Music is instrumental at bringing in the holiday cheer and setting the festive mood of the season. Religious views aside, there are some wonderful, toe-tapping songs that bring people together every year. My Top 5 List includes both the classic and the humorous tunes that I love to hear every December. But don’t take this list too seriously, it’s all good fun!
Christmas in Killarney
- This Irish jig was written by John Redmond, James Cavanaugh and Frank Weldon and has been preformed by many artists including Bing Crosby and the Irish Rovers. The version I’ve chosen was sung by Dennis Day whose version hit the Top 10 chart in 1950. I had actually never heard this version before – it’s now my favorite!
The Chanuka Song by Adam Sandler
- This song has been such a hit there have been more and more versions—you can’t deny, this is a holiday hit! It was originally written for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update and then became part of Adam Sandler’s stand up comedy act.
Snoopy’s Christmas performed by The Royal Guardsmens
- This song starts off with the serious and solemn singing of ‘Oh Tannenbaum’ which is the German version of ‘Oh Christmas Tree’ and then lightens up with the drums and bells as Snoopy gets in a ‘dogfight’ with the Red Barron. It is a catchy tune and imagining Snoopy on his dog house wearing his goggles brings a smile to my face. But when I think of the real meaning behind the song I find I’m fighting back tears. The song has historical references to the event that happened in WWI when the German and British soldiers initiated a cease fire, cleared the No-man’s land of dead bodies to play a game of football and even gave gifts to their enemies. The song represents this as the Barron gives Snoopy his holiday toast and I can’t help but get chills when I think of this moment of peace and friendship between soldiers on the front lines.
Boney M Christmas Song
- This classic 70’s disco style song sings about the birth of Jesus. Regardless of your beliefs, once you hear this catchy tune, you won’t be able to get it out of your head…‘Oh my Lord, you sent your son to save us’
Jesus Brother Bob by The Arrogant Worms
- Okay, this isn’t technically a Christmas song, but it is another one of those crazy holiday traditions I have. I play this song every December ’cause it’s when we listen to songs about Jesus, right? The thought of Jesus having a half-brother who just never gets noticed and what his life would be like is a good lesson in perspective. Great tool for any writer! Besides, this song makes me giggle.