What is the Best Christmas Song of All Time? The Stars of AXS TV Sound Off!
December 21, 2018
Admit it. You have a favorite. That one Christmas song
you just can’t wait to hear every holiday season.
You sing it at the top of your lungs while baking cookies or hanging tinsel. You turn the car radio up when it pops on, and never run screaming from the store when it plays for the 73rd time.
We at AXS TV have our favorite Christmas carols and holiday hymns, too. So we asked our most festive on-air hosts and staffers to share theirs in the list below, complete with music videos. Turn up the volume and get in the spirit!
Dan Rather – “The Big Interview”
My late mother’s favorite was always ‘Silent Night’ so it will always touch me deeply. If I had to choose another it might be ‘We Three Kings’. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket with a lid on it, but ‘We Three Kings’ has a lovely melody that everyone -even I- can sing or hum to get right into the Christmas spirit.
“Everybody loves Christmas” – Eddie Money and Ronnie Spector
My favorite Christmas song is “Everybody loves Christmas” written by me and performed by myself and the legendary Ronnie Spector. Why? …I got lucky and it’s an amazing Christmas tune , even if I hadn’t had written it. I also love “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”, which I also covered. Happy Holidays!
Eddie Trunk – “TrunkFest”
“Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You” – Billy Squier
One of my favorite holiday songs is “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You” by Billy Squier. I’ve always been a fan of Billy, love the song, and love that it’s an original song. So many rock Christmas songs are remakes of classics. Billy wrote something new at the time and it rocks and still holds up today. I always think of the old MTV video as well when I hear it, with the old VJs and the golden era when they actually played music videos. Just a great message and time to remember and a rockin’ tune too!
Katie Daryl – “Top Ten Revealed”
“March” from “The Nutcracker” – Tchaikovsky
For me, this song is synonymous with Christmas. I remember getting dressed up in my pretty, green, plaid Christmas dress (which was made out of the most awful itchy wool) and going to the adult ballet! None of that kid crap with 8-year-olds trying to dance, this was the big theater with the grown-up ballerinas… and they were beautiful! It was magical to see all the gorgeous costumes, the detailed sets, and, of course, that growing Christmas tree! All of “The Nutcracker” songs make me happy during the holidays, but the “March” is especially awesome.
Ron Kruck – “AXS TV Fights”
“You Make It Feel Like Christmas” – Neil Diamond
Growing up I was always a big fan of the classic “Silent Night”, however, the song that most reminds me of the holidays is “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” by Neil Diamond. In college, I used to work as a security guard at concerts and one year I drew the extremely dangerous gig of working three straight nights of Neil Diamond during his Christmas tour. He played that song as his sound check every day and it became one of my favorites and still is today. Now I make my kids listen to it…
Evan Haiman – VP of Music Programming & Production
“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
By far my favorite (and only holiday song I like), covered by everyone from the Jackson 5 to Frank Sinatra, is “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”. But it’s the intro and the story that Bruce adds to the song that makes it phenomenal. And to witness it live with the E-Street Band, primarily the Big Man, was an experience I will never forget. R.I.P. Clarence Clemons.
Lucia McCalmont – VP of Programming & Scheduling
“A Christmas Together” – John Denver and The Muppets
My favorite Christmas album is “John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together”. When I was a child my mom would put the record on every year while we decorated the Christmas Tree. The tradition continues today with my girls, but instead of playing the record we fire up the album on iTunes. 🙂
Dena Kaplan – SVP of Marketing
“2000 Miles (It Must Be Christmas Time)” – The Pretenders
Well I’m not a big holiday song person but of course, I do have a rock & roll fav from the Pretenders called “2000 Miles (It Must Be Christmas Time)”. Perfect for AXS TV! It’s not played so much in every store or on every holiday playlist.
Colette Carey – VP of Marketing Communications
“Linus And Lucy” – Vince Guaraldi Trio
I am notorious in my dislike of Christmas music. I feel that there are only about 20 Christmas songs, so we are doomed to listen to them over and over and over with different artists doing their own renditions. Linus and Lucy is a classic instrumental that just puts you right in the spirit…and I don’t have to listen to 300 different versions of it. LOL! Perfect soundtrack for wrapping presents and baking cookies.
Jordan Beck – VP of Creative Services
“8 Days of Hanukkah” – Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Funny you should ask: I am more or less a traditionalist and my favorite Christmas song is the “Christmas Waltz” because I like song lyrics that know they are songs: “and this song of mine/ in 3/4 time…” and it’s also a very pretty song. My second favorites are “8 Days of Hanukah” by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, because it’s the greatest Hanukkah song ever and “Santa Claus (Go Straight To The Ghetto)” by James Brown because not only is it from a specific time and place, but it’s ultimately sincere.
Charlie Minow – Webmaster
“Father Christmas” – The Kinks
My favorite has to be “Father Christmas” by The Kinks. It’s a couple-minute blast of punk-rock attitude with a point that still resonates after 35 years.
Erik Schiavo – Master Control Op
“Silent Night” – John Denver
Hmmm, you know Christmas/holiday music has taken on a whole new meaning as I get older. It’s not just a Hallmark holiday. But when I listen, I don’t rock around the Christmas tree; I go back to basics – you know, the “old standards” – like Gene Autry singing “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and Johnny Mathis’ “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” But, without a doubt in my mind, my absolute fave is the simplistic approach of John Denver singing “Silent Night.” His vocals are pristine and soothing. The guitar twinkles about and just puts my soul at ease. I could hear this song in the middle of July and just weep instantly.
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