Christmas Music From the Library
Go to a mall the day after Halloween, and you’ll notice that the piped-in music has a subtly changed; the percentage of jingly sounds to others has really shot up, although it’s too soon to hear recognizable Christmas albums. As I write this, in mid-November, one area radio station has started playing Christmas music 24 hours a day, and I know more will follow suit soon. That’s fine with me because I like Christmas music. Of course, there are songs I tend to skip over; for example, really long ones with a lot of repetition about impractical or illegal-in-modern-times gifts no one will give me.
Christmas Music Criteria
So, what criteria do I use to determine my favorite Christmas songs?
- Well, often I want kind of a modern sound. I guess that’s just me.
- Lyrics that are either personally meaningful on some level or else really upbeat and/or funny, and I’m not too snobby to enjoy a good novelty song.
- A memorable tune I can sing along to.
- Words I won’t get bored hearing twice a day or more for the next four or five weeks.
Christmas Music Favorites
So here is my list:
1. Happy Xmas (War is Over), John Lennon, Yoko Ono
2. Feliz Navidad, Jose Feliciano
3. Christmas, Don’t Be Late, the Chipmunks
4. Little Drummer Boy (all versions are good, and there are hundreds)
5. Do they Know it’s Christmas, Band Aid
6. Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl Ives
7. Blue Christmas, Elvis Presley
8. All I Want for Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey
9. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, Jim Carrey
10. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, Elmo & Patsy
I’ve linked to one library record for each of the songs above, but all of them are available on a variety of the library’s music CDs. We own more than 350 Christmas-related CDs, so it’s easy to find something festive to take home. (We also have a few Hanukkah-related CDs and can order much more from libraries outside our system.)
Christmas Music from Hoopla
Don’t have time to come to the library? If you have a Clermont County Public Library card or eCard, know your PIN, and have a computer or device with an internet connection, you can stream all of the songs I’ve listed and much more (2038 different Christmas albums, in fact) from Hoopla, a digital service. If you have an iOS or Android device, you can temporarily download your album and listen to it later even without an internet connection. You can borrow music albums for seven days and can borrow a total of 12 albums (or audiobooks, movies, television shows, eBooks, and comics) per month.
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays.