Christmas music I like.


I don’t want to hear Jingle Bell Rock ,  The Little Drummer Boy, Jingle Bells, Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, or Santa Baby (puke!).   If I hear these kinds of songs on the radio I will change the station immediately, but unfortunately, they’re EVERYWHERE.  Blargh.

I don’t hate all Christmas music though.  I love traditional, religious carols like these.  It has nothing to do with being religious.  Even when I was a near-atheist, I still preferred them to secular Christmas ditties.   They just seem more meaningful and reverent.

I particularly love the King’s College Choir’s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”– I think these are two separate performances.   Check out the chubby little guy in the first  video, looking so joyful and happy to be singing.   The boys’ voices combined with the organs give me goosebumps.  They sound like angels.

I also really like Good King Wenceslas.   You don’t hear it a lot anymore.  It’s a traditional English carol about a good king who gives to the poor, so I think it’s definitely in the right spirit for the season.


24 thoughts on “Christmas music I like.

    • I can’t stand the way almost every radio station around here (even the cooler, more progressive ones that play indie music or good rock) HAVE to play Christmas songs like, every second or third song, for the whole month of December. If they MUST play Christmas songs, why not the good ones? It’s always shit like Santa Baby and Jingle Bell Rock. 🙄
      Does anyone really LIKE that crap?
      Forgive me for the ’80s-ism, but…gag me with a spoon!
      There is one hard rock station that plays a lot of ’90s rock and grunge and post-grunge and they play NO Christmas music. I’ve been listening to that a lot more than usual. 🙂

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  1. I love your blog. I couldn’t agree more about your taste in Christmas music. I can’t stand the tacky commercialised muzak we hear everywhere nowadays. Being part Romanian, my favourites are the traditional ‘colinde de craciun’ – Romanian Christmas carols. Some are very old, and carol-singers in traditional folk costumes still go round from house to house in the villages.

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  2. I’ll confess, I like Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty the Snowman, Little Drummer Boy, etc. (NOT Santa Baby, though, and especially not Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, I’ve hated those two since I was a little kid), but I can see them getting very old very fast if I listened to the radio. Back when we did use the radio more, I remember those songs playing over and over to the exclusion of everything else, almost. It got boring.

    But I love the carols, too! They’re all so beautiful, and they tend to make me feel more uplifted and in the Christmas spirit than the pop songs. Part of their attraction, for me, is learning all the verses (I’m pretty good at memorizing things, so learning lots of verses is kind of a fun challenge for me). I remember being so proud of myself when I was about eleven, learning all six verses of Good King Wenceslas. That one really needs more attention, it’s such a good one. Ooh, maybe you could do a “top favorite carols list” or something! 🙂

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