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5 Awesome, Lesser Known Christmas Songs – High 5

December 4th, 2013 . by Tim Babb (TANcast's #1 Host/Editor Fan)

31 Blogs of Christmas
Day 4
You can’t escape the holiday season without hearing certain Christmas songs. If you haven’t already, you’re going to hear Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, Nat King Cole’s Christmas Song, and Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer. But if you dig past all the “best of” Christmas collections, there’s some fun Christmas gems out there that don’t get enough play (in my opinion…and it’s my blog so my opinion is the one that’s going to count). So here are my High 5 lesser known Christmas songs…

5) Christmas Is Coming – The Muppets

Don’t just listen to the 12 Days of Christmas on the Muppets/John Denver Christmas CD, stick around for this fun song. The combination of Piggy, Gonzo, Scooter and Kermit’s nephew Robin is not the Muppet quartet I would have put together, but they work quite well.

4) Meka Kalikimaka – Bing Crosby

Yes, we all remember White Christmas and Silver Bells from ol’ Bing, but this one was one of my favorites growing up. It combines two awesome things, Christmas and Hawaii. What’s not to love?

Winter Wonderland – Elvis Presley

I actually sought this song out because of the Country Bear Jamboree Christmas Special. In the finale, all the bears sing Winter Wonderland…including the bear that is a thinly veiled parody of Elvis. So I wanted to see if the real Elvis sounded like Liver Lips (yes, that’s the bear’s name) Turns out, Liver Lips sounds more like Elvis than Elvis. But however I found this, I’m glad I did. It’s a fun version of Winter Wonderland. The guitar adds that splash of rock and roll that really sets this apart.

Christmas in Killarney – Bing Crosby

Bada Bing, more Bing! What can I say? I like Irish music and I like Christmas music, so when Bing Crosby mashes them together, I’m so there!

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings – Barenaked Ladies (With Sarah Mclachlan)

I think I’ve heard this on the radio maybe twice. But it stuck with me enough to track it down and own it. This is one of my most listened to Christmas Carols. I don’t know how I failed to mention it on our favorite Christmas carols podcast. The Barenaked Ladies do a fine job, but it’s the sweet, almost melancholy sound of Sarah Mclachlan that puts this one over the top for me. See? Sarah can do more tan make you feel sad abut abused dogs.

That’s MY list. What are YOUR favorite Christmas songs that don’t get enough play?

2 Responses to “5 Awesome, Lesser Known Christmas Songs – High 5”

  1. JennNo Gravatar Says:

    I don’t listen to the radio, but I’m going to assume these are “lesser known”:
    Billy Squier “Christmas Is the Time To Say I Love You”
    Beach Boys “Winter Symphony”
    Chris Isaak “Hey Santa!”
    Dean Martin “A Marshmallow World”
    Pepe (of the Muppets) “Merry Christmas Baby”

  2. John MNo Gravatar Says:

    Great list! I love obscure Christmas music. Here’s a playlist of some lesser-known Christmas songs: https://open.spotify.com/user/qaz23/playlist/22Hs4AlaOFExwI0cOEBHSj

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