Playlist: My Favourite Christmas Carols
Are you guys counting? I hope you guys do because it's exactly 17 days before Christmas! It is so in the air. I can already hear Santa's sleigh's bell ringing from the pole. In the spirit of Christmas, I would like to share my current favorite Christmas songs. Some are classics the others are quite new. I know that it is a bit late, but I hope you guys enjoy it. Please do tell me if yours is in the list too!
1. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
How can I explain this? Long before Mariah digged into RnB and wasted her vocal potential, she was a brilliant singer. I'm not a huge fan of her but more like an old timer since I enjoy her 90's songs. All I Want For Christmas is beyond doubt a must-played song in every house celebrating Christmas. Mariah's mind-blowing pitch, brewed in cheerful beats and wrapped by the lovely touch of bell rings is the absolute recipe to become one of the most beloved Christmas anthem.
2. Love is Christmas - Sara Bareilles
I will not lie or try to hide it. Yes, Sara is one of my favorite singer and she often get into the list. She produces nice, easing listening but thoughtful songs. "Love is Christmas" is no different. The simplicity of the arrangement is the strongest point of the song. Although listening to this song might potentially cause gray feelings, but its Christmas classic touch is unquestionable.
3. It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas - Michael Bublé
I knew Norah Jones long before Bublé but when I first took a sip of his music, I became addicted. I started to explore his music more and found his Christmas album. This song is one of my favourite. In this song Bublé exposed my childhood wish of white Christmas. Despite the fact that snow would never fall in Indonesia, I had the glance of white Christmas, somewhere in Europe - or maybe New York every time I play it.
4. We Need A Little Christmas - performed by various artists
I know this song since I was a kid but never knew its title. This song was originally contrived in Broadway musical "Mame" and sung by Angela Lansburry. What I love about this song is its childlike atmosphere, which always succeed brings out my childhood Christmas memory. When I was a kid, my cousins and I gathered together in the family room after Christmas mass, unwrapping our gifts and enjoying chocolates while listening to my grandma's collection of stories (or sometimes just real cool movies).
5. "All I Need Is Love" - Cee Lo Green feat. The Muppets
Probably not the most anticipated duet ever but if you put a talented singer-producer-singing contest jury like Cee Lo and a group of TV legend like The Muppets, guaranteed there will be no disappointment. This is a spirit-uplifting tune thanks to its catchy beats. Even though Cee Lo is the one who did most of the vocal job here and The Muppets just, well being The Muppets, I still recommend this song for those who's looking for a refreshment in this holiday playlist.
6. Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord - Boney M
Identical to Bublé, this song is my first contact to Boney M, a very good group with excellent vocals. What I love about this song is how it emphasizes the essence of Christmas, which for me is the birth of Mary's boy child himself. Without Him, nobody would ever celebrate Christmas and having a family-centered end-year holiday. Another plus point is how Boney M attired this momentum in a cheerful carol.
7. Up On The House Top - Jackson 5
Every time I listen to this song, I'm awed by the power and innocence of young Michael voice. Jackson 5 was a powerful group with magnificent vocals in the team. This song depicts exactly the enthusiasm and excitement every kid would have in welcoming Christmas - which is represented by Santa Claus in the song. If only I could bring Michael back from dead, reversed the time and hear him sing this song live with his family!
8. Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
Truly one of the most powerful Christmas song ever. Originally performed by Band Aid in 1984, this song was recycled by Band Aid in 2014. Band Aid itself is a communal supergroup of famous British and Irish musician - present members including One Direction, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding. This song used to support humanitarian issues in Africa such famine and AIDS. The power of this song always moves me.
9. Silver Snow - Derik Nelson
I recognized Derik as one of the guitarist in Glee band, but I never thought that he is also a singer. I discovered his album "Songs About Winter" in 2011 and mesmerized by his musical approach. The album itself is called a "winter concept album" - something I thought I would never fully understand until I experience winter myself. I was wrong. "Silver Snow" is a cozy semi-instrumental song, which successfully portraying the soul-soothing side of winter.
10. Baby It's Cold Outside - Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé
Bublé's second entry on the list. Although it's an antique - written in 1944 - the fresh package which featuring Idina Menzel thrilled me. It's a duet, formerly written as duet and continuously performed in male-female duet format. Just like any duets, this song possesses the classic "seduction" tricks which is pretty extraordinary considering its Christmas influence.
That's on the playlist this week. I hope you guys do enjoy these songs like I do. See you on Santa's lap!