I like all kinds of Christmas stuff and I know people get upset sometimes when people play around with established classics but Brian Setzer (ex-Stray Cats) always did them in a fun and lively way. Here's an example of his take on the Steve Allen/Louis Armstrong song from the 50s.
My mom had a Christmas CD of the greats singing various classics (only one I can place by name is Ray Charles on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). There was one guy singing Silver Bells who was absolutely divine, but I can't find his performance on Youtube through a quick search.
I'm gonna ask my mom if she can find it.
"I wanted to be a wife so that I could have been her real mother. I wanted to be a boy so that she could be in love with me. I wanted her to be my full sister instead of my half sister. I wanted her to be a slave so that I could set her free and make her rich."
Phil Spector's Christmas album with all his girl groups is as good as holiday music (and pop in general, really) gets. Brian Wilson has consistently cited it as his favorite album of all time, and when you listen to the instrumental backings you can hear what an influence it was on Pet Sounds with all the big, thunderous brass. I listen to this over and over from late November to early January. It would be good all year round, unlike a lot of Christmas music, but I would have listened to it so much that I'd be sick of it by now if I didn't limit myself. It made my 60's albums ballot, but I don't expect it to make the final list. In terms of albums, this and All Things Must Pass are the crown jewels of the bombastic "Spector sound".
adding another one to please the bands legions of fans (um) or more specifically those fighting any kind of despair, where Peter Perrett changes verse 2 to something sad and frightening and makes you reconsider those less fortunate.
Silent night, holy night Oh, dear Jesus, help me fight Give me salvation, show me the truth All I ever wanted to do is Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace
A British classic that's never quite made it fully much over in the US (probably best known from Black Mirror I guess). ELO co-founder Roy Wood was still (lip-synching) singing it in 1984 and after.......
Sort of like if the most annoying kid from high school - you know, a cross between Freddie Mercury and Paul McCartney say - got up at the talent show and does the catchiest damn Christmas song you've ever heard and that you forget about every year until you hear it blasting in 7-11 when you're buying Red Vines.....just like you did in high school with that girl who.......oh nevermind.