What is the Best Christmas Song of All Time? The Stars of AXS TV Sound Off!

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”
“Silent Night”


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.
 
Eddie Money – “Real Money”
“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.
 
Leonard Asper – President/CEO
“Silent Night”

I When I had three kids under 8, you just want some peace and quiet.
 
Niral V. Merchant – Chief Financial Officer
“Do They Know It’s Christmas” – Band Aid

Christmas, to me, is all about reflecting on the things that matter to us the most – family and well wishes! I believe in what this song stands for: people coming together to work together to make our Global Family that much stronger!! To me that is the true essence of Christmas!
 
Anthony Cicione – President/VP of Operations
“A Christmas Together” – John Denver and The Muppets

No real reason… just a classic that always sticks in my head this time of year.
 
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.
 
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. 🙂
 
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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