It’s that time of year (hate it or love it) when our ears are infiltrated by an enormous amount of holiday crooning. I am a staunch supporter of the Love Holiday Music camp, as I usually start listening to Christmas music the minute I digest my Thanksgiving dinner. The problem is…I can’t accept any sort of Christmas tune recorded post-1960s. Truly, not a one. It’s a problem.
For example, take a gander at my favorite Christmas tunes:
Jingle Bells, Frank Sinatra (It has to be that version, people. With the pretty ladies singing. I’m not messing around.)
Sleigh Ride, Johhny Mathis with the Percy Faith Orchestra
Silver Bells, Bing Crosby and Carole Richards
The Christmas Song, Tony Bennett
Winter Wonderland, Mitch Miller and The Gang (Mitch Miller and the Gang! Seriously, folks. Just listen to that dapper, man-fueled harmony! How can you not love some of that?)
White Christmas, Frank Sinatra
Greensleeves, Vince Guaraldi Trio
Why can’t I join the modern era of Christmas tunes? I’ve tried all the iTunes holiday samplers, current holiday hipster compilations, hell, even some eighties stuff, but I CAN’T DO IT. Obviously, my favorites are the ones that were played during my childhood, but even my parents have adapted to modern holiday tunes. My mom totally shakes her tail feather to the holiday stylings of Mariah Carey! MARIAH CAREY.
Am I a lost cause? Am I destined to listen to this particular album until the end of time? (However, I will say that I recently purchased an album released in 2008, but it’s Tony Bennett. THAT DOESN’T COUNT, DOES IT?) Help me – what are your favorite holiday songs from the, let’s say, last decade?