Christmas All Over Again (Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers) – Starting on a standard Christmas song template and later acquiring their signature shades, Christmas All Over Again is one of my favorite Tom Petty songs.
I Saw Three Ships (Sting) - A simple folksy adaptation of another traditional carol, Sting’s earthy vocals form a sharp contrast to the sweetness of the song, and that strangely is what makes this adaptation an interesting one.
Do They Know Its Christmas (Band Aid) – The single song supergroup put together by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise charity for the 1984 Ethiopia famine relief, Band Aid’s Do They Know.. featured some of the biggest names from the UK – U2, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Sting, Phil Collins, Wham! et al. And the magnitude of the featured artists helped the cause a great extent, the song going on to retain the biggest selling UK single title for close to a decade and a half. That is not to take any credit off the ambient charm of the song.
Christmas Canon (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) - When Pachelbel’s Canon forms the base of a song, there is little chance that the song cannot please. Hence it is that Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Canon, based entirely on the Canon, makes for a wonderful Christmas song, complete with its excellent choir.
And finally, what is Christmas without some fun! Here is a spoofy take on Christmas for the road.
Twelve Days Of Christmas (Boymongoose) - The Indianised version of the classic English carol, with its accented rendition of the hilarious lyrics, and a video to match, cracks me up every time I see it!
As a bonus on that spoofy line, here is a link to an ultra-howlarious set of parody carols from the Cobblestone Carollers on David Letterman’s Late Show. Have a merry Christmas everyone!
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