Today I’ll be giving you my top 5 favourite Christmas songs. This is a personal top 5 and I didn’t include some songs like I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everday and Last Christmas as I heard them too many times not that I haven’t heard these as much but the ones that I still like.
5. Jackson Five – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Now this song makes me question Santa and his purity shall we say. I like this song as the Christmasy bells and of course the Jackson’s voices on the song and the funny ish lyrics or though I think they weren’t meant to be humorous but I found it funny. The question is what is daddy going to do when young Micheal tells his dad what mummy was up to last night things are going to get ugly. If that was my mum I would be asking why you kissing Santa’s Claus instead of wow mummy is kissing Santa Claus and how many wives is he going around kissing okay none of my business but I would like to know. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” is a Christmas song with music and lyrics by British songwriter Tommie Connor. The song has been recorded by many artists, with the most famous version being attributed to The Jackson 5. The original recording by Jimmy Boyd, recorded on July 15, 1952, when he was 13 years old, reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart in December 1952, and on the Cash Box chart at the beginning of the following year. It later reached Number 3 in the UK Charts when issued there in November 1953. The song was commissioned by Saks Fifth Avenue to promote the store’s Christmas card for the year, which featured an original sketch by artist Perry Barlow, who drew for The New Yorker for many decades. The song describes a scene where a child walks downstairs from his bedroom on Christmas Eve to see the mother kissing “Santa Claus” under the mistletoe. The lyric concludes with the child wondering how his father will react to hearing of the kiss, little knowing it is, in fact, his father in the Santa costume. Boyd’s record was condemned by the Roman Catholic Church in Boston when it was released on the grounds that it mixed kissing with Christmas. Boyd was photographed meeting with the Archdiocese to explain the song, after the meeting, the ban was lifted.
4. Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
Now this song is like a step back in the past and definitely reminds me of Christmas and Home Alone 1 I think it’s Home Alone it’s off. Again the sleigh bells make it Christmasy and I like the singing by Bobby Helms. It has that old feel with the backing vocals two by the ladies which reminds me of war music sorry not sure what genre that is but it reminds me of that and I love that sort of music oddly enough. The song has been soured a bit with a ruddier remake of the song that rhymes with rock and is associated only with men I’m sure you all heard it I like it I thought it was rather funny though a bit stupid but it did sour the song a bit. It’s an American popular Christmas song first released by Bobby Helms in 1957 (after it was recorded in October of that year). It has received frequent airplay in the United States during every Christmas season since then. “Jingle Bell Rock” was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal (1900–1967) and James Ross Boothe (1917–1976.) “Jingle Bell Rock” has been performed by many, but Helms’ version is the best known. The song’s title and some of its lyrics are an extension of the old Christmas standard, “Jingle Bells”. It makes brief references to other popular songs of the 1950s, such as “Rock Around the Clock”, and mentions going to a “Jingle hop”. An electric guitar played by Hank Garland can be heard playing the first notes of the chorus of “Jingle Bells”. Backup singers were the Anita Kerr Quartet. Helms’ original version, on Decca 9-30513 from October 1957, was re-recorded by him on Kapp K-719 in 1965, and yet again in 1967 on Little Darlin’ LD-0038. In 1970, Helms recorded an entire album titled Jingle Bell Rock on Certron C-7013, releasing the title track on Certron C-10021, with a picture sleeve. He again recorded the song for Gusto Records, it was subsequently released on their “Power Pak” label. In yet another re-recording, Helms released a version on Ashley AS-4200 (year unknown). In 1983, Helms released his last recording of “Jingle Bell Rock” on Black Rose 82713.
3. Brenda Lee – Rockin Around The Christmas Tree
Ah, another song that reminds me of Home Alone and Christmas I think it’s that film I’m pretty sure of it. The opening guitar riff sounds like a Hawi Christmas riff which I love I instantly know the song from that intro. I like it as it’s upbeat and cheerful and is all about dancing around the Christmas tree and having a joyful time around Christmas something to get you in the festive mood. I like the when she sings “Voices singing, let’s be jolly, deck the halls with boughs of holly” a nice reference to Christmas carol Deck The Halls which if it didn’t already reinforces the Christmas feel to the song. The song is written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958; it has since been recorded by numerous other music artists. By the song’s 50th anniversary in 2008, Lee’s original version had sold over 25 million copies with the 4th most digital downloads sold of any Christmas single. Because of her mature-sounding voice, Lee recorded this song when she was only thirteen years old. The song’s declaration of a rock and roll sound notwithstanding, its instrumentation also fits the country music genre, which Lee more fully embraced as her career evolved. The recording features Hank Garland and Harold Bradley on guitar, Floyd Cramer on piano, Boots Randolph on sax, Bob Moore on bass, and veteran session player Buddy Harman on drums. An instrumental version of the song appears as background music in the 1964 television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which exclusively featured music written by Marks. It can be heard in the scene where Rudolph first arrives at the Reindeer Games and meets another reindeer named Fireball. A fully sung version of the song would later appear in Rankin/Bass’s 1979 sequel Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July. The song was also used in the 1990 film Home Alone during a scene when Kevin McCallister pretends that there is a holiday party taking place in his house, and discourages the burglars from robbing it. The song was also featured in The Christmas Special episode of Regular Show in 2012.
2. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
Another Christmas song I love to hear around the Christmas Holidays. All I know is she wants it and wants it tonight all the good stuff of around that time a sable fur coat, A ’54 convertible light blue of course and all the other in things around that time. I like the song as the lyrics are quite funny though if you think about it, it tells a story of a poor girl who desires all the luxuries in life but can’t afford them, I think she thinks Santa is a sugar daddy though a yacht honestly how do you expect him to get that on the back of the sleigh and those poor elves who have to make it honestly. Also, that voice is just sensual and does something to me I don’t know what it is it’s like Santa come get me voice sexy. “Santa Baby” written by Joan Javits (the niece of Senator Jacob K. Javits) and Philip Springer, sung originally by Eartha Kitt. It was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra in New York City, in July 1953. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalogue number 20-5502 (in the United States), and by EMI on the His Master’s Voice label as catalogue number B 10728. The song was a huge success for Kitt, and she later said that it was one of her favorite songs to record; she reprised it in the 1954 film New Faces. Also in 1954, Kitt recorded a new version of the song with new lyrics titled “This Year’s Santa Baby” to no commercial success; writers listed did not change. Kitt then re-recorded the original song for Kapp Records in 1963, using a more uptempo arrangement.
1. James Brown – Merry Xmas, I Love You
Now I have to admit this is more or less new to me not sure when I first heard it but I definitely love Christmas Funk songs. This song is just a joy to listen to and makes me sing along to the chorus of the song, I love backing singers as much as the lead singer some times especially with 60s and 70s music there is something too good about it it makes me rewind the song again and again and again. It’s like this song I’ve heard it many times now but still, it feels new and just straight out funky to hear. The track is off James Brown’s Sings Christmas Songs and was his thirteenth studio album and was released in November 1966, by King Records,