-23 05:30:46 PM  
40 Essential Christmas Albums ?   40 ? are you kidding me?

 Jesus H. Christ that's  40 to many
 
2013-12-23 05:31:19 PM  
No Gene Autry List  Fails

www.irock109.com
 
2013-12-23 05:31:32 PM  
14. Sufjan Stevens Xmas album (i know, hipsters, wharableleke)

This thing is really good, and sung by an actual Christian.
 
2013-12-23 05:31:40 PM  
Boney M, biatchES!@
 
2013-12-23 05:32:17 PM  
No Bob Rivers?  No Twisted Sister?  No Christopher Lee?

This list sucks the dingleberries off of Donner's asshole
 
2013-12-23 05:34:32 PM  
None of them.
There is no such thing as essential Christmas music.

/Stop liking what I don't like.
 
2013-12-23 05:36:26 PM  
Christmas albums I remember from my childhood:

Elvis' Christmas album
Charley Pride
Conway Twitty with Twitty Bird (sounded and looked like Tweety)
the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton christmas album
An assorted christmas collection that included the Chipmunks christmas song

/me i want a hula hoop!
 
2013-12-23 05:40:12 PM  

hogans: How was this one missed?


Smeggy Smurf: No Bob Rivers?   No Twisted Sister? No Christopher Lee?

This list sucks the dingleberries off of Donner's asshole



I too went hoping for Twisted Sister (my favorite Christmas album), and alas, was disappointed.
 
2013-12-23 05:41:32 PM  
eil.com

Loved this as a kid.
 
2013-12-23 05:45:10 PM  
In case you missed it, Jimmy Fallon and Cecily Strong did a cute little update of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" last Saturday night.
 
2013-12-23 05:50:30 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-23 05:50:35 PM  
Heard it. Was drunk, and not sure I believe it.
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-23 05:51:34 PM  
www.i-mockery.com
 
2013-12-23 05:53:56 PM  

FriarReb98: (And by the way, you're welcome for me keeping you from having to click on a slideshow RS link.)


Thanks. Merry Christmas.
 
2013-12-23 05:55:38 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKz-LVQ7Tcs&noredirect=1  St. Etienne "I was born on christmas day"
 
2013-12-23 06:00:28 PM  

Snapper Carr: [i.imgur.com image 300x300]


As someone who's been singing two tracks off that album for twelve years now in a tribute band, I approve of this post.
 
2013-12-23 06:04:00 PM  
Someone please explain to me the fascination with TSO.  Why do people go crazy for holiday-themed 80s hair metal?  Anyone?
 
2013-12-23 06:12:15 PM  
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2013-12-23 06:14:26 PM  
Bob Dylan released one a few years ago which is absolutely crazy. Puts a smile on my face whenever I play it. As much as RS dick rides Dylan, surprised its not on the list.
 
2013-12-23 06:17:52 PM  

Ebenator: Someone please explain to me the fascination with TSO.  Why do people go crazy for holiday-themed 80s hair metal?  Anyone?


Go see them live.  Between the music, pillars of fire and everyone formally dressed, it is awesome.  Afterwards, all other music sounded so flat and lifeless to me.  And I could hear every instrument with no horrible echo or hearing loss afterwards.  They are the best concert to go to.

/IMO
 
2013-12-23 06:18:28 PM  

Ebenator: Someone please explain to me the fascination with TSO.  Why do people go crazy for holiday-themed 80s hair metal?  Anyone?


Read the lyrics, for starters.  The whole story, not just the songs.  It's a whole story, not just "hey, let's play Christmas music in a rock style."
Second, anyone who has any respect for actual musicianship will understand how ridiculously hard it is to play all of that music in a way that's actually good.  (Yes, that's speaking from experience on that one.)
Third, less than half of their music is directly taken from actual Christmas carols.  There's also classical music going on, blues, a little jazz, gospel - point being, it's waaaay broader than you're making it out to be.
Fourth, go watch the show they put on.  It's kinda ridiculous.  Lasers, fire, smoke, about three semis of gear all being used at once.

Basically, you need to actually go watch them and pay attention to figure it out.  Otherwise it'll all just be filler, just like everything else is.
 
2013-12-23 06:19:33 PM  
Well baby, I just want a Kung Fu Christmas (Bill Murray, Christopher Guest, Gilda Radner, Brian Doyle Murray)
 
2013-12-23 06:19:51 PM  

harleyquinnical: Ebenator: Someone please explain to me the fascination with TSO.  Why do people go crazy for holiday-themed 80s hair metal?  Anyone?

Go see them live.  Between the music, pillars of fire and everyone formally dressed, it is awesome.  Afterwards, all other music sounded so flat and lifeless to me.  And I could hear every instrument with no horrible echo or hearing loss afterwards.  They are the best concert to go to.

/IMO


This too.
 
2013-12-23 06:21:00 PM  
Neil Diamond, a jew, released THREE Christmas albums. Way to uphold that money-loving stereotype there, Neil.
 
2013-12-23 06:22:51 PM  
Bing Crosby
Perry Como
Dean Martin
etc.

Can't stand the modern vocalists
 
2013-12-23 06:28:29 PM  
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2013-12-23 06:30:42 PM  
Just Like Christmas by Low, is not only a fantastic Christmas song, it's one of my favorite songs ever.

On our way from Stockholm
It started to snow
And you said it was like Christmas
But you were wrong

It wasn't like Christmas at all

By the time we got to Olso
The snow was gone
The beds were small
But we felt so young

It was just like Christmas
It was just like Christmas
 
2013-12-23 06:32:51 PM  
 
2013-12-23 06:41:58 PM  
At least the had Bing Crosby & the Peanuts one on there, though both are rated WAY too low.

I would also have included John Denvers Rocky Mountain Christmas for Aspenglow, A Baby Just Like You, Christmas for Cowboys & Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas).  The rest are typical filler, but gentle and comforting which was his style in the 70's, and perfect for background Christmas music while sitting about the tree.

The other one, which would probably get me strung up if the John Denver one didn't get me hung, would be "Merry Christmas from Alvin & the Chipmunks"..  There is a reissue of this on CD, but I heard this from an original LP decades ago.  They've done some other ones, but this is the only album that I've heard and seems to match that original LP from years ago.  Much of it is... well, Alvin & the Chipmunks, which gets old pretty fast on the standards, but The Chipmunks Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) has Alvin being a smartass all the way through it, which is kinda fun.  Mostly nostalgia for me, but I still love that album.  Shakepseare it ain't, but so what.  It's fun.
 
2013-12-23 06:47:59 PM  

FriarReb98: harleyquinnical: Ebenator: Someone please explain to me the fascination with TSO.  Why do people go crazy for holiday-themed 80s hair metal?  Anyone?

Go see them live.  Between the music, pillars of fire and everyone formally dressed, it is awesome.  Afterwards, all other music sounded so flat and lifeless to me.  And I could hear every instrument with no horrible echo or hearing loss afterwards.  They are the best concert to go to.

/IMO

This too.


This three. Besides, TSO has two non-Christmas CDs (and I hope to hell When Kings Must Whisper makes it out next year).
 
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