What is the Best Christmas Song of All Time? The AXS TV Staff Chooses Their Favorites
December 13, 2013
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!
Tom Green – “Tom Green Live”
and Devin DeHavin – Director/Producer of AXS TV Concerts
“Christmas in Hollis” – RUN DMC
From Devin: A Rick Ruben production, sampling multiple Christmas classics. What better way to make it through the holiday Christmas music season? RIP JMJ.
Katie Daryl – “Worlds Greatest Tribute Bands”
“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.
Kenny Rice – “Inside MMA”
“Holly Jolly Christmas” – Burl Ives
This song is like the perfect Christmas present – simple, durable and pleasing. Although it was recorded prior, I can’t imagine any other voice than Burl Ives raising it up to the iconic level it resides on among seasonal songs. Even a Grinch has to tap his feet to the bouncy melody with all the right Christmas words – “snow,” “mistletoe,” “cheer,” “kiss” and “best time of the year.” When the range of covers goes from Alan Jackson to the Goo Goo Dolls, “Holly Jolly Christmas” is the happiest song ever.
Colette Carey – Senior Director of Marketing Communications
“Sleigh Ride” – Various Artists
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. That said, my favorite is “Sleigh Ride” because it is a considered a Christmas song without every saying the word “Christmas” or “Holiday.” In fact, it talks about going to a birthday party. Take THAT, Christmas carols!
Marc Lean – Digital Content Strategist
“Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
Growing up as a little Jewish boy in gentile-rich Highlands Ranch, CO, I loved the “The Chanukah Song” by Adam Sandler, because it made Chanukah cool for once. Now older, for my money it doesn’t get better than Bowie & Bing crooning in this composition. As mashups get more popular, kids need to recognize this is the first mashup in awesome holiday form. A must watch at least thrice a season.
Kat Frick – Digital Copywriter
“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” – Bruce Springsteen
Where I’m from, Bruce Springsteen is as magical as Santa – except he brings us gifts of music all year long (and lives in Rumson). You can’t escape Bruce & the E Street Band’s cover of the classic “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” during this time of year, and why would you want to? It sounds like it was recorded during a boozy holiday party just as things are getting their rowdiest. And Clarence’s sax solo! Here’s a great version recorded live in 1978 from a 3,000 seat theater in our home state of New Jersey.
Charlie Minnow – 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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