There are so many thoughts, opinions, and views out there on what Christmas is or what Christmas should be. Many people are of a truly religious mind about Christmas, whereas others believe only in the family and gifts version of Christmas. I believe that one of the things that brings people of such varied views together on this wonderful occasion is the music that everyone hears, no matter where you go, from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Most people find themselves singing along to the Christmas music without even thinking much about it. I have listed for you here a diverse group of articles written about the one thing that everyone can agree on to some extent at Christmas: the music.
My Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs: Sammie A. I loved this article! Not only has Sammie A. put YouTube links to each of the songs listed in the top 10 English Christmas songs, but also the 8 songs in French, 5 in Spanish, an Irish, and a German song. The Irish song is Enya’s version of Silent Night, sung in Irish, with lyrics and English translation. It is stunningly beautiful and I would not have thought to look for familiar Christmas music in other languages if not for this article. I highly recommend checking this one out!
Top 10 Christmas Songs & Lyrics Sung by Christian Artists: Nikki. I like this article because it has links to the songs (not always with the original artist but helpful nonetheless) and because the whole list is Christian artists I know well. A few of the songs are original Christmas songs by the artists, such as This Baby by Steven Curtis Chapman and While You Were Sleeping by Casting Crowns. The inclusion of the lyrics for this Christmas music is great because it allows you to get the real meaning behind the songs. If you are a Christian music fan, you will really appreciate Nikki’s article.
Unique, Free Christmas Music Online for the Holiday Aficionado : Sylvia Cochran. Ms. Cochran reviews a few of the websites that offer Christmas music for free. This is especially helpful if you are allowed to listen to the radio while you are at work, or if you tend to hang out by your computer a lot at home. Her article has links to the websites she mentions, which is really helpful when are browsing articles and don’t want to have to decipher code or type in a complicated web address. Just click and go. Wonderful!
Top 5 Christmas Carol CDs : Onemargaret. This article is particularly useful because Onemargaret lists the entire playlist of each of the Christmas carol CDs that she reviews. I really appreciate that she gives some background about the music and the artist or artists associated with the Christmas music on the CDs. I would never have thought to look for these Christmas songs on my own, but now I am intrigued after reading Onemargaret’s article.
5 Christmas Carol CDs that are Must-Haves for Your Holiday Music Collection: Kathleen McDade. Ms. McDade is very enthusiastic about her choices for the Christmas music she has chosen as the “best”. I like that the CDs that she reviews are all rather different from one another. By not choosing to review the same traditional compilations, Ms. McDade gives her readers a fresh look at the Christmas music possibilities that surround us. Johnny Mathis, Josh Groban, Harry Connick, Jr., a cartoon and an a capella band are in ways similar to each other but also different enough to make me want to expand my Christmas song horizons.
Top Ten Funniest Christmas Songs for Kids: Angela Harris. What better article to read when you are trying to choose the right Christmas music for any holiday occasion than one that includes your young guests as well? Ms. Harris does an excellent job of reviewing the most loved silly Christmas songs but also detailing a few that many people probably haven’t heard of. Her discussion of each of the songs is quite informative. From the Chipmunks to the Grinch, to songs about naughty kids and lispy kids, Ms. Harris covers the topic very well.
The Best Christmas Albums of All Time: Zac Wassink. Mr. Wassink reveals his picks of the best albums of Christmas music in this article. The article has links to Amazon so that you can quickly go to the site to review it yourself or buy it if you are really interested. I like that he details the popular songs from each album as well as some songs that are relatively unknown. For example, he mentions Elvis’ Blue Christmas but also notes that Elvis has an entire album of Christmas songs. Mr. Wassink also points out one my personal favorites, A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is not mentioned by any of the other articles I have read. Thank you, sir!
Five Must-Have Christmas CDs: Ben Minor. The best album of Mr. Minor’s article is Home Alone Christmas. I would imagine that most of us have seen the movie, but I never thought about checking out the soundtrack to get a great variety of Christmas music. This article also highlights the Beach Boys, Elvis, Barenaked Ladies, and the Rat Pack. Those examples are definitely five of the most diverse albums of Christmas music that I have seen compiled in one album.
Have a Rock and Roll Christmas: Best Rock Christmas Songs for a Christmas Party: Bridgitte Williams. The absolute best thing about Ms. Williams’ article is that she has chosen to write about rock Christmas songs. Most radio stations that play Christmas music during the holidays aren’t rock stations to begin with, so it is hard to get your ears on these songs. Ms. Williams does a great job of making the reader really want to search for these songs to see if their Christmas party really would be better thanks to her tips. I definitely think any party needs at least a few of her recommendations.
Top 5 Christmas Carol CDs: Cami Michaels. This useful article details the top five CDs of Christmas songs according to Ms. Michaels. She gives the song lists, the price, and a website to go to where you can purchase the album. The choices that Ms. Michaels gives are quite varied in style and I have yet to find the same Christmas music CDs in another article. Kudos!