1. Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
A touch of summer sounds in your Christmas festivities almost makes you forget it’s winter.
2. Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
The one true version of this song. If you’re ever feeling down and jaded about the season, just put this on repeat.
3. Darleen Love – Christmas Baby Please Come Home
The Phil Spector feel-good production almost makes you forget it’s a pretty sad song.
4. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
I know, I know. You probably hate this song. But despite its harrowing message it’s become the quintessential Christmas tune for me. Once I hear this, the season has officially started.
5. The Kinks – Father Christmas
Again, not a happy, we love the holidays tune, but one that stil evokes the feel of the season.
6. The Drifters – White Christmas
There is no other version of this song. None. This is it.
7. Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
Ok, maybe I have a thing for sad Christmas songs.
8. Heat Miser
It’s not Christmas without Rankin-Bass and Year Without a Santa Claus is the best of them all.
9. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Linus and Lucy
Is there any other song that can make you feel like dancing a happy Christmas dance like this one?
10. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
It’s depressing, it’s hopeful, it’s heartbreaking, it’s uplifting. It’s a microcosm of the holiday season.
Here’s a spotify playlist of the songs (minus Heat Miser, which I couldn’t find).
Yesterday, Stephen King joined twitter. I tweeted at him. It was something stupid in response to something he said, but I tweeted at him.
If you would have told 15 (or 17 or 21) year old me that one day I’d be able to send my writing hero a message that he’d get and read instantly, I’d have thought you crazy.
But this is the world we live in. Where I can say hi to my favorite authors/musicians/other famous people I admire in an instant. Twitter is the new fan letter. It’s pretty neat.
Hello, Insomniacs of Tumblr Club.
When people gather outside your home after your death and sing and chant and celebrate your life, you’ve left quite a legacy.