Ten Holiday Songs to Refresh Your Musical Palette

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I love Christmas music! If this is truly the most wonderful time of the year, and I believe it is, then the songs we use to celebrate are truly a major key to that festive feeling. 

 

Most of the songs we hear are very familiar. From old hymns to pop standards that have been with us for the better of a half century, we don't seem to tire of the Christmas classics in all their nostalgia and reinvented glory as more and more artists add their twists to old favorites.

 

For the first time, however, I have found myself tired of a Christmas song. The culprit is Baby It's Cold Outside. It is a clever, cute song. But the list of duos who feel the need to sing the song goes on and on and on and on, and the list grows every year. Cee-lo and Christina? John Travolta and Olivia Newton John? Rudolf Nureyev and Miss Piggy? About the only version I can even tolerate now is Dean Martin's original.

 

So it got me to thinking. If I, a person who loves Christmas music so much, am getting tired of a true, holiday standard, then what about those whose holiday musical tolerances are not as high? Perhaps there are those who are about to pull their hair out if they hear another rendition of Jingle Bells or the Twelve Days of Christmas, which, by the way, only feels like a twenty minute song.

 

If you are in a lonely boat adrift in a sea of holiday tunes, then here are ten songs that you may not hear that often. Consider this a refreshing Christmas music oasis where you can still partake in seasonal music while not feeling like you are getting beat over the head with the musical equivalent of a two pound peppermint stick.

 

While there are tons of forgotten and rare songs we could have listed, here are just a few to prime the pump:

 

 

Dominick the Italian Chirstmas Donkey

Ok, so maybe after going on a little rant about an annoying song, this one may not be the best choice to start off with. But it's just so darn cute!

 

 

 

 

 

Louisiana Christmas Day

Even if you aren't from Louisiana, you get that feeling of joy that only comes with being at home on Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elf's Lament

Before you ask Santa for toys, consider the price to an elf!

 

 

 

 

 

Donde Esta Santa Claus

This one has actually picked up quite a bit of play in store music rotation in recent years. It's a great catchy tune!

 

 

 

 

 

Zat You, Santa Claus?

Nothing beats Louis Armstrong mixed with Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

Riu Riu Chiu

This one goes back to the 1500s, and, amazingly enough, was best performed by the Monkees.

 

 

 

 

 

i Yust Go Nuts at ChristmasI

For those who just can't get into the spirit but can at least sing a song about harsh reality.

 

 

 

 

 

Little Altar Boy

Andy Williams had the most well-known version of this song, but the version on Vic Dana's Christmas album is certainly more touching. 

 

 

 

 

 

The LIttlest Angel

Bing is the king of Christmas music. He recorded so much of it that it seems I uncover new ones every year.

 

 

 

 

 

The Spirit of Christmas

This is perhaps my favorite Christmas song of all time. It made an appearance in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation in a short-lived serious moment in the film. 

 

 

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