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Friday random ten: The annual Christmas list

The staff of Popdose has their fifty favorite holiday songs for your consideration. Those of you familiar with the Mellowmas tradition will note with amusement a few crossovers, but theirs is a pretty solid collection. As is my tradition, here are ten songs from their list in my iTunes library:

1. Christmas Wrapping – Waitresses
2. Fairytale of New York – The Priestess and The Fool (orig. Pogues/Kirsty MacColl)
3. Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC
4. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon and Yoko Ono
5. Blue Christmas – Collective Soul (orig. Elvis Presley)
6. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
7. Mele Kalikimaka – Asylum Street Spankers (orig. Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters)
8. Winter Song – Lindisfarne
9. Christmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
10. – You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Michael Gaither (orig. Thurl Ravenscroft)

Tastes differ, and this is Just Another List, so the usual caveats apply, but overall I thought it was solid even if I myself can’t abide “The Little Drummer Boy”. There are other songs on their list for which I have one or more versions – I mean, does anyone not have at least one “White Christmas” in their collection? – so I let myself skip around a bit. What are your favorite Christmas tunes, this year or any year?

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