Best Holiday Covers or Originals? Then or Now...

In a jump off of TBH’s article, its that time of year again.  I like music period, but Being a Single mom, Christmas was sometimes depressing with two kids who wanted everything either expensive and/or trendy and no bottomless resource in which to draw from. Also my family was either far away, deployed or ill.  So I had certain music sources that got me through the holidays.   Now its not so bad, but I love my holiday music.  Enjoy.

 

There are several Christmas CDs I listen to, but I have favorites of course.  My favorite and one I cant hang onto..people love to “borrow it” and I just replace it every year is Santa Clause; It’s a Punk Rock Christmas.  There are two versions.  I like the first one.  Not number 2. Some are covers and some arent..and there are so many more of these, PUNK does Christmas a Corporate capitalist holiday, like no one else. LOL...

Actually..I think this is a link for the one I like, but 12 days of Christmas is one of the best. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qe1GIdC5DA&list=PLpY_1EANJN-2TzQbKlZXkN0QC0mDNVyj8
worth giving a listen.. some of it if you EVER listened to punk you should remember the items in the list.

 

Other music memorable’s in recent years are.. The Most Wonderful Time of Year by Scott Weiland, full album.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JRQPoklF3A    Its really classical, surprising.

 

Bright Eyes- Blue Christmas is the Album, but it is all classics and they are all done in a classic tone.  Refreshing.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=981-rAfPtKo&list=RD981-rAfPtKo&index=1    I think this is all of it but if not, take a gander at their version of White Christmas or Little Drummer Boy.

 

Here is one from 2009- might be up your alley, has everyone from Randy Travis to The Used on it…it’s a decent compilation for variety. Its called  Gift Wrapped; 20 songs that keep on Giving! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKrWCNRM0w4&list=PLJrsSU2p4cBO32YnmDnKnWCzrP7KQ13lE&index=2    I think this is all of them.  Brian Setzer is on here..doing the Grinch song..Outstanding.

 

Holidays Rule Either Volume 1 or 2…here is volume 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teGRxm1oqr8&list=PL4CXFoqeMSuHWPf786tjDiO4N2PF9J9dY&index=9   I cant find a bad song on the entire cd.  Its good, but you expect that from McCartney who makes an appearance on Wonderful Wintertime with Jimmy Fallon.    Volume 1 is here.. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLn947g6_TlNmgFe46qfM2iWkKM-DiZ5S    I liked 2 better but they are both good.

 

 

Vandals Oi! To the World..open your Christmas presents to this on Christmas day, super cool.

A 2015 version of Punk going Christmas –full album..its alright.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX74HsAVWr0&index=6&list=PLYXZuuYqJZe2zt2PElDAMZ-aSol9O_AZi

 

A She and Him Christmas..seems to be a popular one.  I have never heard it.  What I heard is good though> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOLjMuu_ZEQ&list=PLEC2FCC95451E0F6E&index=2

Also Weezers 6 song take on Jesus at holiday time. Closest I could come-> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzwSgY_Qcww&list=RDMQ-6sSRej9Q&index=2

 

Then there are the classic rock favs

Perhaps the one we may know the best;  A Very Special Christmas 1987 ( the original with Mellencamp and Springsteen)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84SvGC39H8g    There is a 1992 version with even more artists but its not as good… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKScb-iKRZA&t=22s

 

Beach boys Christmas Album (1964) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbgxDgVmMF0&list=PLEx1wRI-Ly4ybCjpvZuP56_iZocbmUXFJ

 

Elvis Christmas Album (1957) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETzgaPtIw9s

 

A Little Christmas Gift to You from Phil Spector (1963) might be one of the top Christmas classics in pop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pVon5xDARc

 

There are Motown..jazz..funk and blues I didn’t get into, but Ill let you guys do that.  So I can hear them I didn’t want to do compilations on those and I have been listening to Christmas music for about 4 hours now.   So its your turn...Tell me what is your best?

Comments

wsucram15 Added Nov 5, 2017 - 9:01pm
My favorite is still Santa Clause; its a Punk Rock Christmas.  But Im open for competition.  Lets hear it..especially if you have any thing different.
Bill Kamps Added Nov 6, 2017 - 7:52am
Merry Christmas from the Family - Robert Earl Keene
Silver Bells - Wilson Pickett
wsucram15 Added Nov 6, 2017 - 11:48am
Bill you do like your country music.  Listened to some of it..I like Wilson Pickett so you got me on that one..I like that a lot.
Heres one for you...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwCcVRH8idA
 
wsucram15 Added Nov 6, 2017 - 11:49am
This is also wilson pickett-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f8o7X4ha9g
nice spin
opher goodwin Added Nov 6, 2017 - 1:05pm
Jeanne - heavens. I just played Dylan's Christmas album yesterday. It was so dire it was amusing.
wsucram15 Added Nov 6, 2017 - 1:27pm
I was going to list it for you actually.  But left that for you to do..lol.
Passion Blues Added Nov 6, 2017 - 3:11pm
I grew up listening to Elvis' Christmas Album. Makes me think of my mother, she listened to it non stop after Thanksgiving. It reminds me of  all the goodies she would make for us on the holiday. Thank you so much for mentioning it.
 
opher goodwin Added Nov 6, 2017 - 3:57pm
Somehow anybody doing Christmas stuff leaves me cold. It just always sounds so cheesy and false - like that Motown Christmas album.
Mike Haluska Added Nov 6, 2017 - 4:51pm
wsucram -
 
This is just the best ever by the best ever . . . Have a Blessed Christmas and enjoy!!!
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwacxSnc4tI
Mike Haluska Added Nov 6, 2017 - 4:53pm
wscuram -
 
This is a close second by Dean Martin
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2uvtl-1V70
Mike Haluska Added Nov 6, 2017 - 4:54pm
wsucram -
 
One more by Dean, great for romance . . .
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crFQpOCDfEc
wsucram15 Added Nov 6, 2017 - 9:07pm
Thank you Mike..I love Nat King Cole.
My Dad was a big Dean Martin fan... didnt he used to have a show or something?  Or maybe it was Sammy Davis that had the show...I know one of them did. 
Anyhow..Dean and Frank. My father sang..so I grew up listening to them.
My mother liked Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck.   
Mike Haluska Added Nov 7, 2017 - 9:30am
wsucram (do you have a first name we can go by?)
 
Yes, Dean Martin had a variety comedy show and it is shown periodically on cable networks - he was a great comedian and singer.  Sammy and Frank were frequent guests on Dean's show.
 
Tom Jones was a HUGE hit and his TV show did very well.  I saw him perform in London for Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee - gray haired but could still pound out "It's Not Unusual". 
wsucram15 Added Nov 7, 2017 - 11:00am
Mike its jeanne..the one you argue politics with all the time.  LOL
 
Mike Haluska Added Nov 7, 2017 - 12:27pm
Thanks Jeanne!  We don't "argue" . . . it's more like flirting or sizing each other up before we play "HORSE" in the driveway.
wsucram15 Added Nov 7, 2017 - 2:09pm
I cant believe you remember that. But even with a vet..I would kick your ass...lol.

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