I must say the Jim "Gomer Pyle" Nabors version of "Do you Hear What I Hear" is a wonderful piece of art.
The Royal Guardsman song, "Snoopy's Christmas" is one of my other favs.
Thanks for getting us started on this topic. I mean that sincerely.
I love White Christmas by Bing Crosby and for a laugh, Alvin & The Chipmunks Hula Hoop song!! I remember growing up listening to Al Hirt and Andy Williams records that my parents played on their RCA hi-fi at Christmas - remember those!!
"Angels We Have Heard on High" in church...
"Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses on the radio, with a close second to 'Snoopy's Christmas' a song from my childhood.
Big fan of "Hark! Harold the Angel Sings!" :>)
Like alikitty, I grew up listening to the albums my parents would play...especially the yearly collection albums Dad would pick up at the Goodyear store downtown. Those were the best.
I probably have a total of about 250 Christmas carols/songs on iTunes, with many of the "old" classics along with some of the contemporary stuff from Mannheim Steamroller (have seen their Christmas shows live a couple of times) and Trans-Siberian Orch.
Also, if you ever have the chance to see a Harry Connick, Jr, performance during the Christmas season...GO! Have seen his Christmas show twice in the last 5-6 years.
I have to say "Joy to the World" and "Silver Bells" as my traditional Christmas favorites.
And, of course, Nat King Cole's "Christmas Song."
For recent Christmas albums released by more modern singers, I highly recommend Josh Groban's "Noel" and Sarah McLachlan's "Wintersong"
When Mel Torme did "Christmas Song", he spoke of "Kids from 1 to 92".
What about kids who are older than 92, do they not get wished a merry Christmas?
Speaking of Mannheim Steamroller, did you know they started out as a backup band for a country music artist? Do you remember the the song "Convoy" by C.W. McCall? It started the C.B. radio craze in the 70's. Mannheim Steamroller is the band in the background. It was their time with McCall that got them started. Walkie played their first CD even during the winter and spring months after a certain Christmas. Great music that started a new genre.